Thursday, January 17, 2013

Getting back to normal ...

We've been out and about the past week or so.  And we are both just about back to normal health.  The weather had been great until last weekend.  We have experienced cooler than normal weather here; actually the locals say they have had record low temps.  Ah ... just in time for our visit!  LOL!  But it is nice to be back to normal temps today so I can have the windows open again.

We drove out to Cochise Stronghold which is just 10 miles straight west of us.  At the time of that visit we were not feeling strong enough to go for a walk on any of the trails, but we did get out a few times and I took some pictures.  (As with the last post, I'll have to put the pictures top right.)  I think what I love the most about this part of the country is the clear, deep blue skies!  The sun is so bright it hurts your eyes!  Love it ...

We found the library, obtained borrowing privileges, and have been reading lots.  Both of us.  (I think I'll start another '13 list of books I've read here.)  The people at the library are so nice.  There is one paid staff person and everyone else is a volunteer.  They have two detached buildings that serve as a used book store and a place for children's hour.  We have already started buying books ... ARGH!  More 'stuff' to pack home.  I found the best cookbook there yesterday ...

Last Saturday night we went to the VFW for their steak night.  Had a great tasting flatiron steak!  Served with cowboy beans and a baked potato with dessert thrown in, all for $10.  I don't know how they make money on this!  This is a great way to meet people.  Another good way is church.  We went to church for the first time here last Sunday; went to the Community Church on Treasure Road.  It is a non-denominational church.  Due to the flu going around attendance was down; probably down by about 15 I'd say from  the bulletin.  I was blown away by the offering they receive each week!  Puts our church to shame ...

I went to the Sunsites Community Center for Sew & Quilt Monday.  It is every Monday from 11 to 3.  (Another good way to meet people!)  One of the gals, Lisa, lives just two houses south of us.  I brought my Featherweight along on this trip and enough fabric to make some doll clothes for Veronica.  That was an experience; it was the first time I've EVER made doll clothes.  They are LITTLE!  All I got done in that time was one little simple dress!  And then I didn't get the Velcro closure sewn on!  I'll see how I do in future sewing sessions.  The day I was there they had a lesson on how to turn any sewing machine into a quilting machine.  It sounded good but would not work for me.  Two of us chose not to participate so I got lots of sewing and talking done with my new buddy, Lisa.  Surprisingly, I purchased my Featherweight from  a woman who lives in a little town just south of here a couple years ago on Ebay.  The quilters knew the town she lived in and recognized the last name!  Small world.

We went into Willcox last night for dinner.  It would be the equivalent of going into Bloomington for dinner back home.  We went to a good local place called Big Tex.  We both had brisket.  Yum!  I think I'm getting my appetite back!

I hope your new year is going well.  God bless ya'll.