Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Color of Arizona

Many folks think of Arizona as a brown, dull and lifeless desert.  I actually think of it as one of the most colorful States in the US.  Take for instance this photo of the Arizona State tree, the Palo Verde.

I just don't think anything is a colorful as one of these trees in full bloom against an incredibly blue Arizona sky.  And there are so many more things that bloom in the desert.  Blooming cactus are phenomenal this time of year also.  Sadly, I didn't get to take any more photos to share with my readers as I left Gold Canyon, Arizona pretty quickly this year.

You may have noticed I've not been writing regularly and some of you picked up on the fact that I was having issues with my dad.  Well after one week in the hospital and five weeks in rehab, I was finally able to get dad on a plane and fly him home to Indiana this past Thursday.  He was released from rehab on Thursday morning and we were back in Indiana by midnight that night.  

The flight was turbulent at least half the way home. It was a hard journey, physically exhausting for him, mentally wearing for me.    I just wanted to get him back home where family and his doctors are so that I could breathe a sigh of relief.  

But wow, I was not ready for the change!  Yes the grass and trees are green here but the weather.....yuck!  I am having to adjust to a difference in temperature of fifty degrees less.  And it's gloomy and rainy, VERY dull and colorless here.  And did I mention it's FREEZING here???  Oh's FREEZING here!!!

So for now, I am breathing a sigh of relief.......through chattering teeth and mega loads of clothing layers!  Yay for me!


  1. What an incredibly hard journey that must have been. I am pleased to read both you and your dad are back home safe and sound. Hopefully with more faimly close by your father will gain strength and you will get a bit of a respite. The weather goes from the high eighties to low teens, very strange. Sending blessings from Maine, Julie.

  2. Sorry your trip home was so stressful. Take some time to relax and readjust. The last thing you need is for you to get sick.

  3. Glad to hear that you and your Dad made it safely home... Hopefully his being home will lift his spirits and help with his total recovery..
    Hopefully you can enjoy that sigh of reief and get some rest while you adjust to all the changes in the weather..

    Have a great sunday!


  4. Karen ~
    Thankfully you were able to get Dad home even though it was a stressful trip. Take a minute, take a deep breath, and know that the weather is supposed to warm up considerably this week. We actually had frost this morning!
    Pug hugs :)

  5. I am glad your dad is home with family. It is hard when they are sick.
    the tree is beautiful.

  6. I was just thinking of you today! Glad you are back in Indiana. The weather here has been so weird this year. Looking forward to hearing more from you. Hope your dad gets to feeling better soon!

  7. Your daddy is blessed to have ya, your a good daughter! My prayers are with ya sweetie, I know from's not easy.

    So happy your home safe and sound welcomed by all that beautiful color.

    God bless and have yourself a fantastic weekend! :o)

  8. Hi Karen, I'm so sorry about the hardship that you've been through with your dad being sick and in rehab. I've missed your visits to my blog and I was just thinking about you also as I was mowing the grass just now. I was thinking that I was going to send you a comment to check up on you but you beat me to it.

    So glad for your update. I hope that you will adjust real fast and that your dad will feel better with his family around.

    Yeah, I was a sight wasn't I? lol....

    It's been raining and cool here for a week but finally we got sunshine today at long last.
    Have a great week back home.
    Hugs, JB

  9. I meant to say that the photo of the tree and the blue sky is breathtakingly beautiful. JB


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