Desert Time

Each morning, I like to wake early.
Desert time is one of my favourite times. It's the time Monsieur and I spend on holiday together. We rent a little house (casita) and enjoy the bright, sunny skies. Our apartment at home is just a little larger than the casita but it is east-facing so it is very dark in the winter. I wake much earlier than Monsieur so I make coffee and read.
Yesterday, we visited Bookman's, one of my favourite places in Tucson.
My sister-in-law is visiting us for a few days so we have plenty of chatter. Monsieur isn't big on that so it's kind of fun to have a visitor. After breakfast, brother and sister take a hike and I have some quiet time. I'm a great fan of quiet time too! I like to putter about, read or take little walks about the grounds.
I found a signed Tony Hillerman mystery in the casita. I only read him in Arizona.
In the afternoon, we take a drive to visit different places of interest, Tubac, the oldest European settlement in Arizona is one of our favourite places to visit.
I love the history of this area!
Since my sister-in-law is here, I get to shop a little but I am downsizing wardrobe so it really is a little.
My basic blue/grey wardrobe is working.

very small purchases
We will be staying here for another week and this year we are flying home. For this reason, I will eliminate travel clothing that has not worked for the cruise or for the desert. There is no point flying home with it and hopefully someone else will appreciate it.
I couldn't resist this gift cookbook.
My friend, Janet, who often visits me in Paris collects cookbooks. I really had to buy this one!

Control of

People's dreams are made out of what they do all day. The same way a dog that runs after rabbits will dream of rabbits. It's what you do that makes your soul, not the other way around.

 Barbara Kingsolver 


  1. Madame,
    I am interested in knowing what worked for you clothes wise on your cruise and what did not. I am sailing from Panama to Costa Rica shortly. The ship is relatively small and the literature says mostly informal.
    I love the color of the nail polish and think I will seek out a similar color.
    Thank you for your blog.

  2. If you enjoy beaches or there is a pool on the ship, take two bathing suits. You can use a casual sundress as a cover-up if you want to save space. I like sundresses or skirts in warmer weather. They can be worn with a t-shirt or a sleeveless top. I take a very light crocheted cardigan to wear over the sleeveless top or the sundress. If you stay in one colour group, all tops and shoes can be interchangeable. If you are going to explore rainforest, take a pair of long pants, a long sleeved top and sturdier shoes. Small accessories can be fun. I took a sun hat, scarf, two pair of earrings and a couple of bracelets. Bon voyage!

  3. What a nice way to round out your time away and to ease the re-entry back into couple time (my husband and I always find this time can be a bit prickly -- having the distractions of a new, nurturing environment would be helpful).

  4. It is a pleasant time together. We just enjoy the sunshine, read and sightsee a little. I think that the balance of alone time and together time is tricky for many couples.


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