I write historical romances….westerns mostly (‘cause ya gotta love the man in the white hat!) and I love all things associated with researching what life was like back in the late 1800’s in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Texas. Old armoires, galvanized washboards, brass beds and houses that were built before 1900 are the things that excite me. Kitchen equipment and utensils, photographs (where no one seemed to smile), and diaries of the women who lived during these times fascinate me. I know. I’m weird, but I love that stuff! Can’t get enough of it!
This past weekend, my DH and I were invited to a party to help celebrate the 90th birthday of a dear friend (she’s a beautiful lady and the sweetest thing on two feet….love her to pieces). The party was held outside Phoenix city limits (yep, it was a fer piece for us to get there but I digress) on property that had stunning views of the desert, the mountains in the near distance, and the dazzling sky which seemed to go on forever. The party was wonderful, filled with family and friends and fantastic food!
There were horses there, too. And donkeys, goats, a pig and even a llama (be careful, he spits!) but the best part? I got to see a horse drawn limousine (painted white, it could seat eight people on red velvet bench seats….can you imagine?) and a hearse (beautifully decorated with gold filigree), but my favorite thing? An authentic 1880’s chuck wagon in good working condition (the woman who owns it actually uses it for historical events)! I kid you not! I had never seen one in person before (but of course, you know I researched it and saw pictures). Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take pictures of these fantastic conveyances of times past, but they’re very much alive in my memory and really got my creative juices flowing.
Can’t wait to incorporate these vehicles into my next story!
As always, happy reading!Marie