Weekend Coffee share; Arizona Fun

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I am enjoying an excellent cup of coffee and am reminiscing about driving to Arizona in my sons car with his kitties helping them move to Arizona! How exciting and below is a photo of a house for sale in Arizona that is in a beautiful town not far from where my son and family are living. Just up over the hill is a town called Cave Creek, Horse town. Wait, what? did you say horse town? YES, now this is my kind of town! I took so many photos of this beautiful place. I love the area, the elevation is 2,126 ft and its about 30 miles from Phoenix and is where we want to move with my horses. My husband and I have talked it over and this is our plan which will take some months to come to fruition and we have a family of animals, not just horses and my youngest son will move with us as well! I am SO EXCITED! I am so enjoying my coffee today! Would you like a cup? or tea?

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This is a house for sale like I’ve mentioned. It really has that Arizona character and it is horse property but does not have any stalls or barns. We would like to find one with those amenities if possible, as buying pipe corals and the like can be expensive. I know, I have an expensive LOVE and hobby and we have seen property turn-key with stalls and even small arenas for sale. We are not ready to buy, so we must wait until next year when we get our house in escrow, basically sold to buy in Arizona. ❤

We were able to drive around while we were there and drove to Cave Creek and what a gem. It is so beautiful there with lots of trees and vegetation. With it located further north the temperature is about 10 degrees cooler than Phoenix which is fine with me and even though it gets hot in the summer months, it is the same heat as where I am currently living in southern California. The only exception to this is I have found photos and videos of snow there and I am sure it melts fast and doesn’t snow often, but how cool is that? I think that is awesome to actually get some weather now and then! I also think it will be drier there and so I am hoping will be better in the winter for my horses with arthritis and for my healed but once injured arm. I already feel the ache of the cold nights here, and it isn’t even that cold, but there is moisture and coolness and the ache in my wrist is present this winter. If not, the winters should not be worse than where we are so I am not worried. I just have to share more photos!! Here are some cool iron horses on a corner in Cave Creek!

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This middle photo is my favorite! It’s quite a big scene, such amazing art work with this medium.

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I just love these iron horses depicting a battle of yesteryear. I have to be honest and say I’m glad I didn’t have to go through these times in our history. All very scary I would think, but to put this scene all together is AMAZING! AND I love the sky in the photos, the blue with the beautiful white billowy clouds, what a gorgeous day!  I think I’ll pour myself another cup of coffee to have with my toast. I hope you are having a great start to your weekend!  What are your plans? resting? or are you adventurous? I am going to spend time with family and my horses! 😀

There are many stables in Cave Creek and these are photos of two ranches we drove by. The one on the left is a boarding stables that I might board at until we buy a house. The photo on the right is a stable that breeds Arabians. I am not sure if they board, but it is beautiful. Maybe I might buy an Arabian someday from this barn, and then I can do endurance riding right? Cave Creek is right next to a National forest so there are trails everywhere! It’s just a thought……

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AWE, Miss Alice my granddaughter on our drive to Arizona. We were chatting while her Mom and Dad were in the food mart getting drinks and a snack. I told her I wanted to take her photo, she is so cute usually saying cheese before I ask and I don’t always ask. Lol – She doesn’t sit still long enough to snap a decent photo half the time but this turned out cute I think!  ❤

I’m enjoying my Weekend Coffee share’s, this is my second one. I find myself thinking about how hard decisions are in this life we lead. I am praying we are making the right decision, which I believe in my gut that we are on the right track moving to Arizona. We have been wanting to move for many years, towards family or in a state where family is living. So the decision doesn’t surprise me, and we have moved many times over the years just not to another state. Just different cities or counties not more than 80 miles from one area to another.

We are in our 6th house in our 34 years of marriage, but this will be our first move to another state! Pretty exciting, but scary and stressful too. I do not have a job yet in Arizona, something I’ll talk about at a later date as it will become extremely important in the coming months. My work knows we will be moving and so I am hoping they will keep me in the “family” and be able to offer me a job in our Phoenix location. Fingers and toes crossed, prayers said, all I can do is to continue to work hard and take one day at a time. I wanted to touch upon this decision-making process as we all have to make decisions, big and small. I know this decision affects many folks, friends and co-workers; my love to all. ❤  (if I could I would make this heart bigger!) Thank you for sharing coffee with me today. Here are a few more hearts. ❤ ❤ ❤

Loving Life, praying for good things to come!

-DIANA

Weekend Coffee share -Needing R&R

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I can’t wait for a nice cup of coffee, to sit down and relax. What a busy month, each week I think to myself it can’t get any busier and it’s busier. How can that be? My work has been crazy as there are employees taking vacation after vacation with some being on vacation at the same time. So that makes my life busier than normal since I am the supervisor of my department. I have to fill in where I can if needed. Things will settle down in November at work, I am hoping anyways. Can I get you a cup of coffee? or Tea?

I am new to Weekend coffee share and am thankful I have Friday nights off so that I can relax and enjoy the weekends. My weekends lately have been busy as we have been helping my grown children move! My daughter has moved to another town. She is in the military and she works at Vandenberg AFB which is a huge base on the California coast. She was living north of the base and decided to move south. I mentioned this in my last blog, I thought I’d share some photos of her new digs. It has a nice big kitchen with a great room or family room right there so she can cook or bake and enjoy company. I love her new home she is leasing. ❤

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We are unpacking but this is a nice kitchen with plenty of counter space and cupboards. I was able to help her open and empty all her kitchen boxes. She was then able to make us a fabulous dinner and then breakfast the next morning! 

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                  The perfect size house for my daughter and her hubby and guinea pigs!

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In Lompoc there are many buildings painted with these cool murals. Such wonderful artwork! And the other photo is a view of Lompoc from the top of the road near my daughter’s house. 

I hope you are relaxing like I am and enjoying the weekend. I really needed some R&R, rest and relaxation, ah, so nice to put my feet up and think about my travels. This last weekend we just returned from Phoenix Arizona where we helped my son, his wife and daughter move into their new house. They are leasing until they can save up enough money to buy their own home. They are in a nice big house, 4 bedroom, enough room for visitors as us grandma’s will be visiting often. I took a few photos to share!

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Arizona! They are north of Phoenix and it is beautiful there! This is from their upstairs balcony, such a pretty sunset. The sun was not my friend but I took the photo anyways of the truck in their driveway. Lol

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My husband and I took a drive around Phoenix to check out possible places to live, yes, you heard right, we want to move to Phoenix! This photo of these iron horses are all over Cave Creek!! HORSE TOWN! My kind of place. More to come on this subject! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

I must say I am so enjoying telling you all about my adventures. I traveled up the California coast through Santa Barbara to Lompoc then to Santa Maria and then back to Lompoc to home.  Then 2 weeks later we drove 5 1/2 hours to Phoenix Arizona. We flew home. Can you blame me for resting? Haha, its been BUSY! Just crazy busy, but in a very good way. I hope you are enjoying your weekend and enjoyed my photos of my adventures. I’m going to add a couple more photos as I sit back and think about my travels.  😀

Thank you for sharing coffee with me! What are you doing this weekend? I hope you are enjoying life or just relaxing and getting some rest. Either way thanks for spending time with me!

Crazy busy Mom, Grandma, Wife –

-DIANA