Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Simple Woman's Daybook ~ January

For Today
January 9, 2018

Looking out my window...
I see rain! 

Luckily the guys got most of the cleaning up done over the last weekend. 

With the high winter winds that had blown through over the holidays, leaving behind leaves, trigs and whatever else that could land in the yard, they got it done just in time! 

Now we have a branch and more debris to clean up!

It never ends!

I am thinking...this is going to be a good year! 
No, let me correct that, it's going to be a GREAT year!

I am thankful...for the family and friends who are in our lives. 
For a loving God who provides everything!
I am thankful for the FAITH we've held onto during some rocky roads.

That's What Faith Can Do!

One of my favorite things...aren't things at all, they are my children and my grandchildren! 
They are the loves of my life!
God knows!

I am creating...a year of adventures. 
It's quite a list!
We call it, "40-4-40."
40 Adventures for 40 Years of Marriage.
There is a good chance we might end up doing more than 40.
So many things are happening this year.
For us, an adventure can be a gathering around a dinner table.
It can happen while having a flat tire.
It's all about how we look at our situation.
We can make the most of it or drown in the worse of it?
The glass isn't half empty or half full, it's refillable!

That's What Faith Can do!

I am wearing...my P.J.'s still. 

I am watching...this kitty climb the carpet.

 I am listening...to the TV. 
I have no idea what is on, it's just some white noise in the background.

I am reading...and rereading what I type if that counts.
I haven't been able to concentrate on a book in months.
Praying that ends soon.

I am hoping...all the plans we are creating are the plans God has for us as well.
All have been prayed on.
Some might change how we see them, but not how He does.
He knows!
We just follow.

I am learning...Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4-7) 

In my kitchen...We've been playing around with Hello Fresh!

This Figgy Balsamic Pork was delicious!

There are so many different companies now you can buy meals from and are delivered to your door weekly, monthly, bi-monthly.
There are other types of boxes, crates, and bag with subscriptions now.
I am guilty of doing a few others myself.

In my garden...there is nothing but a big mess!
High winds tore the gazebo cover up.
Weeds seem to be happy there, but I'm not.
Praying the spring returns to my feet soo.
Hopefully before Spring!

Something that caught my eye...would be...

Have you tried any of the items they sell?
I'm in love with the leggings!
They come in some cute prints along with solids in beautiful colors.
Then I tried my first Carly.
Fell in love!

Not the best photo's but they do show how comfy they are for lounging, LOL!

Share a Quote...

A moment from one of my days...watching my grandson get Baptized. 

If you want to participate in the Simple Woman's Daybook, click HERE and follow the steps she has made available.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Good-bye 2017, Hello 2018!

I sure have been gone for quite a while, haven't I!

Sorry about that.

Since August I seem to have accumulated an abundant of drafts that never got published. So many were meant to be updates, explaining what we'd been up to and what had been going on. Typing the words to make sense of it was difficult, so I stop mid-sentence and take a break. Soon an hour becomes a day, a day a week, and onto months. For now, I will keep that part of our journey private. Bits and pieces might find their way into future posts, but for right now they just need to stay safely tucked away.

A number of my drafts were FMF (Five-Minute-Fridays) prompts that never got completed or published, yet the words of those weeks were like neon signs, calling me write with no time limit or fear. So many of those words hit the spot close to my heart, it was very therapeutic, helping me through a maze I found myself in. 

Maybe the New Year will take me back to FMF again. I have missed it.  

You might have noticed I updated my Life-365 Days a Year! Still missed 111 days this year but it was better than the last few years. I would like to become more consistent with that. For right now, taking the photos is the one constant thing in my life that I can have control over. I tend to snap stuff from around the home, to out the window of the car, with many photos allowing me to turn them into something. It's the one thing that doesn't require a lot of focusing, I just keep it set on auto, adjust my view and click. What comes out is what comes out. If only the editing were automatic.

