Day trip to Tubac

One day this week, we took Florence Marie on a day trip to Tubac, our favorite little arts mecca just south of Tucson. We always enjoy visiting the Santa Cruz spice shop. LeRoy likes their Arizona seasoned pepper and Fiesta Mix for his breakfast scrambled eggs and I really like to use their Vietnamese Cinnamon, so we stock up for the year when we visit.

spice shop

Since we usually attend the art festival in February, my posts are usually more about the artists whose wares are displayed there but this time we visited several of the stores. One of Florence Marie’s favorites (mine, too) is Tumacookery, a store with more kitchen gadgets than you can imagine. Its name is a takeoff from Tumacacori, the mission ruins south of town. You’d think our interest in kitchen stores might translate into actual cooking, but that’s rarely the case. Another store we like to visit handles items we aren’t even tempted to buy due to their size. They carry home furnishings made from mesquite and they are magnificent pieces. The cracks and imperfections of the wood are filled with crushed turquoise and crushed or sheet copper and then finished so skillfully that you can’t feel any difference in texture at all.

mesquite and turquoise

We enjoy the large pieces of cast metal art like this wolf, too. In the background you see gourd art.

wolf

Gourds have never looked so good!

gourds

We enjoyed the shopping and still got Florence Marie home in time for her hair appointment!

Today, in addition to being Easter, is a momentous occasion for our twin grandchildren, Ben and Bailey Pohlman. Sweet sixteen. The streets will not be safe! Just kidding! They are both good drivers. Ben’s about as tall as his dad and Bailey’s about the same height as her mom if she’s doesn’t have taller shoes.

Twins 16

What a difference 16 years makes! These little guys were just a few days old. No wonder Mom looked a little frazzled! That’s Ben on the left, Bailey on the right.

baby twins

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