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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Debating Politicians

I recently read this little saying "Never wrestle with a pig - you get dirty and he likes it". I immediately thought of the dirt flying campaigns that are going on.

Here is another thought....if they lie and cheat to get elected what will they lower themselves to do once they are in office?

Our country is in a sorry state and many are feeling like it won't matter how the votes go.......if you are wondering why....listen to this man's reponse to the question "what is the greatest danger to America".....Won't matter if you are left or right, if you are an American it will pierce your heart. This was sent to me from a fellow blogger.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


I have lived in Arizona all my life but only recently read the stats about my state.
Our flag
Capital: Phoenix
Joined the Union: Feb. 14, 1912
                                48th State to join the union.
Motto: Ditat Deus (God Enriches)
Nickname: The Grand Canyon State
Flower: Flower of the saguaro cactus
Bird: Cactus Wren:

Song: Arizona March Song
Origin of Name: From the Native American word "Arizonac," meaning "little spring" or "young spring."

When Governor Brewer signed the immigration law in April, Arizona was to have had a black eye but you may like to know the status today. There has been 3.6 million dollars donated to help fight the lawsuit brought against us with 42,000 people donating and 25 states have said they would draft similar laws in their states. I've always been happy to be an Arizonaian but maybe today just a tad more.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Senior Health Care solution--according to Maxine

So you're a Senior citizen and the government says no health-care for you, what do you do?

Our plan gives anyone 65 years or older a gun and 4 bullets. You are allowed to shoot 2 senators and 2 representatives.

Of course this means you will be sent to prison where you will get 3 meals a day, a roof over your head and all the health care you need? New teeth, no problem. Need glasses, great. New hip, knees, kidney, lungs, heart? All covered. And you can take all those college classes you never had time! And your kids can come and visit you as often as they do now.

And who will be paying for all of this? The same government that just told you that you are too old for health care. Plus, because you are a prisoner, you don't have to pay any income taxes anymore and some states even allow you to vote so you can still have your say.

Is this a great country or what?!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Bang for your buck

We have a plant here in Arizona that we call "Cat's claw" but in Spanish it is known as Una de Gato or as Indian name of Vilcacora. It is a woody vine found in the tropical jungles of South and Central America and it derives its name form it's claw-shaped thorns.

Several years ago I planted two of these plants in a little planter in the side yard
See the woody stock to the right
They grew and covered the whole wall
Covered and hangs down the arbor

and hangs over the back side of the that's what I call a bang for your buck!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Three month anniversary

Today marks three months since I took my fall and broke my ankle. It is all a process, but really when you look at is a bit amazing how our bodies heal. Yesterday was an especially good day and I was able to do several things, go to the grocery (those little electric carts are so fun!) Put the groceries away, feed the critters, take the bird out for walk outside, make a casserole for the crockpot, and took a shower! I think back to when I was first home from surgery and just taking the shower was a feat that required a nap. The biggest wonder of all was that hubby and I was able to do a little swing dance last night. We have been dancing together for nearly 45 years and it is special to the both of us so you can imagine it was a bit of celebration. Didn't have all the fancy moves but that will come back in time, for now.....I'm dancing on a almost matched pair......Yahoo!!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy, "Opal Capital of the World, Located in Northern South Australia.
Opal was first found in Coober Pedy on the 1st of Feb. 1915 and since that time has been supplying the world with the majority of the gem quality opal but that isn't the only interesting thing about Coober Pedy. It is probably best known for its unique style of underground living due to the fact that it is very hot there year round.
By living underground they maintain a cool environment with hardly no expense, however the view on top leaves a lot to be desired

Even some of their churches are underground 
There are underground museums, potteries, opal shops, an art gallery and of course, opal mines to explore and for you golfers.....fear not. The local golf course-mostly played at night with glowing balls to avoid daytime temperature is completely free of grass and golfers take a small piece of  "turf" around to use for teeing off.
Put it on your bucket list:)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

For Farmchick

Renaissance Tulsa Convention Center
On the last post Farmchick had said she sure would like to see some more pictures of the hotel so here are some I borrowed. It was a very pretty place.


Dinning room

Elevator to the rooms looking into atrium

Hallway to the convention center

Turtles sunning themselves under the lights

This hotel was next to the freeway, close to a mall and very accommodating.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

I made it!

Hubby and I were all booked into the Colt Collectors Show being held at Tulsa, Okla. this year, but as the time drew near I became apprehensive, as I still could not walk very far even with my cane. Hubby said..."well, we are going and you just do what you can do". The first thing I had to do is release myself  from our customary traveling responsibilities. When we travel to a gun show we have our two personal suitcases plus the gun case which weighed in at 90 lbs. this year so I normally pull both our personal and he hauls the heavy one. I also help him get it up in the car and etc. He became very resourceful and made it fine without my help and didn't hurt himself in the process....whew!
I took a few pictures with the new camera for you to see....
This was inside the hotel without a flash. There were turtles as well but it was too dark for that...This was one heck of a big koi, probably 10 pounds.

I was signed up to go on the Woman's tour to Amish country which included shopping and lunch at a beautiful home up on a hilltop.

It is sure a good thing I don't eat there everyday...I would not be able to get through the door! The food was all homemade and wonderful. Next we went to the Will Rogers Museum. I didn't think I would like it but it was absolutely beautiful and very interesting so if you are in the area don't miss it. I sat when needed and just did as I could and all the ladies were of great help so it worked out fine.
This bronze was so dark when I took it I didn't think it would come out at all but it is great!

 Just a little glimpse of the grounds.

Having to be in a wheelchair is the pits except..... at the airport! We flew Southwest  and I was treated like a queen. I have learned so much about being disabled since breaking my ankle.
1. It's easier to give help than it is to receive help.
2. Even strangers will reach out to give you a hand.
3. Even with all the laws, not everything is accessible when you are handicapped like you might think.
4. Taking someones arm is not always helpful.
5. You get sick of looking at things from waist high.
One of my greatest concerns while in the chair was that someone would fall into my lap...really, people just turn around and start off and don't even see you. Now on the positive side...without the wheelchair travel would be impossible. You just don't give it much thought if you aren't in the situation. I was thrilled to read of about a special amusement park for disabled children while waiting for therapy today...check it out