A Weekly Offering of This n That

Rainy Day is my alter ego. She is the little angel that sits on one shoulder and whispers in my ear to forgo that 6" piece of triple chocolate fudge with the four scoops of ice cream on it; she is also the little devil who sits on my other shoulder and convinces me that I can eat just one bite of each and be satisfied, and then laughs with such great abandon when in fact, I eat the whole thing, she falls off my shoulder. Mostly, Rainy Day helps me see the humor in living and, mostly, she encourages me down the right path. Not necessarily the straight and narrow one (how fun is that?) but the path that offers the most adventure and fun.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Rainy Day and the Green Lush

Palo Verde Tree

Rainy Day and her Sister of Choice, Kay, have once again hit the road. We left the Tri Cities Friday morning, and drove all day (not so bad when there are two drivers to share the load. We arrived in Scottsdale the next day, and are staying in a delightful motel, The 3 Palms. The reason for the trip is to spend a couple of weeks with Kay’s son, Mark, who has just gotten home from some serious surgery. Rainy Day is delighted to state he is doing well and looking good! He goes in to see the doctor today to possibly have all of his stitches removed.  Rainy Day volunteered to go to Office Depot and buy a staple puller; he grimaced and declined her offer. I wonder why!

Prickly Pear Cactus with Pears
Desert Duster

On the way to Scottsdale, we noticed the long winter, and cold spring has made for some lush green countryside. Utah, normally brown by now, at least where we traveled, was a lush green. The grasses were green, the shrubs were green – very beautiful!
Singing Cardinal

Saguaro with Two Birds eating Fruit

When we crossed into Arizona, all the Saguaro cacti were budding out, a few were in bloom. The Joshua Trees were lush and fuzzy (can you picture green Tribles on fuzzy sticks;-), some were blooming – long stalks coming from the top with flowers at the end. Looked a bit like Yucca only fewer flowers at the end. The Yucca and Prickly Pear were also in full bud and some bloomed. Made me think of Daddy’s short story, And The Desert Shall Blossom. Alfred Hitchcock bought it, and it is available on DVD, Season Four.

Although some of the days will be a tad over 100, most will be high 90s or low 100s. However, it’s a dry heat, or so they keep telling me. Actually, it’s rather pleasant at the moment but this is the monsoon season (if the dust don’t get ya, the monsoons will) so we get rain, which a dry heat does not make.

Rainy Day did get to go to one of her most favorite places in the whole wide world – the Botanical Gardens in Phoenix. She calls it the Cactus Garden because most of the plants are cactus – and ALL desert plants have thorns! Even if it isn’t a cactus, it’ll reach out to stab you if it gets a chance. Honest. Trust me.

Rainy Day has tried, several times to log onto her Charter Web Mail, and couldn’t get on. She tried calling Charter and got a busy signal. Finally, she managed to get the frustrating computer lady, who eventually transferred her to a very nice young man, Fred. Once Rainy Day explained how close she was to suicide, Fred managed to calm her down, and explain that Charter, in their on-going effort to make life more complicated, and therefore secure, for it’s customers, by enhancing their web mail. Therefore, he explained to Rainy Day, her old password wasn’t any good and she would have to have another one. Rainy Day thought of several, all blue-to-purple in color, and finally, Fred helped her out. She now has a new password. And if that wasn’t enough, she had trouble getting onto her blog site. She did manage to get today’s blog up on her old blog, Road Trips and More, but that wouldn’t do her devoted fans on this site any good. So, she persevered, muttered several more blue-to-purple words, and finally got logged onto the right site.   Rainy Day thinks computers, when they work, work very well. When they don’t work they work blue-to-puble word awful. And any time Rainy Day can’t make a computer work the way she wants it to work, it isn’t, by her definition, working.
Saguaro Skeleton

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