February 18, 2014

So goes the Jimmy Buffett tune.

But also like that Pink Floyd tune goes, how I wish, how I wish you were here.

It’s Tuesday, March February 18th – T-10 days and counting until Vegas, and it’s 81 degrees on my patio in Gilbert, AZ just before 6 PM. The sun is low on the horizon, the Pinot Grigio is cool and crisp, and I’m trying to wind down from a stressful day at work. The air is beyond lovely – fragrant with the almost-overpowering scent of citrus flowers all around us. It looks to be a banner year not just for our lemon and lime trees (around the corner on our east side), but for the Harley guy next door’s grapefruit tree (just over the west wall to my right). The back patio has been scrubbed clean, and we’re getting ready for the big upcoming “Painting Weekend”, where the Tiki bar and the Kahuna get their annual staining before the spring and summer sun and heat start in earnest.

A couple of photos to show you what spring looks here like in the Valley of the Sun. In New England, Spring reveals itself in the yellows of the daffodils and forsythia, but here the bright yellows are of the acacias:

This bush started as a single plant – one of the first I planted after coming here ten years ago but it not only has grown, but it has grown into multiple bushes that one of these years will engulf poor St. Francis.

I’m not sure what this cactus is called – but the red nipple flowers that it generates are pretty cool to see. This cactus is obviously feeling pretty good about itself this Spring of 2014.

Filed in: Uncategorized by The Great White Shank at 18:57 | Comments (6)
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  1. March 18? Did you go through a time warp machine or is AZ in a different time/month zone. Or, perhaps the Pinot Grigio took hold.

    Comment by jana — February 19, 2014 @ 6:37 am


  2. That’s what happens when you don’t blog regularly – your time gets all screwed up. Thanks for the correction, watch out for that severe weather coming your way!

    Comment by The Great White Shank — February 19, 2014 @ 8:57 am


  3. Looks nice. I wish you could share some of that weather, because we’re heading in the wrong direction again.

    Comment by Dave E. — February 19, 2014 @ 3:33 pm


  4. The Liquors Galore link you told me about is GONE!!!!! Find me another one where I can get my Tall Blond.

    Comment by Jana — February 20, 2014 @ 12:14 pm


  5. Tell me about it. The world is ending, it’s Alcohol Armegeddon.

    Comment by The Great White Shank — February 20, 2014 @ 10:08 pm


  6. You may end up shopping in Las Vegas for me and Tracey so we can continue to have The Blond.

    Comment by jana — February 22, 2014 @ 6:43 am


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