Friday, December 16, 2011

The Ghost of Thanksgiving Past

My post today is a bit overdue. I've gotten behind lately!

My baby brother came out to visit dad and I for ten days over the turkey day Holiday. 

 Here he is on a shorts....with a beautiful blue Arizona sky in the background.  Wonder what he's up to......besides the roof!

AHAAA....he's hanging Christmas lights with dad supervising!  In six years of coming to Arizona for the winters, I've never had lights on the house, or inside for that matter!  He even hung cup hooks on the rafter so that I will be able to put up lights every Christmas now.  He is such a good brother and was determined that dad and I have some Christmas spirit since none of our family will be visiting then.

Have I mentioned how great I think my baby brother is?  I'm so proud of him because he lost 90lbs this year!  He is able to do things he's never done before.
Like climb Silly Mountain.  I had so much fun exploring this little foothill of the Superstition Mountains with him.  

 We hiked at least a mile or more up hill and down. He loved it!

Horseback riding is something else he hasn't been able to do in a long time.  He debated about going with me but decided that he should wait a few more months due to his back surgery this past summer.  

So.....he stayed with dad and a friend and I got to go!
Yippee Kaiyay!!

That's me in the big hat with my friend Lorraine doing one of our most favorite things....riding in the Mountains.  It just doesn't get much better than this.  I even got to ride one of my favorite horses at the stable, Mouse.  He is extremely sure-footed going up and down all those rocky climbs.

So maybe when baby brother comes back to visit in March, he will get to ride too! 

Happy Friday everyone and have a great weekend!


  1. Oh, I'm so glad you have the Christmas lights up. I hope it cheers you this holiday. What a sweet brother!

  2. Congrats to your brother on his weight loss! What a great accomplishment. Horseback riding with your friend through the mountains must be a lot of fun with great views.

  3. Oh Karen,
    You and Dad are going to enjoy those lights! Your baby brother is a sweetheart! That's so awesome he lost that weight!
    Hope you can ride the trails with your friend more often as you look so Dale Evanish in your Stetson!!!
    Happy trails!
    Cathy G

  4. Karen, I put you up there with Annie Okley... You are fearless. My, you look great on horseback and I love that hat. I'm glad that you had a great time with your friend.

    What a sweetheart of a brother to do this for you and that he lost all that weight. You must be very proud of him. I hope that his back is well enough to go horse riding with you in March.

    Enjoy you lights and please post some pictures of the lights. Have a great weekend. Hugs. JB

  5. Glad you're having some good times...long overdue.

    Merry Christmas.

  6. Hi Karen,
    What a neat post...I love seeing Christmas in the warm climate!
    What gorgeous scenery you have out there and gorgeous horses too.

    Thank you so much for commenting on my blog are so sweet


  7. Wow, 90 pounds, that's awesome! It looks like you all had a great visit.


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