Monday, November 23, 2015

Breathe In Breathe Out

With social media, the events in the world can be overwhelming.   It's one thing to hear about and read about via the news.   Seeing all the rhetoric on social media is too much for me.   I always go back outside, enjoy the fresh air, and spend time with the animals....and others who love animals.   

Today's photos include Earl and Annie.   They live at the ranch where I take Buddy for lessons.   They were born to a feral cat at our fairgrounds and fortunately found a home here where they are well loved and cared for.   Earl is fearless and at times a pain in the backside.   Annie is his beautiful sister.

In the first collage, Earl is thinking about jumping up on Buddy.   When that isn't an option, he is considering the tail.   He would have done it, given another minute to think about it.

On this day, Earl was right there beside Buddy's feet, hoping he would move so he and his sister could climb into the back of the mounting block.   For what reason?   Because.   They were in there for about 30 seconds and came back out.   

I don't have cats, I'm allergic to them.   But I love their antics and enjoy their ridiculousness.  Watching them is much more relaxing than reading the ridiculousness of social media.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Just the Same

Thank you for all the words about my possible Shingles.   There's been no change.   No better, no worse.   Still not sure if this is Shingles, but I have a doctor's appointment next week and will discuss it further.   The scalp pain is annoying but not that bad.   The anti-viral medication makes me tired and a little dizzy.   I'm thankful I've seen no rash.   

I'm trying to make sure I spend some time outside every day so I don't sit around doing nothing.  I've been riding my horse, Beau, but haven't had the energy to ride both horses so Buddy hasn't had enough attention this past week.   Beau has been a pill and not making my rides easy.   Horses can go through phases where they just don't want to work and they find ways of evasion.   Beau is the master of pulling from his bag of tricks.   They sense our weaknesses and are willing to play on those.   Still, I start every ride hopeful that this one will be better.   And my trainer is a huge help when I need it.  

The meds pull me into a nap almost every day, which I don't really like because by the time I wake up, it seems there are only about two hours of daylight left.   I'm still looking at the clock around 6pm and thinking it's bedtime, not yet used to the time change.   I'm falling asleep much earlier and missing some of my favorite shows on TV.   I'm hoping I can get away from the naps after I finish the meds, and make the adjustment to early darkness before too long.   It seems to be harder to adjust to time changes as I get older.   

We continue to have pretty sunsets and a little rain from the scattered clouds.   Still no El Nino deluge around here so we continue to wait, wondering how much rain will come this Winter.   

It's Monday....completely overcast with a few showers predicted.   Thanks for stopping by.   I hope you enjoy your day.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

I Didn't Expect That

I've had a pain on my scalp for over a week that isn't being helped by Tylenol or Ibuprofen or Aleve.   I thought it was related to some tightness in my neck so I went to the chiropractor.   She did two adjustments on me and still no relief.   So I went to the doctor yesterday.   She thinks it may be early symptoms of Shingles, although I don't have a rash of any sort.   She started me on an anti-viral and it's making me feel a little crappy.   Three times a day for ten days.   And the pills are huge.   I hope if this is Shingles, that these pills stop it in its tracks.   The scalp is a worrisome location for the rash because it can spread to your eye and the rash can also cause hair loss.   I'm due for a Shingles shot which I was going to discuss when I had my annual exam.   Just a little behind schedule....Wish me luck with this.   I know two people who had Shingles this year.   One was very severe and landed her in the hospital.   The other milder yet still pretty awful to live with.   

Yesterday we also went over to the coast to enjoy the cooler weather and pretty cloudy skies after our Monday rain.   It was beautiful over there, just cool enough for wearing hoodies.  

I have an appointment later this morning to have my hair done.   It might be a little uncomfortable with my scalp pain, but putting it off is not a good option because it's not easy to get another appointment.   So I will rally.   It's usually something I really enjoy, but we'll see.   

Fingers crossed this doesn't develop into a Shingles rash.   That would not be a good thing at all.

Have a good Wednesday and if you're 60 or older, get your Shingles shot!

Monday, October 26, 2015


Truly the best thing to happen last week, Adele releasing a new song and album to follow.   You had to have listened to "Hello" even if you didn't quickly purchase the album in pre-order.   The world has been waiting for her new music for something like four years!   She is just incredible.

Do you have your own "must see" programs on TV or Netflix or whatever you watch?   I am continuing to watch Madam Secretary and The Good Wife on Sunday nights.   And I watch Greys Anatomy and Scandal on Thursday.   I like the story lines, the actors, the strong female characters, and the fact that they are NOT reality TV.   I watch some of what could be considered reality TV, but have never seen any of the Housewives shows or Big Brother or Naked and Afraid (yes, that's a show).   We pay too much for Dish Network but still enjoy having TV so we just deal with it.   We don't have a fast enough internet for online programming.   And of course, there's sports.   

We are barely having a Fall season.   It's still quite warm during the days.   One of my lilacs is budding and blooming.   That's pretty bad.   There are many indications of El Nino happening around the world, but we haven't yet seen rain and of course hope that we do.   Other signs are many sharks out in the waters, relatively close to shore, as well as little red crabs and sea snakes washing ashore south of here, and lots of other things.   Downpours and mudslides and flooding have already happened east of here and on I5 toward LA.   Stay tuned, it's bound to get worse this Winter.   

The skies have been so pretty.   Bright blue skies, fluffy white clouds, beautiful sunsets.   A few chances to wear a sweatshirt in the morning, only to shed outerwear by 9 or 10am.   The chickens are still molting, the equines are growing their winter coats, the sparrows have returned, and the dogs are playful in the cooler air.   

All is well, and now here are a few photos I'd like to share.

Now I must get busy learning the words to Adele's new song so I can sing along in my truck.   Have a good Monday and enjoy the week.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Grapes

They are wrinkling.   A sure sign of Autumn in our area.   The harvest is complete, the skies are bright blue, the leaves on the vines are changing colors, and the few remaining grapes are wrinkling.   

It's so nice to be able to spend time outside all day instead of getting everything done and then hiding inside once the high Summer temperatures hit.   I feel like a more productive person on days like this.   Up at 5:00 or 6:00, to sleep at 9:00 or 10:00.   Lots of fresh air, thinking about eating soup, almost ready to turn on the oven for meatloaf or something, fighting the urge to eat all things pumpkin.   Yes, signs of Autumn.   And the wrinkled grapes.

Thanks for your comments about my image files.   I changed the size and the upload was much faster this morning.   I don't know if I inadvertently changed something or if Blogger was tired of my files, but I've fixed it and made my life just a little easier.

Sunday, October 4, 2015


No, not a food post.   Don't you know me better than that?   Our burrito brothers greeting the morning with me.

Don't you just want to scritch their little cute selves?   

I'm still painfully loading photos to my blog.   I guess I'll have to look into file size and see if that makes Blogger happy.   I haven't changed anything, so clearly they have.   

Friday, October 2, 2015

Try Try Again

I've been trying for a couple days to upload photos to a post that I was writing.   To no avail.   I'm going to try again, right here, right now.   We'll see what happens.

It's October.   We've had more of the gorgeous skies with high scattered clouds against a deep blue backdrop.   Cooler temperatures, and even a sprinkling of water from the sky.   How about that?

And it wouldn't be October without orange, would it?

I don't know why this is so slow, uploading photos.   I'm using the same file size as always.   Scratching my head and hoping to figure it out so I can share more photos as the season moves on.   At least I got three.   It was worth another try, but still not working like it was before.   

Anyhow...have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by to celebrate the launch of this wonderful month.