Tuesday, April 2, 2013

I Am Off to a Warmer Place


Saw this on Pinterest last week and thought it was perfect to illustrate my post to say adieu for awhile. Yes, I am off again to Phoenix, AZ to visit friends and meet-up with some photography/blogging buddies that I have met thru this wide-world of blogging.  The 1st and 2nd time we met, there were 3 of us, now our circle has expanded to 5 with another out of town visitor joining, making us 6.  And 6 could be dangerous, can you imagine 6 of us trying to photograph one butterfly, all at the same time??  I planned this trip around the blooming of the cactus, since I have rarely seen cactus blooming.  According to my desert friends, it is quite spectacular.  So be prepared for a colorful cactus collection in the future.  Say that fast 3 time...!!!

The last good shots of the moon I took was while I was on my last trip to Arizona, but I gotta admit I think this was a good one, captured early early this morning.


Before I go, just a couple more pics from my latest trip to Trader Joe's and one from my daughter's home.  I have made these into postcards for Kat Sloma's "Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap".  If you have not participated in this fun event you really should.  Too late this year, but put it on your "to do" list for next year.  Kat hosts a world wide postcard swap...you send her 5 postcards of your original art, along with postage & return address labels and viola you receive 5 postcards from lovely artists from all over the world.  I participated last year and now again this year.  It's just fun, so do it!!

And another one....the most difficult part about this exchange is to decide on what I am going to send.  Decisions, decisions....


And one more....


Between packing & washing underwear I managed to get down to our independent bookstore for an appearance by Jacqueline Winspear, the author of the Maisie Dobbs books.  I fell in love with Maisie probably 5 or 6 years ago and have been following her adventures ever since.  If you love English mysteries and a wonderful female sleuth, then you will love these adventures. Ms Winspear has been to our bookstore several times, but somehow I am always out of town or have another engagement and have missed her previous visits.  What a delight she is....just a wonder to listen to, with her lovely English accent.  An evening well spent, even if I haven't finished packing.


And then when I got home from this lovely evening I had a package waiting for me on the front porch.  Look what was inside....!!!!


My blogging bud, Patti from My Happy Place sent me this little charmer...isn't she just too too sweet.  I think everyone must know by now my love of tea cups & mugs so when she saw this sitting right pretty on a shelf, she knew I would love it and I do, I do.  Thank you my sweet friend. Go visit Patti's blog, she is a fun gal and one of these days we are going to meet, she only lives a hop, skip and a jump from me...just a state or two over, that's all.

Linking this sweet girl to Kim's Texture Tuesday....

Now I must get back to packing....I will  hopefully be posting sporadically while I am gone.

This is sleep awareness month, so "go take a nap".....I am going to practice this faithfully all month.

Linking to Nancy's Tuesday Musing


Until next time....










40 comments:

  1. Have a wonderful time over there, and bring some warmth, sunshine and beautiful cactus shots back for us to enjoy.

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  2. enjoyable post Deanna; you have a fantastic time with your blogging buddies. Look forward to more from you

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  3. Have a most wonderful trip, Deanna!

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  4. These are great photos! Love the little teacup :) Look forward to hearing about your trip to AZ and seeing your cactus pictures.

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  5. Have a wonderful trip! The postcard swap sounds like so much fun and what a fun tea cup!

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  6. Have a wonderful trip. I'm participating in the postcard swap -- my first time. Love your new teacup! So nice to have friends who know what you like. Wonderful surprise. I'm a big fan of Maisie, too! Wonderful shots. The moon is a wowowzer!

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  7. Have a wonderful time with your buddies Deanna, I wish I was in Arizona in the warm......

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  8. Have a wonderful trip, Deanna. The Prickly Pear Cactus that grow on the South Dakota prairie are beautiful when they bloom. Your new tea cup is full of character!

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  9. Safe and fun journeys, my friend! I hope I get one of your postcards. Also going to check out the Maisie Dobbs series.

    xoxo

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  10. Have fun on your trip! Can't wait to see the cactus/cacti in bloom. That tea cup has YOU written all over it. What a thoughtful thing for your friend to do.

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  11. Beautiful shots and entertaining post! We are heading to Phoenix on Thursday! Can't wait to get outta here... Hope you have a wonderful time!

