Corona de Tucson
November 30, 2022
The week after Thanksgiving is one of my favorite weeks of the year. There are lots of leftovers so meals are easy, fall is definitely in the air, but the best part about that week is that December is just around the corner. Last year we started a new tradition and put up our tree on Thanksgiving day. It is the same tree, the same lights, the same decorations (plus a new one) and the same (if not more) excitement felt again this year.
As much as I loved the traveling years, it sure is nice to be in a sticks and stucco home at Christmas! Just like last year, we added a new "westerny" ornament for the tree. At the TMA Fall Artisan Market, we found this hand-made pottery ornament that reminded us of the cliff dwellings we visited earlier in the fall. The potter who made these very unique ornaments is Susan Sarracino...Pueblo of Acoma Pottery...from New Mexico. There is a hole in the bottom of the ornament for a light to be placed inside giving the dwellings a fire like glow.
The week-end was spent adding Christmas here and there and everywhere... changing this and rearranging that...all the while enjoying the sounds of Christmas we only enjoy one month out of the year.
This morning, we had to go to Home Depot on the south side of Tucson. It is always a treat to hit the trails in the Tucson Mountains when we are on that side of town. Our choice for the day was a combo of Cascabel and Bittersweet Trails for an enjoyable hike before shopping. The weather was perfect !
Cascabel has a nice stand of saguaros. Some are pretty old and are looking rather tired.
But what is really great about this area are all the young saguaros. They are everywhere.
as the trail twists and curves...
and makes its way up to Bittersweet Trail.
|No editing on these photos...the sky really was that blue!|
The section of Bittersweet Trail we hiked is more level, lined with Palo Verde trees, prickly pear cacti, spiky staghorn cacti, and beautiful rocks.
|Such tiny leaves...|
Back at the oasis, sunrise and coffee start the day.
And some evenings, vivid sunsets end the day.
Somehow, Jack manages to drag my sweater (one of those heavy sweaters that is knee length) from the foot of the bed to the head of the bed and wad it up for a nap. He has always loved to lay on my clothes.
Sally and Dover are forever hopeful (and patient) keeping me company in the kitchen.
Refrigerator art you get in the mail from your 2 year old granddaughter is the best.
And the snowman is still smiling (and puts a smile on my face too) !
Until next time, have a great week and...
HAPPY TRAILS !