I’m off today to California to take part in the baby shower for our older daughter. This will be our first grandchild. 🙂 I’ve been taking care of my mom and dad, with much appreciated help from my wonderful husband, and it’s been tough. My mom moved into a care home, less than two days later was in the hospital with an infection, and is now back in the care home in hospice care. I’m definitely ready for a break!! I can’t wait to get into the van and get on the road. You can be sure I’ll enjoy my six days, even if two are mostly on the road.

The good news is that Becky’s back with her Squares challenge for 2022, the subject being “odd”, and although I won’t be blogging while I’m gone (at least I don’t plan to), I’ll start you off with an odd entry from the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix where I’ve been sharing the Chihuly installation over the last weeks. These give me that Dr. Seuss vibe that I so enjoy or maybe something from the Muppets.

See you next week.

The Square Odds

  1. restlessjo says:

    Have a safe and fabulous trip, with lots of hugs, Janet. You’ve earned them!

  2. ledrakenoir says:

    Backs up the wish for a safe and pleasant trip – it will be exciting, understand very well the joy of the new upcoming title. 🙂

  3. Debbie Smyth says:

    Oh yes, muppets for me!
    Have a great trip, Janet. A much deserved rest, Take care

  4. Tom says:

    Enjoy your time away, Janet.
    And yes, you’ve captured the muppets in your photo there! 🙂

  5. Ally Bean says:

    Enjoy your time away from home and blogland. You deserve it. I’m going with Muppets.

  6. I love the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix! photographers dream 🙂

    • It’s wonderful, Pam. I plan to go often to enjoy all they have in different weather (although the weather doesn’t vary that much) and seasons. Thanks for the visit and comment.


  7. I want to draw a smiley face on the lovely couple. Safe journey – and every your special moment.

  8. LOL!! I wonder if they’re related to Thing One and Thing Two? 😂

    Safe journey and have a wonderful time at the baby shower!!!

  9. Sue says:

    Oh, theDr Zeus vibe! Have a good trip

  10. belocchio says:

    This will be your time to regroup and refresh Janet. The demands on you can be set aside on your road trip and then you arrive in California for the most beautiful of occasions. Your first Grandchild. How momentous and thrilling. The new baby will bring joy to your heart. Safe journey safe arrival. Cheers Virginia

    • Thanks very much, Virginia. I made it safely and am already much more relaxed. When the baby arrives life will change once again, although more for our daughter and son-in-law than for us 😉

  11. scr4pl80 says:

    Congrats on the approaching baby! Safe travels. Those definitely look like something from Seuss!

  12. You need the six days and there isn’t a better reason, well, except for the arrival of said grandchild. 🙂

  13. JT Twissel says:

    Congrats on becoming a grandma! It’s never easy having to balance between taking care of aging parents and new born babies – you definitely need a break from time to time!

    • Thanks, JT. The baby’s not due for about two months yet, so I don’t have to balance that in for a while. That’ll be a new experience because it’ll be our first grandchild. Looking forward to it.

  14. Dan Antion says:

    Safe travels, Janet.

  15. de Wets Wild says:

    I am glad that your Mom is doing better. That must have been tough.
    I am glad that you get a chance for a break. That is well deserved.
    And I am glad that your grandchild is almost here! That is a blessing!

  16. BeckyB says:

    Hope you are having a fabulous time

  17. annbh356 says:

    The Desert Botanical Garden is one of my favorite places when visiting Phoenix and Chihuly a favorite artist. Thanks for the photo journal through the installation. Your sunny pix are much appreciated on a chilly (0 degree) day in Minnesota.

    • Thanks so much for walking along with me through an amazing place and fabulous glass. We moved to Arizona from Illinois (and before that other Midwest locations) so I can well appreciate the value of sun on a cold day. 🙂 Thanks for taking time to comment as well.