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A little bit of patience…

Grocery shopping in the High Desert can be like a revolving door of the same people every week. Sometimes this can be a good thing and others times not so much. A couple weeks ago, I was in line and I let a gentleman go in front of me. I had a cartful of groceries and he had only a couple of items. It seemed the appropriate thing to do at the time (I do this all the time, lol.)

I glanced behind me and standing there was a young man holding a Red Bull. I cut my eyes at him. “Really, you’re going to stand behind me with just a Red Bull.” Sighing, as if resigned to the inevitable, I motioned he could go ahead of me. He laughed and replied, “It’s okay, I’m not in a hurry. I can wait.”

“Are you sure? I feel sort of bad because you have one item.”

“Naw, it’s no problem. You’ll never get out of here if you keep letting everyone go ahead of you. I can wait.”

As I’m paying for my groceries, I reached over and grabbed his Red Bull. “I want to pay for this, too.”

After his initial protests of “No, wait…What are you doing?” he realized I wasn’t taking his Red Bull, I was paying for it. He thanked me for the Red Bull and I thanked him for his patience earlier.

Fast forward in time and who do I see at the store? The same guy! He stopped me in the parking lot and offered to help with my groceries. We chatted for a bit as we loaded up my car about this and that. I like to think we both left feeling a little bit happier and hopeful about our fellow man (or woman). And after hearing some of the things in today’s news, trust me I needed some hope.

“Pay it Forward”, “You Get What You Give”, or “Karma”, there are so many inspirational quotes I can go on and on. I guess the bottom line is for all the bad things we read and hear about on tv or the internet, kindness and good people can still be found in the world, even at the grocery store.

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A picture is worth a thousand words

“Are there any good (and affordable) photographers in the High Desert?” We had family visiting from out of state and I thought it would be a great idea to have pictures taken of our family. I wanted to use someone who was local and well known because as you can tell from my other posts, I tend to use referrals to decide where to take my business.

When I asked my friend Patty if she knew anyone she immediately  began talking about JRZ Photography. “She does all of our family photos. Senior pictures, baby pictures, soccer photos. You name it; I go to Lizz to take the pictures for it.”

Joe and Lizz Zuccharro are the owners and photographers of JRZ Photography. I’ve known Liz for a few years but I had never seen their work so I was a little nervous. As I looked through their portfolio, I was floored. They say pictures are worth a thousand words but I don’t know that I could find enough words to describe how impressed I was by their work without sounding like an informercial. If you have a chance, please take a moment to go to their website (address available on business card below). Joe and Lizz are both Award winning photographers and on their website they have many more amazing photos. I wish I could post them all here but I don’t want to ruin it for you.

Ultimately, we did have JRZ Photography take pictures of our family and we had so much fun. The atmosphere was warm, inviting, and cheerful. The smiles in our pictures are genuine which make those moments all the more beautiful. Our family can be a bit goofy and silly sometimes and our pictures capture that side of us without appearing cheesy or ridiculous. I appreciate the respect we were shown and I will always treasure those special memories JRZ Photography help create.

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Shopping is a plan of action

Today is the first of day of school for most in the High
Desert. This is an interesting change because school doesn’t usually start
until after Labor Day. You know what this means? The Back-to-School Sales were
in full force this past weekend. It was time to put the comfortable shoes on and head for the stores.



Shopping, for our family is not an all-day activity. We
get in and get out. I like to wander around a little bit but I’m an amateur
compared to most of the women I know. I went shopping with a group of friends once, they almost made me cry. I was exhausted. These ladies were ruthless.

Keeping that in mind, my son and I discuss what he needs for
school before we go shopping. We have a plan of action and a list. I always make
sure to double check items he’s picking out though. He’s in such a hurry to
leave the store he grabs the first thing he sees off the rack.

“These shoes fit perfect Mom.”

“Son, those shoes are a size 8. You wear a size 6.” He
shrugged and said he could grow into them.

Shaking my head at him, I started laughing. I couldn’t help
myself. How many times have we, as parents bought something a little bigger and
said you’ll be fine, you’ll grow into it.
Sorry kiddo, using my own words to take a shortcut won’t work on me. Grandma
taught me better than that.

Well, the planets must have been aligned properly because we
found everything we needed in one store. That called for a round of applause.
But we settled for breakfast and a movie instead. It turned out to be a good
day. We laughed, talked, and spent quality time together. Spending the day with
my son reminded me how much he has matured and time seems to be speeding up. In class, on his first day back to school, I’m sure he would disagree but then time is all about
perception, isn’t it? Look how fast summer went by.




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China by Peter Koevari

Time by Hunter Emkay

The joy of getting braces

Being Just a High Desert Mom (or dad) is not always a fun
job, my friends. There are times when we have to make the tough decisions that
are not always the most popular. Our son is in the process of getting braces. It’s
happening and the boy isn’t exactly ecstatic. However; the folks at Desert
Valley Dental Group in the high desert are very nice.






We made the down payment (yeah, it hurt a little). We’re committed
but let’s just say patience is the word of the day folks. Its multiple appointments
to put in spacers, cement bottom brackets, and then….and then… It’s enough to
make you feel a little overwhelmed and I’m not even the one in the chair!

Everyone has been very kind though. They explain everything
we need to know and answer all of our questions, including the doctor. He is so
patient with our son. This is one 11 year old who isn’t shy about his questions
or concerns what is going on. “Hey, it’s my mouth we’re talking about here!”

The first couple of appointments were pretty easy. They were
more of consultations than anything else. We discussed our options and when was
the best time to put braces on our son. Personally, I don’t like feeling
pressured into getting any kind of procedure done but I didn’t feel that way
here. In fact, I waited a year and a half before we made the final decision to
get braces for the boy. Talk about no pressure.

But now we’re getting into the serious stuff. Metal rings
are being cemented, appliances are being ordered (huh?), and brackets will be
placed soon. It sounds horrible when I type it out but it won’t be that bad.
All I can say is thank goodness that my dentist recommended such an awesome orthodontist

I like to joke around with our son during the appointments to help put his mind at ease. He’s putting on a brave face but I know he’s pretty nervous about the whole thing. Lucky for me, the staff is very empathetic to our son’s feelings. So far things are going good and I’m going to keep my
fingers crossed that they stay that way.


In fact, I asked our son if he had any worries or concerns
about getting braces. He asked to look at the list of foods he couldn’t eat
while he had braces, “Wait, I have to give up steak AND popcorn? That’s just

It might be wrong but when he has a beautiful smile he’ll
thank us. Okay maybe he won’t thank us right away. Truth is he probably won’t
thank us until he has his own kids and has to pay for braces himself.

Did I mention being a High Desert Mom (or dad) isn’t always
a fun job?

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