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.

 

Here Again

A photo from Paris from a few years ago. I especially like the light. It was taken from the metro as it crossed the Seine. No photos from AZ at the moment.

I am back in Scottsdale with my Mom after a quick trip to los Angeles. It is back up to 110 degrees or so every day which just kills my spirit and I don’t get outside to take photos. My only excursion is in the car to drive to the mall to walk and I often make a stop at the grocery store on the way home. Mom’s doctor wanted to do two procedures on Mom but she only, reluctantly, agreed to one-the subcutaneous Loop Heart Monitor, which keeps track of her heart 24/7. Once a day the whole record is sent in via the Internet to the doctor’s office where they check for various things. If she should have another episode, they can see if it was caused by her heart. She is one of many who have atrial fibrillation where the heart beats irregularly which is the leading cause of strokes. It was a quick procedure done in the hospital. We were almost ready to be checked out when a nurse ran by as the patient next to us coded and suddenly there were twenty people in the room trying to bring him back. We don’t know if he made it or not. He was intubated and being helped to breath when they took him out of the room. Mom can’t walk well but she sure looked healthy compared to him. She told me she doesn’t want me to leave. I did point out to her that I have a life in France to return to-and believe me, I am very ready to return. I think she will hate being alone again but I have found an agency which will send someone to check on her once a day and do various things for her. Progress.

Mom and I were both born in Houston, Texas so watch the news about the hurricane very avidly. I have a cousin who still lives there. I wrote the day before the hurricane was due to land and asked if he was leaving but he said no and that, in fact, his wife was getting her nails done. The next day he said they had very little rain and that what was being shown on the news was “fake news”. The next day I saw photos of his pool which had turned green and was overflowing and what he called a lake in front of his house but he still wasn’t leaving. The day after that I called and he said his son was coming in a boat to get them and that there was two feet of water in his house. Both of his cars are destroyed. He headed back a few days later with his son and friends to start ripping out walls and start the repair. He had flood insurance for 22 years and finally stopped it thinking it was a waste of time and money. In the meantime, in Dallas, my son and daughter can’t get gas. There is sort of a panic run on gas stations as everyone is afraid there won’t be any left due to the damage to the suppliers in Houston.

I’m looking forward to seeing Notre Dame again.

Out

I made myself go out for a short time to get a photo of the sunset. When the sun isn’t shining on you, it’s somewhat bearable even though it got up to 110 degrees. I just drove a short distance from my Mom’s to the edge of a nearby golf course, one of many, to get my photo.

I’m always a sucker for reflections in water.

Nearby are these sculptures of metal which are actually part of a system to handle flooding. I’ve seen water flowing out of the horse’s mouths before.

You can sort of see the tunnels through which the water goes which lead to a canal run off.

Looking up into a horse’s mouth. They are really big. I’ve seen them from the road before but didn’t really register thier size.

The freeways in Phoenix are amazing.

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?