2008News Archive



A very busy month preparing to move to our new home in early February and celebrating the holidays with friends here in Arizona.


Took in a few tennis matches sponsored by Cancer Centers of America  . . . included in the match play were Todd Martin and John McEnroe in the finals . . . great match!

 We put our current home on the market to test the Valley's "recovering" real estate market while purchasing a larger home right here in Corte Bella on which we will close in January.


Attended a performance by humorist, David Sedaris, at ASU on the 22nd . . . . Jessica celebrated her birthday on Halloween! Oh, and then we went out and bought a 2006 Mazda Miata MX-5  . . .  Zoom Zoom !!


Flagstaff's Route 66 Days was great . .  very comfortable weather and lots to see. On the 13th we celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary with dinner at Ruth's Chris Steak House in Scottsdale


This month proves to be shaping up as busier than July with a scheduled 3 day trip to Las Vegas to see Terry Fator, the ventriloquist who won last year's "America's Got Talent" contest . . . .  and then there's that matter of John's birthday later in the month . . . . aaauuugghhh! Also, tickets to see John Edward, famous psychic, right after Vegas. September will find us in Flagstaff for a weekend for Route 66 Days.

On a sad note, we were informed that Barb's Uncle Ted Briggs, husband of her Aunt Irene, passed away at the age of 86 in Hutchinson, Kansas on August 24th. We made the drive to Hutchinson, where many family and friends gathered to celebrate Ted's life.


July breezed by so fast that practically nothing of importance happened . . . we'll try to not let that happen again! We did spend a very enjoyable 4th of July a our friends, the Hansen's, in Glendale, complete with swimming and BBQ. Also, a day trip to Prescott for an Arts Festival "on the square" downtown.


A fun month as the weather heats up . . . no surprises there! More time at the pool, a fun evening at the Social Center with hors devours and a DJ; an upcoming Ice Cream Social and a Mexican Night at our community restaurant, The Anacapa. We drove to Payson to visit the Traveling Vietnam Wall, then a few miles north to the Tonto Natural Arch on Navaho (Dine') Reservation property. We also took a 90 minute cruise on the Dolly Steamboat on Canyon Lake in the Superstition Mountains east and north of the metro. Canyon Lake is one of four lakes formed by the completion of Roosevelt Dam in 1911. Sitting next to us on the Dolly Steamboat cruise on Canyon Lake was no other than Kelly Ripa (from "Live with Kelly and Regis") and her husband and kids. So began and ended our "brush with fame" for the month.


Another busy month! Ok, we know that those of you yet unretired are thinking "yeh, right", but seriously, folks . . . lot of "stuff" happening. Our Canadian friends, Pat and Nancy, returned for a couple of weeks to escape their seemingly never-ending winter. We always enjoy the time they spend here at Corte Bella! They joined us at the Desert Botanical Gardens during their stay.

Barb spent five days in Omaha and Topeka renewing friendships and visiting with relatives, while later, we both spent the 28th and 29th in Las Vegas, where we met Rachael to help celebrate her 30th birthday.


Barb spent the 3rd to the 6th in Houston and San Antonio with Jessica. Omaha friends, Gary and Jo Kubik, visited the 8th to the 14th . . lots of good conversation and catching up . . .  trips to Sedona and the Boyce Thompson Arboretum in the Superstition Mountains.


March flew by quickly . .  a few Spring Training baseball games in the Cactus League . . . and some of our Canadian friends returning home for the Summer. We will miss them and look forward to their return in the Fall.


February has been cooler than the norm and, on the whole, cloudier than usual. Still - not at all like the weather back in our old home in Omaha where this month has produced snows, ice and very cold temps and wind chill indexes. We were visited this month by Jan and Steve Amdor from Omaha, frequent visitors to the Valley. It is always good to see them.

During the last week of the month, Barb's sister, Janice, visited from Topeka. On one of those days, their cousin, Suzan, from Yuma, drive up for the day. We spent one day at Pichacho Peak State Park looking at blooming wildflowers - this Spring provided enough additional moisture that many areas of the Valley are experiencing wide-spread wildflower and cactus blooms   . . . also, Suzan, Barb and Janice at the World Wildlife Zoo and Barb and Janice at Picacho Peak State Park.


This month is one that Barb has been looking forward to as the 25th through the 27th will have her Omaha friends, Susan, Lynn and Kathy here for a brief visit. A couple of days in the warm Arizona sun will perk everyone up and give them a brief respite from the bone-chilling winter temperatures of the Midwest. A day trip to Sedona complete with photo-ops will top it off before heading back home. Here's to good friends!!!