Category Archives: The Great Outdoors

Yardwork in a Vase

Yesterday I tackled the front yard.  We have a patch of desert landscaping tucked under two large mesquite trees just to the right of our driveway.  I have not done much in the way of trimming this section since we … Continue reading

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Simple Sunday – Christmas 2016

After a morning of stockings and breakfast, we decided to continue with our relatively new tradition of a Christmas morning desert hike. We packed up the dogs and headed out to the desert. I must have been very good this … Continue reading

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Merry Morning Sunrise (Not a Minecraft One)

The coffee pot gurgled; the last few drops of caffeine sunshine drop into the craft.  This noise holds special meaning to Cody and Carter as it signifies that they may ask to play their beloved Minecraft.  We instilled this morning … Continue reading

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Simple Sunday – Taking Flight

Before the Arizona rains came and the boys did this, we saved a morning dove from much distress and perhaps even an early death. Husband and the boys had taken the dogs for a walk while I stayed home and … Continue reading

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Duck (s)! and Green Hats

When we moved into our house last year, the swimming pool came complete with three ducks, two of which were real and one was of the plastic top, floating chlorine tablet holder variety.  After a week or so, the real … Continue reading

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Simple Sunday – The Small in the Vast

We went on a hike in the desert mountain range near our house today.  I took many pictures looking across the vastness of the city surrounding us. But what I saw looking down, just off the edge of the trail, … Continue reading

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The Things That Grow in the Desert

As I mentioned, last week I was off work for fall break.  My mom came into town a few days before our family made-up holiday of Practice Thanksgiving.  Since the boys were still in school, and it was too early … Continue reading

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Skinny Dipping is the Answer

Yesterday afternoon Carter and I were sitting pool-side enjoying popsicles.  His was raspberry.  Mine was lime.  It was hot, maybe 108 or so and the popsicles were dripping. Try as we might, we could not keep up with the drips.  … Continue reading

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Simple Sunday – Desert Stroll and Tic Tac Toe

We are members at the Desert Botanical Gardens, a fabulous place that I highly recommend you visit if you ever find yourself in Phoenix.  This morning after lounging over coffee and lingonberry oven pancake, we headed out to the gardens. … Continue reading

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Walking and Talking

The boys accompanied Haley and I on our morning walk today.  The weather was perfect, the cool before the heat of the day.  Walking with the boys, one must be prepared for all types of conversation topics and they rarely … Continue reading

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