Monday, December 26, 2011
The damage is + 1 1/2 pounds which will have to be worked on this week, starting today.
Hubby gave me a silver and turquoise necklace with two sets of earrings, one silver and the other turquoise. Excellent taste, even if he does plead ignorance to the shop ladies, who help him pick out something. Final choice is still his.
His gift was a Motorola Zoom, PC version of the Ipad. Made to sit handily nearby on the coffee table for quick access to email, internet and any questions that come up during TV/Movies.
Will also work as GPS next time we take a road trip and need to find locations of cities, hotels, restaurants.
:) Another high-tech gadget.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
This batch is for us on Christmas morning. :)
The packages were all sent; the cards mailed and the Christmas tree is glowing with lights.
Nicest new entry making things easier -- self-seal envelopes on Christmas cards.
Hardest thing to find late in the game -- cards that say "Merry Christmas" instead of "Greetings" or "Happy Holidays".
Unexpected pleasant experience -- all the smiles and friendly people waiting in mile-long lines at the post office.
Holiday thought: A Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Molly posed nicely for a Halloween picture at the front door with Bear.
But, did you miss the Halloween piglet race here in Marana? No worries, we captured the highlights below:
And the winner was ... piggy #1. (Drat ... should have shot video on this one.)
So the going is not as fast as we hoped. Each night we reach a hotel, we consider some sightseeing and then nix it in favor of driving further. Somewhere in the Texas panhandle, we take a rest stop. The facilities are gorgeous and seem to blend into the Texas landscape.
Fredericksburg -- just outside Washington, D.C. -- is the site of many Civil War battlefields. One of the two we visit still has a small house, where you can see the bullet holes from a battle in 1862.
We also see a visitor center at the spot where Gen. Stonewall Jackson was shot accidentally by his own men. He died later in a house in Chancellorsville. Coincidentally, we had seen the stone relief of Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis years before at Stone Mountain outside Atlanta, GA.
We were at the graduation of our friends' son Matt and now, here we are, enroute to his wedding.
We are staying at the Days Inn, one block from the transportation hub for Graceland with Elvis shops, Elvis airplane and car museums and Elvis theaters. The mansion is a short drive -- feels like across the street.
The hotel is filled with British and Irish tourists who've come to see Graceland by day and sit around the hotel pool by night. There doesn't seem to be too much else of interest unless you can venture to the downtown area for blues.
The mansion is smaller than I would have suspected, but the grounds are huge. Floral wreath and bouquets surround the pool area, sent by fans. Guides tell us fans keep replenishing the flowers when they die.
The rooms are covered with mirrors ... not the oval ones we think of, but walls of glass mirror so Elvis could see his reflection everywhere. The "Jungle Room" is a combination family room/recording area he designed/furnished himself with lots of animal hides and animal print designs. Gaudy, flamboyant ... not dull.
Before you get to the musem, you pass a memorial to those who served in Vietnam with a roll of those Texans who died there.
There was also a section dedicated to 10th Mountain, which was Alex's division (2nd Battalion, 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division) One entire section of the museum is devoted to noseplane art. You cannot take photos in that room, but there was an image outside to give you an idea.
It was a heady undertaking for the first day -- some 10 hours worth of driving according to Mapquest. With Molly, the dog, and with our aging bones, we needed to stop every 3 hours. As that was a good break, we would switch drivers then.
Driving across western Texas is a lonely experience. You go through miles of desert, sage and rolling hills before you see town or farmhouse.
And my online maps were a bust. When we arrived in Odessa, they didn't actually recognize where the hotel was but sent us wandering in circles. It was well past 10 pm when we checked in. Too tired to look for food, we snacked on cheese, grapes and crackers -- provisions from the trip.
We were at an old, old, old La Quinta -- one of the chains that allows dogs. They were in process of remodeling, but it hadn't hit our section yet.
At least, it was only one night. And as we traveled, we saw newer La Quintas -- but didn't stay in one again for this trip.
We were having lunch at Big Nose Kate's Saloon when who walked in the door -- but Wyatt himself!
After lunch, we went over to the OK Corral in time for the shootout re-enactment. The Earps and Doc Holliday posed afterwards, as did Ike Clampett.
As we walked into the lobby that morning, it was filled with sheriffs, marshalls, calvary, wanted desperados and shady ladies. Do believe one of these was the Duke, if you look closely.
The parade route was around the Courthouse and Whiskey Row and the audience was 3 - 4 deep. Seems all the regulars brought their folding chairs -- as the parade lasted about 3 hours. We gave up standing before it was over and went back to the hotel for refreshments.
We had tea and drinks on Jan's screened porch, morning coffee with Sam on her patio and evening socials with Judy on her front porch. Plus we shopped, eat, laughed and enjoyed each others' company for the week.
Surprise of the day, tho, was Cooper learning to get his own ice from the refrigerator. Posted on Facebook and U-Tube ... reposted here. And I smile each time I see this.
Pretend it is February, 2011, and we are now at the yearly Marana Air Show at Marana Airport -- where they bring in the old WWII planes. (Saw one elderly gentleman escorted by his daughter about my age. He was a flyer in the planes on display ... recalling the exploits of his youth.)