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Thompson's Realty Group at eXp Realty

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You know you live in AZ when…

"iPhone needs to cool down before you can use it." Image courtesy of Apple support.

We have all seen those “You know you live in xyz when” lists. I love them so here is my version of the “You know you live in AZ When” List. You feel genuine happiness and just may get giddy with excitement if you hear “it’s going to be under 100 degrees today!" anytime from mid May - mid September. (like today) You no longer are shocked or feel faint when you hear “expect temperatures to be somewhere in the 110-120 degree range this week” Your try to use your iphone and see this: You know that “it’s a dry heat” is true for the most part, but it is … Continue Reading →

Let Me Eat Cake

Friday was the 4th “3 month appointment” post chemo.  All clear. The math adds up to 1 year since the chemotherapy ended.  1 year. Wow. Now the appointments are spaced out 6 months apart.  Sweet. It really feels like much longer than a year.  Staying busy at work and home helps.  Always looking forward rather than in the rear view mirror helps more.  During the surgery or therapy, the word cancer is in your mind every day.  In fact, you wonder if it will be with you every day for the rest of your life.  Fortunately, it does go away.  I have gone weeks without thinking about … Continue Reading →

My dream home, an unrequited love affair

My dream home up close

Once upon a time, 2010 to be exact, I went to Jerome, AZ for the historic building and home tour. While I was touring the Mills house, an old Victorian built in 1898 that had recently been renovated and restored to its original state, I commented on how beautiful it was and how much I would [...]

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2014 Guide to Free and Discounted Admission Days at Phoenix Museums

Last week I posted updated information about the Culture Pass Program. As a follow-up to that post way back in July 2011 I wrote a post listing the Phoenix Area Museums that have free or discounted admission days. Apparently, that post still gets a lot of views, even more so lately. I suspect that people are looking for things to [...]

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49th Annual Jerome Historic Home & Building Tour: May 17th & 18th, 2014

The Phoenix summer temperatures are quickly approaching with highs expected in the 100-103 range for the Phoenix metro area this weekend. I am sure still hoping we will have a few more decent temperature days, but just in case, I have begun planning and plotting my mini escapes that help me stay somewhat sane through the dreaded [...]

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Arizona Spring Restaurant Week May 17 – 26, 2014

Arizona Restaurant Week is a culinary event that showcases several of the Phoenix area restaurants that offer price fixed meals so you can sample some of the amazing food they have to offer. This event takes place twice a year, in the spring and again in the fall. The 2014 Spring event starts this weekend. [...]

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Happy Mother’s Day, Mommy

My mom

Today will be different and it will be a first for me. I usually stick to posting about real estate market updates or Fountain Hills and Phoenix area happenings and events so I really don’t know why I felt compelled to write this post, but I did, so here it is. I am a sentimental person. [...]

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Phoenix Culture Pass 2014

I have written about the Phoenix Culture Pass program several times in the past. As of October 24, 2012 the company that was overseeing the program, Show Up.com, went out of business. The Culture Pass program is now made possible through the support of the Act One Foundation. Here are the latest updates and information about this [...]

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Hiking Arizona: Tom’s Thumb-Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Cactus in bloom on the Tom's Thumb Trail

Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve is one of my favorite places to hike for a lot of reasons; trails that vary from easy to extremely difficult, most of the views are nothing short of breathtakingly amazing, and the opportunity to see desert wildlife, plants, wildflowers (when they are in bloom) and cactus are endless. The Sunrise, Lost Dog, [...]

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Chihuly In the Garden

Chihuly in the Garden

This is a follow-up post to the original post I wrote in early November about Chihuly returning to the Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens.  There is only one month left to see Chihuly in the Garden. The exhibit runs through May 18, 2014. I finally found some time to get out and go see it. Here are a few of my [...]

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