The Countdown


I wasn’t going to get into the election because I don’t want to alienate anyone…but I changed my mind plus these are all the photos I have right now.

Both of these murals were done by local muralist Angel Diaz about voting against Maricopa County’s long-time, attention-grabbing, controversial Sheriff, Joe Arpaio. His opponent is ahead in the polls right now. Do you see the additional hidden message in the top mural? I didn’t notice it when I was there but see it now.


I know tensions are running high on both sides so I won’t say much here. We voted early and dropped our ballots off at an early polling location a couple weeks ago.


The Arizona Democratic Party has a sense of humor


And they really had a taco truck there.


Google’s PSA:


You can probably guess who I’m voting for…


At any rate, it will all be over in a couple days and we can get back to just the normal scary stuff like creepy clowns.





This is the only actual Halloween shot I’ve taken this year. I thought the birds would be more responsive to getting a treat by doing a trick for me but…wrong. Just this guy, one time…at least while I was watching and waiting.

So I had to find some older photos that might seem a little spooky or creepy…hope you don’t get too scared.



bones-on-ballDem Bones

dsc_0001-cropCreepy Mausoleum






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dsc_2426Lalo Cota mural


lalo-cropped-squareLalo Cota painting

ants-dhr_edited-1Emerging from the depths of the earth…






My Pretties



Coming in for a landing…


Total body contact. Those are 2 different Queen Butterflies, above.

DSC_1956Bee on Gaillardia

(Click to enlarge bee and see the golden pollen on its feet.)


Dig It Urban Gardens and Nursery, a new central Phoenix nursery, where #2-4 above photos were taken. Cool mural.

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9.30.15 feederAnna’s Hummingbird, males

Mock 9.29.15Northern Mockingbird

Finch 2 9.13.15

Finch 9.13.15House Finch, male

Skip 9.26.15Fiery Skipper

Skipper Brown 10.7.15

Another Skipper, possibly a Clouded Skipper, there are just too many skipper types to positively ID.

Solar Birdhouse

A friend gave me this solar birdhouse. It looks very pretty at night, hope no birdies try to move in.




A mural in the Melrose District of Phoenix.


Someday I want my hair this color, at least part of it.

Purse Pink

My new purse that gives me extreme springtime joy and seems to affect others similarly.

Cross Earrings

My favorite earrings that I got last summer in Prescott, AZ at Newman Gallery. They are made by New Mexico artist Cindy Huff. Sterling silver with coral roses.

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Geraniums on our front porch. In a couple weeks, they will succumb to the summer heat but they’ve brought color and beauty for the last several months.

Jessi Collar

Jessi’s new collar. Jessi is one of our outdoor cats who has now become an indoor cat. We love them all the same but it just became time for Jessi to be off the streets and she tested negative for all the bad kitty diseases. Marbles and Google are working at accepting her and vice versa.

Pink Spot

Delish ice cream and coffee served here.

Pink Spot Cones_edited-1

Sometimes it’s easier to do a blog post if you give yourself a little prompt.

New Paint!

Phoenix Mural
So this is my new favorite mural in town because it’s just so…Phoenix! The murals have changed and increased so much recently that I no longer even try to keep up with them. But I like to show you every now and then how colorful the streets of Phoenix are. This is by Lalo Cota, JB Snyder, Angel Diaz, Pablo Luna, and Colton Brock. Much as I love this above mural, it was painted over another one of my favorite murals (below), by Lalo Cota:


This is on Calle 16, one of the “hotspots” for murals~behind, next to, and close to Barrio Cafe, a great Mexican restaurant, the owner of which was the impetus behind all the murals on Calle 16, Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza.

Here is another wall there (Lalo):

Luchadores Mural

And this was what was on it most recently, more luchadores (partially Lalo):


Another new mural there, by Angel Diaz:

Turt Mural

And previously, on the same wall, also by Angel Diaz:


And another time, same wall:


And another wall (partially Lalo):

Mac Mural

This wall, above, is special, in that in 2011, El Mac (Miles Mac), who is an internationally renowned artist and muralist now, came back to Phoenix, where he got his start, and painted this part of the wall:


Out of respect for him, this part of the wall doesn’t get over-painted although the rest of it changes now and then:



And here’s a bonus one, down the street a little ways:

16th Street Mural

I do hope that first one gets made into t-shirts, postcards, magazine covers, etc. and brings a lot of cashola to the artists. I’ll buy one.