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Imaginary Dream Houses

So here I am again, a day late and a dollar short, as Gerry used to say…. No point in wishing you a Happy Christmas, just hope that yours was happy – but I can still say, a very happy and peaceful New Year. So strange to realize that it’s almost 2015, over a hundred years since World War I, and that people born at the turn of the century… Continue reading

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Doomed to Decry Those Who Come After Us

Difficult to believe that here it is, another December, another Christmas! And this December, Arizona seems to have forgotten that it is supposed to be winter – apparently the desert is subscribing to the current theory of climate warming, and is taking its time about producing our normal cold, freezing mornings.

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To Be a Horse

So I am catching my breath after October – it seems I lived several lifetimes in that one month!

First of all, my step-children from Australia, along with two good friends, came to visit, and they took me for a birthday trip to Sedona.

We had a lovely time in that bustling Mecca of tourism – but I miss the old Sedona. I well remember that, when I… Continue reading

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Possessions Bring Responsibilities

There is an old saying “Be careful what you wish for – you may get it.”

This piece of wisdom almost – not quite – might apply to us desert rats, always whining for more rain – because this summer, we for sure got it! Can you believe 24 inches for the year, and 21.90 inches for the summer alone? All the more wonderful when I think back to… Continue reading

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About Our Life Together

Eve&Comanche_smallThis has not been a good month for me, even though the rains came on time, and so far we have had a comfortable 3 inches in a week. Normally this would have made me very happy, except that the thing I have been dreading for some time has finally happened – my great friend, and beloved companion of many years and… Continue reading

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For Tequila

I am constantly amazed at how little time I have these days!! To think that once I used to leap out of bed at 6 in the morning, ride Comanche to Grapevine, spend the day at the office, come home at 3, take the goats, sheep, dogs, and Comanche for a ride/walk, get Gerry settled for the evening, drive back to Grapevine for dinner and visit with guests until 9… Continue reading

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Once Bitten, Twice Shy

So here we are, in the 3rd week of April and this blog is just being written! But I have a good excuse – so much has happened that events seem to fly by and overwhelm me and there was just no time to sit down and get with the program!

Anyway, here it is…

The most awful thing that happened this month is that our beautiful Sarah… Continue reading

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Send Us Some of Your Rain

I sure wish we could trade places with the UK this winter – I hear from our friend Steve that they are having endless rains, with houses flooding, and pastures so waterlogged that horses can’t be turned out for fear of some leg condition that I, living here in this dry desert, haven’t even ever heard of … while we sit here, dry as a bone, with endless blue skies… Continue reading

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Of such thought are neuroses made

Katie visiting with friends

Katie visiting with friends

I wouldn’t have thought it was possible to be so-called “retired” and stay so darn busy! I have no idea where my time is going these days.

As some of you may know, I am about to undertake my first vacation in about 12 years and actually leave… Continue reading

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Staircase to the Portico

I can’t believe that not only is it time for a new communiqué, but that it’s as late as it is – I don’t know what happens to my time. I can’t imagine that, once upon a time, I spent 12 hours a day at Grapevine, and still had time for things like goat walks and newsletters! I guess it’s the old truth of “jobs expand into the time available”… Continue reading

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