Over these last few months, I did get my new webpage set-up. Yahoo! I still have it set as Under Construction for a bit longer. The many lessons that came with it caused my head to spin. Was it too soon? Am I pushing too hard? Could I be heading down the wrong path? Then some snags developed that I needed to figure out. I just need to take them one at a time and continue to push on. Trial and error, along with one foot in front of the other will surely get me somewhere. It always has.

Eventually, as I become more and more comfortable with writing on Wordpress, Our Journey Through LIFE will be posted there. My goal was to begin the New Year at the new site, but that just wasn't going to happen, not just yet. Soon though, that is my plan and prayers. 

With our 40th Anniversary this year, we have been planning some unique journeys for probably the last 18 months. Our goal is to take 40 adventures of varying types for each year of our 40 years of marriage! It all starts on March 1st in Vegas with the NASCAR races. Our actual anniversary is on March 4, 2018. It means we will be at a 400-mile race, for our 40th anniversary on the 4th! 

I'm excited about the plans that have been made and will remain open to any other possible adventures this year could bring. We've prayed about it for some time and have kept our goals within reach. Nothing too extravagant but all have some type of meaning to us. Some are just day trips, while others are weekends, and a few are a week or two long which will allow for other adventures along the way. 

Our Journey Through LIFE with hubby has always been an adventure!

Be patient and please hang around, I will be sharing it with you. 

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and that the New Year rang in bright and cheerful.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Arizona Highways TV

A while back I found this program on the TV.

It was all by chance.

Up early one morning, the TV had been left on our local NBC channel from the night before, and a program I had never seen called Arizona Highways is what was on at 5:00 AM. Usually that early in the morning there is only infomercial on.

I can't remember exactly what that first episode was about. I believe it was from the Tucson area. Bisbee. Nogales. It was during the time we began going to Ajo. Anyway, ever since then I have it set to automatically record each Saturday.

I have searched for some time looking for links to previously aired episodes, but all I could find were clips at some of these links:
  • Arizona Highways TV on Facebook 
  • AZ Highways TV - When I clicked the link from FaceBook it switched to this automatically.  It appears she is branching off or going out on her own. Or something?
  • Robin Sewell is the star of the show. Her Facebook page has the same address as above.
  • Arizona Highways is the magazine and does advertise on the show. Some of the places Robin visited are there along with others can also be found here.
  • Roadside America is a decent website for information on all 50 states. Reviews are helpful.
  • Desert USA is another site for information.
Each episode we watched led me to search for the places Robin was talking about, which then led me to other sites with more information, even some scenic roads. By the time we get to do some of the adventures in the file, we shouldn't miss a thing!

We have already done a number of them, while others have moved up the list since our recent vacation to Flagstaff, the Grand Canyon, Sedona and other places in between this June. We've decided to make it a goal for the next few years to explore our own state more. Fortunately living in the southern part of the state means we have no choice but to travel north on the Arizona highways to get to Utah, Colorado, and east to New Mexico. Most are through Indian Reservations that exhibit a lot of history, and canyons with some of the most extraordinary colors of rock and incredible formations.

Our next BIG journey is going to be next March in celebration of our 40th Wedding Anniversary. We are doing a double header per say but as it refers to NASCAR, not baseball. Five nights in Las Vegas, two nights in Williams, and another five nights in Phoenix.

Stopping in Williams will give us the opportunity to check out a few location from this weekends show.


Route 66 Zipline takes you over the Grand Canyon Blvd at speeds up to 30 mph., forward and backward. Actually, it's backward, then forwards. Yikes!

At $15 for a single or $12 each for a couple surely worth checking out. A fun way to spend about 20 minutes, if it's not busy and we only ride once.

How about playing in a BIG sandbox! At Big Toy Playground you get to try your hand at the Skid Steer aka "Bobcat," the backhoe or go big with the excavator. Sessions are 90 minutes or 3 hours. Or as my husband said, "Go to the rental yard, rent one for the day and play in our own yard!" 

I have a feeling we won't be doing this one! 

Bearizona might happen if we choose not to take the train.

We could always check out The Grand Canyon Deer Farm.

Of course, there were also places to eat on the program as well.

