Sunday, May 12, 2024

Time Flies!

Corona de Tucson

May 12, 2024 

It seems the older I get, the days, weeks, months and years seem to fly by.

I read that the phrase "time flies" originated from the Latin language "tempos fugit" in a poem (about farming and country life) written by Vergil...a Latin poet...and published in 29 BC.  The phrase refers to the action of birds.  They are visible one second and gone the next.  

Time doesn't really fly, but we often ponder "where did the time go".  One explanation is that as we age, we process less information.  The more days we live, the more routinely we know things.  We have more knowledge (and common sense) and already know the how's, what ifs, why's,  for many of the things we do whether it's a project or planning a trip or preparing dinner, or vehicle maintenance, etc..  One article I read said that  "For a five-year old, one year is 20 percent of their life packed with experiences as they discover the world around them.  However, the same amount of time is only 2 percent of a 50-year-old's life that likely has fewer new experiences."   I like to think that learning new things keeps us young and routine things keeps us busy and healthy.  And, in our home, at our age, we have earned the right to say "It's nap time!". 

Monday, we had a wonderful visit and early dinner with Sue and Dave at Catalina State Park.  Taos made us feel so welcomed.  He remembered us and took us right to his outside space for lots of loving, playing,  visiting and happy hour.  Taos is a great example of learning new things...and he is quick about it too !  

This snack tray has three layers that spin with snacks in them.  Taos has to rotate the layers to get to the snacks.  He is very engaged and serious about this job which is part of his routine during happy hour.   I love to see the wrinkles that appear on the top of his head when he is thinking...such a smart, sweet and very handsome puppy ! 

He has a lot to understand and take in for his future job as a service dog for a blind person.  It's little things like riding in the floor board because that is what taxis require, not being alarmed by really loud sounds, and how to decide what is safe for a blind person to do even though the blind person told him to do something else.  Sue and Dave are amazing with Taos...consistent, calm, patient, experienced, and most of all, kind and loving.   

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner in Beluga...pulled pork, beans, slaw and a slice of yummy lemon cake Sue made.  There were no goodbyes said...until next time works !

The rest of our week was busy with appointments...both of us had good dermatologist reports, Joe got encouraging news about his eye with a procedure to follow on the  24th, and Sally had her monthly shot at the vet's office.  Just down the street from the eye doctor is Baja Cafe.  With an early morning appointment, brunch was on my agenda.  It was our lucky day !  They were still serving waffles.  I told our waiter that I had been trying for three years to have a waffle at Baja...wahoo !  Liege waffles are made daily at Baja Cafe and don't last long.  I had never had a liege waffle before...I love waffles...and I was way excited!  Leigh waffles are named after a town in Belgium. 

We had a side of crispy bacon...

They are made with a batter more like bread dough...thick and sticky.  The dough contains chunks of imported Belgium pearl sugar which caramelizes and forms a crispy crunchy golden coating.  It is a denser, sweeter, and chewier waffle.  We both chose Fresh Berry and Danish Cheese waffles.  YUM, YUM, YUM !  Baked Danish cheese is sandwiched between two waffles placed on house made creme anglaise (a fancy way to say custard) and topped with fresh berries tossed in agave syrup.  It is all topped with powdered sugar with a scoop of whipped cream.   

Meanwhile back at the oasis, we have really enjoyed the birds...immature birds are learning lots of new things.

The Gila Woodpeckers have been the busiest. Parents make lots of trips to the feeders and take morsels of butter bites, oranges, and seeds back to the tree.  The next step is to lure the little ones over to the food and lastly to have them get their own feast from the buffet.  It takes a couple of days and is so much fun to watch. 

Dad stays close just in case...

This little Curved-billed Thrasher gives the Gamble's Quail a curious look...

And the Cardinals have been back and forth..hoping to see their brood soon.

And my favorite little acrobats...the Cactus Wren.

I planted a new to me flower in one of my pots this's a succulent in the ice plant family I think.   The Lesser Goldfinch love the seeds when I don't snap off the dead heads.

Sally entertains herself...

The bunnies play...

The Roadrunner ate a prickly pear cactus in our front yard...

It's not a clear photo...I was shocked to see it.  It is only the second time a Roadrunner has been in the yard.  He nibbled on a prickly pear the first time!

And that's a wrap on our week.   Until next time...

Catalina State Park



  1. The older I get the faster the time flies! But it's certainly a lovely ride! Taos looks like an awesome puppy, Dave and Suzi are doing a great start to his formal training.
    Your birds look to be busy keeping you entertained. Such fun watching them train their young on the policies at the 'oasis' ;)

    1. Hi Jeff…it is a wonderful ride. And the memories we along the way sure make it all worthwhile! Taos is an awesome puppy! This time of year is especially fun with the birds…we laugh at the little ones. And it’s so cool that the parents in charge of them are so patient and always close by as they are learning.

  2. Glad all the doctor's reports were good.
    Even as we get older, we are still learning but just not as much. One way is by reading your Blog where you teach us things we didn't learn at a young age. LOL
    Be Safe and Enjoy the learning.

    It's about time.

    1. Hi Rick…thank you! After teaching school for 34 years, I just can’t help myself. I loved teaching Kindergarten and First Grade and still find myself interested in knowing the history/facts.

  3. The calendar seems to turn the pages in a flash - it's already mid-May!! Taos is definitely a great little (not for long) guy, and he's lucky to have Sue and Dave to get him started. Great catch of the woodpeckers! Cute little wren, they're so fun to watch.

    1. Hi Jodee! I can’t believe it’s May already! Taos is so awesome…he won my heart before we even met! We both enjoy watching the birds…the Gila Woodpecker parents are very nurturing and patient with the little ones. But, the Cactus Wrens are still my favorite.

  4. Thanks for helping us give Taos new experiences. We enjoyed spending time with you and Joe, Taos was a good excuse! Waffles! My favorite time you have to take us there, promise?

    1. Hi Sue…always a good time with you and Dave. We don’t need any excuses to get together! We do love Taos too! Aren’t waffles just the best? YES, we will go to Baja. It’s not fancy, the kitchen is in full view and it’s usually busy and always yummy! They are open 6:00 to 2:00 for breakfast and lunch everyday!