Gorgeous scenery all over the world...Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona...

From this site: "The famous fountain in Fountain Hills, Arizona: Built-in 1970 by Robert McCulloch the fountain is one of the largest fountains in the world! The fountain sprays water for 15 minutes every hour at the top of the hour. The fountain uses 7,000 gallons per minute and at its full height, it can reach 560 feet in the air. The plume rises from a concrete water-lily sculpture in the center of a man-made lake. At its full height of 560 feet, the fountain in the center of Fountain Hills is higher than the Washington Monument. It is 10 feet taller than Notre Dame Cathedral, 110 feet higher than the Great Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt and three times as high as Old Faithful in Yellowstone Park. The white plume of the world-famous fountain is visible far beyond Fountain Hills. It can be seen from as far away as the Superstition Mountains, Carefree and even from aircraft. The fountain is the focal point for community celebrations and the pride of its residents. If you happen to visit during the St. Patrick’s Day celebration, you’ll see the fountain transform to emerald green. The Fountain is extended to its full height on special occasions, for every day viewing the Fountain reaches a height of 330 feet! The World Famous Fountain runs every hour on the hour for 15 minutes from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. every day of the week! This fountain is a celebration of life and water where it is most appreciated – in the middle of the desert."
Although we haven't been out sightseeing while here in the US, with little time to do so, it was delightful to drive through Fountain Hills, Arizona, a veritable paradise-like town amid saguaro cactus, desert sands, surrounded by earth-tone colored mountains and man-made bodies of water which soften the harshness which is typical in the desert.

We stopped for photos along the way, in awe of the beauty prevalent in this upscale community of newer homes, gated neighborhoods, fashionable shops, and southwest themed restaurants.

It's odd driving through the barren desert to stumble across a built-up area such as this. We couldn't help but gasp over its pristine beauty. However, never for a moment did we wish we lived there. One can admire the beauty without feeling a burning desire to be a part of it.
We had little time to stop before meeting up with Vicki and Jerry and took most of
today's photos from the car.
We moved along on the highway, leaving Fountain Hills making our way toward Tonto Verde Golf Club where we met up with Vicki and Jerry as described in yesterday's post here. As stated, we had a wonderful day with the fine couple.

After yesterday's busy morning with laundry and grocery shopping, I put together a few easy items for last night's happy hour gathering at our place. I made a chicken salad (with buns on the side), cut up raw veggies for dipping, chips with salsa, a plate of cheese, crackers, and olives along with store-bought chocolate covered eclairs for dessert. 
There are many statues at Fountain Park of famous Americans.
It was a quick and easy collection of items of light snack type foods not requiring a lot of fuss. For tonight's gathering at the firepit at 4:00 pm, I am making the popular artichoke dip served with Club crackers.

Last night when Mary said she was making deviled eggs, which I'd planned to make, this morning I decided to make something different and headed to the nearby Safeway market, much smaller than the giant Costco-sized Fry's to buy what I'd need. 

After no more than two minutes in the market, I sensed a frenzy among the shoppers. When a woman approached me with a spiral-sliced ham on sale for $10 as opposed to $25, my ear perked up. 
Could this be Thomas Jefferson?
She explained that by signing up for their online app which I did while I was in the produce department, anxious to pay $1 for a 10-pound bag of potatoes, I downloaded the app and all the specials of the day were available to me, many at ridiculously low prices.

I found myself entrenched in the frenzy. For example; I purchased two pounds of quality butter at $.99 a pound, four pounds of bacon also at $.99 a pound and so much more. Of course, I couldn't resist the ham which most likely we'll have on New Year's Day. It was fun. I'd hadn't seen a sale like this in years.
Abraham Lincoln with Ben Franklin in the background.
So now, after we've finished lunch, our current main meal of the day, I'll make tonight's appetizer which we'll bring hot to the fireside mulled wine party beginning at 4:00 pm this afternoon.

It has warmed up considerably today. Tom is busy opening the blinds and windows as we speak. With the sun shining on our unit, it can get very warm indoors. Right now, the outdoor temperature is 63F (17C) and sunny, perfect for us!
What a fascinating horse statue!
Tomorrow, we'll return with more new photos from tonight's event. May your day be sunny and bright!
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Photo from one year ago today, December 18, 2018:

Two males impalas stop by for food and a rare visit. For more photos, please click here.

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