Thursday, May 30, 2013


I don't really love Summer.   Oh don't look so shocked.   I am a fair weather gal, which is one of the many reasons I live in California.   Summer is sometimes too hot and dry for my fussy self.   So can we rewind and go back a few months?   I could start all over with my wildflowers, lilacs, peach blossoms, and such.   And scenes like this in Cambria. lovely and pleasant.

I haven't had much blogging on my mind this week, but I'm reading yours.    I hope you will check back soon when my blogging mind returns.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Sun Sets

It was a very nice Memorial Day weekend, especially so because my sweetie had an extra day at home.      A couple of new trees and a new rose bush are being planted, as well as a few flowers, and the Buddha that I liked is now sitting outside my house.    It makes me smile.

We also had a beautiful sunset on Saturday night.   It's the simple things, friends, that make life special. Have a very nice Tuesday and rest of this week.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Fire on the Hill

A vegetation fire broke out last evening across the road.   Our awesome CDF crews had it contained before dark with several trucks, crews, 2 planes, 1 helicopter, a few road graders, and several people with cameras.  Okay, so I didn't actually help contain the fire, but I took over 200 photos.   Wildfires are so scary and can travel so quickly with our windy conditions.   The winds pushed it up the hill which is away from the houses, so that was fortunate.   And they stopped it at the ridge so they didn't have to fight down the other side, from what I could see.  Today's winds were swirling and stronger, which could have made a similar fire much worse.   Thankfully no homes were destroyed and nobody was injured.

I love this photo at the very end of the day.   Saturday night on a holiday weekend and you know where the firefighters are....they're on duty!!!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Random 5 Friday

First, let me say that these are NOT photos of my garden.   These are photos I took while wandering around the garden center yesterday, dreaming of a garden.   

1.    We have critters around our property that keep me from having the garden of my dreams.   These critters include my 16 free-ranging chickens who would definitely do a lot of damage.

2.     We are having a drought year and I get concerned about watering plants, so we didn't put in any new bare root fruit trees this year.   We don't have Summer rain in our area.   Our rainy season is in the Winter.

3.     I had a gas grill and finally threw it out after many years of good use.   We bought a small charcoal grill a few years ago and now I want a gas grill again.   So I keep looking, but the prices are keeping me from buying.   I want a Weber because I know they will last.   This photo is obviously not a grill, but a beautiful planter on a stand.   Love it.

4.     Bouganvillea is deer resistant.   This photo does not do justice to the beauty of this one, called Thai Imperial Delight.   Google it.   It's gorgeous.   Then I would need a trellis.

5.    My tomato plants are getting really tall and look healthy.  I know absolutely nothing about what to expect with them.   They have been flowering but so far no fruit.   I guess I'll keep waiting.   Should I be fertilizing regularly?    This is not a tomato plant, obviously, but I love this little bird bath.    And more flowers.   And another Buddha.   Oh dear, is this random enough?

Enjoy your holiday weekend.   You know where to find the garden center!!!!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Red and Gold

Yes, they are the colors of the Forty Niners, but that's not the subject of this post.   With our drought conditions this year, I am still surprised when I see how crispy things are so early in the year.   When I walk out on the property, I can hear the crunching under my feet and see the cracks in the ground.   And with our sweet boy dog being golden himself, he can sometimes be hard to spot.
I haven't edited these at all.   The color looks that deep golden at the end of the day.

We also have a touch of red with our pomegranate tree.   I think it's an interesting tree because there always seem to be a few dead fruit hanging on while new blossoms and new fruit are growing at the same time.   The wind has been blowing and it's hard to get good closeups, but I give it my best when I'm out with the dogs in the evening.

I like the look of the chain link fence behind the tree in this photo.

It's been a quiet couple of weeks for us.   I'm thinking we need to barbecue over the weekend and enjoy our temperatures being in the 80's before summer hits us in the face.   If you are going somewhere over the long weekend, please be safe and have a good time.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Blue Skies and Riding

When we have blue skies, we have REALLY blue skies.   And when you add a few scattered clouds, or even big fluffy clouds, it just draws the eye all day long.   Yesterday was like that.   And it had cooled off a little from the weekend, making it just right for riding.   I hadn't taken any photos of Beau since my trainer started buffing him up again.   He's doing great and we're definitely having fun.  I take a lesson after Cheryl rides him.   I've made great improvements with the trot work, keeping him lighter in my hands and consistent with his cadence.   I've got work to do with the canter, but I'm enjoying the process and making small steps that keep me smiling.   

Anyway....back to the beautiful day and my gorgeous horse.

And if you have time, a great song from Willie Nelson.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Feeling Safe

My heart goes out to all the people in Oklahoma who have lost so much, most of all their children and other loved ones.    Home should be our safe haven, our sanctuary.   When that is gone, where does someone go for comfort?    

"The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned."   Maya Angelou

Edited with PicMonkey's Burst texture and sharing with

Friday, May 17, 2013

Random 5 Friday

I am waking up slowly this morning.   I'm not sure why because I had enough sleep.   I am definitely starting a low energy kind of day.   But here's my Random 5 Friday list!   Ready?

1.    I love fruit, any kind of fruit, any time of day.   I know it's full of sugar and it's not good to overdo, but when they say 5 servings of fruits and vegetables....I could do all of them with fruit.

