Saturday, April 26, 2014

More Colors and Other Stuff

The poppies will be gone soon, resting until next year.   The lupines are in full bloom along the roadways and hillsides.   I must get out for some more photos over the weekend.   

I have a cold.  I don't remember the last time I had a cold, but here it is.   Not a really bad one, just enough to make me tired and blowing my nose all day.   It's not allergies because I know the difference.   It's just a stinkin' cold.   And I caught it due to stress.   Yep.   Stress brings down the defenses and lets those viruses sneak in where they shouldn't be.   

Why the stress?   I haven't written about it here but my horse, sweet Beau, broke his jaw over two weeks ago.   He had surgery and is healing, but the contraption on his head creates other issues and it's just a very stressful time.   It was just a freak accident that caused him to fall down in his stall, landing on his right side.   I'm not going to tell you all the details because I know most of you come here for pretty pictures.   Anyway....he is healing and will be fine, but not going to carry a bit in his mouth for several months.   I was able to lease a wonderful horse that used to be mine.   I sold him to a lady who rides at the barn I was with in Gilroy.   She loves him dearly but also wants to show, and Woody doesn't like showing.   So she purchased a gorgeous show horse a couple years ago and that leaves Woody without a job.   He's here, living at my friend's barn with all the other Morgans, and next week we'll saddle him up.   

It's all about working through the issues, truly taking things as they come.   But the stress can build, which it did, and here came that sneaky cold.   Achoo, sniffle, cough....and again.   

Want to see something else that's really cute?   The young lady who works at the barn has a new puppy.   Squeeeee!    He's so cute and puts a smile on my face every time I hold him.

Go out and have a good Saturday.   I am going to make every effort to do the same, with a box of tissues nearby.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Just Lovely

We had a lovely weekend here.   I hope you did too.   I decided rather last minute that we should have steaks on the grill for a mid-afternoon dinner.   We added baked potatoes and grilled asparagus, then fresh strawberries, and it was oh so nice.    

A drive to the coast gave me the opportunity for some photos of non-traditional Easter flowers.   Iceplant in the sand.   Yes, not exactly an Easter flower and not exactly welcome in California, but they do look pretty and add a little touch of bright color.

Our rose bushes are in full bloom and I'm enjoying them a lot.   They often don't do much when our Summer weather settles in and the temperatures are so high.   Heat, dry, dust....not very friendly.   I only have three bushes because they don't really thrive in our soil.    The Julia Child is so gorgeous and the McCartney is now giving her a run for the money.   Yellow and so lovely.   

Enjoy your Monday and have a great Spring week!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

On A Mission

One of the side benefits of spending time at my friend's barn is that it brings me new photo opportunities.   Not the coast or breathtaking vistas, but little surprises.   She has a creek bed with lots of large trees.   And she has a barn.   Who loves a barn?   Birds, of course!   Yesterday I spotted two beautiful Bullock's Orioles flying around and fortunately had my camera in the truck.   These are the best photos I could capture of the male because he kept himself pretty well hidden in the branches.   I had to crop these down to identify his features and his name.   Another friend of mine said that these birds are pretty elusive and it's a great opportunity to see a pair.   Now I'm on a mission to capture better photos of him while he and his wife are still around.   Isn't he absolutely gorgeous?   More Spring have to love it!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring Break

I think I've been on a Spring Break from blogging.   I just wanted to share with you,  there are California poppies blooming and they are glorious.   Spring is really all about the flowers, isn't it?   I hope to fill my files with lots of photos before they leave us for another year.   

Have a great week!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Don't Blink

Our hills are green....not as green as we'd like to see, but at least we aren't having 365 days of brown. I had to document it because this color won't last long.   They're (weather forecast type people) saying that the 2014 El Nino could be very powerful.   What about something right in the middle of drought and rain overload?   

Anyway, our hills in all the glory they will see for this season.

Oh yes, and a rose!   Her name is Julia Child.

I hope your Tuesday is filled with color....pretty pretty color.

Friday, April 4, 2014

He Still Rules

Toby is now five years old.   He is still large and in charge, especially in the Spring.   I have to use my voice once in a while to make him leave the girls alone.   When I'm not outside, I guess he can do whatever he wants.   He's been quite a good rooster and the only scuffles I've had with him have been in the Spring.   The problem is not that he comes at me just to be aggressive.   The problem has always been that he walks and stands too close to me, right at my side or behind me.   I have to be aware and keep a little distance with a broom or rake because a sudden movement on my part will startle him.   That's when he has attacked me.   Only in the Spring.   And only once or twice.   And that's the end of it.   Hormones have a way of putting a rooster a little on edge this time of year.   Because I always wear boots and long pants, he has bruised my lower leg but never really hurt me.   I kick him back or hit him with the broom, then leave him to think about what he's done.   

No rooster is perfect but Toby is pretty awesome in my book.   

If yesterday's post was about the color brown, today's is about the color orange.   Isn't he handsome?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Soaking Wet

We've had some rain the past couple of days but I thought it was about over.   I went out to feed the donkeys this morning and everything is soaking wet, including Harry and Gunny.   Poor little guys, they looked pitiful.   They must've been caught in a downpour because normally they go in their shelter when it rains.   

Yesterday morning dawned just after the coldest part of the storm.   This little hummer was sitting at the feeder shivering.   I was a little concerned but watched him for a while and saw him fly away after filling his tank.   

The wind and rain has knocked off several of the lilac blossoms, and I noticed yesterday that the Mockingbirds are munching on them too.   I love those birds but I wish they'd find something else to eat since my 2014 lilac blossoms are reaching the end of life already.

I could paper an entire wall with photos of my hummingbirds and lilacs.   Yesterday I was standing right next to the large lilac bush, soaking in the pretty and the awesome fragrance.   Above me, a hummingbird was buzzing around.   All of my senses were delighted at that moment.   Do you have moments like that when you just want to freeze time for a little while and soak it in?   

I hope Spring has finally landed at your place, or at least is right around the corner.   I'm looking forward to all of your photos on your blogs.   Happy Wednesday!

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