Wednesday, March 26, 2014

March 24 - 30, 2014, AZ

Wednesday, March 26.  I'm looking out the window at a gorgeous sunrise - the sky is various shades of pinks and purples.  It's going to be a good day.

Yesterday evening, a dust storm came through but it was short-lived and not a bad one.  Jim, Sue, Pat, and Roger were here for dinner and we were watching the sky change while we had cocktails out on the patio.  I out some baby back ribs on the grill about 1:00 and they turned out to be yummy.

I've been working on my project - have got all of the trim painted (ended up having to do 3 coats - 1 coat of primer and 2 of paint).  The wood just really soaked it up.  I finished putting the paint on the walls and got the cabinet doors and fixtures back up - it sure is bright and might just be too bright.  Like my niece, Stella, says "it's only paint, if you don't like it, repaint it".

Tonight, Jim and Sue fixed dinner - kind of a farewell for Pat and Rog who are leaving tomorrow.  What a fun night with lots if laughter and silliness and many reminders of Mike - he came up in our conversation many times.  We talked about how strange it is with only 5 of us in the gathering as it was always the couples and about how much we have all missed him.  

Friday, March 28.  Yesterday, Pat and Rog dropped off their car where it will be stored in my carport until they return in the fall.  We said our goodbyes and I wished them Happy Trails and they were off and down the road.  I spent the day just hanging out in the yard trimming the Palo Verde trees (the branches get weighted down from the yellow flowers).

This morning, Frisco and I went with Jim and Sue to Lost Dutchman State Park where we hiked for 2.5 miles - very enjoyable with beautiful views.

Then tonight, we all went to Dirtwater Springs for fish fry and my neighbor, Arlene joined us.  It was a fun time and thanks to Pat and Rog who bought the first round of drinks.  Cheers to great friends!

Saturday, March 29.  Today was the day to putz around the house, clean up the yard, clean up the dog, and just hang out.  I did fit in some grocery shopping and a stop at Tuesday Morning to look for accessories for the bathroom.  Looking back, I probably should have picked them out first, then decided in colors - but no, I tend to do things the hard way.

Tonight, several of us single women who also happen to be widows (nobody likes that word) got together at Kathy's house for Margaritas, some snacks, and lots of conversation.  We talked about doing something together every couple of weeks and also came up with some ideas of things to do together. 

Sunday, March 30.  Jim and Sue came by this morning to help me install vinyl tile in my bathroom.  After discussing several options, Jim laid down the first tile and went from there.  He was very meticulous about the placement and I worked on getting the patterns laid out and Sue was the gopher.  We took a lunch break but kept at it until 3:30, the toilet was back in and we were done.  It looks so nice!  I still have to out some trim along the floor and some finishing touches, but it is mostly done.