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June Wrap Up Over Coffee

As usual in Natalie’s Coffee Share, I try to squeeze more photo challenges into a post that is logistically possible. By logistically I mean more than you’d ever want to look at or read about in one sitting. Or maybe ever.

This week was most exciting because our friend, Janet from This That and The Other Thing drove to Prescott and spent the better parts of two days in Prescott with Vince and me. After taking pictures all over Prescott, I lured her to spend Tuesday night so we could attend an outdoor concert in Courtyard Square. Guess what happened as we got ready to go?

The temperatures dropped 20 degrees. The rain began in earnest. The concert lost its appeal. Vince suggested a different plan for the evening. What if we went to Auggies for lobster nachos appetizers and then went downtown to Founding Fathers (FF)? FF is a group of businesses under one roof where people hang out, and play games, get haircuts, work out in the gym, or try different kinds of beer and wine and pay by the ounce. This turned out to be the winning idea.

Photos Worth Sharing from June

Thursday Trios

We started out early on Wednesday on Peavine Trail, a former railway between Prescott and Phoenix that runs beside the Riparian Preserve, Granite Dells, and Watson Lake once you pass the dump and the fire practice location.

Interestingly these desert turtles have come out from their burrows due to the monsoons. In Phoenix, I heard on the news that they are hoping to adopt some of them. Better let your kids or grandkids adopt them – they live for 80 years. I call this turtle “he” because I have no idea of his gender.

CFFC: City Structures

Then we headed downtown and took pictures of buildings – specifically doors and windows.

a trio of windows in a downtown Wilder House built in 1891

More Thursday Doors

A trio of windows on this door – one of the historic homes on Senator Highway

We parked and started to walk along this iconic Prescott street with an interesting assortment of older and new homes built from the 1880s to the 1990s.

Newer but still interesting. We had gotten as far as the second house when the owner came out and started to chat with us. It turned out she was 94, my mother’s age if she was still alive. She looked so amazing that I asked if I could take her picture. You decide. Does she look 94?

CBWC: June’s Faces and Facial Features

Last on the Card (Unaltered)

The Changing Seasons – June 2022

  • 20 blogposts published
  • 1 wedding anniversary that we didn’t forget this year like we did last year
  • 1 overnight guest
  • 2 major Charles Dickens Classics read: The Bleak House and Great Expectations
  • 1 classic about half-read not enjoyed too much – Dubliners by James Joyce
  • finished A Life in Parts by actor, Bryan Cranston of “Breaking Bad” and “Malcolm in the Middle”
  • Curated laundry room and bathroom cabinets that saved us at least $500 and Vince a huge project to create more storage space
  • 2 evening concerts in Courthouse Square were enjoyed with neighbors.
  • 2 trips: Scottsdale, Cottonwood – 1 car show, 1 car museum, Arizona Memorial Gardens, 1 Old Town walk

Challenges that Inspired this Post

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  1. Marsha…I always LOVE your photos and I look at each one. They all have stories to tell. I love the turtle and those doors are absolutely stunning. I may join this week on thursday doors since I took a picture of a muraled door a a few weekends ago but we’ll see if I remember.

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    • Dan’s challenge insipires a lot of people. Janet and I both took tons of pictures of doors on our walk through Prescott. It’s addicting. If you forget, you can always link it to PPAC on Friday, or better yet, double dip and do your post for both challenges. As you can see I usually do my Thursday Doors on Saturday because I’ve been so busy on Wednesday and Friday responding to those posts. I’m afraid I’m not as good at viewing all the other challenge host’s participants’ posts. I try to get to as many as I can, especially when I know them.


  2. Hi Marsha, What a vibrant lady you are – not to mention an excellent photographer; loved the various shots! I celebrated my 90th birthday last month and continue to be mystified by how I arrived here…(my charismatic husband will be 94 tomorrow.) The nanogenarian (?)woman you photographed looked amazing (won’t compete…) Luckily, mentally, I’m still around middle age…and have just completed my 10th book (nine published) Contentment and curiosity do help! Cheers. x


    • Thanks for the comment. Iโ€™ve gone a little crazy with blogging since I retired. Itโ€™s fun. Blogging inspires me to go places and record experiences I might not do otherwise.


  3. Beautiful collection. Love the alien, the blue house, and I also wish I could look cheerful and have energy left if I get to live until over 90 years old, haha.

    I didn’t know desert turtles existed and I think that’s really cool.

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    • I hadnโ€™t seen them before. It was very cool. If Janet had not come, I wouldnโ€™t have been there to see it.


  4. Now if those clouds, in your first photo, had made it all the way to my city this past weekend, I would’ve tons of gorgeous monsoon cloud captures in my archive by now.
    But I’m glad to see them from your lens ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Wow great post Marsha.
    So many challenges and I love the way you’ve orchestrated them to combine so nicely. 94 my goodness I hope I look as good if I live that long. How special to meet up with a fellow blogger
    Here’s to a happy July ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  6. Some beautiful houses in Prescott, I see ๐Ÿ™‚ And no, that lady doesn’t look anything close to 94! I’d have put her around 20 years younger than that!

