Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pumpkin contest winner!


If you need to make a spectacular pumpkin for halloween try this one! Tonight was hamburger/hot dog night in the hotel lobby. The employees had a pumpkin contest and the guests voted. This one looked just like a huge hamburger. She (or he) glued seeds to the top to look like sesame seeds. The meat and veggies were real. There was a small plate of fries made out of the inside of the pumpkin with roasted red bell pepper strips for the ketchup. The drink was made of a straight gourd.

This was a REALLY cute pumpkin!!! I took this photo with my cell phone so it's not the best but you can get the idea from it.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Grand piano and Smile Lady



Doesn't every hospital have a grand piano in the lobby? Mayo does. The cutest elderly men volunteer to play and they are wonderful. You just know they used to play in a piano bar way back when.

And speaking of piano bars, did you ever notice the "affair hats' women wore in the old movies? They always wore one when they met their lovers in the dark piano bar. Of course they sat in little round booths upholstered in black leather. I know the proper name is cocktail hat but my friend Jane and I have called them affair hats. The woman wearing one in the photo is the "Smile Lady" at Mayo. She is a volunteer who does a Bingo game on closed circuit TV every Friday. It's called Smile instead of Bingo! Is she cute or what?

Friday, October 23, 2009

Arizona sunset


Arizona sure knows how to do spectacular sunsets!

Coop had surgery Wednesday morning and is doing beautifully. I think he will be out of the hospital tomorrow morning. We have to stay here several more days so he can continue physical therapy. Maybe I'll finally have time to do some beadwork then. I've been trying to do micro-macrame but I can't seems to do it in bits and pieces because I keep losing my place on the pattern. I'll have to start my earring over. I'm working with a beautiful earring pattern I ordered from Joan Babcock. If I can get two done I'll be a happy camper for sure!

Bead/Chile Fiesta

Bead/Chile Fiesta was over Monday morning. Another year to wait for another one. Sigh. It was such fun seeing old friends again. Bonnie and I had to get up at 4:30 in order to catch a shuttle to the airport Tuesday morning. That was hard to do for a person who doesn't do mornings but we made it. She left for home in Dallas and I left for Phoenix to be with Coop when he had knee surgery.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Bead/Chile Fiesta

Wheeeeee! Friday is the first night of the Fifteenth Annual Bead/Chile Fiesta! My friend Bonnie Brooks is coming from Dallas tomorrow. I'm a happy camper now. This group of beaders met on the old Prodigy bulletin board years ago. We decided to meet in Santa Fe. I have no idea who came up with the name for the group but it fits. We bead, eat lots of chile and have a grand time. We volunteer to teach classes when we have something to share with the group. This year I'm teaching beaded feathers.

I've got to get to bed and go to sleep quickly so tomorrow will arrive sooner!

Steampunk cakes

If Baker's Banter didn't have enough cakes for you ttake a peek at the Cakewrecks site. Check out the steampunk cakes. These cakes take steampunk to a whole new level.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Baker's Banter

Why do I have a favorite blog called Baker's Banter in my list of non-bead blogs, you ask. You know good and well that I don't bake. I barely cook! I have it listed just so I can look at the beautiful photos. Yes, there are times when I want to lick my monitor but I restrain myself. I have been known to drool on the keyboard though. Take a peek if you dare. You might gain five pounds from just looking at the blog!!! Look below the blog archive. Don't forget that I warned you!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

I'm home Aunty Em!


The Beverly Hillbillies packed up and left Phoenix yesterday. It was so good to sleep in my own bed again. We'll be going back for Coop's surgery on the 21st. I plan to totally enjoy my short time at home.

I finally had time to pick up my beads the last day in Phoenix. Naturally I left some essential items for one project at home. Thank goodness I took two projects.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Arizona nights



I love, love, love the nights here in Arizona! It's cool and the skies are so clear I can see the stars and a HUGE full moon. Last night we sat out by the pool until 2:30. There are beautiful fire pits. A fire, a full moon and deliciously cool nights. Wow!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Not today

Wahhhhhhh. I thought we've be going home today but we can't leave until Monday morning. I was bored so I made a Smilebox slide show of our super exciting (yawn) trip. And to think we were planning a trip to Italy. Heavy sigh.

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Headed home tomorrow....

We will be leaving Phoenix tomorrow after Coop's last pre-op tests. He was scheduled for knee surgery on the 7th. Our dentist discovered a possible infection in his gums last week. After the lab tests came in sure enough there was an infection that could go to the bloodstream and invade the surgical site. So it's back home for us, lots of antibiotics for Coop and a trip back to Phoenix for surgery on the 22nd. I've never known of a place as thorough as Mayo Clinic. He has been through every test possible, Thank goodness he doesn't have to go through all this again.

We had packed for a 3 week stay and came into this beautiful hotel with a cart full of stuff. We looked like the Beverly Hillbillies! Now we get to pack it up and repeat the process again. Heavy sigh. Oh well, it will be worth it when Coop can walk without constant pain.
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Arizona photos



The beautiful red rocks near Sedona were awesome! Sedona was a big disappointment. I expected a central village with outdoor cafes. The village went on and on for blocks with no cute little cafes unless they were very well hidden. There were lots of psysic shops, art galleries, fancy hotels and dumpy hotels.

The Palo Verde tree is outside our hotel window. I've never seen a tree with a green trunk, green branches, green leaves all the same color. It's very beautiful. If I were a little green gecko I'd make my home in this tree. No one could see me!