Ready

A couple of people have wondered when I return to Paris. The answer is not for a while. Maurice arrives in October and we plan to do a few things and not be back in Paris until the end of November so not back to Paris for a long time.
I am still looking for someone to check on my Mom when I’m not here. So far every agency has a four hour minimum which my Mom doesn’t need. I have started to resort to prayer hoping for a miracle find. My Mom isn’t as strong as she was the last time I saw her but she still dusts, cleans the floor and won’t go to bed until the kitchen is totally clean. Plus, she puts on full makeup each day. I will know she isn’t well when she skips that. I also had to buy a moisturizer for her yesterday. Her skin looks better than mine.
I haven’t been out to take photos recently so I went back to the very first ones I took with my iPhone taken in Paris.

This was taken in April of 2011.  I don’t remember where it was. I loved the pinks and it is the screen saver for my phone.

I took this from our bedroom window of the apartment one floor down facing our inner courtyard. Someone was going to have breakfast in bed.

Still Here

Still here with my mother in Arizona. I have to admit I’m feeling a bit bored. My Mom can hardly get around so we sit around talking and watching TV. I have had my fill of Fox News, not to mention most news. There is too much immediate news for me. My Mom is very religious too and of course wants to watch religious shows. I’m doing lots of reading, often next to Mom while she watches TV. She is also a big reader but it’s these books about home cures of just about any disease or condition using items often found in any home. She reads the newspaper from front to back too. I guess it’s a good thing thing she doesn’t surf the internet.

I still walk around the mall just about every morning. This is a view from the third floor of the marble floor below.

The entrance to the new movie theatre in the mall. It’s nice to stand in front of the entrance and feel the air conditioned air pour out.

Even the elevator shaft is decorated.

Some of the many, many brass handrails there. There are at least a dozen ladies there every morning polishing it along with cleaning the glass. I never touch the handrails now when going up or down stairs after seeing how hard they work.

Another

My Mom seems to be pretty much back to her former self although she is still a little weak. She had a fall so I am setting up wifi so she can have one of those home security buttons that she she can press if she falls-“I’ve falllen and I can’t get up!” as the commerical says. I want to find some sort of home health care which is a pain. We spend a lot of time watching TV including the Home Shopping Network where we kept seeing a mascara for sale called Monsieur Big by Lancome. Mom talked me into buying some so now I have stunning eyelahes.

Anyway, when my son was here, we made a stop at a historic resort called Camelback Inn. It was built in 1936 and was popular with Hollywood celebrities. It has a Spanish/Southwest ambiance.

You are greeted as you enter by this Indian statue.

The pretty lobby.

It is too hot to sit out on the patio.

Camelback Mountain from the front of the Inn.

Fusion

I’ve heard of restaurants serving fusion food but haven’t had any. I get sort of suspicious when I see a place that offers both Japanese and Mexican food. How could both in the same place be good? I was with my son who is on a business meeting here in Scottsdale and we were looking for some chinese food when we saw the name SumoMaya and decided to try it and, indeed, there was Japanese and Mexican food and it was good. I especially liked the interior. It wasn’t cheap though.

The front door.

See? Mexican and Japanese.

An interesting cocktail, sort of a mix between a Pimms and a Moscow Mule.

The bar.

I especially liked this tree which looked live but I suspect wasn’t as who wants leaves and sap dropping into their food?

Resort

My son is here for a business meeting and is staying at a resort called the Omni. Scottsdale is known for its resorts as it is a popular destination in the winter. So I guess my son’s company got good deals on rooms here in the hot summer. I love to look at beautiful places and this was one.

There was a Spanish theme in the decorations and architecture like this fountain.

This pretty painting was above the check-in desk.

An Alhambra like-fountain and tower.

A fountain at the end of the swimming pool. Camelback Mountain was right behind the resort.

Hot

I am not one of those people that likes heat, even dry heat as they call it here. However, this being what they call the “monsoon” season, there is humidity. That makes it hard for me to get out and do my walk. When I open the door at dawn and it is at least 80 degrees, it sort of kills any desire to get out so, on the advice of a friend, I decided to try a shopping mall not too far away for walking. It is called Fashion Square and is one of those upscale malls and while it isn’t very cool, it beats 80 degrees. It opens at 6 AM although all of the stores are closed and you will find cleaning ladies polishing the glass and brass, a security guard and ten or so people like me walking. Looking in the windows as I chug along is interesting and if a store only has its metal grates down, cold air rushes out which feels great but makes me wonder what their electric bill runs.

You can see here the clouds one evening after a thunder storm.

You can see what a pretty mall it is, especially when it is empty.

This is the entry ramp in front of Neiman Marcus which sort of looks like a space ship, or a portal.

I saw these two later in the day when I went to shop. It is some sort of virtual reality set up and the machine they were sitting in moved.