Friday, July 10, 2009

Relax and Breathe

I was long overdue for a relaxing weekend. So it was wonderful to get out of town and head down south. On Thursday night we saw Wilco at Centennial Hall in Tucson and then spent the night at Josh's brother's house. The venue was wonderful. We were able to sit, relax and enjoy the music. It was easy to get in and get out. The vibe of the crowd was really nice. The band did and excellent job.

On Friday morning, I tried to go to a yoga class at the Tucson LA Fitness. Unfortunately, the teacher was ill. So, the replacement teacher taught a form of Tai Chi/Yoga/Pilates. It was a little too fast paced for my liking, but I did my best to keep up. After getting cleaned up and having some lunch, Josh & I headed down to his parent's ranch near the Cochise Stronghold.

His parents grow and sell an assortment of plants as well as grow lots of produce: tomatoes, egg plant, zucchini, squash, beans, onions, etc....It is a little slice of colorful paradise.

With 40 acres, there is plenty of room for camping out under the stars. We also got to spend lots of quality time with the ranch dogs: Reno, Sparks, Merl & Chubs. They are so lovable. They can never get enough of Josh.

On Saturday morning, I got the chance for a little yoga mountainside. It was very refreshing.

Then we headed out to a little town called St. David, AZ. It is home to the Holy Trinity Monastery. It is a gorgeous oasis. We really enjoyed our time spent here.

Peacocks symbolize immortality and eternal life. The peacock annually sheds its bright colored feathers in a "resurrection" of new colors. The peacocks were just roaming free through the grounds. They were so beautiful.

Josh and I in front of the church. There was a courtyard full of flowers and a nice water fountain.

Then we headed down further south to Bisbee. It is definitely a colorful city and was extra colorful for Gay Pride Weekend. Josh & I wandered around and were fascinated by the old buildings and ornate decorations.

The mine outside of Bisbee is enormous. I've never seen anything quite like it. We were impressed.

Josh's mom showed me that she had a little nest behind a few of her flower pots. Little baby birdy eggs.

I love the eco-system. I love all of the bugs and creatures that can be found if you look closely.

And the fresh produce was fantastic. Josh's dad made a really great pico de gallo, using almost all fresh ingredients from their garden.

We stayed just long enough to see the little baby birds peck through their eggs and see the light of day.

We also saw two little, itty bitty baby bunnies. I was/am in love with them. They are so tiny and so cute! I sure hope a coyote doesn't get them. I didn't get a picture, but we saw a coyote up close and personal right through the living room window. I was in awe. It went too quick for me to have time to capture it on film.

Josh's parents are known for their scented geraniums. These were perfectly blooming.

Like I said, lots and lots of insects, animals and plants. The butterflies are as big as small birds. The bumble bees are huge too.

It was really nice for Josh to be able to spend Father's day with his dad and his brother. I'm glad that we could be there. It is always nice to see Josh's mom and his brother's girlfriend Meredith.

I found it hard to relax at times. My go-go-go lifestyle can be hard to slow down, but I recognize how important it is that you have time off and away. I did a lot of knitting. I am still working on my first scarf. I'm impressed with how long it has gotten with some due dilligence this past weekend. I also read a lot and just tried to enjoy the moment. I was not always successful, but all in all it was a very enjoyable and much needed time to relax and breathe. I think we will go back again for the 4th of July in a few weeks.

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