Thursday, December 30, 2010

We're Moving

We’re moving!  We have a contract on the house and just had the home inspection today so we’re waiting to hear the results; assuming this is a “go” and I’m busy tearing apart my lovely home.  Oh, how barren it looks without all the special touches that we’ve enjoyed having around us.  We left our walls white but we had lots of “eye candy” to feast upon and now it’s scattered throughout boxes stacked in the garage.  I’ve got to get as much packing done as possible by the first of the year since we do not yet have a home in Lake Havasu to move into.  The closing is scheduled for February 2 so I need to get to Havasu and do some house shopping!  Funny thing … but I can’t be here packing and in Havasu house hunting at the same time.  How neat it would be if I could!

We’re planning to rent for at least a year, maybe longer, as we start a little business with our son and see how it goes.  It will also give us a chance to check out all the different areas in Havasu so if and when we decide to buy we will know exactly where we’d like to live. 

And, if you read my previous post, you know how much I hate packing for a trip.  But this packing up of the whole house is actually easier – no decisions about what to pack.  Everything goes!  Except some items that I know I haven’t or won’t use … so it’s pretty easy in the decision department.  The hard part is the actual packing in boxes and moving them around.  My two sons are already in Havasu and my husband lives and works in Phoenix during the week SO the bulk of the packing is left to me.  I must admit I’ve accomplished a lot in the last week or so and I’m on box #62 today and counting.  And I’m developing muscles – that’s a bonus!

 Miss the "eye candy"

Next week, it’s off to Havasu to find a home.  Hopefully I will find just the right one for us and get things settled there quickly so I can return and finish the rest of the packing here in Tucson. 

Wish me luck!  Blessings,

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Butterfly Magic

Saturday was a beautiful winter day in Tucson ... bright sunshine, clear blue skies, and temps in the 70's.  We took a tour through the Tucson Botanical Gardens, known as one of the best small gardens in the country.  We usually go about once a year, especially during the season they have the "Butterfly Magic" display where you can enter a specially warmed and tropical atmosphere and spend time in the midst of hundreds of beautiful butterflies fluttering about.  Here are some pictures ... hope you enjoy them and it brings thoughts of springtime to those of you who are experiencing the blizzard conditions that are raging through parts of the States.

The tropical flowers in this display are beautiful too!

Sometimes you have to look carefully to find the butterly ...
this little guy has a bright spot of red dressing him up.

This one has an all-over lace design.


There is a matching, but smaller, butterfly hovering over this beauty.

 Isn't this a beauty!  Look at the colors!

Not colorful, but a beautful, lacey design

This fellow didn't want to have his picture taken but I loved his blue color!

The gardens also showcase a number of different style "gardens" and their appropriate plants.  This one is considered a patio garden.

And this brightly colored one is a "kitchen garden".

And, of course, Arizona is loaded with the spiky and prickly plants!!

This is a "jumping cholla" -- if you get close to it, your body heat will attract it to you and it just reaches out and grabs you!

And here is an Organ Pipe Cactus ...

Hope you've enjoyed!


Friday, December 10, 2010

Oh, Lucky Me!

Winter in Tucson ... I grew up in Vermont -- long, cold, snowy winters.  Then I lived 25 years in Boston -- long, cold, wet, windy, snowy winters.  We moved to San Diego and lived on our sailboat -- yeah!  Now we're in Tucson and this is winter in Tucson ... oh, lucky me!

We got hit by a frost about 10 days ago but we're back in the 70's for the past week and looks like it's going to continue a bit.  Oh I love the warmth ...

Hope you enjoy wherever you are ...  Blessings,

Monday, December 6, 2010


Waiting … not one of my better attributes, but I’m learning.  We’re waiting for a buyer for our home; we’re waiting to get on with life in Lake Havasu; we’re waiting to pack everything up and be on our way; we waiting to be together with our boys in Havasu.  But God has a plan and His timing is not necessarily my timing … He sees the big picture … I see today, tomorrow and maybe next month. 

Always before I’ve become really driven to get done what I want done when I want it done and how I want it done.  But in my latter years of increased wisdom (!) I’m trying very hard to step back, take a breath, and look on the bright side … God has a special plan for us and He’s working it out for our benefit and I should not try to rush Him or coerce Him or change His plan in any way. 

Perhaps He is waiting for exactly the right house to become available for us to rent when we arrive.  Perhaps He is priming my husband’s company to be ready to allow him to work from home so he can continue in his position yet still be available to oversee our new venture.  Perhaps He is putting the final touches on the situation for our new venture to succeed. 

I know my ways and my thoughts are not God’s ways and His thoughts and I’ve determined that I’m going to let God be God and me be me and don’t get the two mixed up.  He is smarter than I am; He sees more than I see; He has plans for me and my family that I know nothing about and I don’t want to upset His plans.  How dumb that would be.  The best place we can all be is exactly where God wants us to be at the moment. 

And on that note, I’m going to relax and let Him be the boss and I’ll do all that I can do and then just look forward to seeing the result of what He is doing today … and tomorrow … and on and on.

My, that’s much easier than me just worrying and fretting over everything … and it doesn’t accomplish anything anyway.

Blessings and sweet dreams,