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.

Desert Beauty

I’m not a huge fan of the desert but the older I get, the more beauty I see.

There aren’t usually cacti flowers blooming but these showed up after a heavy rain.

With storms come spectacular sunrises.

Reflections in puddles too.

A Change of Plans

A photo taken from the plane somewhere over Texas.

I hadn’t planned to come to the States until September but my Mother had some serious health issues so here I am. I was very worried when I first arrived but she is much better now, though weak, so I’m feeling better.

As for my blog, I’m not sure what will happen. ¬†It’s been well over 100 ¬†degrees every day so it’s hard to get out. It’s also what they call the “monsoon” season where heavy thunderstorms are the norm in Arizona so there is humidity added to the high temps. I am getting a few photos on my very early-jetlag-morning walks so I may dip into my archives to do posts.

Stay tuned.