Leisure time

This has been our first truly leisure weekend in Tucson this year, so I have some pictures to share.

Technically speaking, this sunset happened before the weekend, but it was so breathtaking I thought I would share it!

Arizona is about the only state I can recall with sunsets to rival those in Door County.  My church here owns five acres of desert including the area the church and parking lot sit on.  Mark called me to come out with my camera and look at the sunset over the mountains in front of the church.  The rounded silhouette on the bottom right of the photo is a saguaro cactus.

Practicing on my bicycle

This whole last week, Mark was taking me to work and picking me up because my bicycle needed some things done to it.  This afternoon, I decided to try it out in the parking lot.  Mark had to make some adjustments to the seat and handle bars for me, but it worked great!  The only thing is that just practicing for about 15 minutes in the parking lot, my legs were already getting tired because it’s been a while since I’ve had any exercise.  I figured out a plan for breaking into riding the three and a half miles to work every day.  From stoplight to stoplight is several blocks, so I asked Mark if he could drive down to the first stoplight and wait for me tomorrow.  If I’m tired, I can throw the bicycle into the back of the truck and he can drive me the rest of the way to work.  After a few days of that, I’ll ask him to drive to the second stoplight and wait for me.  Then I can work up to going three stoplights, and finally, the fourth one is where my office is.  It will be mostly downhill on the way to work.  If I get really strong, I might begin attempting to ride home, but that’s down the road a ways.

There are a couple basketball hoops near our RV in the back of the church, so Mark thought he’d shoot a few hoops.

Tucson wanted to play too.

She stole the ball from Mark and was herding it across the parking lot.

She got the ball on the rebound

By the end of the game, she was panting.

This evening, I had my monthly conference call with my son, Jamey, and my younger sister, Lauryn.  Jamey and I used to have these conference calls with my older sister, Sherill, and now that she’s gone, we decided to include Lauryn.  It was Lauryn’s first time, so when we were all on the line, she asked, “Now what do we do?”  It wasn’t long before we were having a rolicking conversation about the various things going on in our lives.  We laughed uproariously!  We were on the phone for a couple hours, so you know we had no shortage of things to talk about.  I look forward to doing it again!

Tomorrow, it’s back to work.  Mark spent most of his week spreading the word that he is available to do RV repairs, and he actually had a customer that he’s still working to help.  I worked a full week at H&R Block, which I’m told is unusual for this office, but I made myself useful and found plenty to do.  It’s early in the season for getting many customers yet, but the few we had gave me an opportunity to refresh my memory as to how to do things like setting appointments, greeting customers, and taking payments.  It’s good to be able to start out slowly so that when things really get busy, I’ll be prepared!

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