Friday, I spent the day with my mom. We went to lunch, then ran a few errands, bought her some shoes at Ross, and stopped to check out a new Goodwill store where I found a top for myself. She thought the prices were too high, plus they had everything generically priced, for example, all long sleeve shirts were 5.99 no matter what the quality. She didn’t like that, so we didn’t stay too long.
Then while we were waiting for Terry to come over after work, I showed her how to use her new cell phone. She does pretty well for 85. Sometimes she gets a little frustrated and would rather not use a cell phone, but has agreed to carry it with her when she goes out, in case of emergency.
When I picked her up earlier in the day, she let me know that the Glendale Chocolate Affaire was going on this weekend. It’s an outdoor chocolate festival that they have every year around Valentine’s Day. Since we both LOVE chocolate, Terry and I have talked about going ever since we moved back from California. Mom lives less than a mile from the festival and had never been there herself. Fortunately, I had already set aside the whole day and evening for her, since I wasn’t sure what we would be doing, so we decided to check it out that night with Terry.
It was interesting, but I have come to find out that most of these festivals are much too crowded and not nearly as great as they sound. We felt the same way about the Scottsdale Culinary Festival. Just too many people in one place at the same time. Amazingly mom navigated the festival quite handily with her walker. There was a nice policeman that told us we could use the handicapped parking even though she doesn’t have a tag for the car, which helped with the walking distance getting TO the festival. Anyway, we bought some chocolate dipped strawberries which were good, sampled several types of fudge, including goat cheese fudge. Terry ended up buying some coconut & chocolate fudge. He also bought the T shirt above as a souvenir. Overall we had a little fun and were glad that we went, but probably won’t go back. Once was enough.
Saturday, I went to an all day Nikon Photography seminar. I learned some new techniques and info about my camera and got some great information on multi-day photography workshops offered in the field around Arizona by the “Friends of Arizona Highways”. They’re a bit pricey, but I’d love to save my money to do one someday. I’m sure it would be a great learning experience.
Today after church, my friend Cathy and I went to the Willo Historic Home Tour in central Phoenix. This is a neighborhood of homes built in the 20′s and 30′s. A very eclectic neighborhood with all styles of architecture. The tour is also something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but have just always missed it somehow.
I was very pleasantly surprised and will definitely go again…hopefully every year.
These are just a few glimpses into some of the houses.
And I loved watching this little girl playing in the puddles.
Cathy and I already talked about setting aside more time next year and asking some more friends if they want to join us. We didn’t have enough time to look at the unique craft booths or even to get to all the houses. The ones we visited were very nice and each one had so much character and gorgeous decorating. Just the things I love to look at. And because the tours are spread out over several blocks, it never really felt too crowded. Very manageable. The weather was gorgeous except for just a few sprinkles. We had a great time!
So, back to work tomorrow. I told Terry that I need a whole week off just to get my house in some kind of order. I’ve been ignoring it for a while…or I guess I just need to stop having so much fun on the weekend.