Sunday, November 19, 2023

Doing Fine, Keeping Busy

 October 8 - November 10, 2023
Tombstone, Arizona

Having spent many years in the SoCal desert where our summers could reach 120 degrees, rarely cooled down below 80 degrees at night, and often lasted past Halloween, you'd think I wouldn't see 85 degrees as hot.

Yet I do!

While our October was cooler than our September, it was still a lot warmer than I'd like! Even the first week of November has seen some days in the mid-80's.

Whine, whine, whine. Like many feel about snowy winters, I'm so over hot summers that go on too long!

Alas, maybe weather isn't everything.... :-)

Our reality continues to change as Bill navigates dialysis. Three days a week for 4.5 hours each fills a lot of life, but other than getting bored he's not having any negative reaction to the treatments. No more energy, but not any less either. 

But maybe not for life after all. He may be approved for a transplant (we were told more than once it wasn't an option for someone with his health issues) according to his doctor and the dialysis team. Several hoops to jump through, but we're optimistic it could happen in the next couple years. 

In the meantime I'm puttering around the property and exploring the local area. I realize that the biggest change for me is no travel planning for the upcoming year. It's something I've always enjoyed, so I do miss it. 

Tessa and I explore Brown Canyon Ranch.

Exhibits highlight three ranching families who helped settle this area.

The windmill fins add a rusty song in the light breeze.

How rude.....

A short drive up Ramsey Canyon finds some late fall color.

Lots of leaves already on the ground.

San Pedro River
The second annual Native American Festival has a good turnout in Tombstone this year. I stand in line to enter the grounds, but with the exception of the two fry bread stands that have long lines all day, the few vendors are easy to access. I find a lovely black pot to add to the few other pieces I have from this potter. 

Frybread is the biggest draw of the festival!

Our Tombstone locals always add some authenticity.

The "bring your own chair" set up is good for those who arrive and set up early, but then the standing crowd fill in so anyone with chairs who arrives later are stuck behind the standers. Not a good plan. I really want to watch the dancers and drummers, but can't get a decent spot in what is rapidly becoming a hot day in the direct sun. Gay and Joe (good times rollin') got some great pics of both the parade and the circle (we didn't know each other were there) so check out her post to see more. 

Eagle Feather Ceremony

It's not the Monument Valley experience we had planned, but the solar eclipse does "happen" here! I make several attempts to capture the partial coverage with my phone and special glasses, but am unsuccessful. Including a couple pics to remember the experience.

Without the glasses (I'm not looking at it, the camera is) through the clouds. It's a little darker outside for the duration of the eclipse.

With the glasses, not showing the "bite out of the apple" that I can see through the glasses with my eyes.

We don't get any trick-or-treaters out here in the boonies, but we do have friends over for BBQ and games on Halloween. Fun times!

I love our bats :-)))

Anna, Donnie, Cindy, Bill and Jimmy - Bill won!

Boo-bees - hehehe

The grands all enjoy their Halloween festivals and parties and parades and soooo much candy :-)

Penelope and Reese are our princesses every day!

Even as a scary Venom, Elliott adores his big brother Ezra.

Black Ninja, aka Big M

Little M is a great Link.

Oliver is the cutest garbage truck ever!

Henry chose classic costumes for he and sister Cassidy with their spooky parents.

Rebecca and Michael are back from their summer travels so she and I've been enjoying our Tuesday craft group at the RV park where they have a year-round lot. It's a fun group of travelers who share a couple hours each week. 

Nice to have a room to gather.

Rebecca and I take our first day trip of the year to the "big city" to visit the Tucson Art Museum and the wonderful eatery next door - A la Carte Cafe. The museum is one of those spaces that's small on the outside and large on the inside. With three stories underground, there's a wonderful variety of art and artifacts to appreciate for a couple hours. Lunch is delicious, hearty and unique in a funky and fun setting. Their patio is a lush treat of greenery, mosaics, and hopeful sparrows. 

Untitled yarn painting - stunning!

Multicolored yarns applied to a thin layer of beeswax on wood.

Winter - lithograph by Joseph Lonewolf.  

Massive bronze sculpture - Prayer Song by Allan Houser.

Dia de los Muertos altar by Sophia Mayorga with blessings added by visitors.

Peruvian Tapestry Tunic - 600 AD! They have an impressive collection of ancient textiles.

Perla Segovia - embroidered wall hangings over simple altar representing the children who have died while migrating from violence in Central America to the United States. Very moving.

Adam by Rodin - one of several pieces in the masters' gallery.

This lovely salmon salad is also a work of art!

