Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Real Wednesday

I woke up yesterday thinking it was Wednesday.   That's why the "Wordless Wednesday" on a Tuesday.   I thought it was Wednesday until around noon, I think.   Despite the confusion, it was a good day....Tuesday.   

In the morning I rode both my horses, Buddy and Beau.   They are so different, one from the other, so it gives me two experiences.   And twice the exercise!   Beau has recovered from his serious issues of last year and I couldn't be happier about that.   His jaw is healed and not causing any problems.   His feet have completely grown out and he's had no soreness, so we are good to go.   Just working to get him conditioned and that won't take much longer.

A quick change at home and I was off to a new dentist for cleaning and exam.   I admit, I had skipped my cleanings last year at my previous dentist.   So I was expecting the usual....too much plaque, not enough flossing, need to replace an old filling....blah blah blah.   Anxiety at the dentist.   I had decided to try a new dentist in a much smaller, less fancy office.   I know a couple people who see him and recommended him.   What a completely different experience.   The hygienist was awesome, my cleaning was easy, nothing on the X-rays that needed attention, the dentist was nice, and it was a painless experience.   I rather liked that office in a much older building with wood paneling on the walls and no bright video screens in the waiting room.   

My new glasses had arrived so I drove to pick those up.   While in Paso, I went to the Boot Barn to look for t-shirts.   I am on the same dang t-shirt search I may have talked about last year or the year before.   I've combed the internet looking for quality t-shirts with a thicker cotton and length and no sports teams or cartoon characters on the front.   After my lengthy online search, every single item I've viewed is now showing up on every single site I look at.   Nordstrom, JCrew, Gap, Kohls, and on and on and on.   Anyway....I found a few shirts at the Boot Barn.   I also looked at some very pretty Western handbags but didn't buy one.   Some of them are way too expensive for me, but they also have very nice less expensive designs.   

I decided that my teeth were so clean, I should eat a burrito.   Ha!   Actually, my hygienist had mentioned a place here called Chipotle and I'd never been, so I wanted to try it since I'd skipped lunch and it was getting close to dinner.   I got a burrito and took it home.   Delicious.   They use very fresh ingredients, grass fed and hormone free meats, and you basically have them build it how you choose either in a burrito, a bowl, or a salad.   It was really good.   

So it was a good Tuesday.   And now it's Wednesday, for real.   I'm off to the barn this morning and then maybe heading to the coast for some fun with my camera.   I really like this new camera and it's so much easier to carry than my Nikon.   

Here you go, a cheesy photo of the day that I snapped to show my sissy the new glasses.

And another photo just because....

Have a good day!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

I Was Hopeful

So with all the beautiful wildflowers on our hills this year, I was hopeful my own blossoms would be plentiful.   But alas, it's not to be.   Plants and trees....especially flowering trees that bear fruit....need a longer stretch of cold temperatures.   We had very few cold days and nights this winter and very very warm days for this early in the Spring.   The blossoms on our trees are sparse and scraggly.   Our peach tree would be filled with gorgeous blossoms if we'd had a real winter (for us).   Our crabapple tree isn't showing blossoms like it has in the past and I'm beginning to wonder if it's getting too old or whether the climate changes are just taking their toll.   Even my heavenly lilacs are looking pretty sad.   It all makes me a little sad, knowing that there's nothing we can do about the warmer temperatures.   I took a few photos last night when in past years I have taken hundreds to satisfy my love of blossoms.   The times, they are changing.    Maybe next year?

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Bitterwater Road

Don't you think that sounds so Old West?   I love the name and it's a wonderful long drive through nothing but ranch land with no fences and no cell service.   Cattle walking across the road, taking naps under the scattered oak trees.   I opted out of riding horses yesterday and took my new camera for a very very long drive in search of wildflowers.   I found the hills of poppies in another area that someone had photographed but there was no way to get to them.   That person either knows the ranch owner and got access to a private dirt road, or he went in stealth and walked a very long distance.   

This field was decorated in purple.   This was taken standing on the side of the road hoping the lack of traffic on Bitterwater Road wouldn't change.

The drive took me back to Shell Creek and I was happy to see a few lupines starting to show among the yellow.   

