Shopping trip to an Arizona garden.



A few days ago we had to get some food supplies, We were running low on fruits and veggies. I don’t know about you but going out in this city now gives me the creepy crawlies. This months shopping trip I am sharing with you all involves a pandemic. I guess this would be considered a trigger warning for anyone out there sick of hearing about the Red Monster. Like always, I will have some fun post following this one. Time to get some things off my chest. So skip this post if you are tired of the pandemic.


It is a whole process to get ready to shop here in Arizona. The day I am writing up this post is a day when our local news would report that as of today…

“ Arizona now has the highest Covid 19 infection rates per capita on Earth.”

On earth! can you believe that.? We beat then all, the whole planet. Yeah, bet shopping out here would freak you all out too.


To top things off with a beautiful cherry on top( yeah that is my weird sense of humor trying to get me through this), well, my cousin’s test results came back and she tested positive. Please keep her in your prayers and well wishes. I am really worried about her and her family. Her youngest daughter, son-in-law and baby are all sick too and the daughter also tested positive for the virus.

This is how contagious that bug is. My cousin and her family were the very first ones to get hand made face masks from me and my family. She only asked for 3 in the beginning when this first started when there was a shortage on masks.

In the early days when we had masks shortages,our medical leaders, here in our country stood up and looking  into the cameras told us all that “Masks don’t work” then added “We need them for our medical workers” all in the same breath. That is one wicked lie right there. Some are healers and some are only out for themselves it turns out.

“Don’t believe them” I told my cousin and gave her more then the three masks she asked for and told her to pass them out to everyone in her family. I even added some masks for my mother and sister and their family. We are estranged, they are cruel and hurt my children with their toxic games but I still love them. A secret my cousin and I share, she would pass the masks on without telling anyone where they came from.

My husband, daughter and I made masks to pass out to as many people as we could. I even made some friends upset when I told them things to pay attention to and look out for. One friend was not ready for what I was saying, so I backed off. another even said “I am not changing anything over a stupid flu, that’s all it is” . Our pandemic was being turned into a political hate storm of sorts.

In the early stages of this pandemic our country looked to our leaders. If only the head doctor and his female assistant doctor (if you are reading this in the states then you know who I am writing about)… if only they would have been honest from the very beginning and instead of saying the masks don’t work they should have said…

” Hey people, we are low on supplies, we need to protect our nurses and doctors, so please stop buying face masks and start making your own for yourselves and for others as well. We will all get through this if we all look out for each other.”

Those early medical experts told our leaders and all of us what to say and believe. What works…and now everyone is pointing fingers to who is to blame. Now they expect people to listen to them when they say the opposite of what they were first telling us.

“Please wear a mask.” we are told now. And you wonder where this hate comes from with our masks. There are still people out there repeating those earlier lies these same doctors were saying in the beginning, like they don’t even hear them now when they say “Masks help, please wear them.” Back and forth head games when the whole world has no time to play games right now.

I would have loved it if those earlier medical doctors, our countries dream team, would have said the honest to God’s truth from the start. Instead they lied by saying “Masks don’t work”

I remember emailing one of my friends and saying that was a lie about wearing masks  and that one is going to come back and haunt them, more then likely they will turn this into something political during the election.

One of those earlier doctors on the team was even telling everyone why masks don’t work, going so far as to say “If you wear a mask you touch your face more so you increase your chances of getting Corona when you wear a mask” not exact words but she did pass this information down at one time. Such wickedness and a twisted way to manipulate a lie with a bit of truth to it, what motivation is behind this I wonder.

This so called medical expert even wore scarfs every time she made an appearance. Scarfs that I believe she wears because she knows that what ever environment she is in, she can always cover her face with those beautiful scarfs she wears …because she has always known, in all those countries she traveled to, helping others with other pandemic situations, she always knew..that covering your face is better then not covering it at all, especially when dealing with an invisible bug. Yet she never shared this knowledge with the general pubic when this ugly invisible monster first showed it’s face…hmm?.

This, that you are witnessing, should have never happened to the level it has. People lost their lives all for wicked political reasons. This country is in serious trouble I believe. If we don’t start turning things around…the whole world is.

