Arizona Sunset on Table Mesa



IMG_3488, originally uploaded by lyndaspix2004.

Arizona has the most amazing sunsets I’ve ever seen. They are glazed in colors that only God Himself could blend together.

My husband recently took up a new hobby…shooting. He had never owned a gun until November 2008. Since then he’s purchased three of them and has been out shooting at least once a week!

As for me, I’ve been shooting guns and bows for more than 30 years and I was beyond thrilled that he suddenly found himself wanting to exercise his right to keep and bear arms! I love to shoot and I was happy and proud to show my husband that I’m still a pretty good shot.

This photo was taken on New Year’s Eve as we were leaving Table Mesa, where we go to target shoot. We were heading out and I begged my hubby to stop and let me shoot a few pix of the sunset. I ran up and down the gravel/dirt road snapping shots wherever I could find a potentially good spot and ended up with a few that I thought were nice.

Anyone Hiring?

I found out last night, at 5:00, that my wages are being cut by more than half. I’m bummed. I love my job 99% of the time, but I can’t afford to stay at that rate. I just can’t. By the same token I understand that they can’t afford to keep me at the wage I was making.

I’d appreciate your prayers and if you live close to me and know of any good positions of the Office Manager/ Executive Assistant persuasion, please let me know.

I’ve agreed to stay on until I find something else, and to train whoever they get to replace me.

Needless to say, I’m not having a happy day. :(

I believe that God has a plan for me in all of this, I truly do. But I’d really like to know what His plan is NOW rather than later. God, if you’re listening…I could use some good news about now. Thanks!

All Grown Up

e-gchpf2You’re not a child anymore, I realize.

You’ve grown and matured, far beyond wise.

 

Still, I remember how just yesterday

I could somehow love your sorrows away.

 

How I miss those times when just being there,

Brought your heart comfort when you were scared.

 

Those talks we’d have about friends and school,

And shopping for clothes and shoes that were “cool”.

 

My “little one” no longer, but adult and strong,

You don’t need me to help you know right from wrong.

 

I’ve let go of the past and look ahead with anticipation,

Toward the joy of the future with great expectation.

 

Though the memories of your childhood are oh so good,

There’s nothing I’d change about you, even if I could.

Kung Fu Panda and Joe Satriani

We had the boys this weekend, which is always lots of fun. I love having them at our house and look forward to their arrival every other weekend. The oldest is really into Call of Duty 4 (or as the cool kids call it – COD4) and I think he would play it constantly from the time he gets in the door until the moment we take him home if we’d let him. We don’t, and I think he’s okay with that, but still…if given the chance, I don’t think it would go offline all weekend. :)kung_fu_panda

Saturday’s mail brought a package from Amazon.com. I pre-ordered Kung Fu Panda for my hubby for his birthday (which was Tuesday – Happy Birthday Honey!). Now my hubby is not  a big fan of going to the movies, but we’d seen the trailers to Kung Fu Panda and thought it looked funny, so we went. It was so funny, in fact, that we went twice! There is something about the slow motion animation that is so hilarious that we had tears running down our faces both times we saw it in the theater. This one is a definite “got to own it” movie. So guess what we did Saturday night…yep, watched Kung Fu Panda with the boys. We all got a good laugh out of it.  I couldn’t help but  think that the dudes would have probably laughed a lot harder at this movie three years ago (especially oldest, who is now 15 and cooler than the other side of your pillow) than they did now, but I think they enjoyed it a lot.

Last night we dropped the boys off a couple of hours earlier than usual because my wonderful sister-in-law bought us tickets to see Joe Satriani at the Dodge Theater in Phoenix. Before the show my husband treated me to a fabulous dinner of prime rib at Kinkaids.

l-westLeslie West and Mountain opened the show. They weren’t bad, but not great either. During the second (I think) song Leslie tripped over one of his cords and crashed into the floor, tweaking his knee and who knows what else. This guy is no spring chicken anymore so there was a lot of concern for him. He got up, limped back to his mike, cussed some, and continued his portion of the show. His bass player (sorry, can’t recall his name) was pretty entertaining. He’d get his 2 ft. braids (which protrude from his mohawk) swinging around his head like a helicopter and I was pretty sure he was going to take flight at any moment.  The highlight of Leslie’s show was when he played Mississippi Queen, which was the only song that I recognized of his.

