Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Then and Now...

Hosted by Susan and Barb

It's amazing what kinds of changes almost two years can bring... From Feb 2004 to Jun 2007, this gold housing unit was what we called home. That tree leaned on the fence "wall" and had thorns that could stab or gouge. I always had mixed feelings about holding anything outdoors, but we managed to have great outdoor swims (on an inflatable pool), church activities for young girls, and birthday and potluck parties. Though AZ was too hot and dry for this tropical girl, I made the best of our situation and invited many into our home.

Just last weekend, for three nights, and two days, this was our home while we were there. The 4-diamond Radisson Fort McDowell Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona by Fountain Hills... It really is a gorgeous place where the location lends to magnificent night time sky viewing.

Instead of walking to university pool for a quarter of a mile, we merely had to go down the elevator and go out to the patio where a gated pool with waterfalls on four spouts atop a slim "wall" invite you. We went night swimming and the gushing water was cold! Brrr... but the pool water was just right. Mmmm...

Here's the other side of the pool area. The small one is a spa. Our family enjoyed our time there and the quiet and scenic commute was worth the distance from all the places we needed to be at. We will definitely go back!

I'd like to thank our hosts today, Susan and Barb for letting us have fun outdoors, too! Make sure to visit many of the participants today! I, for one, have a lot of catching up to do!

TABLESCAPING IDEA: ("Brain misses night swimming") I've seen a lot of seaside, underwater or beachside tables lately, but don't forget that most stores are selling dinnerware for poolside so choose colors that go well with the main look of your poolside garden and create a great table using the same colors! For example, blue and green, blue and silver, green and orange, white and yellow and orange. The choices are endless!


  1. It looks beautiful - very relaxing and peaceful!

    I'm jealous :)


  2. Chandy, love your pick were you let us see the tassel changes :-)Oh the this place is beautiful! The night time picture is perfect. The pool too with the somewhat like "ruins" surely the kids enjoyed. :-)

  3. Morning, Dear One! First of all - Congratulations on your graduation! I almost missed it since I was gone! I'm so proud of you! You look so very happy and you should be! Yay!
    Your stay looks like it was devine! I've got goosebumps!
    bE a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  4. What a beautiful place to visit. It makes me want to go on vacation but then, I always want to go on vacation :)

    Thanks for sharing.

  5. Chandy, this is so pretty! Looks like a fun place to have fun!


    Sheila :-)

  6. This place is beautiful! You are so lucky to be able to go there. I'm sure you'll be going back.

  7. Hi Chandy, beautiful pictures.

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday.


  8. You chose a beautiful spot to go to. I'm sure you enjoyed it! Have a wonderful day.

  9. Beautiful my friend...hope you have a great week...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  10. Good morning everyone! I've been feeling fatigued since we got back so I still haven't been able to catch up with everyone but I'm doing it slowly, but surely!

  11. Happy Outdoor Wednesday Chandy! Looks like a beautiful and relaxing place! I'm happy you had a great time! Thanks for sharing your photos.~ Susan

  12. I would love to stay at this hotel. I love staying in nice places. I want to go on vacation!!! But alas, not in the finances this summer. Maybe next year.

    And in regards to your prior home. It doesn't matter what our houses look like on the outside. It's the love on the inside that makes a house a home. And I can tell that your house is full of love.

  13. Looks like you had a great trip. Thanks for sharing your pics.

    Christi @ A Southern Life

  14. Chandy, glad you are back! So proud of you!!! The hotel is absolutley gorgeous!!!Thanks for dropping by Bloggeritaville! I LOVE my friends!

  15. I am going to have to check this hotel out as it is just beautiful! I am one of the many that are really glad you occupied that Gold house and that you made the best of it! Inviting in as many as you did! For those of you who have stumbled on this blog but never met Mrs. Chandy in person I can promise you she is a gracious host and a great friend!

  16. Ann you are the best you know that? Just the best! Thank you!

  17. Leigh, and to all of you ladies, welcome and thank you to all of your wonderful comments. My heart is quite puffy now! ;-)

  18. Hi Chandy, That looks like a great resort. I'm glad you got to "Graduate" in style! ~ Robyn

  19. Thanks Robyn, I felt like I did, too!

  20. Oh that looks like a lovely place to stay! Glad you had a good time :)

  21. Wow! You have been a busy blogger while I've been busy elsewhere. I missed a lot of posts on your blog. This looks like a fabulous place to stay. Kind of hard to go home after staying there I imagine. laurie


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