Like South Rims Wine & Beer Garage.

"I am often asked about one of the unique aspects of our bar - a jet black 1967 Pontiac GTO parked inside. When we pulled up the floors during the building renovation, we found a fully intact car lift and grease pit left over from the building’s origins as a Route 66 gas and service station.

As fate would have it, we had just recently finished restoring that GTO. Wow, talk about kismet! We knew right then and there where the car was to reside, and thusly created the South Rims Wine and Beer Garage.

That’s our story, and we’re sticking to it! Stop by and enjoy a glass of the Arizona’s finest with us; we sure look forward to seeing you!"

Another place suggested was The Red Raven.

That pretty much covers what was on the program.

I have had this excursion in my file for a long time. Taking The Grand Canyon Railway to the Grand Canyon is something I would really like to do.

Back in 2006, we took the "grand's" up for the Polar Express. What a magical experience! They were four and two and as cute as can be.

Here is the information for tickets.

We will need a place to park the RV, and there are a few options.

Grand Canyon Railway RV Park is close to the Grand Canyon train, but it is one of those parks that resemble a parking lot. Yes, it's kept very clean, and the sites are level. Nothing wrong with that. After having spent 5 days in basically an RV parking lot at the track and will be spending another 5 days doing the same thing in Phoenix, I voted for The Canyon Motel & RV Park.

Trees! There be trees in this here park!

Trees like these are the one thing I missed from Northern California. We have trees here in Yuma, and not just palm trees. There is something about tall pine and redwood trees that just comforts my soul. To walk among the giant redwoods is so mesmerizing. The hikes we have done up there, are still so vivid in my mind. A time when a camera wasn't glued to my hands. I use to hang out at the tent (yep, our first years were in a tent, when not with the parents in their motorhome), while hubby did some hunting. With 90 acres in the Siera's that his parents owned were the perfect place to explore. There was even gold! Malakoff Diggins was about a half hour away. Oh, the memories!

Back to where to stay when in Williams. The only way to find out the rates or make a reservation is to call, so I did! A deluxe site with trees, $45.26 a nite, booked! They were very friendly and accommodating. 

This one is a bit out of our way, but we did pass it on the way to the Grand Canyon back in June. It almost looked like it was closed down.

Yabba Dabba Doo!

I will agree with the writer of this blog, Messy Nessy Chic. I found it while searching for more information about the park.

"The soundtrack of Flinstones cartoons broadcast continuously over the park’s tinny loudspeakers, echoing eerily between the dusty, dilapidating houses of Bedrock’s famous residents from a bygone era.  Built over 40 years ago during the Route 66 roadside attraction craze, this lonely concrete replica of a cartoon town has seen better days."

As you can see from their website, I think they still live in the Bedrock ages. Bless their hearts. Reservations are by phone only. When I called the number, it just rang until a message came on that said, "answering service off."

Yes, it has seen better days, and it also looked like you camp along a fence that is right off the highway. The couple pictures I took of it got deleted because they were so blurry. (I needed the space on the teeny tiny card I had to use because I left my big card back at the RV in Flagstaff. Hubby found and bought me the larger card at the General Store in the Grand Canyon Village so I could capture our time at the rim.) I doubt we will ever stay there, but if you decide to check it out, please drop me a link so I can see how your adventure in Bedrock was. I'm curious!

I found a few other places to eat while researching the area:

Keep in mind, you are within 45 minutes of Flagstaff. You are also in the Kaibab National Forest. Both of which have some spectacular scenery, along with fun and exciting things to do. This is what we did the last time we stayed in Flagstaff.

Happy trails to you....!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Simple Woman's Daybook {August Edition}

For Today
August 1, 2017

Looking out my window... watching another monsoon blow through. 

The winds that arrived before it were swaying the branches creating a moving shadow on the window that the kitty keeps reaching for. 

To cute!

I am thinking... we need to go back to the beach! `

I am thankful... for the time we got to spend with the family. Time just flew by. 

