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.






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!   :-)




Saturday, March 29, 2014

HOME!

While it is always good to get away for a couple of days and see new sights (or old ones), it's always good to be home.  And, hubby and I are just enjoying a nice, pleasant spring day here in the desert...a light breeze, NO blowing sand, mid 70's temps...ahhh...how enjoyable!  The birds are at the feeders, the lazy cat is dozing in the sunshine, and our two dogs and glad we are home.  And, boy, did we get an earful from Abby, our indoor cat!  Wow!

Here are some more photos of our trip up to Buellton and Solvang below.  I LOVED the old phone booth!  Isn't it adorable?  And, yes, it had a working pay phone in it!  Those stork things were all over the roofs in downtown Solvang ~ maybe to keep pigeons away?  That's an old windmill right outside of town...And, beautiful, green rolling hills everywhere!   :-)



Friday, March 28, 2014

Solvang and lush, green hills in Central California

Hubby and I visited Solvang, Buellton, and Los Olivos this past week.  He wanted to get out of the desert for a couple of days, and, of course, I tagged along.  It's so different up here.  Water shortage?  Um...the hillsides here are ALL green!  And, the fields are lush, including the agricultural fields.  Sure doesn't look like a drought up here.  We enjoyed our time up here in Central California.  I believe the first photo is asparagas, but I'm not sure...And, look how green the hills are in the second photo!  WOW!

Friday Four Fill-In for March 28, 2014

I found this meme on another blog I was visiting this morning and I decided to give it a try:

The statements:
  1. I love to ____________in the _____________.
  2. I _______________a lot when I’m ___________________.
  3. My least favorite household chore is _______.
  4.  When I walk through the ice cream aisle at the supermarket, I think _______.
You have to fill in the blanks and then post your answers, to here goes:

1.  I love to grab my camera and go hiking in the mountains.  :-)
2.  I smile a lot when I'm outdoors.  :-)
My least favorite household chore is to wash out the wine glasses.  I always break them!  We only have two left.
4.  When I walk through the ice cream aisle at the supermarket, I think, "WAY TOO MUCH SUGAR FOR ME!" and I keep going!

Okay..I'm done!  Now, wasn't that easy?

Fence and California poppies~Good Fences#1~March 28, 2014

We drove out toward Los Olivos yesterday afternoon and I spotted this beautifully kept white fence with California poppies.  I, of course, had to swerve off the road, nearly upending hubby, to take a couple of photos of it.  He wasn't too happy with me!  (OH WELL...) I mean, who could pass this up?  So beautiful and restful!  Los Olivos is a little town, mostly wine tasting shops, near Solvang.  There really wasn't much of interest there, but we did stop at Blackjack Winery just down the road and had a good time there.  Good Fences #1 for March 28, 2014.  To visit Good Fences, please go to:  http://www.run-a-roundranch.blogspot.com/

Thursday, March 27, 2014

From the quiet desert to crashing waves

Hubby and I recently took a quick trip up north to Buellton/Solvang.  One afternoon we drove out to Surf Beach, rightly named.  A storm was moving in from the west and the waves were crashing!  We were the only people out on the beach that afternoon as it had rained there earlier.  What a difference from our quiet desert!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Santa Rosa mountains visitor center~Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors~032414

Today was the second day of my 9 day spring break and I was READY to get out and enjoy it.  Yesterday I stayed home all day in my pajamas, just completely exhausted mentally AND physically.  We had parent/teacher conferences last week and that was exhausting.  But, this morning, I felt refreshed and ready to hit the road.  There were many people parked across from the parking lot here and they were out hiking toward the west.  A few people had parked in the parking lot and they were out hiking before it got too hot.  I'm sure a good day was had by all.  It was in the mid 80's here today...just PERFECT!  I snapped this view of the desert from the back windows of the visitor center.  Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors for March 24, 2014. To visit WWDD, please go to this link:    http://iwishiwereaphotographer.blogspot.com/2014/03/whimsical-windows-delirious-doors-121.html