Goldfield Ghost Town

Goldfield Ghost Town

We visited this great old mining town in Apache Junction AZ as the sun was setting. The hills were ablaze and the town charming. Unfortunately, everything was closed up for the day; so it is definitely a place to revisit. The website is at http://goldfieldghosttown.com/ for more information. The amount of old equipment on display was incredible; I found it all fascinating.

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Wooden “Leather” Saddles

Wooden “Leather” Saddles

      Have you ever had your eye fooled? Where what you saw wasn’t really what the thing was? These saddles are carved out of wood with the intention that you think they are leather. The tooling is done just as it’s done on leather so that the artwork is as an intricate and ornate. Isn’t it interesting? I love how these saddles, done at 40% of life-size, look like they are made of formed and tooled fine leather.

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Pointy Ears and Long Tails

Gabby_ (6)I find cats to be so engaging and endearing. They have standoffish ways and I don’t like their sharp teeth and claws but still, I love seeing them.

Over the last six months, a neighbor’s cat befriended us. She would look for us as we took our periodic walks and herd us over to her favorite territory. We’ve spent a whole lot of time sitting on the cold winter sidewalk petting, hanging out together and listening to her purr.

She (with her family) moved last month and although I do not miss the fur on my hands & face and in my nose, I do miss those pointy ears and her thumping tail.

Wood sculpture artistry

My husband, Bill Churchill, is an amazing artist. He has been sculpting in wood for over two decades and he never ceases to amaze me with the artwork he creates. I love seeing him at work and watching what emerges. There is something special about artists—from what they dream up, dabble in and deliver for the rest of us to enjoy. Here is a look at a project he did last year.