Friday this week we again combined some of our favorite things, eating, meeting friends and shopping! When we met up with Phil and Pat Cox, friends in Arkansas, last October, they mentioned that they planned to be in Green Valley in January. So this week, Phil called to make plans for us to get together. We started out with breakfast in Green Valley, then on to Tubac.
Tubac has some of the neatest stores around, everything from Jane’s Attic, a consignment shop, to The Artist’s Daughter, a cowboy themed gift shop. The aforementioned daughter’s store is next door to the art gallery of Hal Empie. While Mr. Empie died in 2002, original pieces of his work occasionally become available and are on consignment in the gallery along with numbered prints and boxes of cards featuring the pictures. At the age of 20, he became the youngest licensed pharmacist in the state. We asked if the pharmacy supported his art habit or his art supported his pharmacy, but his daughter insisted that both parts of his life peacefully coexisted. It’s a great place to visit and be sure to talk to his daughter Ann.
Artists from all over present their wares in this artsy little community. We didn’t spend as much time shopping as we might have, but we did leave a little Christmas money behind! Strolling down the street is a delight, in itself.
We’re hoping there will be another time to see Phil and Pat before they go home.
This evening our local Friends church had a Chili Cook-off and since LeRoy has been the maker of award-winning chili for years, he entered. Just a small problem, though. The “recipe” he’s been putting together for decades just hasn’t tasted the same this year. He claims it’s because we don’t have a big pot and he has to cut down on the ingredients but who really knows? So my friend Google gave us a wealth of information on different ingredients and the one he made this time includes smoked Louisiana sausage. With the addition of corn, his secret ingredient, it was a very tasty replacement for the old recipe, good enough to tie for first place at the Cook-off at Northwest Community Friends! Unfortunately, he lost the tie breaker of rock, paper, scissors, so the other guy took home the golden spoon trophy, but I know he’s a winner, anyway.