Monday, May 31, 2010
Ahhhhhhh. It was a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and now I'm in a state of collapse! I'm on the family room sofa, Saby's on the hallway tile, and Craig's back in the man cave. I know I have enough new photos and materials to last me through most of June, so you shouldn't be bored with tales of Saby and/or my garden for quite awhile! In fact, there are so many photos, I have no clue where to begin!
Here's the answer. Like Scarlett O'Hara, I'll think about that tomorrow! Ha! I promise some good photos tomorrow!
Saturday, May 29, 2010
We're headed up to the sweat lodge for the weekend! (just kidding) Here's an overview that has some nice scenic views of the Sedona area. We're planning on some hiking, shopping, eating, and just hanging out and relaxing!
Have a nice safe Memorial Day weekend!
Friday, May 28, 2010
I've been up for the sunrise every morning this week. The daytime temps have heated up into the 90's, but it's still been cool enough at night to sleep with the windows open. I'm guessing that'll be over by next week. I'm still hoping for a freaky Phoenix summer where the daytime highs stay in the low 100's. HA!
The pool is now in daily use. After Saby's morning walk, a friend and I have been doing water aerobics. We've talked about doing this for a couple of years and finally got around to it. It's great exercise. I'm totally de-stressed afterwards, and I'm starting to see muscles again in my arms? It's a miracle!
I've almost finished my latest book, The Lotus Eaters. If you haven't read it, it's the gripping tale of a female war photographer during the Viet Nam era.
I settled on the fabric and found an upholsterer for that ottoman. The total cost including extra fabric for pillows will be about $140, a savings of over $1300 if I'd bought the new chair and ottoman. I guess I'm officially a frugalista. I've also been on a swimsuit shopping tear. Swimsuits seem to sell out early in Phoenix, especially at the discount places. I'm really into scooping up those cheap suits in preparation for my Isla trip.
Craig and I, of course, are really psyched for the weekend in Sedona. Hopefully, I'll have lots of new photos and a full report next week. It'll be a nice way to spend Memorial Day weekend instead of focusing on memories of loved ones.
Better pack my bags!
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
After deciding we didn't really want that expensive chair and ottoman, I finally realized that I had a leather chair in the den that sees no action. Craig was out of town, so I decided to do some furniture moving by myself. My back's still hurting! I'm not a fan of matchy matchy decorating, so I decided it'd be perfect to just have a slipcover made for the existing ottoman to make the chair comfortable for Craig and help tie the leather chair to the existing leather and sage green sofas in the room.
I immediately noticed this fabric. It pulls the chocolate colors of the leather and green from the other sofa.
I think this is a faux leather fabric, but I love the basket weave look. I may need to make a pillow or mat out of this!
I also found this leaf-patterned fabric. It also pulls the green and chocolate colors from the two sofas.
Decisions, decisions. Craig and I both like this stripe/tweedy looking fabric. Now I just need to find someone to make the slipcover and get an estimate on how much fabric to buy. I'll definitely buy some extra so I can make a couple of pillows for the older leather sofa.
When it's all done, I'm curious to see how much money I'll have saved. And I'll owe it all to the silly man who lost a sale because he got stingy with his pillows. He gave me the extra time to realize I could make do with what I had!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Craig started with an order of barbequed wings because he had a free coupon that was burning a hole in his pocket. Those went home with us to eat while we watched the Suns beat the Lakers!
We both chose the BBQ lunch baskets with two meats. I ordered the barbequed chicken and catfish fingers along with the garlic mashed red potatoes that are seriously to die for! In addition, as if that wouldn't fill a person up, the lunch included corn on the cob and a honey cornbread muffin.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
We're looking forward to our trip to Sedona this next weekend. Michael gifted me two nights at the lovely Hilton Resort in Sedona for Mother's Day. What a nice son! Miss Saby passed her visit to the doggie dude ranch with flying colors, so she's set for a weekend running with the pack while we're gone and she's excited about it! I imagine she'll spend at least the first 24 hours sniffing surroundings if her visit today was any indication.
I finished booking all of our rooms for the Isla trip at the end of June. Even though I know it's going to be jungle heat down there, I can't wait! There's something indescribably relaxing about floating in the ocean and/or listening to the crashing waves. We're both looking forward to more Isla adventures!
Yum! Can't wait to taste those shrimp kebabs,
Dip into the warm waters of Playa Norte,
Hang out at our favorite places,
And comb new areas for seaglass.
Can't wait until my ship comes in!
Saturday, May 22, 2010
While those kind of bugs still bother me, I now collect bugs of a different kind. I love taking photos of old VW Bugs. All of these photos were taken in Mexico. I can't wait to get back down there and acquire some new ones for my collection. Vee had a Bug photo from her most recent trip that was outstanding!
Isla Mujeres Bug
Bug and Bonus Moto
Avenida Juarez, Isla Mujeres
Another Isla Bug
Friday, May 21, 2010
I've been playing chicken with the airlines trying to score a reasonable fare for Craig's trip to Isla. I've come to the conclusion that maybe a magic carpet ride might be the best way for him to get there!
I started looking when I booked my free ticket back in February. At that time, fares were in the $600 range and I just assumed they'd come down. Some airlines ran a sale a few months ago, but it was for travel through June 24. That sale expires May 25, so I'm hoping they'll start another summer fare sale after that for travel in July and August. But that's a crapshoot! Since I've been watching, the fares have ranged from lo-600's to over $1000. The only fares I've seen this high to Cancun have been during the December/January holiday time frame. (And that's why we never go to Isla at Christmas!) I hate to go beyond the 30 days out point. I think I'll set the end of May as my deadline. Hopefully, I can at least find something in the $600's, which amounts to a 100% increase in fares from what I paid last year.
I've always wanted a photo of my VW Bug convertible on Isla? Do you think Craig would fall for that? HA!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
I love these cool light fixtures!
Chips, salsa, and bean dip with every meal!
Craig happily awaiting his food.
Our new fave -- the House Quesadilla! Grilled chicken, peppers, onions, and chipolte cream cheese sauce in a tomato basil tortilla -- guacamole on the side! Yummmm! Just looking at this photo makes me want to run back out there!
We did manage to eat it all! That quesadilla is to die for!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Saturday was a work day for Craig and I. Cleaning the patios, trimming the shrubs, and getting the pool ready for summer.
Monday, May 17, 2010
aloe in a rustic pot
shopping cart garden
Sunday, May 16, 2010