Friday, July 13, 2018

I'm Still Here

Just dropping by to say hello.  

Monsoon season is here - yeah and nay.  We did get rain - the first storm was a doozy with winds at 60 mph, swirling dust and downed trees and power lines.  We escaped.  The second night it was a lovely rain, with thunder and lightning. we don't get much rain or electrical storms here so they are always a treat.  I think the best ones ever were in Colorado - even better than the ones over the water, maybe because the air is thinner.  Anyway don't know the reason but...

The temps finally dropped but now the humidity is up so even though it's cooler, it's still not comfortable. It's an exciting weather season here in Arizona - Monsoons are joined by haboobs.  Haboob, you say you've never heard of it - it's a humungous dust storm - sometimes so bad that you can't even see your hand in front of your face.  Clean up stinks.

Checkout caption on pic. Can you imagine this wall of dust coming at you?.

Had a lovely visit with my niece and her family last week.  We met in Tempe for dinner at a place called Culinary Dropout.  Had to google it to find out what I was getting us into.  It's a huge place, not too far off ASU's campus, and just the kind of place young people love.  

No visit to Tempe is complete without a stop at IKEA for the meatballs and the pillows I love. I always stock up on both.  It's funny the pillows are cheap, and I do mean cheap, but they are the best. Ray recently convinced me to get one of these My Pillows - $50.00.  I listened and I absolutely hate it. Give me my IKEA pillow every time.

Have a busy week coming up.  I think I've mentioned that Ray is having one of those milestone birthdays and we've invited friends and family to join in celebration.  He always had the notion that he wasn't going to live past 62 - well he's done that and more.  Yeah!!! 

Enough for now.  See you later for more Aimless Ramblings.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018



Give me your tired, your poor, 
Your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free, 
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, 
Send these, the homeless, tempest tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

Most of our ancestors saw this shining example of freedom as they sailed into New York harbor.  Others came a different route but unless you're a Native American, your ancestors came from elsewhere to this melting pot we call America.

 Old Glory long may she wave - even though she gets a little bruised and battered from time to time, I'm proud of her and what she represents. No matter any wrinkles that occur, they will eventually be overcome and I will stand tall in the pride of our heritage.  After all, we are, according to Francis Scott Key, the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.  

Happy 4th every one here in the USA.  Watch those fingers and toes as you're lighting those fireworks.

See you later for more Aimless Ramblings.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Happy Canada Day

I told you I'd visit once in a while, who knew it would be so soon.  Today is a special day though

Our neighbor to the north is celebrating their 151'st birthday today.  Congratulations on your strength and courage and thank you for always sticking by us.

This sentiment is even truer today considering the news of the past few months.  Certain persons in power at the moment have made and done some hurtful things and still, PM Trudeau publicly states he is not going to hold it against the American populace in general. The wrinkle in Washington will pass (eventually, I hope).  Until then, know that we love having you as neighbors and wish you at least another one hundred and fifty years of strength and independence.

See you later for more Aimless Ramblings.