Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Using Paint Pens and Creating Magic

Well not quite magic but close enough :) I've been meaning to paint this old wood table for a year since we moved to 
Arizona. It was painted brown and rather ugly, so out came the paint pens (posca and ZIG Posterman). The design is loosely based on an ancient Turkish ceramic plate. 
I was a wee bit out of my comfort zone with some of the colours but it was worth it don't you think?
Turkish style painted table 
 I hope you are inspired.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Hiking in the Southwest :Tom's Thumb Trail in Scottsdale

 We are lightweights when it comes to hiking, but still we are on the trails twice a week during the winter months in Arizona.
 I have a fear of heights and going along a narrow trail, climbing over boulders, or on a ridge is a true test of fortitude. This along with fear of tripping and local critters makes for a wary slow hiker. We usually hike between 2 to 4 hours and I've got to the stage when I know just how much water I need to carry depending where, and length of hike.
Trail up to Tom's Thumb Peak

One of our recent hikes was Tom's Thumb Trail at McDowell in Scottsdale and while we didn't do the whole loop we did hike up to Tom's Thumb. It took us 2 hours to climb 2,500 feet and 2 miles to reach the top. Talk about a cardio workout and I had to take a lot of breaks to slow my heart rate down and catch my breath. According to their website this is an extremely challenging trail and I am glad to see that as I was feeling like a wimp the whole way up BUT I did it, YES!!! 
The scenery was breathtaking!


  1. The trailhead has bathrooms, but NO WATER so take plenty water.
  2. Wear good hiking shoes because while the trail is well maintained it is steep with loose gravel.
  3. I really recommend hiking sticks. Here is a list of 10 benefits of trekking poles.
  4. Wear a hat and use a sunblock
  5. Take along an energy bar and some fruit.