Deserts and Beyond

Deserts and beyond...places in and around the southern California deserts and beyond. Photo taken at Canyon Lake, in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, December 2011. A few minutes later, after the sun disappeared, these cliffs were their normal color. They were only golden for a short time and I'm glad we were able to view them in their glory.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

After the storm last weekend

Sorry I've been AWOL...lots of stuff with family & work...AND I have two other blogs that I try to maintain daily (or at least once a week!)...

ANYWAY, after the huge storm last weekend, I took a drive through the sand dunes off the Washington Street exit near Indio, CA.  A side road meanders through the sand dunes there, which border the Coachella Valley Preserve, so there are no houses or mini-malls to interfere with them!   :-)  It's always so enjoyable to drive through the desert after a storm.  Everything just sparkles!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I'm BACK! :-)

Sorry for being AWOL (again).  I have two other blogs that I try to maintain on a regular basis.  My Deep Canyon one ( and desert horses ( blog are the two that I now focus on.  I just don't have time to maintain three...sigh...

Please head on over to Deep Canyon if you want daily posts and deserthorses if you want info on my horse herd.

Thank you.  I WILL appear here every once in a while, but it will be sporadic.  Thank you for your understanding.  I don't wish to close the blog, but I just don't have time to do three a day.
~~Cheryl Ann~~

Sunday, May 18, 2014

I've been AWOL!

My goodness!  I didn't realize until today that I haven't posted in a MONTH!  With two other blogs, and one that I TRY to post on daily, I got behind!  My bad...

We took last weekend and drove to Rancho Bernardo (before the San Diego fires).  It was a nice weekend.  Friday night and Saturday morning, fog rolled in, but by Sunday, all was clear.  It's great being only 2 hours from the ocean.  We are planning on taking some time during the summer to return.  Our son and his family joined us and we had rooms across from one another.  The Residence Inn in Rancho Bernardo has a nice BBQ setup and table right next to the pool area, so we did a family BBQ for two nights.  Then, Saturday we drove out to a park at La Jolla and walked around.

The change of scenery was refreshing!   :-)

More flower pics and some birds that come to visit them...

We have finches, sparrows, hummingbirds, and even a family of grosbeaks (and many doves) come visit the bird feeders and flowers in the back yard.  I haven't seen the grosbeaks for a few days, so I don't know if they are still in our area, or whether they have moved on to their summer habitat.  Several hummingbirds come visit the feeders.  I actually have two feeders.  This morning, finches were feeding at them.  I need to go clean them out and put new solution, so I'll do that.  Oh, and you can see how tall the sunflowers were.  That's a 6' fence out back, along the dog run.

Flowers from my garden

My sweet peas did very well this year and my sunflowers have done well, too.  But, yesterday it was 107 degrees here and Friday it was 108 and I'm afraid that is THE END of my sweet peas.  They are all going to seed and drying out.  SUMMER IS HERE!  Today, however, it should be 10 degrees cooler.  I have quite a few sunflowers and when they are done, the finches come and enjoy them, so I just let them go.  I don't have a garden out front this year...not with the drought.  Oh, well...there's always next year.  I've been throwing our old coffee grounds on the sweet peas and they have responded by climbing almost 6 feet, along our dog run fence!  :-)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

RAIN yesterday!!!

We actually had rain here in the desert yesterday, and especially up in our local mountains.  It was cloudy all day and I read the forecast that there was rain in Anza, so I didn't drive up to visit the horses.  Why bother if is it raining?  And, it's a 45 minute drive.  So, I stayed home and did all the dishes in the them all rinsed and put in the dishwasher.  We had Good Friday off (both hubby and I), and I took a long morning nap.  I had to drive to Indio to babysit the granddaughter and I saw how dark and rainy it was up in our local mountains (see photos).  Plus, it was actually raining along Interstate 10 and even at our home!  Everything got a nice wash and the desert smells SO GOOD!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Flower pics from my garden

Back in January, I planted sunflower, sweet pea, and a desert mixture of seeds along the dog run fence in our back yard.  After lots of attention, they are now blooming.  YEAH!  I do need to go out and do some weeding, however, as the pesky weeds are everywhere.  I've tried to grab out the larger ones, but I need to spend some serious time in the back yard today.  Fortunately, it will be in the mid 80's instead of the mid 90's here today.

I've had a horrible cold now for 10 days.  I got 2 days off work (urgent care) and I lost ALL of last weekend due to this illness, which has now become full blown bronchitis.  I drove up to visit my horses yesterday and I only lasted 1 hour up there.  I usually stay for 2 to 3 hours, groom all 5 of them, and let at least 2 of them into the arena.  Nope.  Didn't happen.  I was totally exhausted after just giving them water, pellets, and psyllium.  I'm still not back to full strength yet, and it has been 10 days.  Fortunately, there are only 4 days of school this week.  WHOOPIE!   :-)