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Jul 30, 2012
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Last week while I had company in town we took a drive up Mt. Lemmon.  What a wonderful day it was!   As you start the climb up the 9,000+ ft mountain, you begin to leave the desert behind you.   You see the vegetation change from cactus to Arizona oak trees, and finally to the forest of pines and firs.  There are areas for picnicking, hiking, and camping.  
 
Below is the link to the photo album I have posted on Facebook.   Cut and paste it into your browser if you'd like to see some of the beautiful sights to be seen up on Mt. Lemmon.
 
 
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.4366690614355.2179162.1500627655&type=3&l=347e2c1a54
 

When you get the chance, go up and see for yourself.  It's probably 20 degrees cooler up there!
 
Patricia Paul, Broker ** www.PatriciaPaulProperties.com  **  (520) 548-2078


May 30, 2012
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Here are some photos of the hummingbirds that nested under our covered patio.  The two babies have gotten really big for the nest.  The larger of the two birds has been testing his wings while in place, and it's only a matter of time before he flies off.  I predict within a day or two. 
 

This first picture shows the two babies (the last two on
the right), and the mother, on the left.




Here are the two babies.  The one on the left is larger and more advanced than the other one.



 
Here are the two siblings, back-to-back.


 
 
Sitting on the edge of the nest just a few days later.  Look how much they're grown!  The one on the left started testing his wings in the last couple days.




 


Nov 12, 2011
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Saturday and Sunday, November 12 & 13, 11:00 - 5:00

This weekend, the annual Artists Open Studio Tour is happening all around town.  Last year there were over 200 artists participating.  All types of mediums will be represented.  This will be the second year I am participating with a group called Maiden Arizona.  We will be located at 106 N. Irving.  I'll be showing some of my handmade lampglass beads and some of the jewelry I've designed.  If you're looking for something fun to do, get out and take a look at some of your local artists.
 
For more information:     www.tucsonpimaartscouncil.org
 
 
Patricia Paul, GRI  ***  www.PatriciaPaulProperties.com  ***  (520) 548-2078


Sep 11, 2011
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Look what stopped by my back patio this morning:





And then it put on another display:









Sep 02, 2011
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We had some friends over tonight and it made me reflect a bit.  I'm really grateful that I know such good people.  It's great to be among people you know and care about, and who feel the same about you.  People with whom you've created and shared memories.
 
Friends help you celebrate life's happier moments, and comfort you through the tough times. 
 
Friends come and go over the years, but each one enriches our lives in a special way.





Patricia Paul, GRI  ***  www.PatriciaPaulProperties.com  ***  (520) 548-2078


Jan 22, 2011
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Last night I had the pleasure of attending a rather unique event put on by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.  It was entitled "Oz With Orchestra".  It was a full length screening of the timeless movie classic, The Wizard of Oz, projected on a huge screen and with the full Tucson Symphony Orchestra also up on stage accompanying and playing the entire soundtrack live.    
 
It was fabulous!   They didn't miss a single cue, and it was amazing how much the live performance added.  The scary parts were scarier, and the sweet parts were simply  wonderful.  It doesn't get much better than watching Judy Garland sing "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" accompanied by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.
 
What a fine way to reach out to a broader audience.  The ages of the crowd ranged from about 5 to 95 (kids of all ages), and they all seemed to love it as much as I did!

 
Patricia Paul, GRI  ***  www.PatriciaPaulProperties.com  *** (520) 548-2078


Dec 31, 2010
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I wish you all a year of happiness, peace, and good health! 
 
                  May 2011 be one of your best years yet!


 
Patricia Paul, GRI *** www.PatriciaPaulProperties.com  *** (520) 548-2078


Aug 27, 2010
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No, this is not a class in entomology, but you might find it interesting....





        Fishfly

          After you've been a desert rat for a while, you tend to forget what it's like to witness the multitude of desert critters for the first time.  I grew up in Detroit, Michigan, and the worst bugs I remember there were mosquitos the size of small birds, and the annual infestation (only near the lakeshore) of fishflies.  It only lasted a week or two, but the quantities of these insects was incredible.  I didn't like the constant fluttering of their transparent wings until they landed on a surface somewhere, and they clung on for the rest of their short lives.  You'd have to sweep them off your screen doors and windows.  The sheer numbers of them accumulated under street lights at night caused a rather disgusting sound as the tires of your car squished through them.   They actually have been known to cause car crashes.
 




      Mormon Crickets

      Jump forward to the late 1980's and the next most disgusting insect experience I can recall occurred in Utah.   I unexpectedly and unwillingly witnessed the migration of Mormon crickets while we were on an ATV rally.  There were literally millions of these large insects roaming en masse across the roads and countryside.  I have never seen so many of one insect in the same place before.   Even more disgusting to me was the fact they are cannibalistic and they prey upon each other.  Again, as our tires squished through the mass of insects it made a terrible sound.  More importantly, I needed to keep moving so they wouldn't find their way onto my body.




 
        Charcoal Seed Bug
 
       By comparison, this little guy shown above, the charcoal seed bug, is actually kind of cute.... when there is one of them. Their black body is rimmed in red.  This past July they hatched and in the span of 1 day there were thousands of them in and around the outside of my home.  They tend to hang out around lighted areas.  They don't bite or hurt you, but they are able to fly, and they land on you and annoy you.  They are particularly attracted to fruits and vegetables left out on the kitchen counter.  Business owners were also having a heck of a time dealing with the quantities of this bug.   The pest control company told me they were so prolific this year due to the fact that last year was a light monsoon season, and this year there was more rain and foliage.  He said they were particularly heavy in the homes near the foothills, where there are fewer homes and more foliage.   I'm happy to say they seem to have run their cycle, and I only find an occasional one now.
 
     Now my mother is temporarily staying with me, and I never realized how freaked out she gets about bugs.  The charcoal seed bugs above made her crazy.  She'd call me to rescue her every time she saw one.... and believe me, she saw a lot of them!  Also helping to educate her in the ways of the desert she got to experience first hand a desert tortoise, a snake, a tarantula, and a Colorado river toad.  Of course, she kept a sizeable distance while observing.   Maybe next year when the insects hatch she'll be an old pro and they won't even bother her!
 
Patricia Paul, GRI *** www.PatriciaPaulProperties.com *** (520) 548-2078 



Aug 17, 2010
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                 Mimi                                               Oreo                                              Jacob
 
Oh, how angelic they look!  Hard to believe these little guys could be such troublemakers when they're awake.  Yet I can hardly imagine life without them!
 
 
Patricia Paul, GRI   **  www.PatriciaPaulProperties.com   **   (520) 548-2078


Aug 17, 2010
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Does my dog have the right idea, or what?  This is Jacob, and when I walked by him he looked soooo comfortable I had to go get my camera and snap a shot.   I should take his lead and hit the sack myself!
 
Jacob is one of our dalmatian trio.  All three are adorable!
 
Do you have any cute pics of your pets?  If so, please send them to me.  Be sure to identify them with their name and breed. 

 
Patricia Paul, GRI ** www.PatriciaPaulProperties.com ** (520) 548-2078 


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