Friday, November 30, 2012

Posada Java Celebration

La Posada Celebrates the expansion of Cafe Java and the Treasure Shop

Marsha turns the Wheel of Fortune for a prize

Great art along with cake and coffee

Just in time for the Holidays

Tasty baked goods with your Java

Music accompanies the festivities

CEO Lisa gets a hug and a Hershey Kiss

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A fall of reading Native American books.

 It was not planned but I found that this fall I read four great books
about Native Americans. I highly recommend all of the books as giving us insight into the experience of the Native American in the white man's culture.
Desert Wife is a memoir of a wife  from 1915-1919 spent managing a
trading post in the four corners of Arizona with her husband. Written in1928 and first published in 1935 I heartily recommend this book to all seeking to
understand the Navajo living in this part of Arizona.

Eagle Catcher is a mystery that takes place in Wyoming's Wind River Reservation of the Arapoho Indians. Father John O'Malley seeks to solve the murder of the tribal chairman.

In Round House, Louise Erdrich returns to the great story telling of her early novels. Here she tells the story of a Native American Family and community faced with a devastating assault of one of its loved female members.

In Yes is Better than No, famed children story writer, Byrd Baylor tell the story of Papago Indians in 1960 moving to a South Tucson ghetto. These Native Americans are now known as the To'hon'odahm

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Everyone loves a Boutique

'Tis the season for Christmas Boutiques. Desert Hill Lutheran Church put on their annual sale of gifts and food. All items and baked goods made by members of the church. We will look for many more this season.

A Visit to An Olive Mill

Yesterday I visited the Queen Creek Olive Mill just south of Chandler at the base of the San Tan mountains and a 2 hr drive from Green Valley. This is a very worthwhile trip. The Mill's primary business is making unique olive oils of many flavors including chocolate and bacon. It is advertised as one of the best olive oils in the world. Long sunny days and cool desert nights make an ideal climate for olive trees.

Thomas Jefferson said this about the Olive Tree

The Mill provides a tour and explanation of the olive oil making process. A large and wells stocked gift shop is on the grounds. One can picnic among the olive trees choosing from an extensive menu including salads, soups, sandwiches and even waffles.

A guide  tells us that harvesting is from October to December and the making of the oil is done in only 24 hours. The oil must then be stored without any light or oxygen waiting to be bottled for sale.

A perfect day trip would be to the Mill, have a picnic and then travel to just south of Florence to St Anthony's Greek Orthodox Monastery to see the beautiful architecture and gardens with citrus and olive trees.  Check out the blog of March 15, 2012 for photos of this very special place.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Taste of La Posada

The annual "Taste of La Posada" is probably a marketing tool for the community to be introduced to La Posada and what it can offer. However for me it was a time to meet and greet old friends and new.

Good food. Good music. Good friends.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Halloween at La Posada

One of the neat things about living in a community such as La Posada is that no holiday goes
But all is done for you. Great decorations. Marvelous food. Servers in costume. People of all ages. Employes brought their kids in costume. Fun had by everyone.