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A Winter Scene - red door, a dusting of snow, and a vintage bicycle

Saturday, March 9, 2013

A little Summer and then back to Winter

I try to get to my Mom's every year around her birthday, which is the 9th of March.  This year, we were able to find some good priced tickets the weekend before, so off we went.  She saves up jobs for us to do; taking care of their home has become far too much work, so here we are in the yard pulling weeds from the rocks.... sorry, Arizona, I really do NOT like rock yards.  Not fun.  

We were there for three nights; the first night, we had Mom's homemade soup at home, but the second night, we went to a fantastic new restaurant called the Wild Garlic Grill  

My mom had the Garlic Grilled Shrimp with Goat Cheese

Sweetie had the Cioppino with a Taro Root delish!

They don't get out much, so I took my mom shopping and got her two new tops for her birthday.  Here she is carrying her goodies...I left the receipts with her, as she has a tendency to 'change her mind,' but she certainly had fun shopping!!

Yes, flowers were blooming everywhere!!

Another scrumptious meal of garlic mashed potatoes, grilled chicken and mixed vegetables with bok choy, etc.  It was so good that I forgot to get a picture of it before I started to gobble it all down!

Then we went to Wildflower....  You can click on the link to learn more. 

Wildflower had gorgeous pots of herbs and flowers everywhere!  My Mom and I both had the 'chicken two ways'.... delicious!!

Here's the restaurant from the front and outdoor seating

Getting back into the car...

The mountain view across from the restaurant

It was a really short trip...had to get back to work and back to everything else.... and what a welcome home it had snowed, so we went from nearly 80 degrees and sunshine.....

 To 27 degrees and brrrrrr.....
 Our mountains are white again, but we're still WAY below our needed moisture.  Water restrictions begin April 1....We still need more snow, so I am not complaining.....bring it on Mother Nature!

Happy Birthday Mom....
Now to get back to Winter! 


  1. Well,first off, I read you in my Google Reader and come to your site to comment. Me oh My, it looks like spring has sprung here, so bright and cheery!

    It looks like you had a wonderful weekend! I am going home at Easter and I just can't wait!!! To see the baby have lunch with my sister and go shopping with my mom, what could be better?

    That rock garden was so cool, I am sure a pain to take care of, but I just never thought of having a rock garden like that, her cacti were amazing and the coyote silhouettes were pretty.

    I was hoping for a bit of snow here, but it just passed us right on by, so no more snow days for me I think, onward into Spring we go!

    Hope you are doing well, will catch up with you in an e-mail soon!

  2. Dearest Joann,

    What a beautiful post! I really enjoyed following you along on your mini trip to Arizona! Happy belated birthday to your Mom. You sure squeezed in lots of fun and yummy food! I absolutely love your mom's rock garden. It might not be fun to tend to, but it sure looks gorgeous! How lucky you are to have your mom and she is so blessed to have YOU! BTW, I love your new blog background! I look forward to future posts regarding the upcoming wedding! I just know you will make the perfect wedding planner! Love and hugs from Barrie, Ontario, Canada! xoxoxo

  3. I'm behind in everything, but trying to catch up! Such a Lovely trip to see mom. Such a Lovely trip to see the kids and the glorious coast. SOO glad you two got away on your own a bit--without a to-do list! It's all gorgeous! xo


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