Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Enjoying Life

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

As I sit here writing this I can hear the wind blowing and feel the gentle rocking it is creating inside our home. It is our second day with this wind and according to the weather predictors it will end sometime overnight or at least it will be only a slight breeze when we awake in the morning.  I am not complaining because we are safe and warm inside our home just mentioning what the weather is like this evening.

It was a quiet day out here in the desert and I just realized I did not even step outside once all day. We did have a surprise visitor this morning when Bill, On Our Way, stopped by. He was actually looking for Doug, Miss Adventure Travels, who was not home when he got here. Doug has been having some trouble with his inverter and Bill had an idea of what  might be wrong so he took a drive out to see if he could help. We have met and become friends with a lot of nice people living this lifestyle. People always ready to lend a helping hand when they can and Bill is one of them.

The two pictures I did take today of the Cargo Muchacho Mountains and the lovely shadows the clouds were creating on them were through the front windshield.

Happy Hour with Cathy, Shane, Doug, and Yuma was inside the Stinger "B" today and we enjoying a our time chatting about this and that. 

Monday, December 27, 2021

The day started as most of our days do sitting and enjoying our morning coffee. Sometimes during this time it is very quiet, sometimes I am reading blogs to see what our friends are up to and sharing with Tom, other times we talk about what is going on in our world, then there are times we discuss where we will go when we leave where we are at. I personally enjoy the days that start out very quietly and there is no real plan for the day. The type of day that we just let unfold and enjoy the moments. 

The wind picked up and dare I say it got cold out. I know, I know our family and friends back in Michigan and Wisconsin do not want to here that we thought 52 degrees was cold but it was. So because of the temperature and the wind which kicked up later in the morning we decided not to have an group Happy Hour today. Tom and I took off and took a short ride a little closer to the mountains. Just making a quick check of our surroundings. I did not take my camera and did not even take a picture with my phone. It is a road we have driven several times along the powerlines and I decided to just enjoy the views while we talked.  We were probably only gone a little over an hour and then we came home to enjoy a quiet Happy Hour. It was just an ordinary day to be lived and enjoyed.

Sunday, December 26, 2021

After our morning coffee we were off to Yuma for Mass at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. As you can see below the church is beautifully decorated for the Christmas Season.

There are stained glass windows like these all along the roof
line that feature our Blessed Mother.
This one of Mary looking at the baby Jesus in the Manger
I thought was appropriate to include during this season.
After making a quick stop at Walmart for a couple of things
we are headed home past green fields of vegetables.

Lots of traffic on I-8 today. 

When we got back I took a short walk to take a picture of our neighborhood. While doing so I came across this Ocotillo that had died. I know death is part of the circle of life but it is still sad to see. One thing I am always amazed at out here and in the forest back home is that the plant life has a beauty no matter what stage it is at in that circle of life. As I wrote the above sentence I started thinking about the fact that as human beings we often forget that is true about people, also. Yes there is certainly beauty in the young but as we all age there is beauty in that, also. The wrinkles and grey hair are signs, the gift, of having been able to live a long life. As our hands age they tell a story of babies held, meals cooked, clothes washed, hard work that supported and fed a family, plus lots of hugs given.  There is an agelessness in smiles and if you close your eyes and listen there is always youth in the laughter. In the eyes there is the reflection of all the memories of a life lived and in the eyes the beauty of youth lives forever.

This and the picture below are of the same Ocotillo 
 slowly being swallowed up by the desert floor.

Our neighborhood.

Later we gathered for Happy Hour.
I took this while I was waiting for the sun to set.

Out here in the desert everything is "picky" but
in the early morning light and as twilight descends
everything takes on a look of softness.
Though be warned it is all still "picky".

Playing with my camera settings this is
called Photo Illustration.

I was walking down in a wash 

when I took these 

 pictures of

our surroundings in the last of today's light.

My Beautiful Christmas Roses.

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  1. And what a beautiful neighborhood it is!!!!

  2. You are definitely enjoying your life and so glad to see! It is a beautiful neighborhood for sure! You put it beautifully saying there is youth in the laughter :) Love that Deb! :)

    1. We are enjoying out time in the desert for sure.

  3. We would love to join you all for happy hour when we are back in Yuma next year ... yup that sounds funny but it is only a few days away :-) Or you are welcome to come to our place for happy hour!

    1. We would love to have you come out for a Happy Hour. We will be leaving here in the morning on the 6th but will be back in this area for a week or so in February. I see you are coming back on Monday maybe we can plan something for Tuesday or Wednesday this coming week.

  4. Beautiful church! The picture of the dead Ocotillo looked like a giant bird😊 Enjoy your New Year eve.

    1. Yes it is a beautiful church. It is interesting how we can all look at the same picture and see something different. Looking at the picture again I do the see the bird.