Phoenix

I’m pretty sure most people know that Scottsdale, where I am with my Mom, is a suburb of Phoenix, the capitol of Arizona. Maurice and I made a quick excurtion there just to look around at the downtown.

Our first stop was the Saint Mary Basilica built at the end of the 1800’s which doesn’t seem that old after visiting churches in Europe. It was pretty small but in beautiful shape. Pope John Paul had visited there.

The statue of a young Jesus had actual clothes on it, something I have only seen in Europe.

 

This was the pretty entrance into a park behind Saint Marys.

We made a quick stop just into the lobby of the science museum where there was a giant telescope, microscope and a blinking eye. It looked rather surreal.

Back in Scottsdale the next morning there were clouds catching the rays of the rising sun. I love clouds.

Sunrise, Sunset

I am still out every morning doing my walk. This whole area around my Mom’s place is paved with walkways away from the streets which is nice.

There was a full moon the other day, the Harvest Moon which usually occurs in September but this year was in October, so called because it occurs near the Autumn Solstice. I had forgotten to check it out the night before but at dawn, when I went out to walk, I noticed that it was really light and that I didn’t need my flash light and thought at first there was a bright street light but then realized that it was the full moon, lighting my way.

I’ve been going through my Mom’s photos and found this one of me. Mom can’t remember how old I was when it was taken. I’m guessing two or three months. I guess now days they would have to put an iPhone in the baby’s hands to be authentic.

Starbucks on dawn. The guy sitting there in the blue shirt is Maurice. He has finally arrived sick and with jet lag, but here. It’s been a long time.

 

This and That

I usually do posts about This and That in Paris but, since I have a few photos that are unconnected to each other, here we go, only in the States.

When I caught an Uber for the ride to the airport for a plane to Texas, this was my driver. He was a very nice man and the hair, hat, and turquoise bracelet interested me. I usually have interesting conversations with Uber drivers. A lot of them are retired and either wanting to keep busy or needing the extra cash. This Willie Nelson lookalike had a disabled wife at home, was working for extra income and didn’t drive on week-ends because he didn’t want to drive drunks. Several drivers have told me about really drunk people, usually college girls, who use Uber which could be dangerous it seems to me. At least they aren’t driving. I have a grandson in college who has started being an Uber driver just a few hours a week and making a decent income. He doesn’t do nights either because he doesn’t want anyone to throw up in his car. One driver told me he once went to pick up a hamburger at Mcdonalds for delivery. Seems a bit lazy to me. The world is changing. Sometimes I feel really old.

I’m still walking everyday. I find myself awake at 4 am most mornings for some reason and I think, “What the heck, might as well get out and walk” which I do. I skip walking in the sun when I do this and it’s actually cool and I get to see sunrises. Clouds add so much to a sunrise or sunset. Of course, by 8 or so, I have been up for hours and by noon, I need a nap. I don’t know how all of this will work when Maurice arrives but he will probably have jet lag anyway so we can get out together.

I was walking the other day and a light from a nearby building was shining through the trees and it made this pattern on the ground which looked liked trees themselves. Somehow I noticed this.

Hospitality

While in Texas, I had a wonderful dinner at the home of the mother in law of my son. She is a fabulous cook and always prepares meals you think of months later. Our meal was no exception.

The table was beautifully set in an Autumn theme.

There were flowers, of course.

This was a thick pork chop topped with a crushed pretzel topping. So yummy.

She has the sister of this dog belonging to my son, and another one to boot.

Grapevine

As I said in my last post, I visited a town called Grapevine in Texas while visiting with family nearby. Grapevine was originally called Grape Vine after Grape Vine Springs where some wild grapes grew. The famous outlaws, Bonnie and Clyde hung out around here too and two policemen were killed nearby by one of their gang members. Who knew? Anyway, a few more photos:

When I brightened up this photo it made the eggs look shiny which they weren’t. The eggs aren’t dyed but colored by the diet of the chickens. I saw Martha Stewart do this years ago with her chickens.

This little baby goat-don’t you love its ears?-belonged to a family selling goat cheese and soap bars made from goat milk. Their business was started when the daughter raised a goat for 4-H and they now have 70 of them. My daughter in law wants to have a small farm one day and have goats and chickens. Sounds like a lot of work to me but I’m not that young anymore.

The girl proudly wore this belt buckle that she won in a State Fair for her goat. There are so many lives and interests out there that I never even think about.

The lady in the cowboy hat makes very cute t-shirts and baby outfits. I loved “Storm Pooper”. They were all funny.

There was also a man selling geodes. They are hallow rocks often full of crystals as you can see to the left with white crystals. The man had partially cut through the rocks and then, if you bought one, you took the tool, put it in the crevice and hit it with a hammer and it fell apart perfectly. You didn’t know what type of crystal would be inside until you cut it in half. These geodes came from an ancient, dead volcano in Mexico made from bubbles when it exploded and then over years, rocks dissolved and colored the inside. I love geology.

Texas

 

It’s I have made a quick trip to Dallas to visit family. While there we made a trip to the historic town of Grapevine (known as the Christmas Capital of Texas) to check out their farmers market. It was small but had all sorts of things.

The city hall had this nice sculpture at the top above the clock.

They have a windmill too.

It is pumpkin season as you can see.

And look at these great baskets of fruit and veggies. All grown locally.