Last fall we were so busy traveling that we barely had days at home between trips! I wrote about our September trips in the posts Our “Problems” With Antelope Canyon… Fourteen Border Crossings in One Day! , The North Rim – Finally! and New Things in Las Vegas!
In mid October we met friends Kent and Pam in Sedona for an awesome, beautiful weekend. This is a Sedona landmark, the Chapel of the Holy Cross.
We continued on with Kent and Pam to San Jose for a BSU volleyball game, football game and some whale watching!
Randy and I stayed in Mexico a second week to visit Rosa (in pink). Rosa is Randy’s dad’s second wife and our friend. She lives in LaPaz now and we had a great time meeting her family.
Rosa had organized a large family gathering in our honor. Her family loved Carl so much and Randy looks very much like him. It was an emotional experience for all of us.
From Flagstaff we traveled to eastern Washington for a family Thanksgiving and then a brief stop in Boise for Natasha’s birthday. When we returned to Surprise in early December we were ready for a rest!
January begins “the season” in Sun City Grand. We usher for events and music programs throughout the year but everything kicks up a notch during the season.
We had Bocci league, golfing, hiking club, Grand Dems and a FunDiner’s group. We both enjoyed taking classes through Grand Learning. We started gleaning for the food bank and were blessed with visits from friends and family.
We went whale watching again and it was awesome. We followed a mother and calf for a time.
Then we watched four males competing for a female. Pam took the great pictures.
Home again, we started Spring Training volunteering for Peoria Sports Complex, home of my team, the Mariners.
We were spending a lot of time at the ball park, either volunteering or just watching games. Then spring training came to an abrupt halt. So did life as we all knew it.
Initially we were very content to have some down time. Given that we aren’t trying to work, or deal with not working, or have kids at home, it hasn’t been too hard. We live in an area of high risk because of age and health related concerns but also recognize that we have it much easier than so many others.
We had gone from being way too busy to finding ways to keep busy. We are doing some miscellaneous projects around the house, some reading – same as most people.
Every few days we have been delighted to check in on three owlets near a community lake. The parents have nested in the same tree for several years.
This morning we got more than we expected! Mother owl had breakfast for the family. We heard the owlets call to her and watched her fly over to feed them. Poor bunny.
Randy and I mostly stay home but we do go walking every morning.
We have had great weather have been blessed with amazing cactus blooms for several weeks!
Did you know the desert does this? Enjoy!
We have been amazed at the variety of cactus but haven’t learned many names.
Some look like they belong in the sea!
It looks like you were really busy, right up until you weren’t!! The cactus blooms look amazing. Thanks for sharing.
That is it exactly!
Gorgeous pics!! ❤️
Love your beautiful pottery! I think you’re really going to enjoy your Mexican lime tree. Great blog.
Always wanted to see the cactus bloom in the desert. Spectacular and thank you so much for sharing, So sorry we were not able to have a wee visit but our timing was off. We arrived the same day as your Mom and only stayed 2 nights to visit my cousin and her family. The next time we visit Phoenix we will be sure to get together. Take care during these crazy times, Hugs