Thursday, April 21, 2005

Apache Gold ... San Carlos, Arizona .... hunkered down at the Indian Rez outside of Globe after a very lonnnnng day. It started out okay, the first hour, and then when I unplugged the electricity there was NO 12-Volt! Won't bore you with the details, but I did have a previous appointment at Dillon's RV Repair in Apache Junction (on 60 east of Phoenix) for a toilet repair (the flushing mechanism.) So I arrived at 9:30 a.m. and left at 4 p.m., twiddling my thumbs all that time waiting, and waiting and waiting for parts, etc. The no 12-volt was a bad breaker. That got fixed and the toilet works like brand new. So I finally feel like I'ma headin' home. To relieve the stress I ate a whole carton of Haagen Dazs ... well, almost. It's time to post pictures.

My Baby Sister Sue celebrated her 70th birthday on Tuesday. I sent her the tulips because she deserves them and because I thought it might help take her mind off "the big" birthday. Isn't she gorgeous?



In March Sue's grandson, Brandon Tiago, went into the Marines. His Grandpa and Sue's first husband, Joe Tiago, Jr., was a General in the USMC. General Joe had a massive heart attack in 1979 and is no longer with us on this plane. Brandon is the first child of any of our children or grandchildren to go into the military.

Here's Sue, Lori, her daughter and Brandon's mom, the Hunk, and his Great Grandma Zeta (Sue's and my mom, age 95).



She's really a Great Great Grandma because of the twins, Sophia and Brent, down my line. And here they are last summer down at the farm. I just love to show them off, wouldn't you?



Well, that's 30 for today. G'nite.

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Chandler, Arizona ... Hacienda Solano Resort ... Day 10 ... can you believe this? Guess I'm having too much fun ... nah, just catching up with chores .... you know, get the oil changed on the truck, two weeks of laundry, visiting with friends, get the hair cut and etc.

Before I forget it, the pictures of our (Marilyn and me) visit with Doris Walenta in Tucson are now posted in the last day, April 7th, in case you are following along with this saga.

Continuing on ... when I arrived here in Chandler (Phoenix metro area) I found Bill Gangel in a nursing home recuperating from breaking a vertebra. Bill's wife is Charlene (Char) and we have been friends since 6th grade. How'z that for longevity? They live in Sun Lakes nearby. Another old school chum is JoAnn Tierney, who also winters here in Sun Lakes. The three of us are part of a group of nine who belong to the Round Robin, a newsy letter that we have been circulating UNBROKEN since 1948!

Here's Char, Jo and me relaxing before going to dinner hosted by the Tierneys.



And the Tierneys ... JoAnn and Bernie.



And their lovely home in Sun Lakes. They live in Denver in the summer months. That's Char and Jo out front.



Last Sunday I found the Life Force Chapter of ASD (American Society of Dowsers) and caught a shot of Mary Marie Satterlee and Clay Smith.



Being an 18-year member of ASD, founder of the Digital Dowers (a cyber chapter) and former Trustee, it is so enjoyable to attend the meetings of other chapters and meet up with long time friends. Clay has a new i-River MP-3 recorder that I immediately spotted and it looks like my next toy, hehe. Clay followed me home to oogle my satellite and other toys ... a kindred spirit.

The featured speaker for the day was Serge Martel, a modern American Indian Shaman who is shown here with his L-rods testing energy and auras.



And, of course, they end their day with a potluck that filled the spirit and the belly.



Today Char reports that Bill is doing so well that he might come home on Monday. I will capture his picture before leaving the area so all of you interested in Bill's progress can see for yourself.

My project for today was to hook up a new DVD player to my cupboard full of electronics ... and, oh, dear ... not my forte`. Somehow I managed to do IT! All because the DVD of "What the Bleep Do We Know" arrived in my mail from home ... and I can hardly wait to see it again, and again, and again.

I am soooo excited about that movie that I am intending to sign up for the Scottsdale (Phoenix) Prophet's Conference entitled "What the Bleep" in October. Found an RV park near the resort where the conference will take place and intend to run up there tomorrow to take a look. I am believing my good fortune!

Thought for today:

"You have to strive every minute to get rid of the life
that you have planned in order to have the life that's
waiting to be yours. Move, move, move...."
--Joseph Campbell

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Tucson, Arizona ... Whispering Palms RV Park ...

Going back to the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, March 30th.

On the way home from Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point, the American name,) ...



(apologies for the dirty windshield) ....

... we spent one night at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. They have a lovely RV park once limited in RV size but now expanded and experimenting with the big rigs. The view was breathtaking, calming, one with all that is.



The desert is just beginning to bloom.







We arrived in Tucson on Thursday, March 31st, and Marilyn began her much anticipated visit with her brother Guy and his wife, June. I checked into the Whispering Palms for a week.



On Sunday Marilyn and I went to the Unity Church, which is always a haven away from home. The Tucson church has a lovely sanctuary, a terrific husband and wife team of ministers, and their grounds around is a lovely desert landscape.

Hanging Fruit Cholla.



Ma and Pa!



Cholla and Ocotillo (the tall stuff)



Palo Verde trees.



That evening we met up for dinner with Suzanne Seay from our Copper Canyon trip. She took us to a Mongolian Barbeque which was delicious and outstanding.



On Saturday I found the Tucson Dowsers, who had three women sharing the speaker's platform.

Phyllis Winslow, Ellie Drew and Mary Wolken-Rodriguez.



Homer Hefty, co-founder with his wife, Marge, of the Tucson Dowsers many years ago, crossed to the other side in late 2003 and found his voice in this realm through Ellie Drew, who has written a best seller book: "Partnering with Spirit:Homer's Journey." I so resonated with Ellie that I made an appointment with her for a private reading. Fascinating!

Our last night in Tucson, Marilyn and I were invited to break bread with Doris Walenta, a New Mexico landowner (all three of us) in the Harmonious Earth Community, a friend and artist ...



That was Marilyn overseeing Doris making a most delicious spinach salad. The dinner that followed of angel hair pasta, kalamata olive bread and a fine Pinot Noir ... together with the company ... ooh, lala.

Doris does sculpting, being her mode of expression at the present moment. She went to Italy to take a class, went to the quarry to pick out her "stone," and this is the finished result. Magnificent!



Doris is also an expert on clay and teaches classes in Tucson. This is a sample of her many vases displayed in her home.



Marilyn went to the Tucson Airport this morning, April 7th, to fly home to Baltimore. Home. Well, her car is there and her daughter and grandchildren. I think her home is now "on the road" as it appears is mine, having spent only 3 months in New Mexico during 2004. Her trailer is in Florida, where she will drive to pick up before April 15th. Hmm-m-m-m, tax day. I am a good girl and mine are filed long ago.

This ends the Baja 2005 trip. Thanks, Marilyn, for calling me last October and suggesting such a journey. What a ride!

Our prayer for protection each morning
as we started out. It will be my prayer
each morning as I start out henceforth:

The light of God surrounds us;
The love of God enfolds us;
The power of God protects us;
The presence of God watches
over us;
Wherever we are, God is!

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Tucson, Arizona ... the days are blurred ... one runs into the next.

I added more pictures to finish up the March 30th entry, so you might want to scroll down for that if you visited here and thought it was finished.

Will be here a week, and have some lovely pictures from Organ Pipe ... so stay tuned.

Happy Birthday, Adam!



Love 'n hugz .... eGram.