Hello, gals! Well so much for morning coffee. I hope you had some, but maybe you’re up for a little afternoon coffee with me, too. I drove into Tucson yesterday to do some exchanging on this and that, and just wasn’t up to getting this post written last night. Thus, the late coffee date today!
Speaking of driving into Tucson, some of my readers have asked to hear a little more about where I live. So why don’t we talk about that today?
I live in the high desert of southeastern Arizona. A lot of people aren’t really familiar with high desert. In fact, I wasn’t before we moved here. I thought desert was desert! But we’re a little above 4,600 feet elevation, even though we’re in the southern tip of the state, right close to the Mexican border.
Therefore, our temperatures are significantly lower than what they experience in Tucson (about 90 miles away) and Phoenix, even though those cities are north of us. So if you’ve ever been to Phoenix and experienced the midnight heat of 100+ degrees…well, that’s a different Arizona all together. We actually rarely reach 100°. In fact, this past week it has snowed twice here.
It usually only does snow maybe one to three times each winter here in Sierra Vista, but it snows enough in the nearby Huachuca Mountains to keep them tipped in white most of the winter. So we get to enjoy seeing the snow without having to really deal with it. It really is beautiful.
The desert had to grow on me. I’m originally from Georgia, where I grew up with a backyard full of tall pine trees. I’m more acquainted with rolling hills than I am rocky crags. And while I hated the humidity of the Southeast, I loved the greenery it produced and the beautiful shades of autumn that burst forth when the temps cooled.
So yeah, it’s brown here. BUT… the sky is amazingly blue! You may think I traded the green for brown, but I like to say I traded the green for blue, and that’s a fair swap.
The sky is bright blue here almost every day. Every day. Truly, when we do get the occasional rain (about 35 days per year, including monsoon season) it’s a real treat. But I love the sunny days. And since the climate is so perfect here, we have many, many, many just beautiful days.
Sierra Vista is located about 29 miles off of Interstate 10, and you really have to being going here to get here. In other words, you won’t just happen through it. I often tell my husband, especially as we sit on our back porch and look out over the Huachuca Mountains, that “just over yonder is the edge of the earth!” I really do feel a little isolated here. I think that’s because I grew up in a suburb of Atlanta where you just went from one little town to another to another.
By the way, Huachuca is pronounced wuh–chóo-kuh or wah-chóo-kuh. I forget people don’t know that, and it’s pretty humorous hearing people try to say it for the first time. Most folks just give up and say something like hoochie coochie!
But this is a bustling little city. We have a population of about 43,000, but each day that number swells as people drive in from the surrounding areas to work at Fort Huachuca. The fort is the home to NETCOM, which oversees the army’s computer networks, and the army intelligence center. So there are some pretty smart people here!!
Living around military families was new to me. I’d known a military family here or there before, but here most everyone has a tie to the military post, and many are true military families. (Some are civilian contractors.) In fact, many of my girl friends here were in the army or other branch of the service at some point, and a few of them even graduated from West Point or one of the other military academies. I’ve loved getting to know the men and women who have served our country, as well as the families who sacrifice much with them.
But we also have a lot of Border Patrol agents and their families here. Living on the border of Mexico, and knowing so many people whose job it is to daily defend that border, is another real eye opener. This is a style blog, so I’ll just leave that there.
Some of you have asked about the places where we take my fashion photographs. Let me explain a few of them.
Very rarely will you see a photo like this, but these are taken in front of my house. It’s a traditional southwestern house, so it’s pretty much a box. Our yards are all rock. We love that because all we have to do to maintain it is weed during monsoon season. (Monsoon is June 15 – September 30, when it rains just a little most every day.)
This photo shows a little more of the front yard – about the size of a postage stamp! – and a little of my neighborhood.
Photos like these are taken at the municipal center just 1/4 mile from my home. James and I are able to hop in the car, drive there pretty quickly, photograph an outfit, hop in the car and drive home, let me change and get out there again. So we can knock out 3-5 outfits in one afternoon/evening, depending on the time of year. (So yeah, those houses you see in the distance are part of my neighborhood.)
This photo was taken just behind our library, which is behind city hall (see above). So it’s also very close to our house. When I go for a walk or run, I go in this general area.
And the photo above is taken in the same general area. So we have a lot of brown to deal with. I really wish I had more white or “cleaner” backgrounds for my photos. But this is what we have. And there is nowhere in this southwest desert town to get much different.
I’ve also taken a good many fashion shots in this locale. This photo was taken in nearby Brown Canyon Ranch, which butts up against the Huachuca Mountains. And the photo below is taken just a few hundred yards beyond that on the trail leading up into the canyon.
The Huachuca Mountains are lovely. Within the trails you encounter three distinct ecosystems, and that’s really rare. You’ll hike through dry, rocky areas with cacti, but then you’ll eventually find yourself walking along a stream with moss covered rocks and ferns on either side. These are wonderful hiking trails. And we hit them often.
Let me show you one more area, and then we’ll wrap it up. Your coffee is probably getting cold!
We have two other fun little towns to visit nearby. First of all, we’re very close to Tombstone. Yep, the home of the Earp brothers! It’s a great little tourist destination, full of history.
But the little town I prefer to visit is nearby Bisbee. This old copper mining town is located in the Mule Mountains, and it’s actually our county seat. It’s become quite the artsy town now, filled with artists, antique shops, all sorts of festivals and unique restaurants. I go to Bisbee once every 8-10 weeks to get my hair done by my sweet friend Marilyn. Then I treat myself to lunch, usually at the High Desert Market Cafe.
Well, that’s enough about me! I wish this conversation on these coffee times could be more of a two-way street. In fact, why don’t you share with me one or two interesting things about where you live. Or you could tell me if you’ve every been to Arizona, and where in the state you’ve visited. I’d love to hear from you!
Weekend Sales Worth Checking Out:
But I wanted to alert you that these pants that I love have been recently marked down for a price match. They won’t stay marked down long! I love the way these pants move with you, but keep their shape. They look crisp and professional, but they feel so comfortable.
Talbots is having their Red Hanger sale with 40% off their markdowns. Those markdowns include this donegal sweater dress, this reversible gold belt, this gold wristlet, the straight leg cords, this Christmas tartan plaid skirt and this classic cotton plaid shirt. Also, their perfect turtlenecks are in that sale. In fact, most everything in the photos below is on sale!
J.Crew is giving you 50% off their final sale items with code BIGGERSALE.
Kohl’s has some great buys in Intimate Apparel and 50% off specials.
Old Navy is giving 30% off their clearance but they also have TODAY ONLY an automatic 20% off your ONLINE ORDER ONLY. That’s 20% off your whole order.
Loft is giving you 50% off their sale styles. A lot is marked down and they have a good deal in inventory still.
I hope you have a great weekend!!
Blessed for My Day
I pray that you have a lovely weekend. We all need a little reprieve from the everyday occasionally. But I also pray that each of us would do a little good this weekend. Whether you take a load of gently used and still good clothing to a favorite charity drop off or you visit a grieving friend, let’s do a little good. We could invite a hurting family for dinner, take soup to a sick neighbor, pick up trash on the streets of our town or pause to visit with a widow or widower.
Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless, Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow. ~ Isaiah 1:16-17