Thursday, December 31, 2015



Kelly, flushed by her successful patio furniture deal was off to Wickenburg not only for some groceries this morning but I’m sure she was hot on the trail of any post-Christmas bargoons as well.  If she had just been going for groceries she would have asked me to come along but with no such invitation I knew she was in browse mode & we both know I don’t do so swell getting dragged kickin & hollerin through store after store.  Besides it’s more fun seeing what she all has jammed into the Jeep when she get’s home.  Yes indeed it sure looks like we’re keeping the house alright………..


Not too cold & not too hot so it was a good time to get a few outside things taken care off.  Cleaned some windows both on the house & the rig.  Weed whacked some stuff on our neighbor’s property, & watered some plants in our yard.  Fixed a leaky drainage pipe running from our washing machine underground to a row of Mesquite trees behind the house as well.  Just a puttery kind of last day for the year.


So what are our big plans for New Years Eve.  Very happy to say we have no big plans at all & what a relief that is.  I can’t even remember the last time I saw the far side of midnight.  We have thankfully evolved over the years into a very low key  couple & we are both very comfortable with that.  We’ve done all the heavy duty parties & socializing years ago.  We’re a good example of that phrase ‘been there done that’ & in many cases we’ve been there way too much & done it way too often.  As I sit here in my PJ’s early on New Year’s Eve 2015 listening to Frank Sinatra on the radio with a warm heater going under my Ikea chair gently toasting me to perfection I tap away at my post tonight musing contentedley to myself thinking there’s nowhere else I’d rather be……………….:))


Finished reading my book Straight On Till Morning: the Biography of Beryl Markham by author Mary S. Lovell.  Thought it was a great read & I again enjoyed learning more historical facts about things that have actually happened down over the years.  Beryl Markham lived a most remarkable life & her story is as interesting as any I have ever read.  Also today I started Beryl Markhams own acclaimed book West With The Night & with only a few pages read I can see she truly was a gifted writer.  In part this is what Ernest Hemmingway had to say about her book {As it is, she has written so well, and marvelously well, that I was completely ashamed of myself as a writer. I felt that I was simply a carpenter with words, picking up whatever was furnished on the job and nailing them together and sometimes making an okay pig pen. But she can write rings around all of us who consider ourselves writers}


Been awhile since I mentioned this but due to more friend requests on Facebook it’s time I mention it again.  For folks sending in ‘Friend Requests’ please don’t be offended or take it personal if I don’t click on the ‘Confirm’ tab.  I have been hacked twice clicking on ‘Friend Requests’ so I just made it a policy for myself a few years ago not to accept any more friend requests.  I’m not a Facebook person anyway & the only time I’m on Facebook is to drop my post in each night.  Unless Kelly mentions something to me about seeing something on Facebook it’s not the type of place I go or hang out.   And folks please do not send me game requests, I’m not into games whatsoever.  Zero interest in that kind of thing.  I do have a Twitter account by the way but again I’m only in there for a few seconds each night to drop my latest post off.  I’m just not much into any of the social media sites at all.  I do my blog & that’s about it.  It’s even rare for me to write an email any more.


And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention again my appreciation to all readers out there who have made this blog possible through their kind words, encouragment, & support.  Thank you all for giving me a creative focus & purpose each & every day.  And thank you for 2015.  You all is the best:))


Well here we are at the end of another year & it looks like we have survived 2015 reasonably intact.  We still have all our stuff which we are happy to have & for the most part despite our advancing years we still are in fairly good health.  Yes there are some issues but basically we’re still good to go.  We could be a bit better but we could be a whole lot worse too.  So onwards & upwards with 2016 we goes & where we stops nobody knows.  All the best to everyone in the coming New Year……………………….:))


GROANER’S CORNER:(( A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.


I was going to quit all my bad habits for the new year, but then I remembered that nobody likes a quitter.


New Year's Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.


New Years Eve forecast: Mostly drunk with a slight chance of passing out.


New Year's is just a holiday created by calendar companies who don't want you reusing last year's calendar.


What do you call always having a date for New Year's Eve?………………. Social Security.



  1. Wow! Really enjoyed your close-up photos. The detail is great. Happy New Year to you and your family.

  2. Absolutely stunning photos, love the fine detail that’s visible on the close-ups.

  3. Your New Years Eve sound like ours = perfect, enjoy yours too and all the best in the new year !

  4. Happy New Year Al and Kelly! Nothing better than being content with life!

  5. Kelly does have an eye for cool deals. I'll be out before midnight myself so, Happy New Year!

    Love the shots of you both with Aunt Jean on the rocks.

  6. Beautiful pictures. Happy new year

  7. Have a grand relaxing year changeover....thank you for your constant efforts producing an interesting and informative blog throughout the year. Your pics are always amazing and wishes for

  8. Happy New Year from the Dixons. Thank you for such beautiful posts all through 2015 and looking forward to many more in 2016.

  9. Happy New Year to the three of you. Thanks for sharing your amazing photos, making 2015 full of beauty and color.

  10. Happy New Year! Thanks for all your hard work on your blog. It is my first go-to blog for the day!

  11. Happy New Year Kelly and Al! All the best in 2016! I have a funny feeling that it is going to be a wonderful year!

  12. Happy New Year!
    Enjoyed the great bird close ups. The groaner hit the spot also.
    Thanks for all the fun reads in 2015, will be reading everyday in 2016. Thank You.

  13. HA...I had to laugh....sitting here in my PJ's reading about
    ya'll going to bed early...thats us for and wifey have
    been together 52 years and been there and done that so we spend
    a quiet night at home listening to others blowing thier money on
    great blog so keep up the good work.