Tuesday, November 29, 2022

The Week After...

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. 

Acoma Pueblo is built on top of a near 400 ft mesa about 70 miles west of Albuquerque.  The Pueblo has been continually inhabited since sometime between 1150 and 1250 AD making it the oldest inhabited "city" in the United States.  Acoma is translated "people of the white rock".  The Pueblo covers some 70 acres and today the people of the Pueblo carry on the traditions of pottery making created by their ancestors.   


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.   

Cascabel has decent views...

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...



  1. That sunrise on the patio looks incredible. Your Christmas decorations are great, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around there!

    1. Good morning Jim…the Arizona sky & the weather & the hiking were all reasons we chose to live in the Southwest. I just love everything about Christmas…I’m sure it is beautiful in SD. Can’t wait for pictures!

  2. Love your Christmas decorations and especially the smiling snowman. And Jack sleeping on your sweater is adorable--all your pooches are adorable. Do you use that quilt and pillow shams all year or just during Christmas--it's gorgeous!

    1. Good morning Janna…thank you. When we left GA for a full time on the road adventure, the kiddos wanted the Christmas decorations…lots of memories for them! So, we started over last year with all new things. Christmas bedding was something I have wanted for all my adult life so I figured this year, if not now, when? I’m thinking I will use it Dec & Jan since it’s sorta wintry & not just “Christmasy”. Jack definitely has his own ideas about everything!

  3. Beautiful tree, even better with the Cliff Dwelling. Wandering among the Saguaros is a great way to start the morning,

    1. Good morning Jeff…I saw that ornament & knew right off it was going on our tree! It’s a lot prettier in person! I love desert wandering!

  4. Nice to put the tree up on Thanksgiving, it's something different to do than eat and doze! You even dress your bed in Christmas finery - very pretty, no wonder Jack wants to snooze there.

    1. Good morning Sue…have to admit we also did some eating & snoozing too. I would never put up a real tree this early as no matter how much water I gave them, they always dried out. I miss the real tree smell! Thank you…a Christmas quilt has been on my wish list for many years!