2.    I have had several red dresses in my life and I can remember every single one of them, starting with a red knit dress I wore in high school.   Because I no longer dress up for anything, I doubt there is a red dress anywhere hidden away in my home.   That is a little sad.

3.    I have very few things hanging on my walls.   I used to hang things, in my previous homes.   I'm not sure why I don't decorate my walls.   I think it's because I imagine that if I make a choice, I will grow tired of it or want something else.   Or there may be some other reason.   *shrugs*

4.    I put an injured young Magpie in a cage last night to see if it would heal.   It didn't.   RIP Magpie.    

5.    I have what I would consider an "almost phobia" about snakes.   I killed one this week.   Eeeeek.

A May Sunset

We had a beautiful sunset last night and that's all I wanted to share with you.   Thanks for visiting my blog.   I appreciate each and every one of you.

Have a great Friday and a very nice weekend.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A Sports Story

When we were very young, it was all about playing tag or hide-and-seek, simple games like that.   As we got a little older, we had the roller skates that attached to your shoes with a key to tighten them.   We also took swimming lessons in the summer and of course rode our bikes everywhere.   Lots and lots of play time.   Sledding, some ice skating, playing arrow hunt with the neighbor kids on summer nights.   Badminton in the back yard.   Dodge ball in PE class.   

When does all of that become "sports" and trying to be good at something?   I have never really had the competitive spirit, except sometimes as a spectator.   I would like to be good at some sports-type activity, but it seems I never wanted it badly enough to work hard enough.   And I guess I am okay with that.   

I didn't like softball as a kid.   I liked swimming but beyond being an average swimmer for fun, I never aspired to take it to another level.   I've enjoyed bike riding in my life, but besides a period of time in the Bay Area when I would go for 20-25 mile rides, it was never something I wanted to pursue as a sport.   I liked tennis well enough to take some lessons.   That fell by the wayside too.   I took a windsurfing class and got a certification.   It was hard and a lot of effort for not enough least for me.   I never went again.   I went through a scuba diving course and the necessary dives in Monterey Bay (where the water is 55 degrees year round).   I was certified and bought some gear.   I never went scuba diving again.   In my 20's and 30's,  I did some snow skiing with friends.   We did trips to Utah and Tahoe and other places.   It was very social.   But I had a little fear of the downhill speeds and couldn't get past the basics to be very good at it.   Again, a lot of gear and a lot of effort for something I didn't love.   

I did a lot of hiking and backpacking when I lived in Arizona.   I always enjoyed that, even when it was really hard.   I'm not sure it's a sport but it was a very healthy thing to be involved with.   With my boyfriend at the time, we also did river rafting and I tried kayaking.   I went ATV riding with friends once or twice.   I had a wreck and feel traumatized to this day about going off the edge of that downhill road.

Other things I tried?    Volleyball.   Archery, in high school.   Bowling.   Fencing, in college.   I tried to jog.   Definitely not for me.   

Sounds like a long list when you write it all down.   And it brings me to horseback riding.   I loved riding horses when I was a young girl.   I still love riding horses.   And I take lessons to try to improve because I want to be a better rider and feel that sense of accomplishment.   I don't aspire to show my horse and I also don't aspire to be a great Grand Prix rider.   But I aspire to be better and better and more confident than I am today.   That is a process like any sport, and it takes time and commitment.   So maybe I've finally found it.   Or maybe it was there all along.   I absolutely love horses and they fill a part of my soul, plain and simple.   Maybe I just needed a sport that involved a living/breathing animal with a personality instead of a piece of equipment.   

Summer of 1969
Summer of 2010

Look Closely

I've shown you many photos of the view from Highway 46 West.   What I may not have shown you is that there are cattle living down in those hills.   Can you look closely and see the little roads?   Yes, it's someone's property!   Isn't that awesome?   I don't know whose ranch this is.   The Hearst ranch is farther north so this must be someone else's.   I'd love to own this property, but I'd definitely hire someone to do the road grading.   Looks a little dicey.   Even the cattle are running for their lives.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Tuesday Muse

I have always liked the outline of trees against the sky, the simplicity of a scene that can capture my eye.   I can always find another single oak tree against the sky that looks simply beautiful to me.   This is a photo I took a few months ago.   I thought I would try some changes in PicMonkey with their textures.   Of course it won't appeal to everyone, but I like how it turned out.   

Have a good Tuesday.   Our natural air conditioning moved in last night so it's going to be cooler than our few days of 100+ temperatures.   Can you say Ahhhhhhh?

Linking up with Nancy's Tuesday Muse.

Monday, May 13, 2013

A Good Find

A couple weeks ago when we went to Morro Bay on a Sunday morning, we were walking from the restaurant to the truck when we spotted something that caught our eyes.   Sitting outside an antique shop on the corner, right across from the truck, was a very cool rocker that we both thought would be the answer to our search for a bench outside.   We'd looked at the home/garden centers and didn't find anything that had to come home with us.   So we knew right away this was it.   Several people were passing by and looking at this little gem.   Rather than go home and think about it, risking it being gone if we decided to buy, we made a quick decision and brought it home.   We need to find the exact spot for it and then just enjoy.   We are both tall and we fit in it comfortably together.   It was meant to be ours.   Cue the music!

What Have They Done?

Blogger made some changes this week.   I didn't dig in enough to understand them because most, I'm sure, don't apply to my needs...