We don't go out to eat often, so we first experienced touchless menus when we went to lunch at Diego Pops, a taco restaurant in Phoenix. I guess these menus--which we pulled up on our phones--is the way to avoid touching menus others have handled--it's a Covid thing, I guess. We did have a good time at lunch.
Sunday, October 25, 2020
Friday, October 09, 2020
One the activities we enjoy during our winters in Arizona is working with wood in our workshop. When we were staying at Valle del Oro in Mesa, we took the training to use the woodshop. We each made a picture frame, then moved on to intarsia--making scenes with pieces of wood that are cut, shaped and made into pictures.
After we moved to Superstition Views, we added a workshop to our winter home and I learned to use the lathe, making bowls. Later, we both took a class in turning pens.
Since then, John has made lots of pens, I have turned a large number of bowls and we have both made intarsia projects.
This year I found a book on making boxes using the band saw. This is the first one I completed.
John has been using the scroll saw to make scenes like I showed in a previous post. This past couple of weeks, he make this beautiful poinsettia door topper.
This work has been fun, it has kept us busy, and it gives us something to do in the air conditioned shop when the temperature hits 100+. I think we will continue with more projects, even when it cools down.
Saturday, October 03, 2020
Since mid-August my right knee has been hurting--not bad enough to go to urgent care somewhere, but enough that when we got settled here in Arizona, I made an appointment with our doctor to see what is wrong. With orders for an MRI, this morning we drove to the Banner Gilbert Imaging facility. Guess what? I forgot to bring the doctor's orders and since it is Saturday, they weren't able to get it directly from that office. I have rescheduled for Monday.
We decided to try and make the best of the situation so we went walking at the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch, a place we have been many times.
The preserve was packed with families with children and others but we still saw a lot of birds. With no wind, I was able to capture some amazing reflections.
The biggest surprise was seeing this roseate spoonbill. Since it likes to feed in salt marshes, Arizona is not it's normal habitat. We weren't sure how it got here. A couple of women birdwatchers said it must have gotten lost. It belongs in Florida or along the Texas Gulf Coast.
We saw many black-necked stilts. They look like they are wearing a tuxedo, don't they.