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  7. Lobster nachos appetizers…I’ve never had them but I’m drooling at the mere thought! Love all your photos, of course–‘specially the “trios”. And no, that woman looks way too good to be 94…she’s got me beat, and I’ll “only” be 70 in September ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • She was gorgeous and sweet. She’s got me beat, too. So how do we slow down time so that we can stay about the same for the next twenty four years and beyond! My mom’s cousin is 97 and he looks great, so I’m hoping some of those genes are working for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. So glad you two got together in your neck of the woods. Love all the photos from your month. I am sure Janet enjoyed the cooler temps AND the rain.

    And 94 looks pretty dang good on that woman.

    Did you love the drive that took you out to search for the pink car. I think its beautiful out there. Happy 4th.

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    • The drive to the pink car was such an accident. I’d never had a reason to go that far! We had so much fun. Hope you can join us on the 7th. Any ideas of good places in Anthem?

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          • Yes. Arizona Highways did a story on the road that goes behind there. Itโ€™s a loop. I even enjoyed looking at the homes back there. I did a blog post on it a few years back, before I knew you.

            If you donโ€™t subscribe to Arizona highways magazine, you should. There is s drive a month, a hike a month, and history galore. When we first moved here it is how I organized where I wanted to go.

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          • That’s a good idea. My grandfather collected them in the 50s and 60s. AZ was his go to dream retirement life. Grandma had a different dream so they stayed in Indiana. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I made sure that I didn’t do that to Vince, though it was tempting until I saw Sedona and Prescott.

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  9. Hi Marsha
    I saw Janet’s post about the meetup and nice to see yours too!
    regarding the books last month
    Did you like “A Life in Parts”?
    I don’t enjoy Joyce but I like (sometimes) reading what teachers or authors say about his work / like when they highlight themes or passages –
    And I need to finish great expectations be sure I actually started it when done with bleak house – but paused and now just need a break from dickens
    I might dive into some Les Mis later this month (a July tradition)
    Oh and…
    Happy anniversary – glad you didn’t forget this year – ha!

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    • I did like A Life in Parts. He had such a bad start in life and yet took charge, worked hard, had many adventures with his brother. His experiences with women were a little scary. What I didn’t like about Joyce were the endings of his stories. I got engaged, then poof, they were over with no real ending. I don’t mind open endings, but it seemed like his just stopped. I kept expecting a next chapter. When that didn’t happen, I stopped reading. I may try to go back to it, but since I’m not getting a degree in English lit, I don’t need to read it for a grade. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Thanks for sharing about the life in parts book (good title)
        And regarding endings – last night my hubs watched CODA – an award winning movie from apple streaming (you might have seen it) and his only slight negative was the way the ending was done – so wrapped in a bow
        — so I understand what you mean with Joyce and his endings –
        Also – the good news is that we are not reading for a grade and in school so whew!! We get to put something down and walk away !! Ha

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        • Exactly right – no incomplete grades. We both earned an A for reading The Bleak House. James Joyce was extra credit. The professor: Thomas Foster. ๐Ÿ™‚

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          • Hahaha – love that extra credit

            And funny because someone noted that she thought I loved bleak house immensely – and I really didn’t – I mean I liked it and all – but I guess she thought with all the posts and challenge that I “loved it immensely” and it reminded me that a) perceptions vary and b) just because we follow through with a challenge and give a book some blog time and even rate it with five stars –
            It doesn’t mean we loved it immensely – but it does mean it was part of our life – esp if we followed thru with a challenge

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          • Reading it was just that – a challenge. I did enjoy it after I got into it about 40%. Before that it seemed like he was just introducing new characters. If it hadn’t been for the challenge, it might have gone in the way of Dubliners. LOL. Maybe you should do a challenge on that one so I would be motivated to finish it. Great Expectations is better, I think and I see the similarities in his themes and writing, but this was a little easier on the brain. Another good friend of mine is reading it for HER book club. I may even do some extra reading about it to have some additional insights. I’m always expanded by what others have to say and what they get out of a book that I missed entirely. Your recommendation of Foster, though has me looking for underlying meanings now in everything.

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          • I am so glad the Foster book was valuable to you! Did I tell

            You I have a copy of it away last month – to a waitress who was a nursing student and she loved lit! Also have her a box of other books because I had some waiting to find a new home and wanted them to go to someone who would value them

            Anyhow – Trent and I would love for you to jump in and help us next year with the dickens challenge and we can email the details – it is far off but I do have an idea of us maybe offering folks the choice to read one of three Dickens novellas (or all three) because when I bought a Christmas carol from

            Barnes and noble it came in a book with two other novellas – so just ponder that for a bit

            Anyhow / when it comes to books I can be very sensitive the author’s energy and that is why I like Dickens – the feel and the vibe

            And Also why I liked foster – his content was good (even tho some things he says I have e in other books – because motifs and themes are a common topic) but he has a passio and such a scholarly matter of fact was – so that is was part of the charm for me with that book

            Okay / hope your 4th of July is off to a nice start – things here are very nice

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  10. Marsha, Thank you for your weekend coffee share and beautiful photos. Your meeting with Janet sounds so much fun. I love the turtle and all the houses, doors and windows. That homeowner looks amazing at 94. Have a great weekend and happy 4th of July!

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    • That’s pretty amazing. There aren’t too many people who can live independently for that long! That would be my dream. To have that inner fire is so important.

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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