Tu-Na Travels: One More for the Road

Some of you may be wondering, what happened to Tu-Na? It’s been about a month since I published a real post. But there have been pictures, lots of warm Arizona Christmas yard decoration pics to prepare us for the Christmas season and then lots of pics of snow from North Dakota to help welcome in the New Year here on the blog since then.

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I just have to include a pic of the cactus in our yard. It was a volunteer growing too close to our concrete driveway so my husband transplanted it last spring to this corner of our yard. When we left in May, it was only the size of my thumb.

 

I’ve been very busy with flying to North Dakota to spend Christmas with family and then flying back to Arizona to get away from all that snow. I had to enjoy those beautiful and unique Arizona Christmas yard decoration pics I posted on this blog each day from Dec. 13th-Dec. 25th like many of you did—from afar. We left AZ on Dec. 15th.

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When we returned in November, it had grown to this size. Pretty amazing. We have no idea what kind it will be when it’s all grown. It kind of looks like I stuck a cucumber in the ground but I did not. This cactus is a bit flatter on two sides. Our neighbors have cacti but nothing that looks like this. Any ideas? 

 

Christmas was a busy time with holiday preparations, being with family and getting more snow. My husband, myself, and all of our kids and grandkids (16 people total) were all snowed in together for a blizzard on Christmas Day and the following day. And then the digging out began. If you haven’t seen some of that snow and ice, I posted pics here on the blog each day from Dec. 26th to Jan 1.

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So here’s one more pic of a cactus all decked out in his little hat for the season. My husband and I are proud as parents of this little guy and wanted to show him off to you.

 

We flew back to Arizona January 1st just in time as the snow was starting to fall again. They received another 10 inches after our take-off making their total snowfall for the season at 52 inches so far. 

Since the first, I’ve been busy touring Arizona showing our German exchange daughter and her boyfriend all the wonderful Arizona sights from the Grand Canyon to Tucson. Once I am rested and caught up with housecleaning and laundry, I’ll be back to posting more regularly including the pictures of my recent Modernitional bear paw quilt finish and the story about our German exchange daughter and how she came to us and why we won’t let her go.

What I Learned Today:

  1. Scheduling posts is really easy now that I learned how to do it.
  2. I enjoyed looking at those sunny Arizona Christmas yard decoration pics as much as you did. I’d forgotten which ones I scheduled so some were a surprise. I had many more pics of decorations that I could have posted but did not.
  3. I need a bit more time to rest and get back into the groove than I did years ago. I guess someone probably calls it aging: I call it relaxing at my pace.
  4. I am way behind in posting. Look for lots of new posts to come.

Question: What are you working on today? I’m sure it’s more interesting than the laundry and housecleaning that I am doing.

Linking to Lorna’s Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s Bee Social. Button on the sidebar.

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4 thoughts on “Tu-Na Travels: One More for the Road

  1. Karen Goad

    so nice to have an exchange student and she sounds great from little you said. Interesting cactus but haven’t a clue what it is. Bet you are glad to get away from the snow!

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    1. Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats Post author

      I’ll be posting more about our exchange student soon. We love her dearly and were delighted to have her come back 9 years later to spend more time with us. It was hard to say goodbye again. I’m in the process of writing a big post about her and why she initially came to us 9 years ago and the quilt I made for her.

      Yes, I am glad to get away from the snow. They’ve had way more than usual this year.

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  2. JanineMarie

    Your cucumber–I mean cactus–is so cute with that jaunty hat. I’m sure you were more than happy to get away from all that snow. I love a bit of snow at Christmas, but not too much), but I enjoyed seeing how decorations are done in the Southwest. I haven’t accomplished a whole lot today. Some days are like that, but I hope to see some big hexies this evening.

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