Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Pioneer Living History Museum

No, this post is not about someplace in Florida.  Pioneer Living History Museum is located 30 miles north of Phoenix.  It's a collection of buildings from the 1800's that have been moved here from all over the state.  While we were spending the holidays in Arizona, we decided to spend a day here accompanied by our grandson Jacob.   The following is just some of the many many pictures I took of just a few of the buildings.
We started out at the opera house, moved here from Prescott.  In the 1800's it hosted some pretty famous singers, including Lily Langtry.

Then we were off to the carpenter shop.

Jacob enjoyed looking at all the tools in this shop since his Dad is a carpenter!

I enjoyed looking at the contents of this dress shop.........

even if I don't particularly enjoy sewing.  However, I do enjoy clothes!

I also enjoyed looking at this Victorian house, moved here from Phoenix.

We had to be content with looking in through the doorway though.

Jacob enjoyed taking a little break on the front porch.

Hubby just enjoyed exploring with his oldest grandson!  This building was once a bakery in Phoenix.

They both loved looking at the old buildings............

although, sometimes, Jacob required a helping hand.

There's even a church where weddings are still performed.

I have wonderful memories of attending churches that looked just like this!

This was the 1878 boyhood home of Arizona Senator Henry Ashurst.

He lived in a pretty comfortable mountain cabin.

We saw more cabins but soon returned to the town area where we visited the bank.

Jacob tried to make a withdrawal.

They seemed to have plenty of money!

We finished up a wonderful day with a "goodbye" to Harold the Pig.

If you'd like to see more of Pioneer Living History Museum (and there's plenty more to see!) check out www.pioneeraz.org.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

I Love Pie!

We interrupt the regularly scheduled blog for this important announcement ....... insert drum roll ......... I have a new car!  Okay, so it's new to me.  We will have been in Juno Beach for a year, come March.  With our other car at home, in Arizona, I've either been stuck at the RV Park all day long or I had to get up at 5 a.m. to take Hubby to work so I could have our Chevy 3/4 ton extended cab 4 x4 pickup truck (that's a mouth full!) to drive around.  In a "Palm Beach World" of Bentleys and Jaguars it's not much fun to park, what my youngest daughter calls, The Beast.  Plus, it rides like a - truck. 
So last weekend we went shopping!

We came home with this wonderful 2010 Dodge Caliber SXT (whatever that means).  Now I don't have to rent a car when friends/family come to visit and we have a more fuel-efficient vehicle for our sightseeing excursions.

Not only is it low mileage, low price (which Hubby likes) it is pretty well loaded with reclining rear seats and a glove compartment with a place to keep water bottles or cans cooled!  I'm thrilled!

Our daughters are pretty well horrified that we would choose to drive a car that is Key Lime Green but I love it and think it fits into our new Florida lifestyle pretty well.  Plus - I'll never lose it in a parking lot!  Anyway, since it reminds me of my favorite Florida dessert, I'm nicknaming my new car "Pie."  And I bet you thought this post was about a pie recipe.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Back in Florida

It's hard to believe that a month has gone by since my last post, but now our holiday travels are completed and we've been back in Juno Beach a week now.  Since we arrived home I've been trying to get everything put away, joining in on weight and water aerobic classes, walking Maggie to the beach everyday, and shopping for a new car.  Whew!

We really enjoyed our time in Arizona with the kids and grandkids.  We tried to squeeze in as much fun as possible in the time we had available!  There were visits with Santa........

deep philosophical discussions.......

overnight guests and bedtime stories...........

a trip to the zoo.......

lots of photo ops........

and camel rides!

You can see why it was so hard to leave Arizona!  All too soon, we were on the road back to Florida
where we arrived at our, now, very full RV Park.  The snowbirds are friendly though and I've joined in with the other ladies trying to lose those extra holiday pounds.

The weather is beautiful and Maggie and I are enjoying our walks on the beach again. 

I'll be blogging some more later about some of the interesting things we did while in Arizona and trying to catch up on what everyone else has been doing out in Blogland in the month I was gone.  I hope you're enjoying a beautiful January too!  If not - come see me in Juno Beach!