Friday Rain

Finally we are getting some rain here in the Valley of the Sun. I can’t believe it’s Friday already and I haven’t blogged all week. Oh what a tragedy! I’ve been busy with projects and I really don’t have time to be writing this post right now, but the rain has inspired me.

The big chill left its mark around Scottsdale with lots of dark brown trees and shrubs. It looks like the ficus and citrus trees along with Bougainville took the worst of the freezing temperatures that we had for about three days. Fortunately we have pine trees in our yard which seemed to do OK.

Oh, yesterday I saw a kestrel land on the sidewalk three houses down from us! We were driving home and had just turned onto our street. I saw this bird land on the sidewalk and couldn’t believe it was a kestrel. I’ve only seen them away from town out on the highway when we are traveling to California. They’re a small hawk. You can see a picture of one here.

I kept telling Norm to look at it and he couldn’t figure out what I was talking about. He’s not as familiar with birds as I am. I know a lot of the names of the birds we see around here. A couple of weeks ago I saw a chickadee on one of the low branches of our pine tree right in front of our living room window — it was so cute. That’s one of the nice things about living in a southern climate during the winter. You see birds who have migrated south. If you’ve never been to Scottsdale then you wouldn’t realize how many Canadian geese we have here and other waterfowl who make this place their home in the winter. Of course, we get all snowbirds from everywhere here in Scottsdale and Phoenix metro. It’s getting crowded everywhere we go because of all the snowbirds.

OK, I’ve got to get back to work!


  1. Vanda
    Jan 19, 2007

    Dang Karen all you had to say was you needed rain and I’d have sent you some post haste.

  2. Karen of Scottsdale
    Jan 19, 2007

    Vanda — we always need rain here in the desert! Send some if you can spare.:lol:

  3. SolShine7
    Jan 21, 2007

    Sweet home Arizona…:grin: Sedona is one of my favorite places on Earth! I’d like to live there one day.

    You’ve got a cool blog going on here. I found you off La Shawn Barber’s page. I’m gonna have to add you to my blogroll. Please stop by and check out my blog. One of the best posts I wrote was about Careers and the disABLED magazine. Here’s the link:

    Take care God bless! And keep on writing!!

  4. Charles-A. Rovira
    Jan 21, 2007

    Hello Karen,

    I’m glad that your vistas are still open enough to see the birds.

    I live near New York city, (just across the Hudson river,) and we have Pale Male ( ) to remind us of what nature has to offer.

    Its a sight to behold… 🙂


  5. Karen of Scottsdale
    Jan 23, 2007

    Thanks SolShine7! I like your blog too. You guys go check it out.

    Charles: it was fantastic seeing that little hawk.