Monday, April 25, 2016


Now that I have embarked on my 77th year as a resident of this planet I was thinking today of things I'm thankful for.

First and foremost for the many friends and family who sent Facebook and blog greetings and cards and phone calls yesterday, quite a few probably amazed to learn that I had reached my 76th birthday, still alive and not in prison.

Then I'm thankful for the state where I've made my home for 38 years, not entirely consecutively but longer than I've lived anywhere else.

I love the saguaros in our Great Sonoran Desert.

And I equally love the snow-capped San Francisco peaks near Flagstaff, seen here above the Red Rocks of the Sedona area.

And I'm thankful for Arizona wildflowers.

Of course I'm thankful for the love of my life, the Storied and Fabled Judy, aka SWMBO.

She's been my constant companion on this long, strange trip.

I'm thankful for our children and grand-children and GREAT-grand-children, too many to show you here.

And I'm thankful for some great friends who joined me a year ago to mark an even more important birthday.

And how about that? Everyone was smiling!

And, by the way, how could I NOT be thankful for the many great meals I've had courtesy of the mistress of the kitchen.

Oh, yeah, I've eaten well if not always gracefully.

And finally I'd like to say I'm thankful for my many blogger friends, like the some-times purple-haired Zhoen, who sent me this hilarious video yesterday.

Love it!

And thanks to you, my Gentle Readers.


  1. SWMBO is a beautiful woman, she does have that "You'd better obey" kind of look.

    Congrats on 77!

  2. Thanks for reminding me how great it is to live in Arizona! Wonderful photos!

  3. Beautiful shots of your adopted state. As I told you many years ago, you are a lucky man to have SWMBO in your life. And we are thankful that you blog. It is time well spent. (well, mostly)

  4. Congrats. 76 has a nice ring to in the founding of the USA. Glad you are still looking down on the cacti!

  5. We'll see if I make it that far, you're an inspiration, Bruce. Well, your food and helpmate are anyway.....

  6. Ah, what a wonderful post; great photos, esp the flowers and your constant companion. It is great to hear someone declare gratitude for so many aspects of life.

  7. A wise man knows when he's blessed, and you are both wise and blessed. Take care my friend.

  8. You can't ask for much more than that, Bruce. Lucky man, you are. :)

  9. Congrats on the milestone. You've got everything you need.

  10. You are a good man.


  11. A great big Happy Birthday. Sorry I missed the actual day! What a great post this is. You do have lots to be thankful for.

  12. "She Who Must Be Obeyed?"

    You are welcome, glad it hit the spot.

    1. Indeed. SWMBO as noted in the upper right of this blog.

      It still hits the spot.

    2. Sorry, missed that. I'll be paying the Not Paying Attention tax.

  13. A lot to be thankful for and more to come for sure...


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