Sunday, December 23, 2012



For most of the day I didn’t figure on putting a post together tonight.  Didn’t go anywhere today & for the most part didn’t do much of anything except scratch a bit a dirt here & rake a bit of dirt there.  But, once again, if I don’t write something at night……what the heck else is there to do. 



Never even bothered taking a camera along on our walk this morning.  Oh oh, something wrong there:((  Rare to find a body of water in the desert, but we did find one earlier today.  Complete with some bones.  I’ll give myself an extra kick Monday morning & see if I can’t get myself back in the groove again.  Christmas is not my favorite time of year & I’ll leave it at that.  Except to say, for some of us Northerners, a Christmas without snow is kinda like pancakes without syrup.  And, while on the topic of snow… What do you call Frosty the Snowman in May……….. A puddle:))


Our internet today was just about as slow as I have ever seen it here.  Couldn’t even open Google or Hotmail.  Figure it’s all the Kiddie-Pops in the area on a holiday Sunday afternoon doing their game stuff that has the signal bogged down.  Or, more realistically…..maybe the world did end a couple days ago & I just haven’t figured it out yet.



We have company coming from New York State in about 3 weeks.  Kelly’s Brother Peter & wife Leslie will be flying into Phoenix, renting an SUV, & heading on up to our place.  Seasoned travelers, this will be their first getaway since Peter’s full retirement from Robert’s Wesleyen College near Rochester.  And, sometime the following month, or maybe March, we are hoping my Aunt Jean’s health has improved to the point where she can fly out from Sarasota Florida.  Readers may remember my Aunt Jean from her week’s stay at the Ranch over in Cochise County last January.  She is my Uncle Harry’s Sister.  Harry is doing fine by the way……………..


On our morning walks we generally leave the house all bundled up in warm clothes.  Kelly wears a warm hat & mitts.  Half an hour later, with the sun about 10 degrees above the horizon we are peeling off clothes like crazy.  And how do you figure out 10 degrees above the horizon?  Extend your arm out full length & make a sideways fist.  Rest the bottom part of your fist on the horizon.  The top part of your fist is then about 10 degrees into the sky.


Guess the best thing for me to do is simply come to terms with & accept the fact that the stiffening & sometimes painful Arthritis which has dogged my legs this past dozen years, is probably not going to reverse itself.  Been on the arthritis medicine ‘Arthrotec’ for over a decade now & I think it has done all it can do for me.  This leg thing sure has put a crimp in my hiking & rock scrambling.  When we get back to Canada in the Spring I’ll just have to sit down with my Doctor person & see if I have any options.  No complaints with my upper body, just my legs.  Well Okay, maybe I could be accused of having a few screws loose, but…………………..    



While garage sailing Saturday morning, Kelly came across 3 rather unique Mexican paintings.  Not flat canvas & not prints.  Surface is very textured & of course, Kelly didn’t like the price.  She waited until late this afternoon, knowing the garage sale was over & went back, hoping the paintings might still be there.  They were, & Kelly got them for a much lower price:))

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GROANER’S CORNER:((  It's a romantic full moon, when Pedro said, "Hey, mamacita, let's do Weeweechu."
Oh no, not now, let's look at the moon!" said Rosita.
Oh, c'mon baby, let's you and I do Weeweechu. I love you and it's the perfect time," Pedro begged.
"But I wanna just hold your hand and watch the moon." replied Rosita.
Please, corazoncito, just once, do Weeweechu with me."
Rosita looked at Pedro and said, "OK, one time, we'll do Weeweechu."
Pedro grabbed his guitar and they both sang.....
"Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year."

- Tourists see the world, travelers experience it.
- Home is where your pet is:))
- "If having a soul means being able to feel
love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals
are better off than a lot of humans."
(James Herriot)
- The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails -William Arthur Ward
- The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...AL.
- It is not so much having nothing to do as it is not having the interest to do something....AL.


