Being away for six months in a desert area makes one swoon at the smell of newly mown grass. There are aromas that just bring you back home. The smell of baking bread and fresh cut grass are two of my favorites. Six months does not seem like a long time to be gone, but a lot of changes have taken place in Cannon Falls. The newly gentrified bar in town is so attractive and welcoming. I am not in favor of eating in a dark bar, so I did not frequent the premises, but now I am eager to see what the renovation is all about. I hear that the townsfolk love it. I also see that the hospital is coming along nicely and that is another must visit on my list. We are so fortunate to have a new facility so close. The highway construction is amazing, and I do fear we will be living with construction for quite awhile to come. I have heard from many folks that Walmart is entertaining a store here. Can that be true? Time will tell.
I just signed up for water aerobics at the pool. I was really expecting to have to go elsewhere for my water workouts. But, we have survived another year with the old pool. I am delighted that we can enjoy this facility in our own back yard. Many families have raised their children going to the pool all summer for swimming. I am also going to double coverage when it comes to workouts; I signed up at the Saratoga too. One cannot have enough water therapy. We all need strength to fight arthritis and fribromyalgia. Our bones benefit so much from weekly swimming and water walking. I did not realize that the motel is now owned outright and is not a Best Western. Leave for a few months and everything changes. And change is good.
John and I took a lesson on raising Bonsai trees and we were hooked. I love my Ikebana classes in Arizona and now I have a partner in the Asian art of Bonsai. We witnessed our teacher take a beautiful spruce shrub and literally chop it down to a size of a puny little tree with amazing character. The more he hacked away at the branches the better it looked, although we had our doubts all through the session. We were advised to select a shrub with a twisted trunk in order to make the appearance more interesting. Negative space was more important than crowded growth. After settling in, now we are ready to tackle this interesting art form. Wish us luck.
You know you live in a small town when someone comes up to you and says, "I love your new hairstyle." Or this, "Oh, I see you have a new car; wasn't your other one gray?" You just cannot beat it.
Here is a good book I am reading. It is titled "Judgment Call" by J.A. Jance. I attended a book review she gave at our local library in Fountain Hills this past month. She is a local writer residing in Tucson. Jance deftly brings the desert and towns of southwestern Arizona to life. She brings back acclaimed sheriff Joanna Brady in an exciting and twisting mystery set against the beauty and isolation of the Arizona desert. When Joanna's daughter Jenny stumbles across the dead body of her high school principal in the desert, the Chochise County sheriff's personal and professional worlds collide. It is a fast moving plot.
Next column I will tell you all about my encounter with a lovely lady and jewelry at the Fountain Hills Starbucks. It is a doozie.