Then came Joe Satriani…Wow! That. Dude. Can. Play! He’s just so amazing. He did mostly songs from his satch1new album. But he also did a few of his old standby’s as well. I especially love his song “Always With Me, Always With You” as that is the song my daughter and her hubby chose for their processional music for their wedding in August 2007. He did one song, “Ghosts” that I thought was pretty interesting. I liked the mystery and emotion that it evoked. “Andalusia”is a beautiful song that is technically brilliant…but of course all of Satch’s music is technically brilliant. He switched guitars throughout the show, but I think my favorite was a gorgeous silver guitar that he played quite a bit.  Several of Joe’s guitarsare custom made by Ibanez. Stu Hamm, Joe’s bass player, did an incredible solo on the bass…Wow!! What a show!

The only down side to the entire evening is that I had this in front of me all night, blocking my view!!

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He could have just scrunched down in his seat, couldn’t he? Oh well, the music was still amazing and I had a great time with my hubby. Many thanks to my sister-in-law for the concert. It was a once in a lifetime experience for me!

My Trip to Costo

I went to Costco on my way home from work tonight to pick up something for my stepson’s birthday and to get some laundry soap. I also picked up a rack of babyback ribs for dinner…mmmmmm.

So there I am with my three items standing in line patiently waiting my turn despite the fact that the people in front of me had more than $500 worth of sandwich fixings in two carts(seriously)! I wonder if they’re going out to serve sandwiches to the homeless?

Anyway, I am a people watcher, so as I stood waiting for the sandwich makers in front of me to complete their transaction I scanned the crowd around me.  I just happened to glance over at the guy in line next to me, He was a young man, probably in his early 30′s, and he was wearing a t-shirt that says:

What really got my attention was that he was standing there wearing THAT t-shirt holding two HUGE boxes of these:

What would you have done?

Me? I wanted to pull out my cell phone and snap a picture of him. Instead, I “snickered” and made a mental note to come home and blog about it!

P.S. The photo of the t-shirt is not the actual person that I saw at Costco. I would never take a picture of someone without their knowledge or permission and post it on my blog! I did a Google search and found the pic that I used!

Signs that Autumn has Arrived in the Desert

1. The Cardinals are back. We have one that occasionally partakes in the bounty that is available via my husband’s birdfeeder. The males are more brightly colored than the females. This photo was taken at the Boulders Resort in Cave Creek last year. The cardinal that comes to our feeder is much more skittish than this little fellow.

2. We have a squirrel coming into our yard. Hubby also feeds this little guy (we made a special trip to Pet Smart for food that is acceptable for rodents). It took a few days, but hubby was acutally able to get photographic evidence of “Secret Squirrel” coming to visit.

3. Lizards are back in the yard. We don’t have photographic evidence of the particular lizard that has come calling, but my hubby says that he looks like this one that I photographed at Papago Park a couple of years ago.

4. We’ve also had the pleasure of seeing a BIG skunk that frequents the neighborhood the evenings before the garbage is picked up (we’ve seen him at least three times on Sunday nights). He has the same routine, weaving in and out of the houses in the neighborhood, looking for a tasty morsel. He doesn’t seem to be too afraid of people as he’s never sprayed while in the area. I have no photos of this guy as I’m just not brave enough to ask him to pose for a round of flash photography. This is a picture that I downloaded from Flickr

5. The coyotes are once again howling at night. We have a wild space behind our house where we’ve seen a variety of animals ranging from javelina to cattle. One of the more prominent members of our community are coyotes. The homeowners association isn’t thrilled with their presence, but I have to admit that I find it wonderfully and strangely comforting to hear them barking, yipping and singing while I’m lying in bed. Oh, and if an emergency vehicle with a siren comes through the area that really gets them stirred up!! This is another photo gleaned from Flickr.

Empty Me…

Chris Sligh – Empty Me (live) HQ


This is the prayer of my heart.

EMPTY ME

By Chris Sligh

I’ve had just enough of the spotlight when it burns bright
To see how it gets in the blood.
And I’ve tasted my share of the sweet life and the wild ride
And found a little is not quite enough.
I know how I can stray
And how fast my heart could change.

Empty me of the selfishness inside
Every vain ambition and the poison of my pride
And any foolish thing my heart holds to
Lord empty me of me so I can be filled with you.

I’ve seen just enough of the quick buys of the best lies
To know how prodigals can be drawn away.
I know how I can stray
And how fast my heart could change.

Empty me of the selfishness inside
Every vain ambition and the poison of my pride
And any foolish thing my heart holds to
Lord empty me of me so I can be filled with you.

Cause everything is a lesser thing
Compared to you, compared to you.
Cause everything is a lesser thing
Compared to you. So, I surrender all!

Empty me of the selfishness inside
Every vain ambition and the poison of my pride
Empty me of the selfishness inside
Every vain ambition and the poison of my pride
And any foolish thing my heart holds to
Lord empty me of me so I can be
Lord empty me of me so I can be filled with you.
Oh, filled with you.
Empty me.