Friday, February 11, 2005

Fun with grandkids

We have two of our grandchildren this weekend. We are having a lot of fun, but I am tired. More later

Thursday, February 10, 2005

It's all in a day

Today I was thinking about work and play. This might seem an odd way to occupy time, but my Sweetness Nova, who I am still driving because of the snow storm Tuesday, does not have a working radio. So, I have five plus hours to think—scary!

How does one define work? For me, it is walking in the office, seeing my job, and knowing I cannot go home until the job is complete. Others do not have such a clear cut day, but most have goals, duties, and responsibilities either at an office or at home.

What about play. For me, the computer is definitely play. However, many of my friends who work on a computer every day consider it work. I have always enjoyed writing letters—probably would be close to play. Most say that job is more like having a tooth pulled, not work but painful.

Dan enjoys working with wood. The kids and I have all benefited from his love of woodworking and I am sure he would say it is one of his hobbies or play. However, he is a trim carpenter by trade—work. This is becoming confusing.

Then there are those who suffer from chronic pain or other debilitating illnesses. They might only be able to read or watch television. To many this would be considered play, but probably most people who suffer in this way would rather work.

For most of us, there is work and play in every day, but also we must not forget obligation. Perhaps this is the hardest part of the day to balance. Work is there, play is tempting, but obligations are on the list, on the calendar or on the brain and their completion might mean the most to family, friends or community. These would be such things as completing a promised call, remembering a birthday, visiting elderly parents, etc. Sometimes obligations take over the day, hindering work and eliminating play. However, they define who we are. Their completion lets others know we are considerate, thoughtful or just organized. There are those words—I must try harder.

So, play at your work, work at your play, fulfill your obligations, and, oh yes, maybe sleep a little.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Not a blizzard--just a snowstorm Posted by Hello

What a difference a day makes

The miracle of flying--one day 68 degrees, the next 19 degrees. The snow did come down nicely--no wind. It piled on top of mailboxes and fences--unusual for Kansas.

I am tired tonight--maybe its from jumping out to scrape the melted snow that quickly became ice off my windshield, or maybe its my body trying with no avail, to remember how it felt to wear shorts & swim just two days ago.

Monday, February 07, 2005

"A friend is a person who knows all about you but likes you anyway." Anonymous

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Thanks Lynn & Kayzie

We exited the KCI parking lot at 4:00 pm. The return flight went well, except we had cloud cover the entire trip. I will say clouds are very pretty from the top.

I just looked at my Phoenix pictures again. Great scenery, great memories, great food--thanks again!

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Homeward Bound

Tomorrow is back to cold and snow--according to Weather Bug. We have had a wonderful time here in sunny Arizona. More later from Kansas.

Superstition Mountain, home of the Lost Dutchman Mine Posted by Hello

Lost Dutchman Mine

The most famous gold mine in Arizona is the Lost Dutchman Mine, supposedly a rich gold mine in the Superstition Mountains east of Apache Junction. Jacob Waltz, a prospector in the late 19th centruy, was the "Dutchman," and legend says he discovered an old Spanish gold mine in the Superstitions. He told no one of its location, however legend has it he left a crude map. The map has never been found nor has the mine.

A dozen people have died looking for it and more than one skeleton has been found with bullet hole in its skull.

The picture is Superstition Mountain. The Lost Dutchman State Park has been established near the western base for searches or just for hiking. The park had a wonderful nature walk. We did not look for the mine--maybe next time.

Taken on the road to Tortilla Flats. It was a beautiful drive. I did not find the Lost Dutchman's treasure. More later Posted by Hello

We are getting ready to leave for Tortilla Flats. Thought I would post a picture of "things to come." Many cacti had similar evidence of bloom. It would be a beautiful time to visit the dessert. Posted by Hello