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Another Caturday Gone By

Yesterday was Sean Patrick's 148th birthday. I'm not sure what he was doing, since I'm currently editing parts of his life which occurred back in the 40's, but I'm sure it was something fun and expensive.

Me, I drove clear back out to Chandler for the dedication on the Habitat for Humanity house my company helped fund, received the plaque for our contributions, said a few stumbling words (like, "I'm filling in for the person who was supposed to be here because she had to work and I was willing to make the drive"), then stayed long enough to be polite, eat a few bites from the lovely spread that was provided, then headed home to do some more laundry and clean at least some of the things.

We went to Home Depot and then picked about ten or eleven bags full of grapefruit. There's still more grapefruit up there. I wonder if I can afford, later this year, to have these trees cut way back -- professionally. Barb and I have done it in the past, but I'm getting too old for this stuff.

I loved the way the sun was shining on these, they were bright as diamonds:

I made a crock pot full of shredded BBQ chicken for dinner, and made up some really, really GOOD hard rolls (I didn't have gluten flour, but worked with a dough relaxer instead, which seemed to have lightened them well enough); bolillo rolls may have worked better with the shredded meat (since with a hard roll the filling tends to fall out when one bites), but some of us used fork and knife while others just did two open-face halves instead, and all was yummy. tiirz brought cookies and we played a tough round of Killer Bunnies.

These are the last remaining Chihuly sculptures at the Botanical Gardens; with a combination of donations, they were purchased as a permanent display:

Up FAR too early on Sunday morning, thanks to an annoying bunch of animals. Now they're sleeping, of course.

These were among some of the more bizarre stones in the Double Butte Cemetery -- they appeared to have been hand-made, and are tough to read, but seem to have been made of concrete. Not sure how they were painted or with what. I think the dates are 1920 to 1959.

I don't know if The Tudors concluded or was canceled; they seem to have been setting things up for Edward, Mary, and Elizabeth to take over as the major characters (they, too, of course, were Tudors)--especially Mary, but I know this is the final season and it ends with Henry's death. I would have liked to have seen it go on at least into Mary's reign; so much has already been done with Elizabeth (and that could have taken a series on for another decade). But I'll see in just a few more episodes. I'm sure I'll finish it today. He just married Catherine Parr.


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Apr. 17th, 2011 04:59 pm (UTC)
I love the funky tombstones. My artistic photographer friend, Amie, did some gorgeous cemetery photographs (what she dealt with almost exclusively), and one of my favorite series of hers was of a pauper's cemetery, where family members did similar headstones and grave covers out of whatever they could afford.

I thought the Chihuly glass was actually plants.

The oxalis picture is really very nice and would look neat in B&W, too.
Apr. 17th, 2011 10:53 pm (UTC)
There were rather a lot of them at this one; a combination of the obviously very wealthy and these homemade ones. Very interesting.

It was actually my favorite of the sculptures, so I'm glad it's the one that stayed.

Apr. 17th, 2011 10:59 pm (UTC)
That would be very cool to see, indeed, that cemetery. Amie would have loved it.

Apr. 17th, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC)
these are a great set of photos. I loved the oxalis in the rain and those tombstones need inserted into a story somewhere (well fictional ones like them I suppose) If you hadn't said anything i would have thought those Chihuly glass plants were real
Apr. 17th, 2011 10:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I was pleased with the raindrop shots; I got a couple I really liked.

I took some shots of the Towers last year when we were there -- I don't remember if I posted them or not.
Apr. 18th, 2011 02:00 am (UTC)
you may have but since I have trouble enough remembering my own shots, it's all new to me
Apr. 17th, 2011 06:19 pm (UTC)
Yay for Habitat house dedications, and for you. [hugs]
Apr. 17th, 2011 10:56 pm (UTC)
Hugs and happy Sunday!
Apr. 18th, 2011 12:30 am (UTC)
The rolls were excellent!

Hmmm. Elizabeth was born on July 24, same as me.

Yay for accepting the Habitat for Humanity plaque!

My weirdsmobile cat is drinking soapy water from the bathroom sink even though he has water in his water dispenser. Freaky cat.
Apr. 18th, 2011 03:18 am (UTC)
Cats are unusual.

I will be making those rolls again!
Apr. 18th, 2011 04:44 am (UTC)
The oxalis photo is so pretty! I love plants-in-the-rain pictures.

I'm jealous that you got to see those awesome sculptures (which are so plant-like!). When I went there, the artist working was making a giant bird's nest thing. Impressive, but strange. All of your botanical garden photos remind me I need to try and get all of my photos off my old laptop. I'd love to have my Phoenix pics back.

Have you ever been to the Firefighter museum that's just down the road from the DBG? It was quite interesting to see the evolution of a fire engine over the years (I think the first one they have is from the late-1800s).

Yay for HfH! If I ever have the ability, I want to work on a house. I've always thought that would be a neat way to give back to the community.
Apr. 19th, 2011 01:06 am (UTC)
I captured a few good shots, but none of them were as pretty as it was for reals!

They had some other artist's work there this time, but we weren't as impressed with them as with Chihuly's, which so naturally blended with the desert; this new artist's stuff was interesting abstract steel sculpture, which I think I would have liked in a gallery, but didn't think was quite as harmonious with the Garden.

No, I have NEVER gotten down to the Fire Museum! That's one that's been on the "we need to do that sometime" list for YEARS!

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