Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sunny Sunday in Arizona

Good day all! It has been a beautiful day, mild temps, clear blue skies but some quite strong winds. Fortunately they have calmed down as the afternoon winds down. My husband and I spent the afternoon putting things away, packing up the outdoor chairs, cleaning the grill and basically getting ready to bring in the slides and get on the road tomorrow. The sad part is leaving the friends I've made over the winter and I had to pack up the Cricut and crafting stuff while we are on the road.

I heard a wonderful tutorial that Capadia Designs made on Cricut Design Studio Hide, Select and Contour - I've attached the link here, It really was very helpful in learning how to cut an item that has several layers and only cutting once in all the colors you want.

I am still working on getting pictures of the cards I've made on my blog, and changing a few things around. I am not very computer savvy so need some help on these new things. I'm adding more pictures that I've taken of Grand Canyon, Sedona, blooming cactus and other beautiful sights along the way. I hope you enjoy them.

That's about it for today. I'll see you tomorrow.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Winter is Just About Over!

It seems like such a short time ago we left Maryland to spend the winter in Arizona - land of warmth and sunshine! Unknowing to us, it was one of the worst winters on record for Maryland with a total of 65 inches of snow in two storms and the coldest and wettest winter on record for Arizona! Nonetheless, we managed to have a good time, see the sights of Tucson and surrounding mountains. We spent an afternoon with Wyatt and the clan in Tombstone and lunched at the Long Branch Saloon. Then a visit to Boot Hill to see the residents. I managed to find some beautiful turquoise jewelry and will come home with a two beautiful necklaces, two bracelets, five pair of earrings and three rings. And we found some wonderful Mexican food and it doesn't come in mild or spicy! It only comes in one temperature! We also enjoyed watching many air shows the air base (Davis Monthan AFB) put on with the sorties they flew daily. We really did have an Air Show this past weekend when the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds put on a show that is fantastic every time I see them.

The weather in Arizona is like any other place - it can be severe at times. We had many storms but the worst part is the wind. Wind gusts of 60-70 mph sound like nothing, but in an RV they feel like you are flying through the air to Kansas! The rains can be light or heavy but after every rain, we've had the most spectacular rainbows and one time we had a double rainbow. I'll will miss the beautiful sunsets we've seen just about every night. But most of all I will remember the wonderful friendships that were made and we hope to see these folks again on the road.

We do have a short trip to take up to the northern part of Arizona, we'll be spending a week or so visiting Sedona, the Grand Canyon, Montezuma's Castle and then to Las Vegas and Hoover Dam. After that the long trek across the country to home. I'm kind of anxious to get there and get back to my craft room! Oh, I can imagine the shape I left it in. Thanks for stopping by. I'm attaching pictures of a few of the places.