Sunday, October 7, 2007

My Saturday in S's!!!

Image copyright: P. Buckley Moss

There's soup, there' sickies and there's scenery.....yep, all rolled into one.

I'm feeling like I was handed a cold but told to hold off on it as long as I possibly can....I have the sniffles and the headache, the congested nose and the ill feeling, but no cold in sight, YET and I used that term lightly because usually it means within the next day it's slamming into me at full speed and knocking me onto my tush.

While it's not here I just continue on my way, it's almost like I'm packing for a vacation, running around and getting as much done as possible so that I'm ready to go, only this time the furthest I will be headed to is the bed if it really gets that bad LOL

As promised yesterday afternoon, after getting the house in order, we set out to the Historic Sahuaro Ranch. Imagine if you please driving in the city and then pulling into this park, you're driving through these beautiful huge black iron gates and suddenly surrounded by palm trees, a rose garden and a beautiful ranch house built in the 1890's.

We set off walking around the grounds which is littered with chickens, rabbits and peacocks, oh and we can't forget the pigeons that coo and rest upon the rooftops.

I'm only going to share a few pictures with you, the others you will have to go check out at my Flickr account, just follow this link Historic Sahuaro Ranch, I didn't want to overwhelm blogger, we all know how antsy it can get at times.

If you're interested in the history of the ranch, you can go here and read all about it, it's very interesting.

The main house

The Foreman's House

The kids outside the packing house

A view of the rose gardens

Beautiful roses

It was such a great day, the outing concluded with a tour of the Main House, for free, we got to go inside and take pictures and learn more about the history of the ranch and the family that lived there, in the main bedroom they still have the original sleigh bed that belonged to the family. A great afternoon, a learning experience and a promise to return to the ranch for a picnic.

Just before we left we noticed this hen digging a hole in the dirt, it was the funniest thing ever and for us, a first! I didn't know that chickens kicked away at the dirt like that. LOL

video

How funny is that?!?!?!


We've spent the day cleaning and redoing the house, we still had a box of pictures to hang up and some other odds and ends needing attention, so today was the day. I love looking around and feeling like I've accomplished something, every nook and cranny has a homely touch and it warms my heart, I think I'm finally seeing a HOME where just a HOUSE used to be.

We have a breakfast nook and I HATED the way the back of the benches looked, they were unfinished and didn't look good at all, so I got out some of my fabric and attached some panels to the back. Not only does it look much better but I now can use the space underneath for extra storage and no one will even notice.

Now this area was an empty wall that had some boxes still to be unpacked, we cleared them out I moved my little bench there, added a bookshelf and a plant, some pictures above and I have myself a cute little reading nook. I just love this little corner.

And the family pictures are finally up on the wall, well at least what you can see of them, there's more just around the corner.

So as you can see we were quite busy, while all this was going on I had a wonderful Split Pea Soup cooking away in the crockpot, I've shared the recipe over at my food blog if anyone is interested in trying.


We have family coming over to spend the day with us tomorrow so we're thrilled but it also means I need to get going, have some things to finish up and kids to bathe and read to.

I hope you're all enjoying your long weekend and having fun with the family.

God Bless,

12 comments:

Tashasc30 said...

beatiful place

smilnsigh said...

Oh wow! For once, I wish the cold-part would pass you by. The rest of it sounds like it could be allergies. So... maybe... no cold will materialize... Yes, I do well with fantasy! ,-)

Hope your Sunday was as great as your Saturday.

Mari-Nanci

Just Another Day In Paradise said...

Wow- you were busy today.
The hen video is great! That looks like a great place to visit.
Hope you feel better tomorrow and not worse!

Elizabeth said...

Hi Sandra,
Dave and I have had the crud for over 2 weeks now. I hope you feel better soon. Come over and I will make oyu a pot of soup. :) Watch your mail later in the week. A box went out Friday to you.
Hugs,
Elizabeth

Tashasc30 said...

I E-mailed ya

Briggie said...

I love your blog theme, it's soooo fall. looks like you and your family had a great time, the pictures are great.

Robin said...

It sounds like you have had some wonderful days! This is such a great time of the year - I love your home decorating. Covering the backs of your benches was a great idea!
I hope the cold escapes you - I'm just getting over mine - it has been miserable!

Mari said...

That looks like a great place to visit. You have accomplished a lot this weekend and I want some soup!

Jia said...

Sounds like so much fun!

Once Upon a Dream... said...

Hey Sandra! What beautiful pics and what a fun outing! Sorry that you are feeling under the weather - I'll be praying for you to feel better. Love what you did with the benches in the breakfast nook.

Hugs,
Eden

Nancy said...

Very nice pic's, look llke you had a great weekend!!!

sheryl said...

Hope you are all feeling better! Thanks for sharing all the great pics of the ranch and your interior decorating...very nice! :)