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  • Walking no more
    on May 25, 2010
    How to say this?Julie--GrannyJ--died Monday evening in the hospital.I have been meaning to post an update for everyone about her hospital stay; she wanted me to let y'all know that she had a "shiny new toy"--aka pacemaker--and was healing up and read...
  • Pretty little plaques
    on May 9, 2010
    When my daughter was stuck with the agony of moving me & my stuff into my small ALF apartment, she made a selection of art and artifacts from the overload at the house. Among the items that made the cut were these three Mexican plaques in the cla...
  • Water for a thirsty region
    on May 6, 2010 in water
    Water is a precious commodity out here in the arid West -- one reason that these old rusty tanks in the outback are so poignant. The pair are located along the unpaved county road that parallels the Santa Maria River between US93 and the Bagdad Road...
  • Route of the painted rocks
    on May 3, 2010 in rock art
    My email brought me a new addition to the collection of big painted rocks you'll find around Yavapai County. This fellow is located somewhere in the Dells -- and I don't know if he is a casual, one-time fancy or an icon who will be renewed for decade...
  • Prescott's IOOF Cemetery
    on Apr 28, 2010 in cemeteries
    Elks. Moose. Eagles. Masons. Modern Woodmen. Knights of Pythias. Odd Fellows. Today one seldom hears mention of these fraternal orders, remnants of a different past, when many people in American towns small and large joined together voluntarily to so...
  • The old flume -- then & now
    on Apr 24, 2010 in Granite Dells water Prescott history
    Friend Andy C. sent this image of an old postcard entitled simply "an irrigation system near Prescott Arizona". He believes it is the original flume carrying water from Willow Creek in the Dells to the Bianconi Ranch. A brief history he passed along:...
  • Elderly housing notes
    on Apr 22, 2010 in senior housing
    One of the views from my window: The Bradshaw, a subsidized apartment complex for the elderly. It's about to grow to fill an empty acre or two to the rear......where a small version of those ubiquitous yellow earth moving machines was out and about r...
  • Wicker critters
    on Apr 18, 2010 in critters
    As a young girl, I wrapped myself up in the Oz books. Read and reread them. Even so, I did not really understand about the amoral sorcerer who lived in a wickerwork castle, surrounded with everything wickerwork. I guess I was too shy to ask what was...
  • The view from Bradshaw Drive
    on Apr 16, 2010 in Neighborhoods
    You would think that with all the wandering and exploring my husband and I did over our years in this area, we might have taken a look at the southeast quadrant of Prescott -- that turf south of Gurley, east of the Senator Highway. The reality is tha...
  • Art out at Acker
    on Apr 9, 2010 in murals
    The Mural Mice are at it again. This time the object of their attention is the lonely loo building out at Acker Park over at the foot of Virginia Street. The little structure is getting painted on all four sides, as a matter of fact.Subject matter: l...
  • The last of that lion!
    on Apr 6, 2010 in critters
    Remember those fine lion pictures, claiming to be from Prescott? Guess what! The dotter came across this LOL Cats item, which suggests that those pictures could be from any place in North America with aspen and pine trees. Too bad -- I did so want th...
  • Cemetery project: Del Rio
    on Apr 3, 2010 in cemeteries
    Actually, this is by way of introduction to a project that I and a buddy are considering. The picture was lent to me by another friend who's part of a project to locate the bounds of the small graveyard on private land just north of Chino Valley. Acc...
  • Sunshine yellow
    on Mar 31, 2010 in furniture
    Tomorrow, so I am told, will be dreary with a chance for yet another snow. Reason enough for a yellow post. Already fellow bloggers are posting their own yellows -- predominantly daffodils, but also wild poppies and desert primrose, not to mention ea...
  • End of an era
    on Mar 29, 2010 in real estate
    This bleak sight is from my Christmas trip down Tucson way. Not really much to say about the graffiti-covered portable sales office out in the midst of a one-time cotton field whose owners thought to cash in on the big real estate boom. That's why th...
  • Local lion; unknown provenance
    on Mar 23, 2010 in mountain lions
    If the subject were Barry's birthplace or did that UFO really, really land atop the Washington Monument, I could check in with Snopes. Not so when the email subject is so very local; I can't imagine how the intertubes' resident truth seekers would ev...
  • Where there's smoke...
    on Mar 20, 2010 in snow fire
    The other morning, I looked out my window on the side of the hill to this sight, part way up the hills to the north of the bowl that holds Prescott. Living in the dry Southwest, smoke is scary. Living where the skies are clear, smoke is very evident,...
  • Design on 89
    on Mar 16, 2010 in highways
    These days, a highway project is not a completed project without the art work. Our new SR69/89 overpass is a good example. According to the Courier, members of the local Yavapai Indian tribe were among those consulted about the designs. "The tribe wa...
  • Siesta
    on Mar 12, 2010 in javelinas critters
    There I was, thinking it might be time for a critter blog ... when what should come my way but an email titled Nap Time, complete with pictures (above, below). Pix from friend Bob. Where were they, I ask. Oh, in our front yard, friend Bob answers. Re...
  • Back in the outback2: Kirkland
    on Mar 9, 2010 in boondocking cowboys
    The trouble with photojournalism is that sometimes the pictures force the direction of the story. In this case, literally. Simply put, I can't think of a better entrance to the village of Kirkland than this curve in the road heading back to Prescott...
  • Railroad relics
    on Mar 7, 2010 in railroad
    To answer Anil's question, yes, we have some rather cool relics saved from the earlier days of railroading in the Prescott area. Number one, of course, is the actual depot down on Sheldon. Unfortunately, it has never caught on as a proper commercial...