Since we're driving into Sierra Vista at least three days a week, we're fortunate the drive is pretty under always-changing skies. With so many mountain ranges and rolling hills, the moving clouds put on a variety show most days. 

So we're keeping busy and staying positive. I'll get caught up next post :-)



  1. So good to see your post and read of your positive attitudes to the changes in lives.
    We returned to Cadillac Ranch for the eclipse, a perfect spot with over 4 minutes of totality.
    The grands sure look fun in their outfits.
    BTW - what card game are you playing? That's a big pile of cards on the table.

    1. What a fun place to see the eclipse! Costumes have gotten so dang cute :-)
      They're playing 3-13 with four decks. They all love it.

  2. Love to see families embracing Halloween like that. Fun for everyone! That rach looked very cool too. Hoping the best for Bill!

    1. Thanks Jim. I love that all the kids and grands have so much fun for Halloween. Several great historic ranches in the area to explore :-)

  3. Great blog Jodee--we were just talking about how we needed to visit the Brown Canyon Ranch. Your photos of the art at the Museum, (I had that same salad), the photos of the "goblins" at Halloween--all so good! And your attitude about this punch life has thrown you and Bill--uplifting!

    1. You'll like the ranch history, they've done a nice job of including information on the settling families. We're hanging in there :-)

  4. So good to hear from you again and feel your positive energy about the future. I know what you mean about enjoying the trip planning process for the next year. I really enjoy it and hope that you'll be able to get into the swing of it in the not too distant future. Halloween costume photos are priceless! The Art Museum looks fantastic - another place for "next time".

    1. I have a list for Rebecca and I to explore this year, and I'm still amazed at all the cool places to see in the area. I can never get too many pics of Halloween grands :-))

  5. I agree's so nice to read your post. Your adventures, whether just a few miles away or hundreds of miles away are always a treat. I love how you capture everything that surrounds you wherever you are and this post is no exception. The colors in the photo of the San Pedro River, the forest with its beautiful red carpet, and the wooden fence and trail are all stunning. I also love your bats! And the salmon salad from Cafe a la C'Art is a piece of art (and very yummy!). Life throws us lemons sometimes, but you sure know how to make lemonade.

    1. I'm so glad I read about that little cafe in your blog - it's a favorite for sure. We're blessed in many ways - have to focus on those. And I'm a big lemonade fan :-)))

  6. The silver lining to having to stay put for the time being is all the local spots you can explore and enjoy that might be overlooked with the travel. We never knew our home area as well as most of the places we visited in the MH. You've found real gems. Love that you had some fall leaves to photograph in your touring. That yarn art is gorgeous. Good you have a nice spot and people to craft with for fun and a travel buddy. So very glad to hear all is going well with Bill. We'll hang on to any sliver of hope that a transplant could happen in the future:) Your positive outlook on life always makes your blog so uplifting. Awesome Halloween costumes! But Oliver takes the win. Love the garbage truck! Happy Thanksgiving to you and Bill!!

    1. We too didn't see all there was to see over all the years we lived in California. Cochise County is big, but lots of open space to get out and play along with some little gems. You know you're cute when you can pull off a garbage truck costume!! At not yet two he can identify a garbage truck and say it clearly - too smart :-)

  7. Well I'm obviously late to the party. I'll blame it on having to move from one campground to the another. I am just flabbergasted that you lived years of your life in a place where it got to be a 120° in the summer. I've never even been somewhere where it got to a 120°. Makes me gasp just thinking about it.

    San Pedro RIVER?? Really?? I love your bats too. What are they? And where did you get them?

    So glad to hear about the transplant possibility I'm glad to see that you have clouds to entertain you on your frequent drive back and forth.
    Envy you being so close to the Native American festival. And your gorgeous sunsets.

    1. The 120 degrees were rare but still happened enough to be memorable :-)) Months of over 105 was intense enough! LOL, yes that's more water than many of our southwest rivers - sadly.

  8. I've been thinking of you and here you are! 😊 As always, you find such delight in the simple pleasures in life. You crack me up!! I love your boo-bees t-shirt. And your comment about the "hopeful sparrows." So glad to hear from you and to know that you guys are navigating "settled down" life with such grace and gratitude. ❤️

    1. Always lovely to hear from you! We're blessed to have our little oasis in the desert.

  9. I'm joining the positive thoughts for Bill. Glad there is so much to explore in your backyard.

  10. Thanks Gaelyn! We picked a good spot :-))

  11. The kids are adorable! Hang in there. So much going on for you both this year. You’ll be in our thoughts: