• “La-la-la-la-la..”

    Posted on August 22, 2017 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    Our dear no-name girl really likes one of the kids. When he comes to visit she sleeps in his bedroom, scratches on the door if it’s closed, even sits outside the bathroom while he’s in there. Lucky for him she can’t slide under the door. And she follows him around all the time. He’s been […]

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  • A mourning hawk?

    Posted on August 8, 2017 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    I’m no Lady Hawk and have no explanation for what happened. The other day I drove up to the home where I had my close encounter with the friendly coyotes. This time I parked my car at the edge of the driveway. I walked around the back of the vehicle and this hawk came flying […]

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  • I’m back!!!!

    Posted on July 25, 2017 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    I bet some of you didn’t notice my absence. True, I didn’t disappear, but I haven’t posted a blog since May—because of—technical difficulties. Technical difficulties, sounds sooo expertly professional, right? Simply put, my website was down and I wanted to hire the perfect person to bring it back to life. Fingers crossed I don’t have […]

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  • A Coca Cola Summer

    Posted on May 23, 2017 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    It’s 105 degrees in Phoenix and tomorrow will be about the same. My air conditioning died last night. It wasn’t totally unexpected, as a matter of fact the new one should have been installed days ago, but you know how that goes…unforeseen circumstances… When you sit and simmer, you try to think of pleasant, icy […]

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  • About Short People

    Posted on May 9, 2017 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    I’ve been short all of my adult life. Not trying to be funny, but at ten I was the tallest kid in my classroom and my mother kept saying I’ll grow to be as tall as a model. Except, I never grew another inch and pretty soon all my schoolmates were taller than I was. […]

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  • He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother.

    Posted on April 25, 2017 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    The Scott, a resort in Scottsdale, had a fund raiser for local animal rescue organizations. Home Fur Good, the no kill shelter where I volunteer was one of them and I offered to help. We only brought along two of our well behaved dogs because it’s hard to predict how even the sweetest mutt will […]

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  • Is it Easter yet?

    Posted on April 11, 2017 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    I keep forgetting Easter is around the corner. Could be because I don’t have little ones looking for eggs or chocolate bunnies…And I can’t say I miss that part. I grew up in Italy where we didn’t have any hunt, at least not for Easter eggs… I remember my grandmother used to say; “Natale con […]

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  • The coyote next door

    Posted on March 28, 2017 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    Only in Arizona, is what I hear when I tell people about the coyotes living next door. The neighbor two plus acres have small abandoned structures and as far as I know the coyotes always lived in the one just North of my place. But back then there was only one coyote, he would stroll […]

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  • The cat in the window

    Posted on March 14, 2017 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    We arrived at the same time and parked in the circular driveway. Then, after a quick greeting, we headed up the wide path to the front door of the vacant home. Sally Castillo, the lovely young lady in charge of the staging company, was there to share her ideas on preparing the house for sale. […]

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  • If at first you don’t succeed…

    Posted on February 28, 2017 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    The complex where I reside is scheduled to be repainted and it’s amazing to watch how such a project is bringing out so many emotions in people. I was thinking about something I witnessed years ago, North East side of town, close to PV Mall. Those of you who are familiar with Phoenix will know […]

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