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  12. Lovely pictures as always! I didn't do the postcard swap this year. Maybe next year? Have a fun time in sunny Arizona!

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  13. Wish you a safe and fun trip to the desert.

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  14. It's almost here, have a safe trip and see you Thursday. Thanks for the tip for the author, love anything English.

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  15. i hope you have a wonderful trip and a wonderful time! happy cacti!

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  16. Have a wonderful time in AZ. All of your photos are stunning - hard to chooses a favorite. I love your winky cup. I have one from my aunt which is over 60 years old. It is one of my favorite treasures.

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  17. Have a wonderful trip and I will be looking for some spectacular photos. Please bring back some warm weather and sunshine.

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  18. I really like the photo with the saying "Earth Laughs with Flowers" -- O' man -- you mean I've miss - out - I just moved out of Az.. It would have been awesome to met up with you and the other ladies - that is if .. but never know now I've moved.. bummer.. All the best have tons of fun and can't wait to see what photo images you will capture...
    Hugs and beeeeee safe

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  19. Well girlfriend, I hope you have a wonderful time on your adventure with your photography girlfriends...I can't wait to see all the wonderful shots you are going to share with us.....

    What a sweet friend to send you that darling teacup....I can just image all the different ways you are going to use it in different photographs....

    Have fun, take lots of pictures, and know we will miss you...

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  20. Lovely photos, I hope you enjoy your trip!! I can't wait to see pictures :)

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  21. Enjoy your trip! Phoenix sounds fabulous!

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  22. Have a great trip! I am a little jealous of you getting to meet Jacqueline Winspear. I've only read one Maisie Dobbs book so far but I enjoyed it and have another in my queue.

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  23. Really enjoyed your photos and thoughts! Hope you enjoy the trip...you are headed to my new home state!

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  24. Well just totally jealous of you meeting other bloggers girlfriend☺☺ No...I hope you have a fabulous time...knowing you there will be no other way! The mug is just too perfect...way to go Patti!

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  25. I am SO glad she made it in one piece. I packed her pretty tight, didn't I? Reading Stephanie's post that she has one over 60 years old makes me wonder just how old this little gem was that I sent you.......
    It also tickles me pink that you love her.
    Yes - we will meet someday. We must!
    Have a splendid time with your other blogging buddies - I did a trip in 2008 with 7 blogging buddies that I'd met through the internet. Best time ever with them!

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  26. i love the wink & a smile cup ... that is super sweet. travel safe & enjoy! gorgeous hydrangeas. great shots!! ( :

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  27. Deanna, Have a wonderful trip to warmth and blooming cacti! I am going on a Girlfriends' Vacation to AZ in May. Stay safe and well. Enjoy!

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  28. I wish you a safe and joyful trip and look forward to those cacti shots when you return. The teacup is too, too cute. Until your return,

    au revoir

    Nicki

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  29. Enjoy your travel, Deanne - kindred spirits and warmer climate sounds great! Such a wonderful capture of the moon ... And all the lovely Cards - It's gonna be a diffucult choice to pick only 5!
    Nina

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  30. What gorgeous images, Deanna! Your trip sounds like lots of fun; we'll look forward to seeing the cactus blossoms when you get back. Have a great time, and God bless you.

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  31. So have a wonderful time on your adventure! Lovely shots as always

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  32. Have a wonderful trip! Isn't the blog world fun? I was in Arizona last year and had a great visit with a blog buddy. Of course I get to meet you in Chicago this summer, and I am looking forward to it.

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  33. Great post, and I love your Texture Tuesday shot! So cute!

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  34. Have a great time...can't wait to see some bloomin' cacti!! :-)

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  35. Awww... What a cute cup. And your postcards look so pretty.. I do hope you have an amazing time with your friends in AZ.. Can't wait to see the photos.

    Hugs~

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  36. Have a lovely time! Your photos are so captivating and the rose is gorgeous!

    Hugs to you,
    Stephanie

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  37. Wish I was going with you! Happy travels, sweet pea. Hug everyone we mutually know, hug 'em big from Fishpeople.
    oxoxoxox have a great time Deanna

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  38. Phoenix is my favorite place to vacation! Have so much fun! Can't wait to see your cactus flowers and what a lovely friend you have! xoxo

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