Thursday, April 11, 2013


Miss Judy of Prescott Area Daily Photo reminded me this morning that I hadn't changed my blog banner since I moved.  So I did.  I hope you all like it.  It's a painted Mexican sun face which SWMBO mounted on our back yard wall, along with several more plebian models.

Which reminds me of a story.  Once we lived briefly in an apartment community in Prescott.  As soon as we moved in Judy put up a couple of the sun faces on the outer wall.  Almost immediately we got a notice from the HOA people that Sun GODS are not permitted in view in the community.  That was the first and only time we've ever heard of them being referred to as "gods".  We've always thought they were just "sun faces."

Here's a view of the rear of the house, barbecue grill and patio table ready for action.

Judy did a great meal on the grill last night.  First she marinated some skinless, boneless chicken breasts in a mixture of lemon juice, olive oil, soy sauce and Mrs. Dash spices.  Then she put them over low heat on the grill and also grilled some split lemons.  Later when she checked and noticed the lemons were browning too much she moved them to the rack above the chicken.  Later still she noticed they were dripping lemon juice down onto the chicken.  Yummm!  Later still she cooled the chicken down, sliced it and served it over a mixed green salad.  Wonderful!  (And she said she didn't want to cook anymore!)

We have a number of wildlife specimens around.  We've seen a couple of small bunnies.  I saw a long-eared jackrabbit one day.  There are doves, a couple of Gila woodpeckers, and a number of Mockingbirds with their wonderful songs.  Here's one of the latter.

We can hear the traffic on Baseline Road from where we live but we're trying to convince ourselves it's just the sound of the surf in our nearby ocean.  (We wish!)  

But so far we're enjoying our new life.


Tom Cochrun said...

The new banner photo is sensational. I really liked your old shot, but time moves on.
The patio looks sensational and meal sounded great.
After a while you will probably selectively tune out the traffic. We can hear traffic occasionally on Highway 1, but it never intrudes.

Stephen Hayes said...

Love the new digs. I hope you're happy in your new place. As for traffic sounds, I hate it when the neighborhood is too quiet.

The Bug said...

Ooh I love the sun face! That chicken sounds phenomenal - I might have to send Mike the link to your blog & go hint hint :)

Judy said...

Cool! I can officially say Welcome Home!

Steve said...

Good post.

Lowandslow said...

You two sound very content. :)


Thérèse said...

Ah wait till the mockingbird starts to sing at 5 or 6 in the morning and doesn't want to stop. First you laugh with him, they you smile, then you start groaning...
Congratulations on your new banner! Such a smily face!

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

I remember the mockinbirds' mating season well. When we lived in Phoenix many years ago we had one that sang all night! And we groaned.