The world looks at the ones called our leaders and it no longer completely trusts them. It is a scary place to be when you don’t know who to trust. There are new members that have been added to our medical team and I trust their word more then the older team members that started out during this pandemic. Every time the scarf doctor or those earlier team members get on stage I turn the TV off. They lost my trust. They can speak all they want…I press that off key as soon as they appear.

There are better healers in my opinion, with more courage to share the truths, to listen to. Such sadness and so many lives lost because good old common sense was thrown out the door when this all first started. My question would be to those doctors we were suppose to trust , just one word…

” Why?” .

Do they not understand that every number out there is a real human being that has someone that loves them. I am talking about the medical experts…they are the ones that spoke to our leaders, they are the ones that we all looked to for honesty. They are the ones we all should be pointing our fingers at. Everyone else on the team, that were non-medical, were just puppets relaying those words they were told to say, that they believed were truths themselves, just to pass down to millions of frightened people and their families.

” As long as greed is stronger than compassion, there will always be suffering,”

Rusty Eric

Anyway, my cousin who I love very much has the Red Monster. She is not just a number. Last I heard they were resting at home with symptoms that run from having fevers, aches, some have coughs, some don’t, stomach problems and killer headaches.

The weirdest thing was that my cousin said at first she was dealing with the worst ear infection she ever had and was taking antibiotics while waiting for her test results to come back for Corona. Seems the Red Monster likes to find each individuals weaknesses and attack those areas. What a frightening enemy he is.

This is Arizona right now…scary. I remember when Italy, a country my husband has family in, was hit hard and they lost thousands of people. Everyone knows about Italy. If I could have two home countries to travel back and forth to, Italy would be one of the countries I would pick. Heck, I feel more like an Italian then an American sometimes and I’m not even Italian…just your typical American mutt. I love Italy.

Now here we are in my country and the state I was born in, the state I love, and it ends up being number 1 with the highest infections per capita on Earth. Why are two of my favorite and most loved areas getting hit so hard.

I know this is weird but sometimes I think that old Red Monster is out to get me personally. I know we all feel that way with this invisible enemy we are dealing with. We all are afraid it is looking for us. My husband talks about this as well. That everything we touch, or anytime we go out, which is rare, we always think the Red Monster wants to get us sick. And I know many of you feel the same way.

We still need to live though, we still need to figure out ways to stay safe and shop. It is doable. Just cover your face when in public, wash your hands, and social distance from each other. Doing all these things I decided to visit that garden and search for a birthday gift.  I was on the hunt for some of my favorite flowers. I don’t know what they are called but they do well in the heat. They are like the Elephant food plant I have but they come with different colors of flowers, like yellow, bright pink and a an orange tint I think.


We were already at the supermarket, following all the guild lines when it comes to staying safe. Right next to the supermarket is a huge garden business that is family owned. It is one of my favorite places to visit. I usually go there for Spring, Valentines, and Mother’s Day for a gift. We were in lock down during those months. I never went out during those times. The garden was always open. It is an essential business in our state.We only have so many weeks to start preparing for Fall/Winter. This election year I fear will get uglier and uglier the closer we get to it. Summer time was the only time we had to prepare after a two month lock down. Now look what is happening here in our state.


I stopped by the garden to see what it is like during the summer, usually I stay away from garden nurseries during the hotter months here. Here in Arizona our nurseries are pretty bare around those times because the heat kills everything.


There were some changes to the garden I noticed. Like the goats were all gone. Too many people were touching them I suppose. That is dangerous behaviors during a pandemic.


There was a friendly cat that walked right up to me begging for some attention. I couldn’t resist and petted her. I heard somewhere that cats are catching the Red Monster, could be a rumor. Poor little creatures. They have no idea what each of us humans could be carrying on our hands. I was clean. Sprayed and washed my hands before hitting the garden because I had visited another store. After each stop I always wash up and throw away any latex gloves I have on. The new normal. I will wash my hands again after touching this cat.





The garden even has it’s own wash station. This was something new added to the garden.


