Finally some promised pictures.

I’m still not able to type much, a lot of hunting and pecking with just my left hand, but I’m managing to do a little.  My wrist has not improved, the shot did not work, I go back to the doctor on July 2nd (which just happens to be my birthday).  Wish me luck.



Welcome to our home.  The top photo isn’t very good, but it’s of the front gate.  The middle row from left to right: the front porch, the pool off the right of the house, the kitchen over looking the living room.  the bottom row, left to right: the bathtub/shower, flowers from my neighbor, the sick in the bathroom.

When I first visited Tucson I wondered why so many houses had bars on the windows and walls around their homes, well I found out.  The bars are because so many houses eight used to have, or still have, a Swamp Cooler.  For a Swamp Cooler to work, you have to have the doors and windows open.  So it’s not because the whole town has a lot of crime, it’s a deterrent for when people have the Swamp Coolers going.  (Swamp Coolers cool by adding moisture to the air, it’s really cool actually. but it only works in places with no humidity).  The walls are often added if you have a pool.  It is also a law that if a window in your house can open and it opens out to the pool, it must have bars. The pool must also have a gate that locks, or has a latch way out of reach for a child.

The house we live in was built in 1943, I think the realtor said, that surprised me since that was a time of rationing.  The bathroom was tiled in the 1970’s, the owner loved Fiesta-ware and the tiles were bought to kinda match that. I love it!!  The kitchen was also tiled like it at some point, but they remodeled the kitchen not long ago and the cool tile went bye-bye.  You can see the new stove in the tiny kitchen, and the tiny living room beyond that.  The living room is so small we had to get rid of our couch, and the dining area is so small we couldn’t fit a regular size table in it.  Too bad, because the house is pretty cool other than the tiny rooms, if they were bigger we would consider buying this house, but it simply won’t work, so we are on the hunt for a house to buy that meets our needs.  This property also has a guest house, which would be perfect for us when Dad moves in, but as I said, the main house just doesn’t work.

There are many suns all around the outside of the house, that’s kinda cool.

I took a walk around the neighborhood the other day and I saw all these cactus!  The barrel cactus, the paddle cactus, prickly pear, and the big daddy of all the Saguaro. (you might not be able to tell from the photo bur the Saguaro has blossoms (well buds or dried of blossoms anyway), they don’t bloom every year so this was a treat.

These photos are all from around the house.  I especially like the last one.


I hope you have enjoyed the little trip around my new digs.  I have a few shots from the trip across country if you’d like to see them let me know and I’ll post those too.  🙂

*all photos were taken by me, W. Holcombe, please do not use without permission.




15 thoughts on “Finally some promised pictures.

  1. fleurtjeeliza

    Yay for your new home and the fancy bathroom tiles! And a pool! A pool! I am amazed you can get yourself to write a blog instead of being in ~the pool~. Sheer determination?!

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    1. I gave John your love, he sends his back. He’s doing pretty good. I think he likes us here. We had a nice father’s day cookout for him, it was a blast. Missed Margaret though. I’m sure he’d enjoy a call from you.


  2. Rita McGregor

    I love those colorful tiles! And you even have a private pool, my goodness! Loved seeing all the pictures and would definitely love more–of your trip or more of your new home. It’s like a different world–dry and cactus. I love little lizards, though. Spotted that little fella right away. Great for keeping down the bug population. 🙂 Enjoy your new home!!

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    1. It is a whole different world here, beautiful in it’s own right. I’ll try and post more photos soon.
      Everyone here loves lizards, but I must admit they kind of creep me out. Snakes with legs, and all that posturing, it’s freaky. But I’m very glad they eat the bugs!!


  3. What a wonderful little home to start your next chapter in!
    I feel you about the hand pain. About a week ago my right thumb just started hurting, it feels like the ligament is inflamed. I did some research, I have all the same symptoms you do, it just focused on my thumb instead of my wrist. It all runs from the first knuckle on my right thumb (on the top of my hand) down to about 1/3 of the way to my elbow.
    gentle hugs I love seeing your adventures!

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    1. Oh no! This thumb/wrist pain is aggravating to say the least. Mine does hurt from the thumb almost to the elbow, but the sharp pains hit my wrist. My thumb is slightly numb. 🤨 I hope yours goes away with just rest. I’m ready for it to go away. 😁❤


  4. Love it and the pictures. It looks like such a different world from where I grew up and where I live now but that’s tbe beauty of our little planet. It’s a shame about the size of the rooms but it does give you tbe chance to find what will work for you. Good luck with your appointment, sending good thoughts and gentle hugs. ❤

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  5. What amazing photos! It’s too bad that it doesn’t fully meet your needs, but hopefully you will find a place that does soon. My family and I just recently moved house and had to wait for just the right timing, but we are now renting a 3 bedroom bungalow that is a 6 minute walk from the town centre. My mobility is extremely limited so it is amazing to not have to go up any stairs! When I need to get into town either my husband or one of my kids is able to quickly push me in my wheelchair. I definitely understand about getting a place that meets all your needs. I wish you all the best.

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  6. Thanks for sharing your new digs. I enjoyed the tour, the funky stuff around your house, and the neighborhood.
    Small houses lead to creative decorating.
    So sorry about your hand/wrist.
    Sending gentle hugs and good thoughts.

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