Wednesday, July 23, 2014

It's Wednesday Again?

Where did the past week go?   I've taken lots of photos and was planning to share them.   I've been spending a lot of time at the barn taking care of horses.   My mare, Fancy, has been working through a bad bout of colic since Saturday morning.   When it know the rest.   She seems to have turned the corner toward recovery and yesterday was a better day.   

With Erik home over the weekend, I was able to take him to Lowes and a couple of granite companies to gather our ideas for the kitchen remodel.   It's nice when we think alike on the ideas.   Makes it much much easier to move ahead to finalize the design and hopefully make those decisions that we want to live with forever.

Our strange, cool, cloudy, more humid weather continued through yesterday.   It's going to get windy and heat up today and we just need to get through a couple more months until Autumn.   Ahhhh yes, lovely Autumn.   The clouds have brought gorgeous skies and you can be sure I added hundreds more files to my already bursting Lightroom library.

Can you spot the little guys watching the sunset with me?

And a pole sitter in the distance?

I haven't made a decision about a new lens but I'm definitely going to get something.   Wide angle or macro?   Oh boy, hard to decide.

Have a great Wednesday and if you're in the area, check out the local California Mid-State Fair.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Simply Lovely

It's Wednesday so no words are needed.

Well, maybe just one word.   Hollyhocks.

Monday, July 14, 2014

I Don't Do Humid

I grew up in Iowa.   Land of humidity.   Really, who cares when you're a kid and it's all you've known?   We still went outside to play and the only discomfort was when we tried to sleep at night in an upstairs bedroom that wasn't air conditioned.   We didn't have central air conditioning and it wasn't until our teens, as I recall, that our parents put a window a/c upstairs.   So we would take our pillows and blankets and head downstairs to sleep on the living room floor.   Again, who cares when you're a kid and your bones and joints don't ache when you get up off the floor?

Coastal air is not humid air.   It's moist but not humid and it offers a clean deep breath when you're walking along the beach.   We are inland and often benefit from the coastal air pushing inland.   When  we get offshore air, it pulls crap (yes, a meteorological term) from the inland valleys.   We don't like that, not one bit.   The air in the inland valleys is notorious for being dirty and full of pollutants from the farming and lack of cooling breezes.   

Yesterday was bad bad bad weather.   Our breezes came to a standstill and a hot pocket (not the kind you eat) settled over us and brought the stifling temps to 106.   It was awful.   The kind of air that you can't take a breath.   Not fit for man or woman or chickens.   I took care of Beau in the morning and headed to Cambria for a while.   I should have stayed all day and all night.   

I see little vintage trailers online and imagine having one, parking it somewhere at the coast, and just hanging out.   I just don't do humid.

Friday, July 11, 2014

A Respite

We have had a fabulous week of relatively cool temperatures for the month of July.   Early morning fog and clouds, breezes and blue skies have provided a summer respite.   100+ temps are coming tomorrow so I have been outside this week as much as possible, knowing that I'll be hunkered down again very soon.

I drove to the coast twice.   It was terrific to take my camera out for a little stroll.

For those of you who sometimes wonder about Beau, he is doing very very well.   He graduated this week to spending all day outside in a sand paddock.   The vet took off the big Ultimate shoes that were protecting his feet after the founder.    By tomorrow I will be hand walking him around barefoot in the sand arena to strengthen his feet.   His jaw is healed and he feels great.   

I've been considering a wide angle lens again.   Reading reviews online is always a mixed bag, isn't it?   I may rent a lens from Borrow Lenses and see for myself.   I've considered a mirror less camera but I just don't know what to think about it.   And again, making a choice as to which one is a bit daunting.    Pros and cons....I have enough to think about as we're working on a kitchen design.   What????   More on that later....

Have a great weekend!

Friday, June 27, 2014

In the Nick of Time

There are things we say throughout our lives, over and over and over.   Do you ever stop and wonder what they mean?   In the nick of time....things like that.   I saw a list a few years ago that explained the origin of sayings like this one.

But I is often the case.

This is about looking outside in the nick of time and seeing a phoenix rising.   And so I grabbed my camera and stepped out to capture a few photos of the phoenix rising in our sky at sunset.   

It was a beautiful end to a good day.   And it should have been a good day because it was also my dad's birthday.   We miss him every day.   Happy Birthday, Dad.   I hope you had some good lip smacking Iowa pork chops and a big piece of chocolate cake with your friends and family who are there with you.

Have a nice Friday and great weekend!

Monday, June 23, 2014


Dissipation is the act of breaking up and scattering or spreading widely. With thedissipation of the clouds, you could enjoy the sunny afternoon — if only you didn't have to work.
Dissipation also refers to wasteful or thoughtless spending or activity. Your habit of taking old clothes and appliances to the dump instead of donating them to charities is a kind of dissipation. Dissipation can also mean a life of indulgence, in which health and wealth are squandered in the pursuit of pleasure. Your uncle's life of dissipation, throwing money at wine and women, will ultimately only bring heartache.

We had awesome clouds on Saturday....until they dissipated.   

The other stuff about an uncle and wine and women?   I have no idea.  

Have a great Monday!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Stay Alert

My friend has 3 little dogs.   This is the friend who takes care of my horses at her barn.   They live west of Paso Robles in an area with vineyards and lots of open fields.   It's lovely, but it's a haven for coyotes and at times mountain lions.   This year, with the drought, lots of predators are making their way closer to ranches and homes in search of water and food.   

About two weeks ago, she heard the dogs barking down below the house where they have a tennis court and walnut orchard.   She ran outside and saw one of her dogs confronting a mountain lion who was near another dog.   Keep in mind, these are 10-15 pound dogs.   She started yelling, the mountain lion ran off, and just then a coyote slipped in and grabbed the third dog.   Joey is a Yorkie, very brave but not very big.   Panic!   She got in her truck and raced down the hill, chasing through the orchard after the coyote, honking her horn and swerving between the trees.   He was not giving up the meal he had found.   But she kept going, driving like a wild woman, and fortunately he dropped Joey just before heading up the hill toward the vineyards.   Her other two dogs were chasing behind the truck.   She grabbed Joey, took the others up to the house, and headed to the emergency vet.   

Joey had no broken bones and no puncture wounds that had to be sutured.   He was badly bruised and stayed at the vet on IV pain meds for a couple days.   He is healed up now and recently brought a bird into the house that he had killed and half eaten.   Needless to say, the dogs are a bit more confined.   

This is Jackson, the one who confronted the lion.   She later found a small puncture wound on Jillie, the female dog.   So apparently the lion took a swipe at her before Jackson stepped in to defend the pack.   

Can you imagine???   So many little dogs and cats are taken by coyotes and never seen again.   

Stay alert!!

The coyotes also hang around the creek bed down by the barn, so today three donkeys are coming to live in that area of the property.   She also has a pistol just in case.    Of course she'd rather not be shooting at animals who are just surviving and looking for food, but hopefully shooting in their direction will be enough to scare them away so no killing is necessary.