It was a very pretty day but lots of driving.   Today, I'm getting back in the saddle a little closer to home.   Enjoy your Tuesday!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Hey Rocky and Sony

I have lived here more than twelve years and I've never ever seen a tree squirrel here.   We just don't have tree squirrels....only hundreds and thousands of pesky ground squirrels.   Everyone in the area tries to eradicate them and we have some success.   Much to our surprise, we have a tree squirrel running around on our roof and hanging out in the pine trees, eating pine cones and dropping the remains down to the ground.   He is gray and his name is Rocky.   Of course!   

Erik saw him first a couple of weeks ago but I forgot that he mentioned it to me.   I'm sure I was listening....or maybe I wasn't really?   Anyway, recently I heard little feet scampering on our roof.   What is that?   I had noticed pine cones dropping from above when I walked outside.   And then I saw Rocky up in the tree.   I was quite surprised.   And he/she is still here.   Yesterday I saw him coming down the redwood tree with a mouthful of shredded bark.   A nest?   I'm not sure where, but that must be what he's doing.   I read that they can build a nest in one day.   Pretty industrious, huh?   

I don't have photos of him but it doesn't matter because everyone has seen photos of squirrels.   We'll see if babies show up at some point.   Although I haven't seen a second squirrel.   I'm not sure from whence he came or how long he'll stay, but I can say he's a lot more attractive than the ground squirrels we see on a much too regular basis.   

In other new camera will be delivered today!!!   After much ongoing consideration, I decided on the Sony a6000.   I hope they deliver it this morning so I don't have to sit home all day long waiting for UPS.   You know what I'll be doing this weekend.   It's going to be 85 degrees and wildflowers are abundant.   The lupines are just starting to bloom and I'm going in search of some to share a little blue on this blog.

And some orange....

Have a very nice weekend.   

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Sunday Drive

I went out to Shell Creek again on Sunday.   It was glorious with expansive fields of yellow.   People were walking, having picnics, taking photos, cycling, and enjoying the beauty of that spot.   It wasn't over crowded at all, just people meandering through the fields in awe of nature.

The yellows were both brilliant and soft, depending on the flower and the stage of blooming.   People commented that the lupines haven't shown their pretty blue.   Of course we don't know if they will each year, but we hope.   And a few spots with poppies caught my eye.  But mostly it was the yellow.  I took this panoramic shot with my phone from the middle of a large field facing west.  

I was glad I wasn't wearing my relatively new sneakers that have a lot of white.

Mother Nature is definitely dressed in her finest at this particular spot.

Monday, March 9, 2015

He Has a Name

Two weeks ago my friend who owns the barn where I board saw an eagle at their house.   I was whining that I had never seen an eagle.   Not once, never.   On Thursday I was driving home from the barn, glanced to my left, and saw a white head out in a field.   Screech (not really), turned around, and drove into the open gate of a winery.   Sure enough, an adult eagle on the ground with some dead snack.   Wow, was I ever excited!   I didn't really care that I was so far away, I took photos.   Then I saw two more soaring nearby.   The adult left the food and ended up on the far hill, just watching, while one of the juveniles mantled and ate the snack.   

When I got home and downloaded the photos, I saw the tags on one of the juveniles.   After some searching on the Internet, I located the tagging information and sent off an email to UC Santa Barbara for more details.   They forwarded the message on to the island manager at the Channel Islands research group that monitors the nesting pairs.   I received this information about the tagged eagle.

A-87 hatched in March/April of 2013, was tagged in May, and fledged in July.   It is a male and his name is America Strong.   Pretty cool, huh?   

 I downloaded these photos of A-87 when he was a baby eaglet and they were tagging him.

I can't give credit for these photos because the photographer wasn't identified.   I took them from the forum set up for the Channel Island eagles.   

Seeing an eagle, no matter how far away, is thrilling.   Finding out one of them has a name is just rather cool, at least for a nature lover like me.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

March Forward

March came in like something between a lion and a lamb.   It was a pretty day but then got cold and rainy and windy.   Not too bad, but not perfect either.   The latest series of cloudy days brought some beautiful skies.   I never ever get tired of pretty skies.   I take photos of them because I think they are so incredible, then months later go back and delete hundreds because I realize I just don't need so many photos of cloudy skies.   But they are worth capturing at the time.

I've been spending a lot of time at the barn, working and riding the horses, visiting with all the ladies who ride there.   It's a small group and we're all respectful to one another, encouraging, supportive.   We're not close friends that go out and socialize, but it's definitely my social time and I enjoy it.   

The animals are healthy and well, life is relatively calm at the moment, and so in that respect I suppose March did come in like a lamb.   

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...