The adobe house was closed. They are doing repairs inside. I hope to see it opened once again. I love walking through this old house. This house is my favorite part about the garden. They have all kinds of hand made items from local artists that they sell inside. Pretty signs, candles, and lots of home decor.


The peacocks were guarding the place. Every time I come across a peacock I always think of those old renaissance paintings.


They still have their old phone booth at the garden. This will probably end up in a museum. All those generations of babies not yet born will look at this in the future and scratch their heads trying to figure out how we all existed without tiny phones in our hands everywhere we went. Of course who even knows what the future phones will be. Might be in our glasses and they will run off of commands from our own voices.


Everything else was in disarray by the old adobe home. I hope they clean it back up and add pretty pieces of furniture and products again. I enjoy outdoor shopping more then indoor shopping, especially now with the Red Monster out there. The Red Monster hates outdoor shoppers.


I still want this table desk, or whatever it is called. I would clean it up and maybe add some color to it. Maybe I would make it all white and add colorful art supplies all on it. Turn it into an art station. Or maybe I would just give it a good bath and leave it the way it is, then add art supplies. It definitely needs some TLC.


They did not have a lot out in the plant selection. It is summer time so that was to be expected. The tables were bare.


It is so hot, we mostly stay indoors in my state during the summer months here in Arizona. Think that is another reason why our Red Monster numbers are so high. We are all stuck indoors breathing each others air conditioned air. Not a lot of people brave enough or stupid enough, depending how you look at it, to shop out doors here during the summer. Once again my husband and I had the whole place to ourselves. We went early. If you live in Arizona during the summer you have to get up very early to do errands or any outside chores. We were up at 5 am this morning. Had critters to take care of and plants to water. I think we were at the garden at 9 am or a little after. As you can see in the photos it is very bright at that time. Temps can already be at 100 F by this time. This is why we need to plant more trees for shade, keeps the planet cooler.


I could not find the flower I was looking for.


I was looking around at all the slim pickings trying to figure out whether everything was low because of the heat or was there a shortage here like other stores around our city. Are plants becoming rare as well?.


It was still fun getting out. Even if it was hot.It is a huge garden, very safe for social distancing. I don’t know if we were brave or just being stupid out there in the heat but we were having fun at least. Oh, and I noticed something else different at the garden. They took their huge refrigerator away…didn’t see it. It is normally filled with water bottles during our hot months to give out to people “Brave” enough to shop during our hotter months. It was gone. Maybe just another casualty of the Red Monster. We are no longer encouraged to touch those items that go close to our mouths.


Hope you all enjoyed this months shopping adventure with me. Please stay safe out there. I will add some older photos down below of what the garden adobe home looks like inside . This was before the pandemic of course. How fast the world can change. Happy shopping adventures everyone.


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24 Comments Add yours

  1. Jane Fritz says:

    Keep staying safe. LRH.

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    1. Thank you Jane, you too. I hope you and your family are all well and still living each day being happy and together.

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      1. Jane Fritz says:

        We are, thanks, LRH. We all share a common view to yours and are lucky to live where most people are respectful of the rules and also the reasons for the rules. It makes it a lot easy. These are profoundly unsettling times.

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      2. So true. I am not liking what I am seeing right now. I do hope things get back to where we can all at least get out more.

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  2. ourcrossings says:

    Sorry to hear your cousin tested positive, I hope all ends well. Here in Ireland, we entered a phase 4 with most of the shops and restaurants open to the public and ever since then, there’s been an increase in new COVID cases, which is very worrying 🙈 I still haven’t been out much and I am not planning to do it, it’s best to keep away from crowded places. Take care and fingers crossed we see the end of this pandemic. Aiva ❤️

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    1. Thank you Aiva, you guys stay safe. Keep going on those beautiful hikes and walks together. Best we all stay home for awhile. It will be so nice when they get a handle on this and we all get out more.

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  3. Only skimmed this one. About had it with the “C” word. We have family that won’t talk to us now because they accused us of going out in the world too much during a pandemic. Told my elderly parents off and refuses to talk to anyone who doesn’t conform their opinions. I am done with it.

