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.




Pictures…do they say a thousand words?

I haven’t posted pictures in a while.  Thought I’d share a few.  I’ll update on me later…, scenes from my life.

photo of courtyard at Duke Clinics in Durham, NC on a lovely spring day.
Tucson from back porch
View from back porch in Tucson, AZ
being silly Easter 2012
Me being silly..on a good day out with Stuart…Easter 2912
hair soon gone
Me before hair donation….if you look close you can see Stuart in the mirror.
my new do
What a difference!
Our 2 year old nephew sitting on daddy's lap (you don't see much of daddy) This child is always laughing and smiling....wonder what he's thinking? A big boy!
Meet JD (Johnathan David) our nephew, he just turned 2 and is wearing size 4 clothes.
max and Sandy lying beside me
I found this photo and had to share. Sandy and Max with me….you can’t see me. What a great friendship they had.
me and max
Me and Max in Tucson. I am a good cat bed.
me and stuart
Me and Stuart being silly after a rough day.
me at Rachels 5th
Me at Rachel’s (our niece) 5th birthday party..
sorry, slightly out of focus.
me with john and margaret
Me with Stuart’s father and step mother, at Rachel’s party.
Rachel 5yrs old
Rachel. the apple of my eye.
Rachel loves her aunt Stuart
Rachel with Stuart at her party…she told him he was her new bestest, best friend.
Rachel with Stuart
Rachel talking with her “Aunt” Stuart. She has always called him Aunt Stuart no matter how ofter she’s been corrected. It’s very cute. Here they are talking about broccoli on pizza. (She’s loves broccoli and pizza, she didn’t know you could get them together!)
straw wrapper girl doing a dance
I made a girl out of a straw wrapper…she likes to dance!
Being silly makes me feel better.
front drive in Tucson in snow
I go to Tucson in the winter to stay warm….and it actually snowed! This is the front drive. (It melted very fast)
snow in Tucson
A view from the backyard during the snow.
Since we were staying on a gold course the snow stayed on the grass a little longer, there were some interesting snow people made that day. You can tell when people do not see snow very often!

max looking at me
Max being curious…you should see how many times it took me to get this photo. He kept moving it’s actually a cute series. I love this photo…no green glowing eyes!
Max on my side
Me in bed asleep lying on my side with Max draped across me. He only did this when we were in Tucson, he never does it at home. ??curious?? I thought it was funny, but HOT.
me after lumbar puncture
Sorry a bit out of focus….oh and the picture is too.
This is after the last lumber puncture I had, getting ready to go home.

So there’s a photo catch up for you.

I hope you enjoyed it.  A photo can often say more than words, and it seems I’ve been pretty slack at writing words lately.