Oh well, accidental deletions happen with my IPad and particularly with me in control or in this case, not in control :)! Totally erased my last post and can ‘t find it in any file! … Can’t duplicate what I last wrote and will not attempt to, but will just post pictures instead …. Loving being back in the desert …. Mickey and Gordon join me for the first ten days …. La Quinta to Mesa, Arizona … after the quiet bliss of Palm Springs and area …. with mountain walks, leisurely swims, lots of chatty catch up times, countless glasses of great California wines, watching Obama win his second term …. we hit the frantic freeway and drive to Phoenix to visit our friends Carole and Marlane and their new partners, Gordon and Manfred. Lots of laughter, great meals, a bit of exploring followed! … hard to believe almost fourteen years have passed since Carole, Marlane and I met in Thailand … The ladies are just as much fun to be around as they ever were and we left with plans to meet up next year at our place in La Quinta! Not missing the cold and snow in Calgary at all but am missing the family …. Aliana tugs my heart strings consistently … hard to “talk” on FaceTime without wanting to head home and hold that little darling ….