I don't know what happened to the previous blog post I wrote, but I spoke about all the excitement of preparing a cozy bedroom complete with a fresh picked bouquet of sweet peas, a welcome basket full of Homemade Granola Bars, chocolates, fresh fruits, and an iced down cooler with fresh squeezed orange juice, Baked Rice Pudding and bottled water.
|Sisters in the Kitchen|
My dear sister, Jill and her wonderful husband, John came for a visit. This was their very first trip to our beautiful state. They arrived in Flagstaff, Arizona, USA by train. The temperature was 13 degrees F. and there was a fresh 12-inch blanket of snow on the ground and 8 more inches fell as they slept that first night in their hotel room. John maneuvered the mountain passes like he'd been driving them his entire life! (Back at home in Michigan, their temperatures were an unseasonable 80 degrees F.)
|Standing under our Date Palms.|
|John and a Saguaro Skeleton|
|Feeling small among the giants.|
|From left to right: Staghorn Cactus, Barrel Cactus, Jumping Cholla.|
|Stately Giants, home to the Cactus Wren and Gila Woodpecker.|
Examining where an arm fell off a Saguaro Cactus.
Back home for grilled hamburgers topped with sauted onions, mushrooms, fresh, homegrown leaf lettuce and tomatoes on Homemade Hamburger Buns coupled with two helpings of Homemade Potato Salad!
We had such a lovely time! It's always so much nicer when company comes and stays at your home! We really got to spend quality time together, talking, laughing, sharing meals and our daily lives, with cats, parrots, chickens and all! They're back on the train tomorrow for two days of "clickity clack". We made so many wonderful memories during our short visit together. After lots of photos, parting hugs, kisses and waves, it seems a little too quiet . . . Over at Julie's.