Sunday, September 27, 2009

"Pointless" Plant Sale

Reno - June 2009

Josh and I drove down to Tucson to spend time with his parents yesterday afternoon. Despite the heat wave that has some what squelched my excitement for Fall, we had a lovely day at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. Josh's parents specialize in scented geraniums but carry lots of different types of plants. They seemed pleased with how the sale went this year. You may remember that I posted a few months ago about them losing a dog named Patch. Oh, how I loved Patch. Well last weekend, they lost a second of their five dogs - Reno. They now only have 3 dogs. It is unfortunate that all of the dogs are the same age because now they are on pins and needles about the last 3. I am so sad about Reno. She was so kind, affectionate & easy going. She was just a really great dog. Thankfully she lived a wonderful life, out on a ranch, roaming free. Geez, just writing this, I'm tearing up. I just really loved her. Anyway, we thought it might cheer his parents up a bit if we dropped by for a visit. Losing a pet can be so difficult. If you are in the Tucson area, you can find Josh's parents selling plants every Saturday at St. Philips Plaza. They have a wealth of horticultural knowledge. In the Phoenix area, you can find them in a few weeks at the Fall Plant Sale for the Desert Botanical Gardens.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Fall in the Desert

It is a common misconception that we don't have 4 seasons in the desert. I don't agree. Our Summer, Fall, Winter & Spring may not be conventional, but you can definitely feel the changing of the weather. Basically summer is our reverse winter. We hide out inside, we head to the movie theatre, we get out of town in search of cooler weather. Summer runs from June-August. September, October & November (Fall) are still warm but, I find by mid-September I can get out and hike, walk my dog, ride my bike, etc. January & February are cold. Okay, it isn't REALLY cold - but it is coldER, especially as compared to 116-117 in the middle of Summer. Winter comes and goes in a blink of an eye (much like Summer for most of you non-desert dwellers). And Spring seems to last the longest. It starts to warm up in February and reaches 100 degrees sometime in May. Although we don't have a changing of the leaves or snow to mark the movement of the seasons, I can definitely feel the seasons change. For instance, the temperature finally dipped down lower than 100 degrees this past week. Guess what I did? I hung my Halloween lights and hung my pumpkin wreath on the door. Then, I laced on my hiking boots and took the nearby city park - Piestewa Peak (Squaw Peak to natives) for a hike. I didn't have to look at the calendar to know, it's officially Fall. Low and behold, today is the last day of Summer. Being a desert dweller, that is wonderful to hear. Yay for Autumn!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Josh in Baltimore

Joshua visited Baltimore this past week. He attended a conference for work. He got a chance to visit with his brother James and girlfriend Christina from New York as well as take a cruise of the harbor. It sounded like a nice trip, although I'm sure he missed me. :)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Sara's last day in London

Well, this is it. My last day. The show was slower today, as the last day of most shows are. I had a lovely Coq Au Vin at a small French restaurant for dinner. I'll miss Earl's Court (our little section of London). There are lots of really great places to eat. On one little side street (shown above), there is English, Chinese, Indian, Thai, French & Japanese. What a selection?! Although I am a little sad to go, I must say that I'm quite excited to get home to Josh & Honey. I miss them.

What's next? Well, I have one day to recover before I will head down to Tucson for Saturday and Sunday for the Best Bead Show. Thankfully, Josh is probably coming with me. That will make it extra special.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Hyde Park in London

This morning, I got up early and took coffee and oatmeal down to Hyde Park before the show this morning. I sat on a park bench and ate my breakfast in the "Rose Garden" (my favorite part of the park) and then took a nice fast paced walk through the park. It's a beautiful place to visit and I think I might go back again tomorrow. Here are some pictures. :)

This little guy was hoping that I'd trade oatmeal for a his singing me a song. He was pretty cute and friendly.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Another day in London....

This is what happens if you don't take time to figure out the coin system in the UK! Anything under 5 pounds ($5) is in a coin that includes 1 & 2 pound coins. Of course, this was pretty confusing at first. Now, I'm getting more accustomed to it. Mike, however, decided to only pay with paper money for everything so far this week and had not used any of his pound coins. Needless to say, his pockets were getting a little heavy with coins. So tonight at dinner he decided to unload at the restaurant and obviously, it looked very strange. I just can't get used to a coin being worth 1-2 pounds. That just seems so strange to me - but I suppose that they feel the exact same way about our $1 bills.

At any rate, today went by as quickly as yesterday. My math conversions are getting better and better and my ability to pick out the right coins seems to be getting quicker. Now if we can just work on Mike with that! I took a nice video of Mike in the booth, but it looks like I can't quite load it due to the type of internet connection I have here in London. So, I will load it onto You Tube and share when I am back home next week.

Cheers from the UK!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Day 2 - Sara in London

Well, Saturday was busy. In true Sara fashion, standing in awe of the London Tower, I tripped and fell down. I guess I forgot to "mind the gap" as they so frequently say on the subway. So unfortunately, I strained my ankle first thing this morning. After a long day full of more walking, it is quite sore this evening. But being that this was really my only full day available, I just couldn't stand the idea of staying in to rest my silly ankle. Thankfully, there is a stool for me to sit on tomorrow when the IJL show opens and I am demo-ing. We stopped by the HS Walsh booth where we will be demo-ing our products and saw the IJL show this afternoon. Holy moly - it is huge! I'll get some good photos of the show tomorrow. There was lots of eye candy! Anyway, here are my pictures from today.

London Bridge
London Bridge

London Tower

Changing of the guard - London Tower

Scott and Mike on subway

The London Eye

Buckingham Palace from the London Eye

On the London Eye
The London Eye and Thames River

West Minster Abbey

Methodist Church


Friday, September 4, 2009

Day 1 - Sara in London

I'm pretty exhausted so I'll be short on words and heavy on pictures. London is certainly one of the most beautiful cities that I have ever visited.

Our new street for the week. Really cute!

Buckingham Palace

Big Ben

Me and Big Ben

Parliament Building

Westminster Abbey

National Gallery, which I went in and very much enjoyed.

Much needed coffee break.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Back to School

Well I suppose it is that time of year again, back to school. It always sneaks up on me here in Arizona, since it is still well over a 100 degrees every day as we go into September. Back to school time for me in Montana always meant that the days were getting shorter and cooler quickly. It just never quite seems right. At any rate, I said good bye to a near and dear cousin last night as she set off for her first year of college in New York City at Cooper Union. I'm so very proud of her and looking forward to visiting her in her new home in a few short months when I am in NYC for the Soft Flex Glass Art and Bead Festival. Until then, I want to wish her the best of luck.


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