Well, we are back in Kansas! When we moved from the Memphis area where the wind rarely blows in the muggy Missippi river summer, we swore we would never complain about the wind again. That’s harder to do this year, after a warm, just barely breezy winter in Arizona. Today especially the wind and 50-some degree temps make us feel pretty wimpy and cold. It is definitely a long pants type of day.
Before we left Tucson, I posted pictures of the various colors of spring there, including lots of cactus blossoms along the roads where we walked. Here, we have a different nature shot. On my first morning walk up the country road, I spotted these. I wasn’t the first one out for a walk after the rain!
LeRoy spent a lot of time last fall sinking flashing material along the base of the walls of our building, in an effort to keep our rodent neighbors from making their way into the warmth. He was pleased to find that nearly all his bait was still intact. A few had some nibbles, but they may have been a remnant from last year. Sometimes when we have come back in spring, there was none at all left!
Northwest Community Friends Church in Tucson has a rummage sale each year in the spring and they have several sheds full of things that can be used to put it on or to sell. Valuable space was being taken by banners they had used for events in previous years that couldn’t be used again due to specific dates printed on them, so LeRoy asked if he could bring them home. Now, when we look out our windows, we see a piece of our Arizona church!
LeRoy’s best feeling of accomplishment this week came when he got the hot tub running. He was feeling pretty bummed when he filled it, plugged it in and got no lights on the controls. (The little hot tub is probably the thing he misses most when we are gone.) Needless to say, it gets a lot of use when he is spending time doing maintenance on the bus.
As we get older, I guess it’s a given that we will have more memorial services to attend, but this week we lost another friend who is younger than we are. On the other hand, we were able to attend the wedding of a young couple whose lives are just beginning. To everything, there is a season says the book of Ecclesiastes, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance. Guess we should be thankful to be part of both. It means we are LIVING!