Thursday, December 25, 2008

Home for the Holidays

This is the same image I have up on my Hart & Soul blog for Christmas tomorrow. Can you imagine this being the home you go to for Christmas each year!

While on our Sedona trip over Thanksgiving weekend, we had the privilege of visiting Montezuma Castle (above) near Camp Verde, Arizona. Talk about breath-taking! I'm still trying to get my head around cliff-dwelling. What happens to people who are afraid of heights...or does that just not happen, at 100 feet above the valley floor! (Montezuma Castle photo album)

Now segue to another dwelling, Tuzigoot (pronounced two-zee-gute), approximately 15 miles west of Montezuma Castle, as the eagle flies.

This isn't a cliff dwelling but it has a similar kind of amazing feel to what it would be like to go "home for the holidays." Its summit is 120 feet above the Verde Valley. Both places were dwellings of the Southern Sinagua farmers in the 1100-1400s CE and both had clusters of rooms where individual families lived. (Tuzigoot photo album)

Hopefully you're home for the holidays, wherever home is for you this year. We had a wonderful celebration with our kids (Amy, Mark and Nicholas) this past Sunday. Donica is with her extended family south of Atlanta tomorrow. And I will be with my dear sister Ruth and hubby Don in Michigan starting next week, over the New Year. Maybe I'll get my fill of snow?! I sure hope so.

In case I don't post again before January...

Merry Christmas
Happy New Year!

Let's count our blessings!


  1. You and Donica are at the top of our list! Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Enjoy your visit with Ruth and Don.

  2. Merry Christmas, Ginnie and Donica! Have a wonderful time :)

  3. I'm counting mine knowing you'll be coming next week!

  4. Merry Christmas, my dear friend. I am truly blessed to have met YOU in person.

    Have a lovely Christmas wherever you may be.

  5. Judy: Thank you so much! Hope you've had a great day with those we love.

    CS: Thank you kindly, dear friend!

    Ruth: Me, too. Me, too!

    Christina: Ditto. Ditto. We are amongst the lucky ones!

  6. Thanks for sharing these wonderful images. They certainly were a sight to see...up close.

  7. Ginnie
    Christmas was lovely with my family.
    We will all be together again on New Years day, and on the 2nd Jan as it's my mum's birthday so we will be out walking:)
    Love your post mijn vriend.
    Hope you enjoy your time with Ruth,Don and Family:)

  8. Donica: It was definitely a sight to see...very magical, now that I think back on it.

    Lurch: So glad you're enjoying the holidays with your family, it should be. Thanks for your wishes for me in Michigan!

  9. I took a small break from blogging and will try to break a bit more, but I think I want to work on getting more big Photos up for sale.. (I got to the storage!!!)

    The photos are so beautiful!!! I did think of you while I sat inside looking at the 2 ft or so of snow outside and the down pour of more..

    I can't wait to see Michigan from the new year!!!! :)

  10. I'm wishing you and your whole family good health, much happiness and joy throughout 2009! I think it's going to be a very good year, both personally and on the international front, I hope so anyway, it can't get much worse!!!!
    I will be spending New Year's Eve with OlderSon and his family and than going to his bro-in-law's house for First Footing.... won't be back home until New Year's Day.
    Happy New Year!

  11. I have been to the Anasazi. cliff dwellings in New Mexico....I don't imagine you survive if you're afraid of heights.....nice photos!

  12. Weren't both of these places just amazing? I might have asked before, but I forgot, do you and Donica collect the national passport stamps? So much fun. I got one this week at the Rosie the Riveter site north of Berkeley that pays tribute to the women who took these hard labor jobs to help during WWII. Hope you had great Christmas and New Years Day celebrations.

  13. Ginnie,
    you are the real Adventurer.
    I wish I could travel and explore like you.

    btw. Thanks for all the comfort you have given us. It means so much.

    we have overcome "you know what" - what a releife.

    So in front: Long days work. I like.

    Renny just called me, and I have forgotten what more to write. haha.
    So am I.