Monday, September 29, 2014

parley view parsnip. . . three thoughts for monday

Monday in Tucson...
# 1
Tomorrow it will be official but the monsoons are over.

This morning the temperature was 60 and today the high will be about 87.  
The dew point is dropping and with  that drier days and temps below 100 !
Some what below our normal highs the last few day but later this week 
we will be back to the middle 90's.
Perfect.
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 Fall is arriving ! 
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When you live in the desert one learns to read the signs or one should.
The horrific hot day with dry golden looking clouds that mean the monsoons are starting to build. 
How the sky looks in the morning, if the day is hot what kinds of clouds are building. 
The evening storms blowing over the valley.  the smell of ozone, dust and sage
in the air. Which way the winds are blowing.
We need to look for the signs.
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I will miss this year's monsoon.
Unlike the last few years, when we had little rain. 
But this summer was wonderful. 
The not so good, hot hot hot and humid but the rain that came with, was fabulous.
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# 2
Next up my love of real correspondences.
A blog friend has been playing with her Tablet and posting  her darling "postcards" 
on her blog.
I mentioned my idea of printing them out and mailing the postcards. 
After all a postcard is to be "posted".
I understand our love of computers. 
News, bill pay, ordering, and the best... fast e-mails and skype to friends and family.
But as a card artist, I have worked for almost every card company around. 
But I love sending and getting real mail. Hold in your hand, reread or save letters 
cards and postcards.  I have only a few letters from my Mum saved.  The wildfire burned my home and her treasured letters. The handwriting the little drawings the special stamps she found. The tactile proof of her thoughts.
Yes, I need and use e-mail, skype and blogs to reach out and "talk" to friends and family 
but goodness I love real mail.
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 Here is a wall that I have in my home, filled with postcards from friends and family.
I look them everyday and enjoy the memories.
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 Postcards from Montana, Los Angles, Spain, Japan, England, Korea, Canada, and Germany.
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Oakland, Tucson and Japan.
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# 3
With fall come gearing up for Christmas.
Cards and gifts to make.
Last year's handmade haiku books.
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And last but not lest,  here is your pretty to start the week.
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 Some summer photos 
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 Prickly Pear cactus pads and fruit.
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 Prickly Pear bloom
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 Young Quail rest in the cool shade of the citrus trees.
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 Quail leader keeping guard.
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 Bunnies resting in the shade.
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 Saguaro blooms.
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 Bunny and Quail resting.
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And best of all.. .
Two Square Dogs napping in the sun on the cool ties floor.
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fall. . . parsnip
music. . .  Mama Said,  The Shirelles

19 comments:

  1. All this wonderful art, nature AND the Square Ones? Life is good!

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    1. life is good especially if your a Square Dog

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  2. The Square Ones napping is always a pretty sight.

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  3. I LOVE my new tablet, and there's many more digital postcards to come. In a few hours, actually. This time with MORE monsters. Muhahaha.

    And wow, you really do love mail. Good on you for enjoying your hobby. That's how life should be, filled with fun ... in whatever form you fancy.

    Cheers and spooky spooky.

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    1. you are so funny !
      I can't wait to see the new cards

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    2. It's a blast.

      I have The Monster up today.

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  4. Lovely post Gayle -full of exquisite photographs plus the square ones. What more could the reader ask for>

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    1. Thank you, The Square Ones always make an post better

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  5. It's been really nice outside lately. I love autumn. Now I think, it never hit 100F this summer here. I wonder if it'll be very cold winter this year. Looking forward to seeing fall and winter skies from your photos :-)
    I love your wall of postcards! So pretty and precious. I love e-mails and such, too, but the actual paper and handwriting..they are very special. The haiku book is very pretty, too. Love the haiku with 白うさぎ!
    Thank you for your comment, and thank you for posting about us! I read it last week but my commenting was a little late. I love your blogs,too, and your adorable square dugs! Have a wonderful day xoxo

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    1. I did read you comment but after I posted.
      I meant to ask you first but I thought you were on vacation not having surgery !

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    1. awwww Thank you hope all is fine at your home.

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  7. Indeed what a wonderful monsoon season we had this year. I love your split up cloud picture and prickly pear pad and fruit arrangement and of course square dogs in the sun, quail and bunnies!

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    1. I am so happy we had some rain !
      I thought the quail babies photo was so funny.

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  8. What a lovely post - lots of beautiful things to look at. I know what you mean about receiving something 'real'. It's getting more and more rare. x

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    1. Your web photos were so fabulous. Even if I don't like spiders and webs.

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  9. You may miss living by the ocean, but it's obvious that you love the desert, too. Lots of beauty there, too.

    Your haiku books are lovely. I'm sure your family will treasure them for many years.I know what you mean about honest-to-goodness handwritten letters and notes. Alas, it seems to be a dying art, though. Maybe that's part of why I enjoy exchanging comments with other bloggers.

    Cheers!

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    1. awwww Susan always good good to see you drop by !


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