AND SO STARTS THE SUMMER

Day 51, June 21, 2018

For many, summer is the prize for toughing out the year, our reward for hard work, the season most revered.  Of course, summer isn’t cherished by all.  In Arizona, it is the time of year a lot of us get out of Dodge, we fly the coup, find cooler pastures.  Our close-knit group of friends scatter;  some traveling to Ecuador, Northern AZ, Prague, Cruises, camping, California, and other cooler places.  We gather prior to say farewell and promise to post pics and share stories when we return.  We did just that on Day 51, where else, The Salt Cellar Restaurant for yet another beer and a bowl.  Do you see a trend evolving?  Should this be my cover photo?  Won’t you come join me?

chowder

Quote to welcome summer:  “Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.” 
― Yoko Ono

A BEER AND A BOWL [New England Style]

DAY 10, MAY 11, 2018

I’m a transplant in Arizona from MA/Cape Cod.  Fortunately, I only have to look as far as the Salt Cellar Restaurant in Scottsdale for fresh New England seafood.  I love clam chowder.  I do not like the knock off, canned clam chowder you get at so many restaurants.   Clam chowder should be creamy and buttery not gelatinous.  The Salt Cellar definitely has the best I have found outside of Cape Cod.

Today, I am lovin’ on a bowl and a beer.  A great way to spend a Friday evening.

chowder

Today I am one happy clam!

TAKE A HIKE [hiking Arizona]

DAY 2, May 3, 2018

Waiting on the World to Change
Now if we had the power
To bring our neighbors home from war
They would have never missed a Christmas
No more ribbons on their door
And when you trust your television
What you get is what you got
Cause when they own the information, oh
They can bend it all they want

John Mayer

Hiking in the Dreamy Drawer I realized, not for the first time, how privileged I am to live in Arizona where great hikes are plenteous.  You have lots of time to ponder life when hiking and for the last few years, I have been thinking a lot about what I am leaving behind.  What has been my contribution?  Is there still time to leave something worthwhile in my wake and if so, what could it be?

Hiking Lost Dog Trail with Cindy & Margo. The Fountain Hills fountain can be seen in the background. Cir. 2014

Hiking along the Salt River – saw a few wild horses on this hike.

I have decided a list is needed.  I am a list maker.  I usually have multiple lists started.  I can look down and see three right now.  I will make a list that is the mother of all lists.  Not a simple “to do” list.  It isn’t a list of items to buy at the store.  It’s not a list stuck on a client file of things needing action.  This list is going to be a list of things I can do; things I enjoy that could somehow become something that makes a difference.

Pinnacle Peak Hike – Photo compliments of Brynn Boyd

A quote to live by:

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.

Henry David Thoreau