Sunday, February 28, 2010

Weekend Away

Cochise Stronghold at sunset
Cochise County, Arizona

Josh and I headed south for a quick trip to visit his family.  His mother's birthday is February 29th, a leap year baby.  So most years, the family celebrates on February 28th - the last day of February.  It was a rainy weekend.  So we mostly were trapped inside. I'm reading Eat Pray Love.  We watched the Canada vs. USA hockey game.  It was the final challenge in the 2010 Olympics.  It is always a little sad when it is over.  

Honey on Redhead Road 

It is always a treat to get out of town and just breathe some fresh air. The clouds as we were heading out today were beautiful - big, dark and menacing.  I'm not a huge fan of rain, but it is nice sometimes.  Hopefully the sun will be back out tomorrow.  2 days of rain is more than enough for me.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Arizona State Capitol Building

Josh and I headed down to the Arizona State Capitol Building yesterday in hopes of seeing one of the 26 copies of the Declaration of Independence that is on tour.  No such luck.  The line was already closed when we arrived.  We were a little bummed to say the least.  Josh has spent quite a few days down in this area.  He was an intern in the Governor Janet Napolitano's office while getting his Masters in Social Work from ASU.  He worked in the tall building behind the Capitol in the photo above.  He also heads down here for his current job with Children's Action Alliance to attend rallies or listen in on House or Senate legislation.  You can see those buildings to the right and the left of the Capitol building.  I've only driven by. The Capitol is a big, beautiful building with a big copper dome on top.  One of these days I'll get back there again to look through the museum.  We took a short walk around the grounds and looked at the memorials.  It was a gorgeous day yesterday.  It rained in the morning and the evening, but was just right when we were out and about.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Spring Fever

My herb experiment.

I know that most are still dealing with piles of snow and cold temperatures.  But February in Phoenix is a glorious time of year.  It's Spring!  It has been between 70-75 degrees all week.  Josh & I both picked gardening projects this weekend.  We visited two local nurseries: Baker & Berridge to get the goods.  I planted 5 new herbs.  I already have a very healthy rosemary plant, a present from Josh's mom last year.  Now, I've added peppermint, two kinds of basil, thyme & oregano.  I'm pretty excited to grow these beautiful plants so that I can add them to my cooking for added and fresh flavors.  Yay!  I so look forward to having a garden someday.  I want to grown my own tomatoes, onions, beans, etc.  For now, I'll settle for a few good herbs. 

Josh planting shrubs in our back yard.

Josh's projects were a little more low maintenance than mine.  He chose a few succulents for the front planter and then some shrubs for the back planter.  His next big project is the grass.  We put down sod this past Spring.  Most of it is doing well, but Honey has a patch that she just can't seem to leave alone.  

Honey sun-bathing and watching our progress.

I used to be pretty nervous about plants and gardening.  I felt like I couldn't keep anything alive.  Now, I've realized that it is all a big experiment.  Sometimes the experiment fails.  Sometimes it is a huge success.  But no matter what, I learn during the process and next time I know a little bit more about what can grow where, why and how!  It helps to have Oehler guidance too.  Josh's entire family is full of green thumbs.  Josh is a wealth of plant knowledge.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy Valentine's Weekend

Tulips from Joshua!

It has been a busy year so far.  We are hardly a month and a half into the year and I've already been on 3 trips as well as Josh on 1.  Thankfully, we were able to take a 5 days off together over the Valentine's / President's holiday weekend .  We are so enjoying spending time with each other.  It has been a love-a-palooza.  There was a time...back in my single days....when I could not have imagined even calling and talking to the same person every day, much less wanting to spend every waking moment with them.  Those days are long gone. It is hard for me to be away from Josh for more than a few days and when I am away everything is just a little duller, a little grayer.  What can I say?  We are definitely love birds. :)


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