One of my favorite things... right now is watching this kitty just being a kitty! Ever so often I tell her how lucky she is to be alive. She still has some respiratory issues and has a vet appointment next week as well. Next week will not be one of my favorite things!

I am creating... some bees for my garden! It began when the family was in town. In an effort to quiet down the littles I suggested they go outside and hunt for rocks they would like to paint. And so it began...

Before I knew they had a dozen different painted rocks from ladybugs to a Batman sign. The ladybug, a butterfly, a heart, and a cactus headed back to Florida. The rest will find homes in the garden. For now, they are still displayed on the dining table. I've even made a few more bees. 

I am wearing... my favorite Lula Roe's. Have you tried them? For someone who spends most her days in lounge wear, they are perfectly comfy.

I am listening... to the pounding of rain on the roof. The thunder is crackling so loud it vibrates the windows. With every storm, there is a rainbow. I haven't seen one yet but I know we will.

 I am hoping... the test and appointments next week produce some answers.
Prayers. Prayers. Prayers.

I am learning... how to mix doTERRA Essential Oils.

In my kitchen... the "grand" and I hatched a dinosaur!

In my garden... the weeds are taller than the planting boxes. After the extreme heat had baked everything, my vegetable garden season was over. Then the weed eater broke. Then the John Deer died! It will take a couple of weekends to get everything back under control in preparation for the fall garden. 

YEAH, bring on the cooler weather!

Post Script... If you are interested in the doTERRA Essential Oils, my daughter-in-law can help you out. Just click this link and send her a message.

Shared quote...

A moment from my day...

For about a half hour the rain was coming down so hard, even the frogs came out from their homes. Every year, usually before the first monsoon, things are secured, and all the drains are cleared of any debris. Oops! With all the excitement of having the family in town, we brushed it aside. Didn't take long to deal with it, just got a little wet.

Closing notes... started this post on Tuesday, but unfortunately I didn't get it finished. I worked on it some more Wednesday before my 'Grand'ma Day started. Come Thursday I found myself wiped out and barely got my housework done. Friday was a slow day with no energy or brain power for that matter. It took almost all day to get my Five Minute Friday done and done on Friday to boot! I was determined to get that much accomplished. I was successful with that and felt I should be able to complete my daybook the next morning. 

It was such a beautiful morning we decided to tackle some of the yard work. With each break, I wrote a part or finished and added a photo here and there. Finally, after dinner, I was able to put my closing notes together.

Far from a Simple Woman right now but will continue to find the time to enjoy the simple things along Our Journey Through LIFE!

If you enjoyed reading my daybook and would like to create your own, HERE is the link to the format, guidelines and complete list of prompts.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Five Minute Friday ~ Try

Our prompt for this weeks link-up is: try.

On your mark, get set, go!

Over the last month and a couple weeks, we sure have been tried and tested.

Our faith has been tested. Our love. Our limits.

Trying our patience. Trying our best.

Testing of Your Faith
2 "Count it all joy, my brothers,[b] when you meet trials of various kinds,for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." James 1:2-4
Trying to remain positive in what ever direction we are traveling will be taking us.

Trying to understand my role, my place, my time so to make the journey as pleasant and as stress-free as possible. Complete and lacking in nothing.

I've even been trying to find some places to explore that will give us a break when we need it. Every time I think I have a few good ideas developing, something happens that causes them to fizzle out. Dates aren't available and the ones that are don't work. The distance compared to the time we'll have doesn't work out either. Or the campgrounds don't have sites our RV will fit in, leaving RV resorts that are nothing more than parking lot's with a few trees and a pool. 

Don't get your knickers in a bunch! We've stayed at some really nice resorts a few times. They are well manicured, and for the most are well maintained. Some even escort you to your site and help you back in. But try as I might, I am not a cookie cutter Rv'er. I need to have tree's, lots and lots of trees, maybe a creek or a lake. The ocean.

STOP! Already! Rules are rules. I had added my verses before I started the timer.

Thanks for stoppin' by! Please continue to keep our family in your prayers. Once we have answers and know what we are dealing with, we will share more information. Prayers that it is something simple. 


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