It’s been so nice to slow down and spend some quality time at home. A miscellany of May fun includes Mark’s Beer Garden, a party at Randy and Connie’s, entertainment at the Courthouse Plaza, dinner with Bill at Atmesfir, Captain and Button, Abbey, cactus flowers, blues jam at the Windsock, Stop the Bans demonstration, javelinas, neighborhood Indian dinner, farmers’ market
Additionally, Mike and Lisa had a great party (with the Ping Brothers) and I volunteered at the Sharlot Hall Museum Folk Art Festival.
Among June highlights are the return of quail and hummingbirds, seeing Drew Hall and Josh Halverson and friends, and witnessing the chimes for the 19 lost firefighters.
Our favorites at Prescott’s Bluegrass Festival were Crying Uncle and Sugar and the Mint.
Ted and I went for a bike ride on the Peavine trail and saw lots of wildflowers.
Chris and Christina had a fun party.
Ted and I went to the Flagstaff Blues and Brews Fest and saw Innocent Joe & The Hostile Witnesses, Carvin Jones, Larkin Poe, Tab Benoit, Arizona Hired Guns, RD Olson Blues Band, Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble, The Jeremiah Johnson Band, Samantha Fish, Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band. A very cool scene.
July starts out with rodeo week in Prescott. This time we experienced it from above.
The Watson Lake Blues Festival in Prescott paired fine music with a spectacular setting. We enjoyed Road One South, Big Daddy D and the Dynamites, Sir Harrison, and Dennis Herrera.
We enjoyed time with neighbors, played pickleball, Ted went to California for his annual golf weekend, and Joy and I rented stand up paddleboards.
We had solar panels installed.
And we had a visit from Sue! We went to Sedona for a hike and lunch, drove back through Dead Horse Lake State Park, took a short sunset hike at Watson Lake, and took the Grand Canyon Railroad from Williams to the Canyon (a trip that includes a shootout, balladeers, and a hold up).
After dropping Sue at the airport, Ted and I spent the night in Phoenix. We checked out the fantastic central library, had a great dinner at Tratto, and shopped for things we can’t get in Prescott.
Last night we went to dinner with Rick and Carol and then to the Elks Theater to see Nick Canuel and Sean McDermott open for Summa Totius — great local music!
This summer has allowed us time to slow down and relax with Abbey, with puzzles, and with Hunt a Killer (a serial mystery that Molly subscribed us to for Christmas).
We’ve been watching the garden grow after a slow start due to frost in May. We’re only just now starting to see tomatoes in our near future.
Summer has also been a time to keep our eyes on wildfires, experience hail (on May 20!), and watch the skies for the monsoons to begin…