The Almost Obituary of Wylie Ann Kitty

A certain someone is lucky to still be alive today. I came home last night after working 12 hours to find this:


My Thomas Edison Battery Oil bottle that I found while “Black Friday scavenging” with my Aunt and her friend was shattered on the floor. A 100-year-old antique bottle that had survived being thrown by the railroad tracks and had avoided being crushed by 1,200 pound bovines met its demise in my house, thanks to a rambunctious, young cat.


I believe she just used up another of her nine lives. Is this a guilty face or what?! Bad kitty, bad!



Prehistoric Human Prints Nearby

Exciting finds discovered by the team excavating the site of the new Sunset Road bridge: the oldest human footprints in the Southwest! You can read more in this article. Lucky for us, a flood covered the sets of footprints with mud preserving them. Preliminary dating suggests the adult, child, and dog were walking in their agricultural fields 2,500 to 3,000 years ago.

The archaeological survey also unearthed a more recent Hohokam settlement in the vicinity. Pima County is offering free tours of the site for the next few weeks.

If you’re interested in taking the tour, you better hurry since bridge construction commences this spring. Don’t fret about the loss of artifacts or the footprints, they will be preserved and further researched to glean more clues about these ancient Santa Cruz River Valley inhabitants.

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Me, on the Radio

Here’s my recent interview on local radio promoting Beat Back Buffelgrass Day. Many thanks to Dan’s skilled editing for keeping me comprehensible. And yes, I am painfully aware that I used up my lifetime supply of the word “great.” Isn’t that just great?!

Click on the link above to go to The Weekly Green page, the audio is at the bottom of the page.

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3 Birthdays, Turkey, and Belly Dancing

That’s a lot to be thankful for! Our Thanksgiving weekend started with a celebration of Scott, George, and Coralie’s birthdays (all within a week of each other). Desiree and I topped the cake with 205 candles (their cumulative ages). We couldn’t get them all lit before the heat melted the icing and started a small fire. The flaming cake was hysterical! Luckily, we didn’t need the fire extinguisher and some of the cake was still edible.

Thanksgiving Day was blustery and cloudy, very Fall-like which made staying inside and eating lots of delicious food quite desirable. During our after dinner stroll through town we admired some of the fine architecture. The evening was capped off with belly dancing by Deborah.

On Black Friday we “shopped” for treasures along an old, abandoned rail line: netting one dime, an intact Thomas Edison battery oil bottle, flowery painted pieces of Southern Pacific china, 3 devil’s claws, and 2 barrel staves.

Good food, laughter, and random activities = one of our typical family gatherings.