Photo Friday: How Many….

…leaf garlands does it take to make a house look autumnal in the desert southwest?

Let’s start with the kitchen, one above each window and two under the cabinets.

Two in the family room.

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IMG_8125One at the top of my bedroom closet.

IMG_8119And two in the upstairs hallway overlooking the living/dining room.

And one in front of my south facing office window that would be really hard to take a picture of.  That makes a grand total of eleven.  So the answer is it takes eleven leaf garlands to bring autumn to the southwest.

 

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Photo Friday: It Felt Like September

My son is now going to a private school that observes Jewish, Christian and the traditional secular holidays so he was off on Monday for Rosh Hashanah.  In fact the entire month of September he has one day off each week!  With new computer time rules (which are working!) I find it is best to “help” him find things to do if he has a lot of free time.  On Labor Day we went fruit picking at Apple Annie’s.  This Monday we went hiking up at Mt. Lemmon.

IMG_8094Some early fall color starting.

We began with lunch at Viv’s Cafe because it is good to start a hike with a full stomach.  Then up, up, up the mountain we went.  The temperature dropped from 100° to a delicious 72°.

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We decided to try a new trail and I was hoping to do a loop but after a long time of climbing uphill and unsure of exactly how much further we still had to go we decided to simply turn around.  The hike back down was sheer perfection.  Blue skies, a few clouds and oddly, some rumbles of thunder in the distance made the perfect autumnal hiking ambience.  The path was shaded with dappled patches which I absolutely love!

IMG_8101The rain cloud.

IMG_8100A stop at a scenic overlook on the way home. I believe that is the San Pedro Valley.

Driving back down the mountain we could smell rain and observed some wet stretches of road way but no rain fell on us.  We decided to stop at DQ for ice cream which ended up being our dinner and came home to collapse on the couch and watch “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”.

IMG_8105Dinner!

IMG_8097A dried up plant that screams autumn to me.

Best Monday in a really long time.

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Photo Friday

This week’s theme is Around the Yard:

IMG_8063Yes, that is 104° F at 4:30p in the afternoon (the clock is off, the hour hand is stuck).

IMG_8065Spiderweb.  It seems our spiders are getting ready for Halloween a tad early as the yard is festooned. This is one on my lemon tree.

IMG_8068Can you see all the oranges?  Of course not, they are still green.

IMG_8070Five lemons in one shot, not bad.

IMG_8064And one from the pool.  This is the 5th mouse we’ve pulled out this month.  Seems we have the world’s largest mouse trap, ew.

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Monsoon season is in full swing here in the desert southwest.  We haven’t been getting much rain but lots of clouds and rumbles of thunder.  This week I tried to find interesting cloud formations.

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I don’t ever remember seeing clouds with holes before moving here.

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You can see the rain in the clouds.

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Sunset storm clouds.

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A little rainbow playing hide and seek.

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I took this on the way home from school pickup. Just a massive cloud slowly sailing along.

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I thought a black and white would be interesting for a change.  Almost looks like the cactus is giving the sky ‘the finger’ (probably because no rain is falling :)).

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Photo Friday

My son started school this week and last week we ticked off one more summer bucket list item:  make pasta from scratch.  Turns out it is harder and more time consuming to make pasta than we imagined.  So here are pictures of what a real person’s kitchen looks like while making pasta.  (As opposed to say a food blogger who would have glorious photos with nary a stray pile of flour.)

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Pasta dough rolled out and waiting to be cut.  Notice how it is nowhere near a rectangular shape?  Apparently I can only roll out round.

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The big picture.

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I found a tip on-line that said you can turn all those uneven edge bits into pasta for soup. Done!

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Stacks of drying pasta in my momentarily Italian kitchen!

My son ate the bowtie pasta for dinner and we froze the rest. I have a feeling this will be my one and only pasta bucket list item.

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Photo Friday

I am very thankful we went to Yosemite last year.  Who knows what the future holds for such a beautiful park in such a fire endangered area.  Here are some photos from last year. I tried to include snow and water to help cool things off.  Seems it is overly hot in many places.  We are running a good 5 to 10 degrees above average these days which is keeping me rather grumpy.  I try and swim most evenings after the shade has creeped over the pool and the air temperature is around 104° and the water temperature 92°.  I feel like I should just take a bar of soap with me and have a bath after my swim 🙂 . At least the water feels good on my “frozen shoulder”.

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A little water.
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A little snow.
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A little snow and water.
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Do you see those crazy people, I mean climbers clinging to Half Dome?

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Photo Friday: July

I took a bit of a sabbatical from the blog in July but that doesn’t mean I didn’t take any photos.  So without further ado…

 

4th of July, fireworks on base and red, white and blue glow sticks a big hit.

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Camping in the White Mountains, wonderfully cool among the aspens.

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This is pretty much what the sky looked like the whole week we were there: patches of blue surrounded by white clouds, dark clouds and rain falling somewhere.  The rain wasn’t continuous but it was fairly plentiful.  Sadly campfires weren’t allowed which seemed rather silly with all the rain.

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An easy summer fun project:  graham cracker houses with waffle cone trees. The key is to make the powdered sugar icing (ie glue) super thick.

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We finished the month apple and peach picking in Willcox at Apple Annie’s. It was meltingly hot and we were happy to come home and jump in the pool.
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How cute is “Sweet Bippy” ?

 

 

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Photo Friday

This week the photos are from Center Islands, Toronto Canada.

We start with boats… because islands need boats.

I was worried we were going to be attacked by pirates 🙂
Where there are boats there must be a lighthouse.

Switching gears, I learned something new:

Babe Ruth his his first professional home run here (albeit in the minor leagues).
I thought this looked rather like a jigsaw puzzle picture.

 

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Photo Friday

How about some flower pictures taken in Toronto?  Why not, they make me happy and I hope they make you happy too.

A field of yellow flowers and my current desktop photo. (Center Islands)

 

“I am ready for my closeup…”

 

Me too! From the garden at Casa Loma.

 

Irises from Casa Loma.

 

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Photo Friday

Since I took over 300 photos in Toronto I figure I am set for the summer photo posts. I took only my little Olympus Stylus SH-50 Camera, I knew I wasn’t going to feel like lugging around my DSLR everywhere. I missed having my “real camera” a few times but for the most part my Olympus takes pretty good pictures.  I mostly use the auto setting or some of the scene settings.  Super macro is good for flowers.  I did have some issues with the auto focus but shutting the camera off and back on fixed the problem.

Since Ripley’s Aquarium was my my favorite and where I took the most cool photos I have decided to start there.

Fishes at an aquarium!
Any guesses?  Jellyfish lit with a special light.
Yikes!
A frog fish. Ripley did not make this up. 
So many sharks they were coming out of the ground 🙂

 

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