The skies opened and the angels started singing -- we finally retired our old bbq after 30+ years of great service to our family. The old girl survived a few years in the Oregon rain and was then subjected to many years of dust storms and constant baking in the sun here in Arizona. She was made of cast aluminum, so there was not a speck of rust, but she was not cooking very evenly anymore and having a few other struggles. Poor thing kind of looks like the "ugly stepsister" to Cinderella, her shiny, all stainless steel replacement!
Cinderella is definitely a beauty with four cooking controls and a side burner. We are hoping she performs as well as the faithful one she replaced.
This beauty is hanging over our back wall from the neighbor's yard. Does anyone know what this is? A couple of people on FB thought it was a Butterfly Bush, but it really does not have the same shape flower as that bush does. It's beautiful and I will enjoy it for as long as it wants to hang out!
Our company arrived on Wednesday -- The Man's brother and SIL. They wanted to eat at our son's restaurant, so off to True Food we went.
True Food is in the Scottsdale Quarter.
Just one catch -- Little Miss and Littlest Miss were there, too!
Aack! Littlest Miss says this all the time!
This is the Quarter's new Restoration Hardware -- yep, that sucker is 3 stories! It is HUGE! Not a place I shop, but it is fun to snoop around.
B & J had never been to Casa Grande Indian Ruins, so this is how we spent one of our days. I wrote rather extensively about the ruins HERE, when we visited this amazing place with some other visitors.
Notice any similarities? BTW, our sweet guide, Libby, was just delightful and so very well informed and knowledgeable.
We were starving after our travels and headed for Joe's BBQ. If you live anywhere in the Phoenix metro area, a drive over to Joe's in Gilbert is well worth the time and gas! Sorry, I was hungry and forgot to take a pic!
I don't know about y'all, but when we've had company and enjoyed that camaraderie for a few days, it's a real let-down when they leave. We've just kind of puttered around the house today, not really doing too much of anything.
An idea came to me this morning over coffee for a new vignette for our breakfast table. I used my old tool caddy, added a very old cream and sugar that had belonged to my great, great grandparents that I filled with some stainless and napkins, then added in an older salt & pepper set,
Plus some little skinny jars filled with some flower clippings.
I'm really liking how it turned out!
This is my current iPhone wallpaper -- so cute!
And this is my iPad wallpaper. You can find these and many other selections for FREE at
Becky Higgins Freebies. Just scroll down to Project Life Mobile Wallpapers if you are interested.
This is kind of strange or weird, but we bought this large selection of deli meats and cheeses to have when our company was here. Well, this morning I thought I'd better repackage it and toss this huge container that was taking up so much space in the fridge.
The tray part of the package just looked way too useful to toss, so I took it to my craft room (after a good wash, of course).
I placed a 12x12 scrapbook paper pad inside so you can see how big this tray really is. It has just a 3/4" edge around the perimeter, so I'm thinking it will be perfect for some crafting -- you know, containing glitter, bling, or just random stuff. I always look at things with an eye for recycling. Do y'all do that?
Well, I have probably worn out my welcome and overloaded you with pics, but it was just that kind of day. Oh, just so you know, I did do laundry and remake beds!
Hope you are having a wonderful weekend and are, hopefully, enjoying some warmer weather wherever you are.