21 July 2017

Welcome to the Wild West!

Although it is a bit hard to see at this distance, YES, those are cows crossing the road ahead. And a few over to the right are strolling around also. This was taken on the bike path - or should I now call it the Cow Path? - that is part of Harrison Green Way.

20 July 2017

Throwback Thursday ~ Still at the same address?

20 July 2014

I'm talking really serious downsizing! 

UPDATE 2017: I wonder if this person has moved into even smaller quarters by now....
ORIGINAL POST: Lots of people talk about downsizing their lives. Well, here's someone who lives in a milk truck! Wow!
Photo courtesy of Carol Tretiakoff

19 July 2017

Hello New Day in Tucson!

Tucson is world-famous for its sunsets but we also offer spectacular sunrises, too! Check out this pink and yellow morning glow! Beautiful!
Photo courtesy of Jeffry Gardner.

18 July 2017

Tucson Trivia ~ We're a bird epicenter!

Aside from the Amazon Rain Forest, Tucson has more bird species to observe than any other place on earth. No wonder then that the most comprehensive bird count in the world is here in Tucson. Hundreds of volunteers track the multitude of species. We have a variety of elevations, mild seasons, and many migratory flyways. Go birding! For more info, click here

17 July 2017

Don't worry, you can outrun this guy...

Gila monsters are dangerous lizards with a nasty venom. They have sharp, serrated teeth and they gnaw away on their victim as they inject their poisonous venom. But no worries... their top speed is 1.5 miles an hour so you can make a safe getaway! Here are some additional fun facts from the Smithsonian about this beautiful but dangerous lizard. For instance, did you know that they can consume their calorie needs for a year with just a few meals?
Photo courtesy of Sue Dodson. 

16 July 2017

Looks as good as new!

The top photo is a print ad from the late 1950's for the Nash Metropolitan. The bottom shows the same car on display in Tucson as part of the Truly Nolen Company's massive collection of restored automobiles. A wonderful snippet of car history! Looks like it was a fun little car and I sure love those white walled tires! 

15 July 2017

Close your eyes! Unbelievable!

Now that the monsoon season is here, I am delighted to share my favorite video for this time of year. I post this every year because it is truly one of the MOST amazing videos!  You will just not believe your eyes and ears when you see and hear how this chorus creates a huge rain storm. Love it! Love it! Enjoy! 

14 July 2017

Proud mama of twins!

One little dove hatched and shortly afterward it had a sibling. Mama is keeping a close eye on these little scruffy babies! It is amazing how soon their coats smooth out and they start to fly!
Photos courtesy of George Goldman. 

13 July 2017

Throwback Thursday ~ Different Year, Same Sky

13 JULY 2009

Patch of Blue ~

2009: As the storm clouds rolled in I was mesmerized by the one patch of blue sky that remained visible even after the rain started. What a beautiful contrast ~ the grey and the blue side by side.
2017: We are in our rainy season again and we regularly see spectacular cloud formations every single day - wow! 

12 July 2017

Finally! Overcast sky!

We had our first monsoon rain of the season last night - YAY! The temperature dropped by 20+ degrees and what a welcome relief it was. My neighbor's entry gate looks a bit ominous and gloomy with the thin gray clouds behind it.

11 July 2017

Tucson Trivia - Local Celebrities

You have probably driven or walked by the downtown Ronstadt Transit Center many times. Did you ever think it was named after Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Linda Ronstadt? Nope! It was actually named after her family, who since the 1800's have been helping to build and shape the community. The singer was born here in Tucson in 1946 but moved away in the 1960s to start her musical career. 

10 July 2017

Mysterious Yellow Orb ~

This is not an official "Where is this?" contest posting because it is a really unusual place. But feel free to guess where I am! 

09 July 2017


Speaking for everyone in Tucson I can say that YES we are "ALL IN" as a result of this relentless heat. We are tired of it! Sick of it! Annoyed with it! Where are the monsoons, we ask? Where is the rain to give us relief from this heat? Record temperatures - meh. Who cares? We want rain!!

08 July 2017

Purple Times Two ~

This purple garage door and the purple prickly pear are a harmonious contrast to the terracotta colored stucco. And I LOVE that gate and the party lights! 

07 July 2017

From Fluffy to Fearsome in 30 days!


In just 30 days (from June 3 to July 3) this Cooper's Hawk has gone from white, fluffy, and adorable to fully feathered and fearsome! Check out those yellow feet and those scary talons! Look out Tucson field mice, snakes, and small birds! Owww!
Photo courtesy of George Goldman.

06 July 2017

Throwback Thursday ~ Public Art Still Rocks!

06 July 2009

Brilliant Colors ~ Powerful Message 


This vibrant mural is a community project that was painted at Mansfield Park. The plaque says, in part, "The main focus of our mural is the tree whose roots are made up of different cultures and many generations that help it grow to be what it is... When we are so moved by an experience that we want to share it with others we are where art begins!"

Ten artists signed this mural. I hope they are all still using their creative talents here in Tucson! The brilliant colors are a remarkable contrast to the fierce, dark storm clouds rolling in.

Mansfield Park
2000 N. 4th Ave

05 July 2017

The Spirit of the Day!

My community had a 4th of July celebration in the morning for the kids. They could decorate their bikes and helmets with red, white, and blue streamers, pinwheels, bunting, and ribbons and then the mini bikers formed a parade to the pool where everyone celebrated with watermelon and Eegee's. It was sweet fun! Check out the amazing nimble boy on the stilts! He was really really good! And even Lyle, the sweet lab, got into the act. Notice he was wearing his hot paws booties. Love it! 

04 July 2017

Happy 4th of July from Tucson, AZ!

Looks like these saguaros are watching the fireworks, doesn't it? Hope you have a happy and safe day today! Celebrate with food and friends. Be careful with the fireworks. Keep your pets safe. ENJOY!

03 July 2017

Preparing Your Pets for Tomorrow ~

Many pets are terrified of fireworks - loud booming, snapping, crackling, and sizzling may be exciting for humans but your dogs and cats can have a very hard time with this traditional celebration. To prepare for tomorrow night, here is a good article about how to minimize the stress that your pets may have. There are some good tips here!

02 July 2017

Burning Windows ~

Tucson is well known for its vivid and spectacular sunsets. Here I was struck with how much a sunset that is reflected on these windows looks like an actual fire burning inside. The tangerine and neon yellow coloration is gorgeous!

01 July 2017

Is your grill fired up for the holiday?

Our site sponsor, Susan Dodson, sent along this recipe for Arizona Honey Glazed Ribs just in time for the 4th of July grilling frenzy that accompanies that day! Bon appetit!