Magic happens when you least expect it!

Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Real Estate AZ Broker BR030809000

It's been a wonderful 'winterish' day in Phoenix!  It rained all night and continues to rain on and off = JOY!  It is so green in the desert which we don't see all that often, every 4 or 5 years maybe. I love it and so do all the mountains that surround our home! It's absolutely beautiful in Phoenix!


This picture appears 'as if' it has a red path, but it doesn't.  One morning over the Christmas holiday I looked out from the kitchen area through a french door and thought - what the heck?  That picture doesn't have any red on it - what happened! Of course I had to go in there and figure it out!  Turns out we happened to move a little table, just slightly, and the sun was reflecting off a red shiny decoration.  But the magic only happened for about 20 minutes or so every morning.  You can imagine that every morning we enjoyed waiting for our 'red path' to magically appear! 


Now that all the decorations have been put away, the painting is back to it's full 'winter' glory.  We moved the painting to over our entry bench in the foyer.  The picture is incredibly stunning there as well. Since that's where we sit before we go out walking - it's perfect. And... as a bonus, we discovered last week,  that just as the sun is setting the most beautiful colors appear from our etched glass door windows!  I have yet to take a photo but I will soon! The rain will stop and soon the sunsets will bless us once again with magic!


May you discover magic in every moment!

Enjoy this beautiful day!


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Comments (41)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker. Nature has a way of providing wonderful views, if you open your mind and eyes. Thanks for an example. Enjoy your day.  

Jan 22, 2023 04:25 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

So far it's been great Wayne Martin !  We had a lovely brunch with friends and family.   I made bacon & spinach quiches and salad.  Plus champagne of course!  Cheers!

Jan 22, 2023 02:23 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Each day regardless of the events is one to appreciate when we look back and realize we are still here.

Jan 22, 2023 05:39 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Every day is one to appreciate and enjoy Leanne Smith . All those 'little moments' bring so much joy!

Jan 22, 2023 02:23 PM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

These moments create such lasting impressions.

Its a shame too many are looking at a phone, instead of incredible sunrises, sunsets and the beauty of nature all around us.

Jan 22, 2023 06:35 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

faye schubert oh you would love seeing this picture in the foyer's just so awesome. I walk down that path in my mind!!

Jan 22, 2023 02:24 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Nature often shows us a rare side of itself with something that may be a once in a lifetime . Or is it Providence  

Jan 22, 2023 07:04 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Hi Michael J. Perry !  Where we live nature is around us everywhere we look so we are blessed indeed!

Jan 22, 2023 02:25 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I marvel at simple things that create magic moments too. Great observation and like you, we have been thoroughly enjoying massive rain in our coastal desert community of San Diego. We so needed it!

Jan 22, 2023 07:08 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Hi Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets oh yes me as well.  We live right by the mountain preserve and I've spent the last 30 years appreciating all those amazing 'little moments' in nature while hiking.  So , so many.  Always inspiring!  I'm sure it is for you as well.

Jan 22, 2023 02:27 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I love the red path. I would be looking forward to seeing it each day too.

Jan 22, 2023 07:29 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

It truly was a fun thing to look for every day Sharon Tara !  And now I look for the sunset creating the same effect in the foray.  Awesome!

Jan 22, 2023 02:28 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

If that is your view, you are one blessed woman. How peaceful and serene it looks.

Jan 22, 2023 10:48 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Hi Paula!  Well it's my view in this particular picture!  But I am truly  blessed in our surroundings as it is so very pretty.

Jan 22, 2023 02:29 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Sunday afternoon, Anna.

Let's be on the watch for magical moments this week.

Jan 22, 2023 11:22 AM
Roy Kelley

Thank you. It is a difficult time for Dolores.

Jan 22, 2023 03:07 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Hi Roy Kelley I'm looking for magical moments for both you and Delores to heal more quickly than imagined!  And thank you kind Sir for the reblog!

Jan 22, 2023 02:30 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

I have both you and Delores in my thoughts and prayers every day Roy Kelley.  You are loved by many!

Jan 23, 2023 09:58 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Anna:

That's very cool. What a magical discovery.

I love your parting sentiment - yes, yes!!


Jan 23, 2023 07:46 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS it was pretty darn cool! I thought I was imagining something at first!  And guess what, it happened again last night as the sun was setting with the picture being in the foray now.  Carol Williams caught some cool shots.  Will share another day.  Yes! Yes!!

Jan 23, 2023 10:00 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

That path could have been meant for you to take a walk and appreicate nature.

Jan 24, 2023 09:01 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Hi Ed Silva could have been had it been a real path instead of a picture on a wall.   Trust me.....I've taken walks down that path in my mind many times!

