Wednesday, October 24, 2018

I am not dead!

Life has gotten busy in the last few years. The kids have grown up as you can see in the photo below.  My daughter is a sophomore in college and the president of her sorority (as a FRESHMAN) and my son is a junior in high school and is now 6'2" tall and can rest his head on top of my head and I'm 5'10" (although I might be shrinking)!

I have kept this blog up as my children's Dad died some years ago and I have yet to figure out how to commemorate all the family posts (before I got divorced) for them and their memories!  If anyone knows of a way to print the blog to a photo book, feel free to share in the comments.

In other news, I hiked 3 miles down into the Grand Canyon via Bright Angel Trail in early October starting my 50th birthday extravaganza for the next few months until it arrives in Dec. We would have gone further down but the tropical storms were rolling in and we got back out with only minimal rain the 20 minutes before it started pouring!

AND I got engaged to this wonderful man, Bob, in September.  He's a post for another day but I can say after 11 years of being single since my divorce and 8 years since my children's Dad passed away and I found myself to be an ONLY parent, I am really quite surprised and happy.
I will try and do better in future with my posting.

I do knit from time to time but it isn't such a compulsion as it was during very stressful times of life!

Saturday, April 04, 2015


I took a beautiful walk today in the area right behind my house. 

The desert is in full bloom right now.  There's the cat claw vines. 

A red tailed hawk looking for prey.
seeing the beauty of the desert reminded me to be thankful. Thankful for my health,  my children,  great friends,  great family,  a job I enjoy,  and a life that provides me so much happiness. 
As I age I have to remind myself that I need to be thankful for what my body DOES for me.  It has birthed and nursed 2 children,  it allows me to hike/bike and whatever other crazy thing I think to do when the spirit moves me.

Today,  as every day, I am thankful and blessed. 

Tuesday, March 03, 2015


It's been while since I've posted! 

In that time:

And a quick trip to Paris!

A trip to the UK to visit the kids Dad's side of the family!

A trip to antelope canyon!

A great birthday wish from daughter. Gotta love moments like this! 

A 16 mile hike in the Phoenix Summit Challenge. Met amazing ladies and hiked 4 peaks in 1 day!

There was a Halloween party. 

25 year friends visiting you and bringing more  new friend!

Hannah's confirmation! 
It's been a busy year but all I can say is thank you for the blessings!

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Sunrise Trail Hike

4.85 miles, 1300 ft elevation

Beautiful sunrise!

My hiking buddies today!

The rattlesnake wasn't my buddy! Only the 3rd I've seen in all my hikes.

A hitching post for my imaginary horse.

The desert is very green with all the rain!
The hiking challenge has introduced me to some amazing women! Added bonus!!

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Dreamy Draw Hike

Not much knitting going on these days! I am alive though!

I took a hike with a girlfriend this morning in the Dreamy Draw area of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. 
Along the way we found this deserted building that we've never seen before. 
It is close to a neighborhood so it obviously was easily accessible if you know where it is....but the graffiti was cool!
I liked this view of Phoenix through one of the windows. 
We also saw parts of a rusted out car. We wondered where the rest of the car went and how it got out there!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Our family celebrates Christmas on Christmas Eve after church. 

Shoot me now because my almost 15 year old daughter is a beautiful girl with great legs. 

We hid her and her legs in the back (just kidding) in this photo. It's good to have my Dad & his wife with us for the holiday!

We read the book Donkey Daniel before we open gifts. I got the book in Sunday School in 1978. Every year it makes me smile to see my own children take turns reading this gem!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

Jingle Bell Run!

It's that time of year in Arizona where the weather is nice and there are many fun runs!

I did the Jingle Bell Run with some girlfriends. Fun and also a good reason to wear a tutu, because we all know I LOVE tutus!

My girlfriends chest all decorated! 

Even saw another girlfriend I used to work with there with her family!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

12k's of Christmas

My work out girlfriend and I did a 12k yesterday. 

We saw a lot of great costumes!

We finally for a photo with Santa...because it goes with our shirts that say, "Santa's Favorite Ho". Many a laugh throughout the day!
And great swag!
Christmas socks, Christmas arm warmers, Santa hat and clif bars!

Now back to biking! I learned I really don't ever get those running endorphins.