Bighorn sheep on Highway 74 October 2014

Bighorn sheep on Highway 74 October 2014
This big guy crossed the highway, October 2014.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Clouds in the morning

I woke up early yesterday morning and left 30 minutes before my usual time so that I could grab my camera, take it with me, and get some early morning photos.  We had clouds and our mountains had about 2 inches of snow!  Whoopie!  I always love to be down here in the desert and look up and see snow, so off I went!

I awoke before 4 a.m. this morning and noticed that our heater wasn't coming on.  It would rev up, but I didn't hear the gas catch and no air came out, so we are due for a call to have it repaired.  Good thing we aren't living in Buffalo!

 I drove through Shadow Ridge in Palm Desert to take this photo.
 More from Shadow Ridge.
Just the top of Mt. San Jacinto had sunlight.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Cottonwood and fence~Good Fences~11/21/14

I spotted this gorgeous cottonwood and fence up at the Big Morongo preserve last weekend.  I only have 1/2 day of school today, then my 9 day vacation starts!  I can't WAIT!!!  It is actually raining here this morning, so I may take my camera with me and get some photos from the freeway.  Good Fences for Friday, November 21, 2014.   To visit Good Fences, please go to:

Thursday, November 20, 2014

This is how I felt this morning!

Yup.  This is how I felt this morning after parent/teacher conferences until 6:30 p.m. yesterday.  Actually, I was there until about 7:15 because, OF COURSE, 3 sets of parents showed up guessed it... 6:30 p.m.!!!  OYE VEI!!!  I told the kids over and over that I would be FINISHED by 6:30, but, of course, they didn't LISTEN!!!!!!  I have 3 more this afternoon and believe me, by 3:30, I am walking out!!!  Enough of this!  I'm already tired and cranky today!  This will be a good day to do some reading about Thanksgiving and drawing a turkey and getting the iPads out!  Fortunately, the kidlets go home at 12:50!!!!!  Phew!

Hubby is off for the next 5 days, so we may drive back up to Lake Hemet so that he can take some photos...probably Saturday or Sunday.  I only have 1/2 day Friday, and believe me, I'll be blazing outta there at 12:51 p.m.!!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

It was COLD here Sunday!

It was 68 degrees inside our house Sunday, the wind was BLOWING, and I stayed in my pajamas ALL DAY!  Just too cold and windy to go outside and I needed to rest up for this week (parent conferences).  I'm already fighting a sore throat and a girl was in class SICK yesterday.  She told me, as she snuggled up to me, (proudly...) that she threw up TWICE the previous night!  ACK!  I shuddered and PRAYED that I don't get sick (so far today I'm fine)...I'll be taking my doTERRA OnGuard with me to school and wiping off desks this morning!

Anyway, I did have a chance to view some of the birds at the feeders out in the front yard.  I seem to have two hummingbirds:  big Hoss and little Joe!  Little Joe is a LOT smaller.  They are the first birds to show up in the morning, I guess because of their metabolism.

I desperately wanted to drive up the mountain road, but hubby warned me the winds were gusting up at... 75 miles per hour and that is NO ROAD to be on in those conditions!  So, I stayed home.  But, a couple of weeks ago, I took these photos about the bighorn sheep.  I stopped in at the Santa Rosa mountains visitor center and they had them on display:

Interesting, eh?

Monday, November 17, 2014


I stayed inside for most of Saturday morning and all day Sunday.  It was too cold and windy to go visit the horses...wind gusts were up at 65 mph!  NO WAY was I going to travel that twisty, narrow road!

Our neighborhood hawk decided to chase the doves and it landed on our fence.  I only had time to take one photo before it took off again.  I had to adjust the exposure and lighting on in order for anybody to even see the hawk.

It's going to be a LONG week...the final week before my 9 day Thanksgiving break and I have parent conferences Wednesday and Thursday.  Fortunately, Friday is only 1/2 day!  I may or may not have time to write a post or two...I'll just have to see!

Here is my ONE photo of the hawk.  I notice that every morning the hummingbirds (2 of them) are the first ones out to the feeder, followed by the little sparrows and Verdins.  I did get a couple of photos of them yesterday morning, but I haven't uploaded them yet...

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Big Morongo Preserve

After working about 10 days straight, hubby stayed home yesterday...FINALLY!  Poor guy.  He's nearly 65 and long days and nights are really hard on him, especially when he comes home and then has to go back to write a newsletter at 11:00 p.m. or midnight!

So, he wanted to drive out to Desert Hot Springs and try the Capri restaurant, which is now inside a hotel.  He ordered a steak and gorgonzola fries and I ordered the chicken quesadilla.  Don't bother with the quesadilla.  It was tasteless.  He did like his steak and the fries were OUT OF THIS WORLD!

After lunch, we decided to head out to the Big Morongo Preserve.  The Whitewater Preserve is closed this weekend due to the extreme winds and fire danger, but the Big Morongo was open.  We went for a short hike.  The colors there were gorgeous.

Unfortunately my quesadilla wasn't sitting well in my stomach, so we cut our hike short and went home and I slept for 2 hours!  Oh, well...such is life now that we are 62 and 64, respectively.  Hubby will be 65 in February and I'll be 63.  We just aren't as young and spry as we used to be, plus Friday night was his last night of having to return to work at 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 15, 2014


Our Lady is gone.  It's so quiet without her...sigh...

RIP sweet girl.  You were the sweetest Shepherd we ever had.