We didn't take many pictures this week, but that doesn't mean weren't busy. On Monday three friends came up from Tucson. Dick and Nina have been friends since we lived in Granby, Colorado, in the late 1980s. Sharon was John's parish administrator at St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church in Cherry Hills Village. Dick and Nina later moved to the Denver area, where they became good friends with Sharon. Dick and Nina now live in Tucson and Sharon came down to enjoy watching the Colorado Rockies at Spring Training.
We spent some time in the VIP campground, sitting in the shade of a mesquite tree and creosote bush. After we gave them a short version of our Casa Grande Ruins, we drove to Florence for dinner at the LB Inn. We talked and laughed for a long time in this busy restaurant. As we left, we asked the hostess to take a picture of all of us out front.
Wednesday we helped 32 4th-, 5th- and 6th-grade students from Santa Rosa School on the Tohono O'Odham reservation learn about the Ruins. Working with school children isn't our strongest suit, but this was a really good group of pupils and we enjoyed working with them. Here is a picture of some of the 4th graders as they toured the museum.
On Thursday Dave and Alice came to visit. John has been friends with Dave since grade school. Dave met Alice when the girl John was dating in college introduced her good friend to Dave. They spend their winters in Gold Canyon here and it was good to spend time talking and going to Tag's here in Coolidge for lunch. It was a great visit, especially since we haven't spent time with them for many years. Unfortunately, we didn't take any pictures that day.
Today John con-celebrated mass at St. Michael's Episcopal Church here in Coolidge. We have been attending there since we arrived in January, but we have only been able to become involved when our work schedule changed and we have Sundays off. Our life-style doesn't lend itself to John serving in a local congregation, so it has been a real blessing to get to know the people here and for John to be able to function at the altar.
We have just one more week here, then we can begin to scratch our hitchitch and travel on down the road.