Happy Labor Day from Phoenix!

Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Real Estate AZ Broker BR030809000

I hope you're all having a relaxing weekend!  We certainly are this year - and loving it!  The other night we went to our friends home for smoked ribs, corn on the cob and coleslaw.  It was delicious!  They had just returned home from 2 weeks in Greece so it was fun seeing their screen show of photos and hearing about their adventures!  The thing that surprised them the most is they had to do A LOT of walking, walking, walking!  Connie  got a  weird skin disease on her ankles from all the walking but thankfully she's better now. She says, if anybody is going to pick something up, it would be me!  Always a great attitude with that gal!

Today we're about to go for a swim in our pool. The weather is so perfect here in Phoenix (finally). We're probably in the count down weeks to be able to use our pool.  It's a very deep pool so it will cool off quickly.  So - we're using it almost every morning now.  It's so relaxing! Especially with lovely music playing softly in the background.  Come on over!  Jump in!


Let's Get This Party Started!


Later today friends are coming over for dinner!  We're keeping it simple tonight, cheeseburgers with all the fixings - in honor of Jimmy Buffet - potato salad and a lovely green salad.  I wish I had pictures like Endre Barath, Jr. takes of his delicious dishes he makes all the time, but hey maybe next time! 


Whatever you're doing today - ENJOY THE MOMENT AND RELAX!


Anna, Gary and the 'Boys"

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Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Happy Labor Day! Enjoy the holiday and have an outstanding week.

Unusually hot weather in Maryland lead to the cancellation of our local Labor Day parade.

Sep 04, 2023 10:22 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Happy Labor Day to you and Delores Roy Kelley !

Sep 04, 2023 11:46 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Happy Labor Day to you Anna "Banana" Kruchten  sounds like last night was fun for you. Clearly you have more energy than Diane & I combined:) We could not do two days in a row:))) Thank you for the honorable mentions and cheese burger and the pool both sound good. Endre

Sep 04, 2023 11:46 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Hi Endre Barath, Jr. last night was a quiet night at home.  Saturday we went to our friends.  Hard to keep track of days on 3 day weekends!  We  have more energy - i doubt that!  You'd enjoy floating around in the pool and it was lovely this morning - ahhhhhh!  Enjoy your lovely dinner tonight with your friend!

Sep 04, 2023 11:53 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Anna you are a woman on the GO!!!

I hope you are having a great Labor Day today.

Sep 04, 2023 12:17 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Not really George Souto - pretty much a laid back weekend.  Although it was rough floating around the pool for an hour this morning LOL.

Hope you two  are enjoying your holiday weekend!

Sep 04, 2023 03:33 PM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Anna "Banana" Kruchten thank you, Happy Labor Day to you and to all!

Sep 04, 2023 01:52 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Thanks John Pusa you as well!

Sep 04, 2023 03:33 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Hello, Miss Anna "Banana" Kruchten - you do know how to enjoy life and have FUN! 

YOU  bring FUN to all events. The energy of a room shifts when you are in it. 

Those precious pups (Barney & I cannot remember your newer adopted pup's name) look like they are in line for some treats.  I know. I KNOW - they get plenty of treats.  

Sep 04, 2023 03:50 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Indeed so Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist !  I thank God for my Mom every day who taught me how to approach life - and have fun too!  Thank you sweet friend!!!  


And too many treats?  I don't think they think so!  LOL

Sep 05, 2023 09:00 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Anna, 

Happy Labor Day! 

You are enjoying the weekend to the max, and that is the way to do it.  Enjoy your friends tonight.  We are very fortunate to get some nice weather for this holiday.  It is 86º in Sedona.  It feels like fall is in the air.  

Sep 04, 2023 04:09 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

We did enjoy the weekend Sheri Sperry - MCNE® and hope you and Rick did as well!  Loving the cooler temps!

Sep 05, 2023 08:59 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Anna, sounds like you are having a great weekend, spending time with lots of good friends!

Sep 04, 2023 04:13 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I'm having the quietest Labor Day weekend that I've experienced in many years.  We've had cooler temps the last 3 days.  It's as if my body wants to go into hibernation mode.  But, that's not a bad thing!  Time to regenerate!

Sep 04, 2023 04:57 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Exactly Myrl Jeffcoat always good to take some time off to regenerate.  I feel like I need that now!  Thanks for the feature!!

Sep 05, 2023 08:58 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Anna, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Sep 04, 2023 04:57 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Your Labor Day appeared to be very enjoyable. Isn't grand to have cooler temps? So tired of the 100 degree plus days.  Love sleeping with the windows open at night.

Sep 04, 2023 09:27 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Yup Leanne Smith I'm sure we'll have a couple more hot days but honestly at this point I ignore them all!!

Sep 05, 2023 08:57 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

It sounds like you had a wonderful weekend and Labor Day! That's wonderful!

Sep 05, 2023 05:05 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

You did as well Kat Palmiotti - so glad you spent your birthday weekend with friends!!

Sep 05, 2023 08:56 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I bet you can't guess what I did for Labor Day.  Of course you can!  I played pickleball sans, Brian England.  😂

You dinners sound like they were fantastic.  I was hoping for a good burger yesterday, but MM and I are trying to drop a little weight, so it was salad, spaghetti squash and a little chicken.  I think I will be dreaming about big, mouth watering burgers soon!

