Jim and I flew out to Phoenix for a weekend to visit his sisters, who live there. We try to do it every year or two, because 1) it’s nice to visit family, 2) it’s Arizona in the wintertime, hello, and 3) we mooch off of them while we’re there.
This time, his sister Linda and her husband Paul had just recently moved from their house into an apartment. Since they both work pretty intensive jobs, they wanted to downsize and simplify their non-working time. This move is sort of a grand experiment for them to see what it’s like to live without the “stuff” that one tends to accumulate when you have to maintain a home and have some storage space. They also want to see what its like to not have to put in the time to do the usual home maintenance tasks, like cleaning a lot of rooms and yard care. EVERYTHING is taken care of in the complex where they are. So – leisure time is more, well, leisurely. AND the place is gorgeous – new, modern, close to a lot of restaurants, and with a fabulous pool.
We are a little suspicious that Paul will miss puttering with the house, but we shall see 🙂
Linda had asked me if I would mind snapping a photo of them by the pool, to put on a “we’ve moved” card to send to their friends. Of course, when I got there and saw the pool, I couldn’t JUST snap a quick photo. I knew it would be much prettier at night, with off camera flash. More elegant. And elegant means dressing up a little. OK, maybe a lot.