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Tucson in bloom


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“What makes the desert beautiful,” said the little prince, “is that somewhere it hides a well…”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 1900-1944

 

In April, I made a weeklong visit to Tucson to look at houses, ride horseback through the desert, and walk and drive all over to see what I could see.

Here’s what I noticed about older homes in mid-town Tucson – they are attractive and charming in so many ways. Also, they often have a step somewhere on the first floor. Sometimes it’s a step down to the living room, sometimes, it’s a step down to the Arizona room. What I learned is, if there is a step, I will either trip over it or go flying off of it thinking the floor was flat there.

I often was very impressed with the charm of a house until I got to the kitchen. I’m not fussy about kitchens, I don’t care if they have granite countertops, for example, but there are kitchens in older homes in mid-town that make me wonder what the builder was thinking.

The upshot of the visit was that I found a house that did not have a step up or down inside the house and it had a “normal” kitchen. “I’ll take it!”

There are blessings in the desert…

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If you don’t die of thirst, there are blessings in the desert. You can be pulled into limitlessness, which we all yearn for, or you can do the beauty of minutiae, the scrimshaw of tiny and precise. The sky is your ocean, and the crystal silence will uplift you like great gospel music, or Neil Young.

Anne Lamott 1954-

I went to Tucson for a few days to look around and I couldn’t take my eyes off the sky and the landscape. The scale of the mountains that surround Tucson make the city look like a Monopoly game board.

On Sunday, I was able to attend some open houses in the foothills and they were nice places with privacy and great views. I prefer to be close to my neighbors, so closer to town will be better for me.

It was a great experience being in Tucson and I look forward to the day when I move there, but I don’t have a clear idea about when that will be or what section of Tucson is right for me.