Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Monday, March 28, 2022
Our first cultural immersion in I don't know how many years.
We went to a piano and strings concert at Yavapai College in Prescott yesterday.
The musicians were exemplary.
Their leader, James D'León has been playing piano since the age of 4 and is a touring Steinway Artist.
His first violinist was Grace Nakano, the assistant Concertmaster of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, a lovely native of Japan who played with great emotion.
Also performing were second violinist Laura Cásarez, also from The Tucson Symphony; Ruthie Wilde, the principal cellist with the West Valley Symphony; and Kimberly Sullivan, the principal Violist with Arizona Philharmonic.
I liked the entire concert but I think my favorite piece was the Scherzo: Allegro by Brahms.
So to come down from that excitement we went to Murphy's Bar and Restaurant in Prescott for a drink and a shared platter of mussels in a garlic, butter and white wine sauce.
And a perfect day.
Oh, that picture at the top of this post?
I just wanted you all to know I'm not taking you for granite.
Saturday, March 26, 2022
We just tasted my latest culinary creation - Banana Walnut Muffins.
I've never been a fan of the Chevrolet Corvette but this one caught my eye yesterday.
Friday, March 25, 2022
Well, well, well, how's your Spring
planting weeding going?
Oh, stop with that nasty language, I get the drift.
Here in Paradise the temperature is scheduled to climb clear up to 80 degrees today, the sun is shining and all is right in the world.
So let us not dither any longer.
Strike up the band.
Well how about that, we ended right where we began.
This guy is amazing!
Now, no negativity, no niggling, no nagging, no neanderthalism, just nacreous nicety this weekend.
And always remember to keep laughing!
Here, kitty-kitty . . .
Thursday, March 24, 2022
Yesterday was one of those days, as I told SWMBO, that makes me say my least favorite season of the year is Spring.
She knew what I meant.
I had gone out to the backyard to get the trash can and take it to the dumpster in front, prior to putting the latter out by the street for emptying by the trashmen.
While I was doing that I perceived (for the umpteenth time) that there was a plethora of weeds along the path so I got a weeding stick and went to work on them.
I was feeling pretty good about the progress I was making when I heard a truck stop out front.
I knew what it was.
It was FedEx.
So I hurried to the front and found a tightly rolled 8 by 10 foot astroturf carpet by the front door.
I picked it up (sort of) and dragged and carried it around to the back yard.
(Need I remind you that I am an octogenarian?)
Well I got it to the back patio which awaited it and SWMBO came out and we got it unwrapped and spread out on the patio.
It's an improvement over the carpeting we had there for a number of years that had slowly begun to rot away.
And it looks better than the bare concrete.
Wednesday, March 23, 2022
I've been telling SWMBO for years that I like her look in bangs.
And after I saw the BRD in bangs I've been telling her she looks great with them.
So yesterday, we got a picture from her with, as she put it, a new look.
I love it.
How about you?
Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Monday, March 21, 2022
Today is the second day of Spring, in the year 2022.
But the temperature here in the Central Highlands of Arizona is running in the 50's and it's accompanied today by a sharp breeze which puts a bit of an edge on The New Season.
Not only that, look what appeared since yesterday on the Bradshaws, just south of town.
Yes, Gentle Readers, those white spots are fresh snow!
But never fear.
The flowering fruit trees here in the more civilized city are taking their cues from the calendar, not the Weather Gods.
So Spring actually has made it's entrance and it's going to make itself even more apparent as this week moves on.
By next weekend, the mercury is predicted to have warmed into the 70's here and, Arizona Haters, into the 90's already down in the Big Valley of Phoenix.
And it's still March.
Sunday, March 20, 2022
Up here in the north, it is, indeed, the day of the Vernal Equinox.
On this day the sun is directly over the Equator, which means that every place on earth has exactly equal amounts of sunlight and darkness: 12 hours.
But up here the weather will slowly get warmer while south of the Equator, it will get cooler.
And there's this:
Some early birds among us are already perusing seed catalogs or visiting plant nurseries to rush the season.
Others just take the changing seasons in stride and with total boredom.
If you're like Ella Fitzgerald, singing . .
Spring is here
Why doesn't my heart go dancing?
Spring is here
Why isn't the waltz entrancing?
. . then you may understand the ennui of that feline above, our Visiting Cat, Matty, catnip sedated and ready for his nap.
Saturday, March 19, 2022
I was curious about this pickup truck parked seemingly forever on a rocky mound in front of a new strip mall being built nearby.
So I went to check on it.
This "pickup" wasn't going anywhere.
It appears to be sculpted.
But what's even more surprising was what the rear of the "truck" displayed.
A constantly flowing gusher of water.
But it wasn't pouring off into the street.
What we have here, ladies and gentlemen, is someone's idea of a fountain.
What will they think of next?
Friday, March 18, 2022
How are we all doing today?
Head ache a little from all that Hibernian Hell-Raisin' yesterday?
Well, if St. Patrick can drive the snakes out of Ireland, I can surely drive the pain out of your body with a little humor.
In respect to those aches and pains our subject today is aging.
Oh well, as long as you can still laugh you're all right.
So always remember to keep laughing and have a cautiously wonderful weekend.
Here, kitty-kitty . . .
(. . . oh, ouch . . .)
Thursday, March 17, 2022
For those of you steeped in mythology (or green beer), your time has come.
It is St. Patrick's Day!
Last night the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame defeated Rutgers in TWO OVERTIMES to make their way into the 64-team field who begin competition today in the annual NCAA Basketball Tournament.
It was truly March Madness so once again the Irish among you have something to celebrate.
As for the other mythology of the day, there's this:
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
I broke my fast early this morning with a sizable slice of that Dutch Apple Pie my beloved baked yesterday.
And I topped it with two small scoops of vanilla ice cream.
All at around 8:30 a.m.
It was wonderful!
And now that Pi Day has been noted and celebrated, we can get on to the next festive mark on the calendar.
Monday, March 14, 2022
Far be it from me to attempt to bake a pie on Pi Day.
But that may be because I have one of the finest chefs in the world living under my roof.
She took up the challenge.
Here is her product, fresh out of the oven.
That's Judy's Dutch Apple Pie.
What makes it a "Dutch" apple pie, you may be asking.
She told me it's because it has a crumb topping rather than a second crust.
I just know that I love it.
And I love her.
But not so much that I couldn't play around with it a little bit.