January 11 - 25, 2023
Not sure if I'm somehow worried about 2023, but this is the first new year in a long time where I'm having trouble remembering to write 23 instead of 22. With all the catch-up medical appointments I'm filling out more paperwork than usual so you'd think I'd have it correct nearly a month in. Nope, did it again just yesterday.
I'm sure it isn't age related.......
Lots of good intentions on my part for getting things done outside but our January has been cold, cold, cold. Our night time lows have been under 30 for ten days with another week of the same forecast. The mostly sunny skies are deceptive as one step outdoors and I'm making a mad dash back inside - especially when the wind's blowing too! We did get snow overnight a couple days ago with some of it still sticking in the shade of the front yard today.
All of our kids except two are in SoCal where weather has been a big factor as well. The missing rains of the last several years all showed up at the same time with devastating impact. Fortunately none of the family has had any damage. Brian has been working 90% remotely which is a good thing as his commute is on "the Grapevine", Interstate 5. Living in the mountains means their rain is often snow.
|Monday morning snow.|
|When water moves the earth.|
|Ezra enjoys a snow day.|
I did get out to spend a fun afternoon with fellow RVers learning how to do needle-felting. We started out with squares and moved on to first steps for making small animals. I'm hooked and looking forward to doing more! Rebecca reserved the little meeting space for weekly get-togethers, so should be a great addition to my slow winter "schedule". I'm sure I'll be an expert after next week so I'll try to remember to get pics :-))
|Elliott ready to throw his snow ball.|
Bill's MOHs procedure went quickly with them finding no other spots. For a little place, they made a big cut - looks like I cleaved him with an axe! Nope, no pics of that either.
Even with the cold, Rebecca and I are ready for a day out and about. Layered and wrapped, we make the beautiful drive to Tubac. Even though we've been before, there always seem to be places we missed the last time. And the galleries change offerings so that the ones we've seen are still new. Although cold, the sun is bright and it's a beautiful day to wander among the wonderful adobe and stone buildings.
|The paddles on this Prickly Pear are larger than serving platters!|
|Pre-festival week days are perfect for avoiding the large crowds.|
|I bet you can guess the title of this one.|
|I fell in love with these two.|
|Many galleries have artists who have captured native themes in a variety of ways. I love the colors in this table piece. |
|The temperature difference is extreme between the sun and shade. The dapples bring the art outside.|
|Just more room in the Jeep and more padding in the bank and these cuties would have come home with me!|
|Many of the galleries have vignettes as lovely as their art.|
We each have a couple more medical appointments in the next month, and more fun is a planned trip to SoCal to see the family. Reservations are made and I can't wait to see them all!
|My anti-pasto lunch continued the "work of art" theme!|
Speaking of reservations I've also filled in some blanks for our spring/summer travels. Still finding places that are fully booked for the dates I wanted, but I've managed to get Memorial and Labor Days covered. We'll be in Canada for July 4th (and for their Canada Day on July 1st) so that period is my priority to complete this week.
|1 year-old Oliver is all smiles.|
Life is good, we're blessed.