Reflecting on last weekend

My little P&S camera arrived safely at my house on this afternoon — O happy day!
To celebrate, here are the “best of” pics from last weekend.

Above the clouds

Above the clouds

DSCN0288  airplane sunset

Sunset from the plane — one of two benefits for the plane being 3 hours late (the other was my free glass of Merlot)

One of the other residents offered Dad the use of this patriotic "campaign" hat, so I snapped a photo.

One of the other residents offered Dad the use of this patriotic “campaign” hat, so I snapped a photo.

[Click on any pic to embiggen]

Back-lit Saguaro

Back-lit Saguaro

I drove this road each morning: speed limit 25mph for good reason! It is residential, with twists and turns much like a roller coaster after the large initial drop.

I drove this road each morning: speed limit 25mph for good reason! It is residential, with twists and turns much like a roller coaster after the large initial drop.

Saturday evening softened light

Saturday evening softened light

Grandpa Jim & Karen

DSCN0312, vertically cropped to 4x6Happy to be out on an adventure — I pushed his wheelchair down the long driveway (walking backward where it was steep) then across the road and up a steep driveway to get to one of the other houses in his facility. The caregivers there were surprised and pleased to see him. Everyone was surprised that I was able to manage the hills/wheelchair/dad/myself all on my own.  He’s a big guy and I won’t say it was easy, but he had the difficult job of holding his feet up enough to not drag when we were traveling faster than a snail’s pace. We stopped many times to give him a break. Next time, we’ll need to figure out some sort of sling to hold up his legs and feet.  He can’t use the foot pegs that most people use on wheelchairs; his legs are so long that his knees end up in the air in a painful position. Normally this is not an issue — he shuffles his feet along to assist in propelling the wheelchair, which works well indoors or on smooth pavement, but it is very difficult on uneven surfaces.

taken at Catalina State Park

taken at Catalina State Park

Catalina Foothills

Catalina Foothills

Saguaro provides a home for the birds

Saguaro provides a home for the birds

Sunday evening sky

Sunday evening sky

Breezy Sunday Sunset

Breezy Sunday Sunset

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13 thoughts on “Reflecting on last weekend

  1. Lovely, colourful images but I love the one of you and your Dad best. I’m so glad your camera was returned to you. You must have been freaking out until you knew it had been found.

  2. Very nice photos –I like those from the plane especially, it’s been so long since I’ve flown. That’s really nice photo of you and your dad too –I’m glad you got that one.

  3. Hello Karen. Like Hilary, I feel that the one of you and your Dad (the closeup) is beautiful. Thank you for sharing all the pics. On the run now, but will be back to catch up a little with some of your recent posts.

    • Thanks, Anita. That close-up is heavily cropped — even the picture below it is only about 1/4 of the original photograph taken by one of the caregivers at Dad’s living facility. I’m grateful it turned out so well so that I could crop it down!

  4. That’s just a lovely photo of you with your Dad. Whenever I saw my Dad I tried to take a photo, but it didn’t always work out. ALL the photos are beautiful. I think I would have gone out of my way to avoid Roller Coaster Road.

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