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#AtoZChallenge April 24, 2018, Under the Shade of a Thin Tree

under the shade of a thin tree. atozchallenge. www.cherylsterlingbooks.comNothing is more coveted in the Arizona sun than a parking spot in the shade.

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26 posts. 26 days. And 26 letters of the alphabet, one post beginning with each letter, in April.

Follow me as we visit the not-quite-normal retirement village of Twilight, Arizona, where reality clashes with the unexplained.

Under the Shade of a Thin Tree

It was Ed Robinson’s first summer in Twilight, and he’d learned the trick to living in the Arizona heat. After four months of stifling temperatures, capped at one-hundred-and-nineteen degrees the previous week, he knew not to venture out after noon. After ten, if one could help it. It was insanity to do otherwise.

Fortunately, retirement took care of any reason to brave the heat. No office to go to, no commuter train to ride, no commitments or schedule he didn’t want. Just days of blue, cloudless skies, early morning golf games, and books to read, cable movies to watch, and meals to cook.

His latest hobby, cooking, sent him out past his self-imposed curfew of noon. While riffling through his recipes, one with lemongrass and Thai lime juice spoke to him, demanding his attention. Unfortunately, The Mart, less than a block away, wouldn’t carry either ingredient.

There’s no help for it. Trader Joe’s it is.

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Trains, planes, and wishes. atozchallenge

#AtoZChallenge April 23, 2018. Trains, Planes, and Wishes

trains, planes, and wishes. atozchallenge. www.cherylsterlingbooks.comTwilight resident Terri Little learns the hard way to be careful what you wish for in Trains, Planes, and Wishes.

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26 posts. 26 days. And 26 letters of the alphabet, one post beginning with each letter, in April.

Follow me as we visit the not-quite-normal retirement village of Twilight, Arizona, where reality clashes with the unexplained.

Trains, Planes, and Wishes

“Shh. Shh. Wait a minute. Wait a minute.”

Terri Little strained to hear her neighbor’s warning. Fighter jets flew overhead, drowning out her words and rattling the ice tea glasses on the patio table.

Laura Evans tracked the sound, her blue eyes scanning the cloudless Arizona sky. As the twin jets circled to the north and their rumble rolled off the flat valley surrounding the retirement village of Twilight, she lowered a cautioning hand then nodded.

“They’re practicing for the air show next month.”

“Damn planes.” Terri popped an ice-cold grape into her mouth and crunched down, the juice refreshing in the late April heat. “They never told me it would be so loud here.”

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#AtoZChallenge April 21, 2018. Snowbirds

Snowbirds. atozchallenge. www.cherylsterlingbooks.comYear-round residents have an issue with one of their neighbor “snowbirds”.

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26 posts. 26 days. And 26 letters of the alphabet, one post beginning with each letter, in April.

Follow me as we visit the not-quite-normal retirement village of Twilight, Arizona, where reality clashes with the unexplained.

Snowbirds

Janice Delaney hated Tina Sparrow. Not hate-hate, like she wanted to stab her in the heart with a steak knife, but more like get-out-of-my-face-I-never-want-to-see-you-again.

The animosity between the neighbors stemmed from the cockroach incident. Tina’s condo had them. Janice’s, separated by a common wall, did not. The “bug man” sprayed on the first Friday of every month; the cost included in their HOA fees, but once the little buggers packed their bags and headed inside, the problem became the owner’s.

Tina took exception to the condo rules.

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