My Fun-Filled Week in 55 Words

Posted on October 8th, 2011 by Jean

Today’s blog style is brought to you by Writercize (guest hosted this week by my friend Beth). Participants are asked to write a complete story in exactly fifty-five words. The first line should have ten words, the second nine, the third eight, and so on until the last sentence, consisting of a single word, completes the story. Here is mine based on actual events of the past week.
 


My husband traveled to Nebraska to hunt turkey and deer.
 

My sister took the opportunity to stay with me.
 

After taking the kids to school, we played.
 

Breakfast at local dive, What’s Your Number?
 

Pedicures at salon, red polished toes.
 

Kohl’s and Target clothing sales.
 

Mall for cute shoes.
 

Samarai sushi lunch.
 

Chili’s dinner.
 

Fun!

Fire & Water

Posted on April 21st, 2011 by Jean

Our backyard changes with the seasons. In the fall & winter, the fire pit brings us warmth and toasty marshmallows.
 

 
In the spring and summer, the fire pit is replaced by a swimming pool.
 

 
Our signs of spring include the tortoises coming out of hibernation, my husband getting zebra feet (which is a whole other blog in itself), and the appearance of the pool.
 

 
• Are you seeing signs of spring?
• Do you take goofy underwater shots?
• Does your backyard change with the seasons?

Quest For Snow 2011

Posted on January 13th, 2011 by Jean

Being an Arizona family, each winter we search for snow with the express purpose of playing and freezing our butts off. Mount Charleston (outside of Las Vegas) had a record 8′ of the fluffy white stuff, but accommodations on the mountain were nil. Santa Fe Station Casino offered the closest lodgings, plus online reservations were a cinch!
 

 
We arrived at the “Designated Snow Play Area”, got the kids suited up, and hauled them in their little Christmas sleds towards a hill.
 
This run looked good…
 

 
…but veered towards a tree!
 

 

 
Both girls were fine, and eventually steered their sleds straight.
 
We ate snow,
 

 
tried to build a snowman,
 

 
took lots of pictures,
 

 
and enjoyed the scenery.
 

 
Ninety minutes later, we were heading down the mountain to thaw and check into our room. The girls chose their bed, then ran to the bathroom to check out the toiletries. They would have tested the lotion, shampoo & conditioner immediately, but we distracted them with the mention of dinner.
 
Steakhouse, Mexican, Sushi, Buffet, Fatburger, Chinese, Wings, Pizza, or Coco’s Restaurant & Bakery ~ so many choices! Coco’s won us over with their extensive menu, and we all dined happily.
 

 
After dinner, we bowled. Tom and our youngest daughter had something in common. It was their first time bowling! How does a 49 year old man go through life without bowling?
 
I left my camera in the room, so I tried to spruce up these phone shots with photoshop filters.
 

 
When our summer temps reach 120º F / 48.89º C, we’ll be wishing the snow was still on the mountains.
 
• Snow: Love or loath?
• Cabin or Casino?
• Which restaurant would have enticed you?


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