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.




Wish You Were Here!

The trip to Tucson, AZ was a bit rough, but not bad.  The recovery after we got here was much harder.  We arrived late afternoon on Friday, and today is the first day I feel like I don’t need to sleep every moment.

Today is a beautiful day!  Right now it’s in the 70’sF and the high today should be in the mid 80’sF.  At home, Durham , NC, it is in the 50’s all week.  This is the reason I wanted to come to Tucson….oh the weather!  We had a cold front here for a couple of days right after we got here…..I laughed, Stuart was worried about me and the “cold front”, it was in the upper 60’s during the day.  It did get in the 30’s late at night, but I wasn’t out during those hours.

The second day we were here I walked outside to get some fresh air, I saw the prettiest bird!  It was the reddest red I’ve ever seen!  I looked it up and it’s the Vermillion Flycatcher.

Vermilion Flycatcher – photo from

That’s one red bird, isn’t it?  I was lucky to see it, normally it has migrated by now.   Right after seeing this lovely bird I saw a hummingbird, actually, he saw me first and was quite interested.  He buzzed by my head, then came back and hovered about a foot or so from me and just looked at me.  It was a brilliant iridescent green.  What a lucky day!

Today I have been sitting outside enjoying the sun.  I know it won’t be this nice all winter, but there is much less barometric pressure change here than there is at home.

I have much more that I planned to say, but I have had a bit of trouble with my email.  I just found out that one of my email addresses that I have imported to my main email address, so I can read everything from one place, wasn’t being forwarded.  This email address is a pretty important one to me, and it appears it hasn’t  been forwarded for months.  I wondered why I wasn’t hearing from some people.  Now I have about 1500 emails to go through.  I’m sure I’ll get tired and start deleting many without even thinking about it….so if you have written me on my “name” email, please forgive me for not getting back to you, and try again.

One more thing about email…well commenting on posts actually…On our ride out here I read some of your posts and commented on them, I don’t think they posted.  I’m not sure I will be able to go back and comment on everyone’s posts.  I’m sorry.  Please know I was thinking of you on our way across the country.  (FYI…I-40 is a boring route)  I read many posts, and even tried to keep in touch.
Some have asked about how Max did on the trip.  He was very good.  I was afraid he wouldn’t settle down since Sandy wasn’t with us, but he did.  The only time it was evident that Sandy was a real help with him, was when we’d try to leave the motel in the mornings.  Max would hide!  When Sandy was with us, Max didn’t want to be left without his dog, so when Sandy was ready to leave, so was Max.  But for the actual ride in the car, Max was great.  He meowed quite a bit the first day, but he settled in and slept most of the time.  Oh the life of a spoiled cat.  (he got tuna every day to coax him out of the motel, I’m surprised he hasn’t been pestering us for tuna since we arrived!)

So I to all I hope to be posting more and more about our trip and how it is affecting my illnesses.  (I should say that on the drive here we mostly ate out….way too much sodium!  So for the past few days my tinnitus has been louder than ever, and I’ve been very off-balance.  I’ve been drinking lot’s of water and really watching my sodium intake, so today I’m feeling much better, but still not hearing as well as I was.)