  1. Love, love, LOVE those paintings. So glad they were still there when Kelly went back! They fit so well with your decor. Really a wonderful find! Hope tomorrow is a happier day for you.

  2. Al & Kelly I love the warm look of your living room with the cedar paneling, it is so pretty. Really like the style of your decorating, it fits your southern home and lifestyle.Crooner's corner was hysterical today, laughed out loud.

  3. Seems there was a problem around the area with internet signal today. Berta said in Wickenburg the stores were having problems running credit cards. I was dropped more than usual with only 1x instead of 3g much of the day. Seems to have straightened out tonight. Maybe the world did end. ;)

    Love the paintings.

    Merry Christmas

  4. That picture of your house looks absolutely beautiful. In fact it looks like Christmas all over it - even if Christmas is not your favorite time of the year. I just love this time of the year. It makes me think once more of all the friends we have over the entire globe. And we wish them peace and good health as that is the most important thing we humans need.
    Merry Christmas Al and Kelly. We hope we will see you in the new year.

  5. the paintings go very well with your decor!! Kelly is quite the garage sale person!!
    we wish you a Merry Christmas too!!

  6. Hey if you or any of your guests would ever like to use the little Motel there in Congress, I would recommend it highly.. We have had lots of our frieends and family stay there and i can honestly say it is a bargan. Owned and operated by a nice young couple that has cleaned and fixed it up real nice,,,, It is nothing fancy, but clean and well kept it is.... I think they only have 5-6 rooms, but they do fill up sometimes. They call themselves "Arizona's Smallest Motel" Even have wifi,,

    Merry Christmas,,,,to you both (er 3) Snow or No Snow,,its Christmas,,,,Tis the season to be JOLLY!!!

  7. Wishing you and Kelly a very Merry Christmas and Happy New year from Key West

  8. I believe Kelly and I could garage sale together and do some serious damage to yours and McGyvers wallet...Love the paintings, and your house looks very inviting...Yes, this time of year is bittersweet for some..One of my Ya Ya's lost a 9year old granddaughter a few years ago just before Xmas...That would change everything in MY world. You two have a blessed holiday in the desert.

  9. You might want to try tai chi again. I know a lady that goes to ours swears by it helping her arthritis even after the first month.

  10. Those paintings are just adding more character you wonderful Arizona Ranch.


  11. Love the pictures! Your house looks great! Christmas is or used to be one of my favorite times.It is not the same anymore.
    Wishing you both a wonderful first Christmas in your new house.

  12. Hey we might get some snow after all tonight, Wishing you guys all a Merry Christmas from the Weeb Ranch, to the Congress Ranch. Be safe out there and enjoy your holidays. Sam & Donna...

  13. I knew nothing about ARTHROTEC but since I have also been diagnosed with arthritis I did a little web searching, this is one of the things that I found: ARTHROTEC should only be used exactly as prescribed at the lowest dose possible and for the shortest time needed.

    It would seem to me that a decade of taking this drug may be stretching the time limit on its effectiveness.
    You also mentioned that your blood pressure was a little high back in May when they put you on the cholesterol meds. Did they also put you on a blood pressure med?

    If Arthrotec is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered: blood pressure medications such as diltiazem hydrochloride, enalapril maleate, nifedipine, and propranolol; corticosteroids; cyclosporine; digoxin; diuretics; glipizide; glyburide. It seems like ANY blood pressure med will react with Arthrotec, perhaps not favorably.

    On Nov, 28, 2012: 5,343 people reported to have side effects when taking Arthrotec. Among them, 1 people (0.02%) has Recurrent Leg Pain And Cramping. Could this be your problem also?

  14. Hi Al and Kelly, I haven't been commenting lately but I never miss one of your posts. I get what you mean about Christmas without snow. It's strange but your house looks very nice and festive and I hope you two and the Pheebs have a wonderful day and an especially great 2013. Grace (in Tucson)

  15. Nice Lights !!
    Al,Merry Christmas!!