Appreciating Arizona

When I moved here 36 years ago from New Jersey, I felt I had moved to another world. It took me awhile to adjust to the open skies, the desert, and people talking real slooooow.

Now I feel like a native and a visitor. I discover new places and things to do constantly. Watching the state grow has been energizing and dismal at times. But with growth comes more options for living our lives to the fullest.

I have been sharing my travel adventures also on

I welcome your comments and experiences in living in our grand state in a grand way.

Happy 100 years to Arizona! 1912-2012

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Blooming in the Desert

 Ode to my Husband the Gardener

This story begins at the front of our home
where the rabbits, coyotes and javelina may roam.
Please don’t disturb these flowers so bright
or my hubby may scare you and fill you with fright!

The orange, the yellow, the purple and red,
fill our front yard on our joyous homestead.

My honey, he waters and feeds the dear plants,
and cuts me bouquets, with which he enchants.

Our kitty, Namare, likes to roam through the blooms
watching hummingbirds flutter as they zip and they zoom.

An afternoon break with a goodie and café
Reminds us to savor this magnificent day.

Thank you my darling for flowers so sweet
for keeping them blooming is no easy feat.


  1. Your gift of poetry never ceases to amaze me! What wonderful lines for such a beautiful garden. :-)

    1. Thanks for getting me motivated to get this up!

  2. Two of my favorite colors, and yes, you do have a great gift for poetry.

    1. It's because I'm surrounded by great writing friends!

  3. Poetry and flowers and an ode to your man. You did all three beautifully.

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    1. You're always welcome to join us there with a glass of wine or that's whiskey now, isn't it?

  5. I love those photos! And I love your front yard. Beautiful!

    1. Thanks for always prodding me to post, I need it!

  6. Nice job, Shea.

  7. Maybe you can make him work at your townhouse when we come out!

  8. I've lived in Florida for over 35 yrs and I'm ready for a change....I seem to be really stuck on AZ but hearing a lot of negative comments about job market, people, being stuck in the desert...Any helpful input?