Here was the view at the U on my late afternoon walk.. no students, no cars… the city is holding its breath. U of A’s fantastic basketball team is in the Sweet Sixteen, playing against San Diego State starting in a few minutes. If they win they will make the Elite Eight! People are INTO University athletics here. They were selling tshirts all over town today. It’s fun. I am so not into it, but have not said that out loud!Today was the real last coffee group get together…. Sue (whose grandson just had a horrible motorcycle accident so she wanted some non- hospital time)… not Bev who suddenly had to see a cardiologist this morning after a ‘spell’ yesterday in the grocery store… Mary who was on her way for blood tests… but so happy they could join me one last time. Honestly I think that Americans have more medical visits and surgeries than we do. Not what I was expecting to find here! These women have probably always had private insurance so they may not be typical, not sure!Here are a few new blooms…
Just after I took these shots I saw a young guy working awfully hard to propel himself thru the campus in a wheel chair and offered help. He was willing to accept. He had one arm, one leg, and a manual chair. It was painful to watch. I pushed him left… right… straight… found out that, like me, he simply enjoyed hanging out at the U and was heading home to catch the game… and eventually to his bus stop a block from my house. I got a shy, quiet thank you and goodbye.
I backtracked to the campus. I have been in love with this cactus all winter and was determined to remember to take its picture. Look at the size of the pads on this beauty. It will bloom and produce fruit that’s quite sweet apparently, but you have to wear gloves when you crack it open…32- 28 at the half, SD is ahead. Oh dear!
I went to my favourite yoga class this morning. I gave Tanya a tshirt last time. It was just like mine but in the perfect colour for her. Here’s mine…Tanya (sporting an impish grin that she also wears when she’s encouraging us to do things like standing splits and 47 sun salutations in a row) was wearing hers this morning… cut apart, restitched and remodelled and with a little bling added… How I love this girl. She has inspired and charmed me since the first week I landed in Tucson. And given a mean massage or three!
Today I hugged her and thanked her for being the best Tucson gift. I thought it better to do the goodbye today because by friday there’ll likely be tears. She said “Just know that I love you and want to BE you!”
So there were tears today after all. I cried, as a matter of fact, all 22 minutes of the drive to Arizona Car Corrections where I had the pre-trip package and had the Acura pronounced ready to roll.
So here I am telling you about this and in tears once again. Here’s my point. Say something that makes someone’s day and lodges forever in their heart… today… tomorrow… whenever!
Bless you Miss T!
Outside of the grocery store this morning, the letter carrier stopped me and said, “Is that a Canadian haircut?”
I said yes.
“It’s really cute! Enjoy your stay!”
Where did that come from? (I do like being cute tho!)
And today there’s a “fire wind warning”. That’s a new one!
I had a bug in my kitchen last night… Walked in, turned on the light and saw something about the size of a small jet scurrying for a hiding place on my counter. I raced over, tried to capture him… he was fast… all over the counter, down the cupboard door, to the floor, into a corner… eeeyuck! I told him I didnt want to kill him , just told him to go back out the way he came in. He seemed to get it.
Now I can hear some of you… it’s a bug Laurie!!!!! Well this bug , according to the locals, is called a sewer cockroach. Even you must admit that is pretty creepy sounding.
I went on with my evening life. I must admit to a moment of thinking I would stuff towels under the bedroom door to keep him out when I went to bed. But I didnt give in to that urge, and slept well, alone!!