Sunday, November 27, 2011

And..we're off!

Mickey and I have made great forays into the 4 esses in the two days she's been here in Arizona with me.

1.  Shopping - check.   The deal of the day goes to Mickey at Kohl's yesterday.  Thanks to sales, coupons, Kohl's bucks and rebates she ended up paying only $70 for a $299 item for her husband for Christmas.  Way to go Mickey!  It was fun doing our Christmas shopping without being burdened down by heavy coats, boots, hats, gloves, etc.  We don't even need a sweater down here.

2.  Swimming - check.  Yesterday we didn't have the pool heater on long enough but we went swimming in the 76F water.  Today, the water was 86F and heavenly.

3.  Scrapbooking - check.  We've been on a roll there.  I've finished 17 10x10 in. pages and one 12x12 in. and Mickey has completed almost that many.

4.  Sightseeing - check, sort of.  The only sight-seeing we've done so far (besides the inside of the stores) was to walk in our neighbourhood in the dark to see and photograph the Christmas lights.  People here put their lights up early.  We were talking to our across-the-street neighbour who had his up before Thanksgiving. He said he'll probably take them down two days after Christmas because they're usually tired of them by then.  I have decided that you don't need snow in order for Christmas lights to look pretty.  Here's some of our neighbourhood Christmas displays.




See, it works without the snow.  Although you can't beat the beauty of a fresh snowfall coating the lights and making them seem mystical and mysterious.  I do believe I like the Christmas season in the desert.  Should I try stringing lights on the giant saguaro cactus in our front yard?

12 comments:

Desiree said...

What a fun, productive time the two of you have been having! It sounds as though life is perfect right now. We string little white lights in our garden and the effect is really pretty, especially as they can remain all year.

TARYTERRE said...

Sounds like you two had a blast and got lots accomplished. You must be sorry to say goodbye. I love Christmas lights with snow or without. Your neighborhood displays are beautiful. Have a safe trip home. Take care.

Granny Annie said...

I am not sure what kind of cactus that is but just the thought of attempting to decorate ANY cactus is alarming:)

just call me jo said...

It just cracks me up how many inflatables are used in Arizona Christmas decorations. We had few of them in the cold country. Glad you enjoyed your respite. Safe travels. Are you coming back for Christmas?

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

What a wonderful time you are having. Christmas is just beautiful no matter where you are!

Mickey said...

Loving your photos Pat. I love the dark. Mine look as if they are in days almost. It was fun walking the street and talking to the neighbours!
Yes the three Ss are happening!

Magpie said...

If you decide to string the lights, be careful! I'm glad you two are having so much fun.

Haf Dozen Reasons....... said...

Sounds like too much fun!! Love Christmas lights! But they do need some snow. :)

Thisisme. said...

You two certainly have been having a wonderful time. Sounds lovely! Aren't all those Christmas lights on the houses gorgeous? I just love this time of the year!

frayedattheedge said...

What a fabulous time you are having - I am very jealous of the swimming!! I'm not a fan of all those lights in gardens . ....

Ellie said...

Sounds as if you two are having a great time. Keep enjoying yourself!! :)

LaelShine said...

You're so right! In fact I'd even go as far as to say I like the lights without all that snow! But then I'm from the West originally!

I'm happy to read about your successful and busy week!