It rained like Hell again last Night, the Monsoons are now dumping more in a few Hours than we usually get in a whole Year, but, we've had Two Years of Drought so I'm not complaining. We put a tall plastic Garbage receptacle right where most of the runoff from the Roof onto the back Patio comes down, it filled up 3 times and had to be dumped out on the Pasture within a Half Hour! The Man still had to sweep some inches of water off the back Patio over the Pasture Irrigation berm and onto the Grass, so the Patio wouldn't Flood badly and risk going over the Sandbags by the French Doors! He was doing this at 4:00 in the Morning BTW! Seems the worst of the Monsoon Storms always happens at ridiculous Hours of the Morning! Waking up to Deal with the downpour Flooding at a ridiculous Hour is easier than waking up at the regular time to it being in the House tho'!
I don't know that would actually happen, but, we're not taking any chances given the severity of Flooding we've seen at other locations that clearly did Flood Homes! The Day after a Storm is Sublime tho', Cool and no intense Sun beating down on you, we tend to spend more time Outdoors than you usually would in an Arizona July. I've booked our Vacay in Jerome for Tues-Thurs of next week at The Historic Hotel Connor, built in the 1880's, got the Room I wanted too, Room 6, which is their most spacious Room and has great views of Main Street. Jerome is a Quirky Disneyland of Funky places that came close to being a true Ghost Town and was resurrected to become a Tourist destination. I almost bought some property there years ago, kinda wish I had. When I was looking to buy a Forever Home, it was mighty temping when the Old 102 Year Old Historic Bordello, House of Joy, came up for Sale. *LOL*
But, being I had a Family, including a Child in her Teens, Jerome just didn't seem to be suitable in our Old Age or for her to finish growing up in, so we stayed in The City. Would have been Cool to live in a Funky Historic Bordello tho', if those Walls could only Talk! *Winks* What it Sold for was within reason and Budget, but whether the VA would have underwritten it, Questionable? *Bwahahaha* I think the last time we had a Vacay in Jerome, Princess T was only about 5 Years Old, so it's been a Decade since we've been back. So, it's a Trip we've wanted to take for a while now and spend a few Days there... all the Old Hotels and Motels are claimed to be Haunted, which just adds to their Appeal. We've never stayed at Hotel Connor, but I've Loved the Building and it's walking distance to everything and recently remodeled/restored. We've scoped out which Restaurants we want to dine at for the 3 Days we'll be there. It's Pedestrian Friendly, so we'll do a lot of Walking and has Sublime Views.
Princess T is excited to go even tho' her Memories from a Kindergarten Vacay there are Vague at best. She remembers having Lunch at "The Haunted Hamburger" Restaurant and having her Menu upside-down and then crying about it because she could not read. She laughed that she still can't read, but this time she'll know to have it rightside-up at least. *LMAO* We wanted a low-key Vacay where we'll go Midweek when fewer people will be swarming there, the Weekends can get Crazy and Crowded and Room rates go up considerably. Tuesday and Wednesday it should be mostly Sunny and in the 80's, with some rain expected on Thursday when we will be leaving. It's about a 2 Hour Trip each way, which isn't bad. I can take this Show on the Road for 4 Hours total Round Trip. *Winks*
The Man sees his VA Doc on Monday Morning, so he'll probably need Cheering up and a Vacay after that grim visit, me too, it won't be good news judging by his recent Test results. I dredged up some Archived pixs of the last time we were on Vacay in Jerome way back in the Summer of 2011! My what a Rush of Nostalgia it was to take a walk back in Time like that during our last Vacay there! I don't even know why we've waited so long to do it again... except mebbe... well... our Crazy Life! *LOL* A lot has happened in about a Decade lemme tell ya, including several Moves, Adopting The G-Kid Force, The Man's Catastrophic Accident and lengthy Rehabilitation, getting One Grandchild Raised to Adulthood and Moving out on his own, Surviving a Pandemic... you know, the usual stuff! *Bwahahaha* So, here was me way back then...
I do Hope to take some better Quality pixs this time around, after looking at the Pathological Picture Taking I did way back then, I think I may have improved my Photography skills a smidgen?! *LOL* Hey, with Aging comes more Experience in many things, Right? *Winks* The Man is excited to be going back, we've been talking about it for some time now, but something always came up. Mostly juggling School Schedules, Doctor/Specialist Appointments, Work Schedules, Budgeting constraints, always sidelined any Plans and I just never pulled the Trigger and made it happen. This time I decided if we didn't do it now, we'd have to wait for her to be out of School again and the Weather there wouldn't be Ideal, since Spring and Summer is the time to go to Jerome and beat the Heat down here in the Valley.
So, here was The Man, way back then... sometimes its hard for me to see him as "Old Grandpa", as Princess T calls him Pre-Catastrophic Accident, because "New Grandpa" is very, very different. Serious Brain Damage even alters Countenance and how you Look. The Man pre-accident was Strong, Vibrant and still very Handsome for an Old Dude. I got him tidied up for this Trip by taking him to our Friend John's Salon for the first professional Haircut and Beard Trim since Pandemic struck. Anna had cut his Hair and Beard once in the Driveway, so he was looking mighty scruffy for a Vacay. I got a bit carried away tho' about his Beard Trim and had John cut it too short. Mostly because the Guys were goofing around with his Beard and trying out hilarious Biker Dude Looks, like a Foo Man Choo Mustache and long Beard part just in the Middle that he could Braid or hang Accessories. Well, we didn't want to go all Crazy for Reals, but perhaps I should have left the Crazy Biker Dude Look since it's way too short now. Thankfully his Beard grows like Wildfire so in a Week it should be just fine and I Loved how his Hair turned out.
So, this has always been our preferred Mode of Transportation, even now that The Man has Mobility Issues, we still try to Walk as much as he's able to. I think that is why he became Ambulatory again even tho' Docs said he might never Walk again after his Accident. He did spend over a Year Bedridden, another long stretch using a Wheelchair, then Walker, then Canes, now he only uses any of that when we just want to be sure he doesn't Fall or needs to sit and Rest... his Walker has a Seat. We're bringing that with us, since I can push him on it too if need be and he gets too Tired or Winded. I spent a lot of Years pushing Mom around in her Wheelchair or her Walkers with a Seat, it's a good Workout lemme tell ya! Pushing them Uphill it tough, but it's Scarier going Downhill since you don't want that Chair getting away from you and careening out of control! *Ha ha ha*
Jerome is much more Lush than The Valley, so I always Loved all of the Greenery that grows there in abundance and how much Water cascades thru their Irrigation System from Nature constantly. Small Waterfalls of it are everywhere and the amount of Historic Structures that have remained virtually untouched and unmolested makes you feel you've stepped way back in Time. I just Love that, since my Love for Old Architecture knows no bounds and I'd Save it all, even the Ruins, if I could! I think it all has Value, if not just for Ambiance and Heritage Tourism. Phoenix and surrounding Cities would have attracted more Tourism if they'd Saved more of their Historic Structures for Heritage Tourism. But they were short sighted about any of that, which is a shame, so much of the History has been Lost and replaced with boring new structures that are a Yawnfest and don't make it a Destination really.