Sep 05, 2023 06:30 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Shocking Ray Henson you played pickelball?  So it isn't true!  Honestly I couldn't even eat half of the burger....but it was good!

Sep 05, 2023 08:55 PM
Ray Henson

There is nothing a good burger, Anna "Banana" Kruchten.  

Sep 06, 2023 07:46 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Anna- I'm late in this but I'm sure that you had a fun Labor Day weekend. We had our Cheeseburger in Paradise this weekend as well. 

Sep 05, 2023 10:04 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

I know Kathy Streib I saw those home made buns Larry made!  Yum!

Sep 05, 2023 08:55 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

It sounds like the perfect weekend, Anna and Gary. In honor of Jimmy Buffett, were there margaritas involved?

Sep 05, 2023 10:05 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Hi Carol Williams nope no margaritas - but we thought about it!

Sep 05, 2023 08:54 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

A wonderful weekend indeed and floating around in a pool is my idea of relaxing.  I was at a campground in Ashtabula Ohio and my neighbor invited me to join their family gathering which was very nice.  Hamburgers, fruit salad,  mac salad, baked beans and deviled eggs.  Yum!

Sep 06, 2023 03:16 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Hi Sharon!  Glad you had a lovely labor day cookout with your neighbor

Sep 16, 2023 10:16 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

It seems like somebody turned on the fall switch and we suddenly have cooler weather 🙂

Sep 11, 2023 11:41 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Hi Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS we've got a couple of somewhat warmer temps the next few days but who's counting.  I'm  so ready for fall now!  Bring on those pumpkins!

Sep 16, 2023 10:15 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Anna "Banana" Kruchten  just checking in Labor Day is long gone inquiring minds want to know what is going on in your life now:)Endre

Sep 15, 2023 11:04 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

It's almost October Endre Barath, Jr. ! Never a dull moment around here.  We've had main water line leak and a dug up yard this past few days.  Water is back on, thankfully, but job won't be completed until Monday.  I so appreciate running water!!  How you doing?

Sep 16, 2023 10:14 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow Anna "Banana" Kruchten  clearly that is no fun.... if it happened to us Diane would want to live in a Hotel until it is of our friends/clients was doing an addition to his house..... I won't tell you how long he had no water.... so he took vacation....Endre

Sep 16, 2023 11:44 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Well it wasn't too bad Endre Barath, Jr. . Thursday water was on by 8:30pm  or so that meant a late dinner.  It went out Friday am again and back on by 5:00 pm.  Way better than the day before!  As for a hotel we thought about it.  It's just too hard with Barney being so old plus blind and deaf.  He needs to be where he knows how to get around. You know....all those little patterns old dogs rely on.  Gotta keep him as happy as we can  🐶  It could have been worse.....AC out!!

Sep 16, 2023 02:30 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Hi Anna!

Oh, I love Connie's attitude and have a friend who sounds just like that - if it's going to happen to anyone, it's her! She's a nurse and swears that's why! LOL

It sounds like you had a fabulous Labor Day weekend and are enjoying that pool as much as possible - and I don't blame you! While it's still warm here, it's cooled considerably and I'm not at all looking forward to winter! 

Sep 16, 2023 09:41 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Happy Sunday Debe Maxwell, CRS 🧡  Connie is a really cool lady!  We've been friends since I was in college.  She was my older sisters friend and when she moved to Phoenix we became BFF's.  She's always positive and happy and enjoys having fun and exploring. Gary and I have a blast with the her and Kevin here in town as well as traveling around. They're so much like us - upbeat and always up for fun and friends!

We did have a great Labor Day weekend - and OMG it's almost October!  I just started taking out a few fall decors and having fun today getting ready for our first fall round up party later on this month.  Pool season is over for us now.  BUT.....we look forward to using the Jacuzzi often this winter season. Ahhhhhhh so relaxing!  Kind of like you guys looking out at the lake & sunsets is always so peaceful. We look out over our oasis backyard and the mountains behind us.


Enjoy your day!  Hi to Ray 😉

Sep 17, 2023 10:24 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Anna, your view is spectacular! We were just discussing the other day that we wondered if we would be happier with a space with a pool - something Ray could safely get into. 

I can't believe your swimming season is over - YIKES!! I would have thought in warm, balmy AZ, your summer would extend into November! Shows what I know! LOL

Sep 17, 2023 11:02 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Well maybe you could install a pool Debe Maxwell, CRS - best of both worlds!  Lake view and a pool!   We have a very deep pool  because that's what they made back in the 70's.  Now they're 5 foot play pools which you could be using until November as they don't chill down so fast.  We thought about making our pool shallower when we had it re-done but decided against it at the time.  The kids all loved the pool as  it is so it's still that way!

Sep 17, 2023 12:18 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

I would have left it as well, Anna "Banana" Kruchten! I forgot about the depth - that makes perfect sense as to why it cools down quickly.

We talked about a pool but, with Ray's health issues, we feel that downsizing in a couple of years may be in order here. We're remaining positive while trying to be somewhat proactive at the same time.

Sep 17, 2023 01:53 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

I totally understand Debe Maxwell, CRS . Staying positive and being proactive is what it takes for sure.  At some point we'll be right sizing as I call it.....and be free of all the maintenance.  Check out my post today. Craziness....🤣

Sep 17, 2023 03:31 PM