What better way to spend a birthday at our beautiful retirement home in the desert, than to relax and enjoy a dip in the spa with a cold beer? Of course, this was not the only thing we did to celebrate. Verna served a wonderful pasta and salad dinner with garlic toast and limoncello. Earlier, she gave me a funny birthday card which made me laugh.
We had to delay our Thursday grocery shopping to Friday this week because we were returning from our California trip yesterday. While shopping, I found these nice Gerbera daisies in the flower concession. I arranged them in the vase in the great room on the sofa table where they will look great for several days. Click on the image to enlarge.
We don’t see many Crepe Myrtle flowers in Arizona, but there are plenty of them blooming on their trees in California this summer. I snapped this photo of a cluster of the flowers yesterday. Click on the image to enlarge.
We try and make the puppies comfortable when we bring them with us to California. Cabela and Bay Bay always have relocation and separation issues when traveling or checking into a hotel. The best solution for them is to make them feel at home by bringing toys and chews for them. Click on the image to enlarge.
The red birds are doing great in the courtyard. I took this photo a couple of days ago when the sun was shining. Now, however, the clouds are overhead and there is a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. The flowers in the courtyard like the rain. Click on the image to enlarge.
Last week, we sent our granddaughter a baby care package. Verna picked out things that a new mother would need after giving birth plus some little outfits for our first great grandson. The granddaughter, in return, sent us a wonderful gift: a framed 3D ultrasound image of his little face with a colorful card.
I just hanged up the picture in our office today where I can see his little face as I sit at the computer. Click on the image and the picture link to enlarge.
Last evening, we were bringing the dogs back from walking when I noticed the sun rays among the cloud build ups over the house. I call this effect a “glory,” but it does have a technical name, crepuscular rays.
Wikipedia has this about crepuscular rays:
Crepuscular rays (also known as God rays) in atmospheric optics, are rays of sunlight that appear to radiate from the point in the sky where the sun is located. These rays, which stream through gaps in clouds (particularly stratocumulus) or between other objects, are columns of sunlit air separated by darker cloud-shadowed regions. Despite seeming to converge at a point, the rays are in fact near-parallel shafts of sunlight and their apparent convergence is a perspective effect (similar, for example, to the way that parallel railway lines seem to converge at a point in the distance).
The name comes from their frequent occurrences during crepuscular hours (those around dawn and dusk), when the contrasts between light and dark are the most obvious. Crepuscular comes from the Latin word “crepusculum”, meaning twilight