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    1. That is horrible, I don’t understand why people are getting so mad at the ones who are out living their lives but still be safe about it. I love your photos and seeing how happy you all are. We still go out too but we are careful of course. I am am really toning things down with what I am witnessing and hearing over here in Arizona when I write my posts…it is bad. I never go into the details with what happens with some of the victims who come down with it. I still try to be optimistic because life was meant to live. That is sad that your family told your parents off. I don’t know what is going on anymore with the hate people have. Just keep doing what you are doing, you are all happy and I love seeing that in your photos.

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      1. I am sorry if I sounded like I was grumpy at you. I’m just grumpy at IT. And the media. And the world. 😛 Sigh.

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      2. Please, never apologize for being you, what ever emotion you are experiencing at this time you have every right to get it out. It is awful what we are all dealing with. There is a saying out there…Never apologize, your friends don’t need it and your enemies will never believe it. I will always consider you a friend.

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      3. Thank you. I just really enjoy your posts and you and didn’t want to sound like I was being jerky to you! Keep your head up and stay as healthy as you can. I know it’s so much more stressful out there right now too. I’m so glad you can find joy in the midst of it all!

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      4. Thank you Lisa, you one of the good ones, we need more of you out there. Oh, and I like it when people tell us all how it is. I don’t think you were being a jerk, I think you were just telling the truth. We are all hearing all kinds of information right now on so many subjects, and people are just afraid to talk it seems. Some people out there just love jumping all over others about anything they can find to hate and fight with them on. I know you and your family are going through this too, it is weird how fast people we called our friends and love ones can turn on us, all because we have different views and opinions. It’s like…”What the heck happened?” can’t any of us have conversations anymore. Man, do we all have some serious praying to do. I don’t understand where all this hate is coming from. There are good stories out there too. I hope to share a couple in my monthly updates later. Monday I want to do a post on photos, so I will be linking back to some of my favorite bloggers out there who always have beautiful photos to share, your site is one of them. It is important that we find things that make us happy, especially now.

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      5. It is definitely a crazy world out there and people are getting weirder and weirder. But I just pray some of them will realize they are being weird and realize we all have a lot more in common than they think and we can get back to being real people again.

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      6. Yes, that is what I want too. We need to get back to normal. I have sadly given up on some of my family members, but I have some that think like me so that is good. I don’t understand why people always want to fight…such a shame.

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  4. By the way — might help your nerves to start looking at how many people you have in your state, how many people are diagnosed with Covid verses how many are being hospitalized now and dying. The number dying is down everywhere but no one seems to look at that. Those getting it now are younger, less effected and are helping to build herd immunity. Not sure how everyone isn’t exhausted and lowered their immunity from simply running around screaming “they sky is falling” all day long

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    1. That is the good news coming out of this, the lower death rates. Hopefully by the time Fall hits maybe herd immunity will have happened. Every month that goes by they learn more and more about how to fight this. I just heard from my cousin, she is getting better. She said she has no sense of smell or taste though and she is suffering sinus problems. Her daughter is getting better too. Oh, and my cousin is 49 years old.

      I told her when she tested positive that she shouldn’t worry, just rest, that most people have mild symptoms..Then I said lots of prayers or her and her family. We have friends who have lost family and friends here in this state to this virus, so it kind of hit us how bad it can be. I will not even share the ugly details of those cases that do happen that a doctor in our neighbor warned us about. One of his patients was a healthy 13 year old and the other was a healthy 21 year old. This virus is like you are gambling, some escape, many do but then there are those that don’t and we never know who they are that get the worse of it. All I know is what I am experiencing and seeing with my own eyes here in my state. The ICU is filling up in our state and there are still people dying everyday. We are still careful when we go out.

      Mostly what I am upset with, is the medical team that we have that gave their advice when this all happened and they told everyone masks don’t work, then they started telling everyone they need to wear them. I wrote about this in the post about how awful some of our so called “experts” are at the way they have handled this. They turned it into political hate.

