Monday, June 25th, we will have been back in Sedona for 2 years. In some ways it seems like we just got back, and in some ways it seems like we never left.
Life continues moving on, and things are good. Pam and I are still living in the same rental home in the Village of Oak Creek area. Earlier in June we celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary, and we have already finalized our plans to return to Maui and Kauai in June 2019 for the celebration of our 20th anniversary.
In a few weeks, I will hit my 2 year anniversary working at Pink Jeep Tours. I must say, I do not miss being outside in the elements, and amongst the tourists, and enjoy my Monday – Friday office desk job at the corporate headquarters.
Pam is still busy with her jewelry crafting, cross-stitching, taking Tai Chi/Qigong classes when available, teaching a friend how to cook, and continuing her studying of Hebrew. Along with some of her adult Hebrew classmates, Pam is going to be Bat Mitzvahed this upcoming November. She was also recently elected to be Vice President of the Women’s Havurah, at the JCSVV (Jewish Community of Sedona and Verde Valley).
We have both become more involved at the JCSVV attending most Friday night services, the High Holidays last Fall, Purim, Hanukkah, and other celebrations and events. I have been called upon to carry the Torah, and Pam has been called up on the bimah to light the Sabbath candles and sing the prayer. We both have been called up for aliyahs, too.
This past year we had some enjoyable local road trips and weekend getaways. Some to places we have visited before, like the Grand Canyon, and Petrified Forest, and to some new places, like Tuzigoot National Monument, Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, and the towns of Bisbee, and Tombstone in Southern Arizona.
Last November we took a short trip to Spokane for the annual NAI Workshop (National Association for Interpretation) where I was recognized and honored to receive the association’s Meritorious Service Award. When we returned from Spokane, we had Thanksgiving dinner at our house with relatives and friends. It was a nice change to celebrate the holiday in our house.
Being the sports fan that I am, it was great to watch my hometown Philadelphia Eagles win the Super Bowl, and to have the Arizona Diamondbacks surprisingly make the play-offs last year, and to be off to a good start this season, too. We went to a few games down in the valley last year, but passed on buying tickets for this season. Too much driving, and too expensive.
We survived a very dry winter and spring. If my old memory is correct, only 1 day with any snow, and only a couple days with any rain. We are in severe drought conditions and red flag fire danger warnings, too. Last summer we had only a couple of monsoons. With monsoon season officially starting June 15th, we are all hoping for lots of storms and water for our land and vegetation this summer of 2018. Work even has a day and time of the first monsoon storm pool going. I picked 7/4/18 @ 1:40PM.
Wishing you all a safe start to summer, along with good health, good times, and lots of happiness, too. Hope to be back with more blogging soon.
Peace. Love. Light. ~ Jeff