Jan 24, 2023 09:17 AM
Gloria Todor
Premier Property Sales & Rentals - Media, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Anna, How wonderful to catch the sun's dance!  
And so wonderful you had the rain to awaken more of the beauty of the desert!  Experienced that once years ago in Joshua Tree while on vacation.  Our timing was perfect. Flowers everywhere!

Jan 24, 2023 07:40 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Hi @gloria it was very cool!  Yes that's what it's like here - flowers are blooming.  Love it

Jan 25, 2023 03:07 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I'll take magic any day!

As for rain - we've had enough for now, and heavy snow is predicted for Friday. Following that they expect days in the 20's and single digits at night. We're all looking forward to Spring!

Jan 24, 2023 07:51 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Hi Marte Cliff you need some magic with your hip!  How are you doing?  Hope it's a little easier getting around now.  Been thinking of you 😘

Jan 25, 2023 03:08 PM
Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD - Vail, CO
Paddy Deighan J.D. Ph.D

This is soooo true....every week this notion is reinforced!!! Great post

Jan 25, 2023 01:48 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Exactly Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD magic shows up every day!

Jan 25, 2023 03:09 PM
M.C. Dwyer
Melody Russell Team at eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Felton, CA
MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Love your post!    I have a stained glass window that casts moving fields of color across two rooms for about half an hour late in the morning, twice a year.   

"Magic happens!" - a wonderful alternative to the saying, "S___t happens."

Hope your day is magical Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker ...

Jan 26, 2023 07:52 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Hi M.C. Dwyer thanks!  That is fun!  Right now the stained glass in our front door is casting awesome colors onto this same picture at sunset every day.  I took a few shots last night and will share soon. And I so agree, living ones' life every day with Magic Happens Vs the alternative creates a lot of happiness!

Jan 26, 2023 09:38 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Wish I had read this before I popped over so I could see the painting.  Very cool!  

Jan 26, 2023 08:49 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Hi Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ you'll have another opportunity to see this painting in all it's sunset colors.  Stunning!  I'll share a photo or two later!

Jan 27, 2023 10:49 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Colorful shiny things make for magical reflections!  Great Blog!

Jan 27, 2023 09:37 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

And it keeps getting better in it's new home in the foyer Diana Dahlberg !  Sunset colors are stunning1

Jan 27, 2023 10:50 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I saw this on FB, but love the "rest of the story" as told here about how the pathway looked red.  I can't wait to see the new photo as well.  It's lovely how you find beauty with moving the picture around your house.

Jan 28, 2023 11:42 AM
Tammy Lankford,

Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker I am sure I will.  Hopefully I won't have to get up too early because I'm making several "make ahead" dishes tonight so I won't have too much to do in the morning.  I still do have to go and teach my Sunday School class, but then will be off for a great afternoon of good food and visiting.  And some of my aunts and uncles and cousins haven't even met MJ and he's 2.  But covid prevented a lot of visiting in my family.  My daughter and her husband were both constantly exposed so until it "settled down" a bit no one wanted to go to their house to meet MJ.  And I know Cooper will be super happy to hang out with cousins again.

Jan 28, 2023 01:45 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Hi Tammy Lankford, so nice to talk with you today!  Such a nice surprise - thank you!!  I will post the sunset photo soon and be sure to tag you!  Enjoy your family reunion tomorrow!

Jan 28, 2023 12:47 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I also remember the flash floods through the cotton fields in West Mesa County. But I do love the moderation Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker 

Jan 30, 2023 09:25 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS was that a number of years ago?  I don't remember that storm.  We do have some big ones during monsoon season.

Feb 01, 2023 11:13 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, I saw this on FB and love reading 'the rest of the story,' Anna! How perfect is that reflection? You'll have to remember exactly where you moved that picture during the holidays so, you can put it back there each year...another Christmas gift just for you and Gary!

Jan 31, 2023 05:35 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

That's easy to do Debe Maxwell, CRS it's front and center over the sofa!  Or rather was for the holiday season.  Now it's in the foray and it's absolutely stunning at sunset time.  I'm amazed how fun this picture continues to be!  Every day a new show of lights!

Feb 01, 2023 11:14 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Wednesday afternoon, Anna.

Thank you very much for your comments on my recent post.

Have an outstanding February.

Feb 01, 2023 11:10 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

My pleasure Roy Kelley !  Remember that both you and Delores are in my thoughts and prayers.  I hope she's able to come home soon ❤️

Feb 01, 2023 11:15 AM
Roy Kelley

I attended a Care Plan session with Dolores and three staff members this morning. She will be at the rehab facility for a minimum of ten more days and they are guessing two weeks. 

Feb 01, 2023 11:25 AM