      I like the new doctors that speak during the press conferences now, seem to be better at things. The older group I am not so happy with. That is just my opinion. Also I would never hate or stop talking to any of my friends or family that chose to not wear a mask. We need to stop fighting with each other out there in the world. I hope your family starts treating you and your parents with kindness.

      I will probably keep writing about the things I am witnessing out there, this is history after all and more of us need to speak up and tell our truths. Too many are remaining silent. When I go out, these are the things I am seeing, these are the feelings I am experiencing, this is what it is like in my world right now. People anymore are afraid to talk about their emotions, or just what they see. They are afraid of offending or someone not liking them because of the things they say or write. And who is to blame them, everyone is fighting now…such a sad thing . I will keep writing what I see, and leave trigger warnings at the beginning of each post. I used to read a lot of books about what happened to the Jewish people during World War two and the one thing I could never understand is how a whole country did not stand up and speak out against such horrors. Now I understand how that happened. It is easy to terrorize people enough to keep them quiet…just teach them to attack anyone who does speak. This is what we are witnessing right now. No matter what we say, or post, it always makes someone angry it seems. But back then, at least families stuck together. This is more sinister because it is the families that are falling apart. Anyway, just keep living everyday and surround yourself with the people who make you smile. Your kids, your parents and husband are all loving people. I tell just by your photos.I will say a pray that those other family members start thinking about what is important and stop being so angry with you all. Please stay safe out there.

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  5. I’m sorry to hear about your cousin and her family becoming ill with the red monster, I wish them a speedy recovery. I was shocked to hear on English news last week about how hard hit Arizona is – it must be awful for you… I hope you find the flowers 💐 you’re looking for. All the best to you and yours xo Faith 🌺 🌹 🌻

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    1. I don’t get it, we exploded with cases. It is scary, especially when friends and family around us are getting it. My daughter’s friend from High School lost his grandmother and grandfather to the Red Monster.

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  6. Ps. Those lying politicians are everywhere!

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    1. I know, they are really messing things up. It is hard to witness the mess we are seeing happen right now.

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  7. Chandra Lynn says:

    I’m with you. I hate having to go out to replenish supplies or take care of household business. Heebie-jeebies indeed. And yes, our leaders made a mess of it–part of it was ignorance [they just didn’t know enough and the disease kept morphing]; the other part was another type of ignorance, foolishness really. At any rate here we are with a big nasty mess. You stay safe. I’m praying for your cousin and her family. We’ve already lost too many due to this disease. Please, no more!

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    1. Oh my gosh, I know what you mean. I try to keep an open mind about every situation and always listen with my heart when someone makes a mistake because we all make mistakes. I’m not perfect, and how boring the world would be if we all were perfect anyway. I was just so upset when my cousin told me they all tested positive. This shouldn’t have happened, I don’t even know why it has been turned into some sort of twisted political mess. Back during all the other plaques that happened in history, even they knew that wearing a mask, keeping our distance, and staying as clean as possible when dealing with a sickness helped keep cases down. Our medical team in the beginning knew this, we all know this from our history…yet they did not push this information to the general public in those earlier months. Just basic common sense.They said we need to save the masks for the medical people (which I understand completely) yet why not encourage what they are encouraging now, which is to make your own cotton face coverings…so many question I would have for those earlier doctors here in the USA. These were the ones we all looked to in our country to give us answers…to tell the truths. They knew so much starting as early as December, yet they looked into those cameras and lied to millions in our country, They told others on the team to look into the cameras and lie as well…such evil. These doctors wore face coverings themselves…they knew, they always knew.
      I will always remember this time in history when I looked back, as a time when some of the smartest medical leaders in the world would allow so many to die and I will never know the reasons why. Or maybe as time goes on, I will finally get those answers. All they had to say was what they are saying know which is to wear a mask and social distance, and now that everyone has lost their faith and trust in them, they expect us to listen to them. It breaks my heart how some of our leaders are handling this mess. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. please stay safe out there Chandra. Big hugs and lots of love being sent to you and yours from Arizona.

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  8. Sorry to hear about your cousin and her family! Prayers for mild cases and speedy recovery.

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    1. Thank you Robin. There are a lot of mild cases so that is good, lets hope and pray that is the case.

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