Bighorn sheep on Highway 74 October 2014

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

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Night lights and a WILD time at the Living Desert

Hubby and I, and now our kids are all members of the Living Desert Reserve here in Palm Desert and they had a members' only night Monday night to let members and their families in to see the annual Wild Lights.  Wild Lights is their winter holiday nighttime exhibit.  The lights are FANTASTIC and Santa will be arriving Friday night!   :-)  The carousel was in full excitement mode and apparently there was a little train for the kids, too.  They open at 6:00 p.m. for this, so if you and your family want to come, I think the tickets are $10.00 each (I 'll post a link so you can see for yourself)...


We met up with our daughter & her family and our son and grandson Monday night and off we went!  You can see how much fun the kids had!

 These lights were on the miniature train tracks!
 This one you walk inside all the lights.
 Family photo.
 The 5 year old really enjoyed his carousel ride!
 The 19 month old wasn't too sure about it!
Next to the Christmas tree by the gift shop.

Here's the info on WILDLIGHTS:  Children under 3 are FREE...Military and members are $8.00, and adults are $10.00 each.  Also, check the dates below.  This doesn't happen every night...
Members / Children / Military (with ID) $8

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

We had some excitement here yesterday!

About 4 blocks from our home is a hill with a trail on it called "The Bump & Grind".  Every morning, during the season, I can see hikers going up and down on it.  It is fairly steep and I've never attempted it.  Sometimes, even at night, we see flashlights on it.  I don't know WHY people would want to use it at night as it is not lit and there are rattlesnakes...sigh...but, to each his own!

Anyway, whenever we hear a helicopter nearby, I run out with my camera to see what's going on.  It usually involves a rescue of a hiker on the trail.  And, yesterday was another example of this.  Sometimes a hiker slips and injures an ankle, or sometimes one of them just can't handle the trail.

So, off I went, camera in hand, down to the end of our street.  I couldn't see anybody on the ground, but the rescuers showed up on the photos.  It took the helicopter several passes before it could get lined up properly to assist with the rescue.  There is NO place for it to land up there.

There was only 1 small story on the local news about rescuing a hiker, so I really don't know what happened.  The whole rescue took about 45 minutes.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Kitten update

So, now that I'm off for 9 WHOLE DAYS, yesterday I decided to go out and clean up the kitty enclosure.  Remember, we have 2 feral kittens that we are attempting to save from extermination?  Our neighbor is OUT TO GET THEM, so we made an enclosure out of the old dog kennel and hubby put two pieces of lattice over the top.  Anyway, they seemed to be warming up to me, so I went inside to do some housekeeping.  I also decided to stop buying Purina Cat Chow (ugh!) and I switched to Taste of the Wild salmon.  I'll have to go to my neighborhood dog & cat food store to buy it, but I can't, in good conscience, keep feeding them Purina.  I read on Facebook or somewhere (I forget...) that it was causing cats to vomit and have blood come up.  I do NOT feed anything by Purina to my horses anyway, so it wasn't a big deal to switch to another, BETTER brand of cat food.  Ripley gets the COSTCO brand salmon dog food, which really looks just like the Taste of the Wild salmon brand, only it is about $12.00 cheaper for a huge bag.

But, I digress...

So, I went out to do some housekeeping and I noticed that their "cat cube" wasn't facing completely out so I moved it.  Then, all HELL broke loose!  My goodness!  They ran around.  They tried to crawl out.  The little tabby tried to crawl through the one hole by the door!  I literally had to push her away with my foot (NOT wanting to get my hands scratched).  I'm afraid I did 1 step forward and 14 steps back on their progress!  They were terrified.  I might just have to take a chair and just SIT with them for this next week and let them know I'm NOT going to eat them!

However, this morning, they were yowling for their breakfast, so they are back to normal (I guess...)

Poor little things.  I really did SCARE THEM!
Not really a cube, but I don't know what to call it.  Most of the time, they are BOTH huddled in it together!

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?