Desert view

Desert view
Living Desert Reserve, Palm Desert

Friday, March 25, 2016

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I'm still around.  I have two other blogs:  my Deep Canyon one and my desert horses one and, with working full time, I haven't had the time (or energy) to maintain 3 blogs!  I'm on spring break for the next 9 days, so maybe I'll have time to come back and "massage" this one?  I miss all of you.  I'm actually retiring as of April 30, 2016, so I'll have more time for things at home.  Frankly, I CANNOT wait to retire!

I went out a couple of weekends ago and took some photos of the verbena and sand dunes down by the Coachella Valley Preserve.  I took a tumble on some rocks up in Whitewater Canyon, fell on my left knee, and stumbled on my right leg.  My camera (my good Canon) fell to the ground, but it wasn't damaged (THANK GOODNESS!).  At this time, I would NOT have been able to replace it!  In fact, I drove out to the preserve to take photos after my tumble and, as you can see, the camera worked just fine.  I DID go to urgent care the next day as my left kneee and my right ankle were BOTH throbbling.  Turns out, I sprained both of them.  I got 3 days off work to rest! :-)

There is NO WAY I can finish this school year.  I am both physically and mentally EXHAUSTED.  I was actually off school today (Good Friday), and I slept for 12 hours last night.  I'm tired every afternoon.  I'm coming home at 4:00 p.m. and by 6:30 p.m., I'm ASLEEP each and every night!  That just isn't right.  I'm taking an early retirement and I've sent in all my required forms.  With 3 grandchildren and another one due late April/early May, I also wish to spend more time with the grandkids.

Take care.
Cheryl Ann

Monday, January 19, 2015

Whitewater Preserve~Whimsical Windows and Delirious Doors~011915

Hubby and I headed over to the Whitewater Preserve yesterday morning.  There was a beautiful sunrise, thanks to the high clouds, and I knew it wouldn't be cold up there.  In fact, once we got there, I took off my jacket!

It's always such a different world there.  From the desert, you take Interstate 10 and exit at the Whitewater exit.  You follow the road until it dead ends at the preserve, which is open daily, unless the Whitewater River has shut down the road.  There are ponds of trout up there (NO fishing!), a ranger station, picnic tables, and nice, clean bathrooms!  There are also lots of hiking trails.  We often see bighorn sheep up on the cliffs and if you get there early in the morning, a hawk goes screaming by!

These were taken in and around the ranger station.  They have lots of useful information there, so DO stop by and talk to the volunteers and rangers!

Saturday, January 17, 2015


Do you ever have days like this?  I'm having one today...sigh...just don't want to do ANYTHING!

Desert view

Just looking at a desert view from the Living Desert Reserve here in Palm Desert, CA.  Hubby and I are members and we have had a membership now for over 30 years.

Are we going to have an early spring this year?

These plants are already blooming here in the desert and I'm wondering if we will have an early Spring.  This little hummingbird seems happy to see them bloom!  I've planted lavender, daisies, phlox, and a couple other flowering plants in our front yard and the bees and hummingbirds come daily to them!  I don't know if we'll have an early Spring, but I'll be on the lookout for more blooming shrubs, for sure!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Another winter storm is on its way!

There is a severe weather alert out for a winter storm bearing down on us December 30 and 31st.  Nighttime temps down to 28 degrees, so our daughter picked ALL of her lemons off her tree and she got 2 bags full of them!  I took about 10 of them home and I've been sipping hot water with lemon and cinnamon (organic, from Whole Foods).  Sure is good!

I'm going to have to cover up my 2 year old lemon tree out front, however, so I'll make a note to do that.  It MIGHT have lemons next year (I'm hoping...).

Photo is from our last storm, about 10 days ago...the San Jacinto mountains.

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!