Bighorn sheep herd 05/26/14

Bighorn sheep herd 05/26/14
There were about a dozen bighorn sheep this date 052614 up on Highway 74, above Palm Desert, CA, and right above Deep Canyon.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

A day off yesterday and like a slice of HEAVEN!

Even though I wasn't feeling well, taking a day off yesterday was like having a slice of Heaven!  It was wonderful.  I took 2 naps during the day and got rested.  I drank a lot of liquids, ate leftovers for lunch, watched the hawk slip into the front yard 3 times, and just did NOTHING.  Oh, I did do some laundry.  But, mainly, I just rested.  Hubby came home about 2:00 p.m., exhausted.  It was 114 here yesterday and even Mr. Hawk was panting!  Kept the dogs inside the house ALL DAY, too.  Today, it will drop 5 degrees (down to 109)...I am hoping this is the LAST BLAST of the summer furnace.  I notice the temps start going down after today and a week from Monday, rain is forecast.  I took this photo the last time we had clouds here, about a week ago...

Friday, August 29, 2014

Guess who stopped by for a drink today?

It was 114 here in the desert today.  Tomorrow will be 5 degrees cooler:  109.  I can live with 109.  I can't live with 114.  I stayed home today:  sore throat, dizziness, and I was extremely shaky.  Probably a virus.  Hubby had it too, and he came home early.  Probably something I picked up at school...oh, well...I took 2 naps during the day and I'm feeling better tonight.

Anyway, I got to sit and look out across the front yard.  The hawk came by about noon, took a couple of sips, and stayed for a while.  He returned about 3:00 p.m. and stayed for 1 1/2 hours.  I took some pics of him (not uploaded yet)...He also returned about 6:30 p.m. for another couple of sips.  It was so hot that he was panting (I birds pant?)  Whatever...he had his beak open and he sure was enjoying the bird bath.  I made sure I went out a couple of times and put fresh water in it...nothing but the best here, I tell you!

Isn't he a handsome fellow?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Desert sunset~SkyWatch Friday~082914

We had a couple of afternoons of beautiful sunsets last week...this was one evening.  SkyWatch Friday for August 29, 2014.   To visit SWF, please go to:

Not much going on...

There isn't much going on right now.  This is my first FULL week of school and I'm tired and it's only Thursday...sigh...

This year's class is SO different from last year's!!!  Last year they couldn't sit still, couldn't pay attention, couldn't focus.  These little guys (and gals) CAN!   :-)  I do have one "drug baby" (confirmed) and he IS a handful, however.  But, they are all sweet!  What a change from last year's MONSTERS!

My horse, Quad, colicked this week and it was touch and go for a few days.  The vet came out, tubed him, but it took a couple of days for the mineral oil to dislodge all the sand from his system.  We are going to switch him to pellets.  Hopefully he won't be flinging his pellets all over the sand!  When I can afford it (next month), I'll buy 2 MORE rubber mats for his corral.  He already has 2...

Poor Quad...he is NOW on the road to recovery!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Our pets

Sue, over at RV Sue and crew, just lost her beloved Spike. Here's the link to her story:
 I read the news with tears this morning.  I've had a rocky week myself.  Quad, my off the track thoroughbred, colicked Friday afternoon.  The vet came out, examined him, gave him a shot for pain, and then tubed him (mineral oil).  The oil makes the sand in his intestines slip out (or that is the theory).  He was still in pain Saturday, so he got another shot, and a little pellet mash.  NO alfalfa.  We knew he had sand in him when the vet came out last month to give the herd their annual shots.  ALL were put on psyllium.  I have rubber mats for each horse, but they pull out their alfalfa, fling it all around, and then eat it off the sand.  By Sunday, when I was able to drive up to the ranch, he was still in pain, but walking and drinking water.  He had passed a few small piles of poop, but not a lot, and not a lot of sand.  So, we said that if by Monday, he hadn't passed more sand, we would have to get the vet back again.  He got another shot for pain, until the ranch owner ran out of banamine.  By Monday afternoon, THANK GOODNESS, he passed a huge pile of sand, then another one Monday night.  Phew.  I spent 3 sleepless nights worrying about him and even stumbled to school yesterday without makeup.  ACK!  We have talked and will now switch him to pellets, which, while they do fall on the ground, should make it less likely Quad will be eating sand along with them.

Frankly, I think ALL the horses should be switched to pellets.  I've HAD IT with alfalfa.  It's too rich for them, they eat sand while trying to get to the alfalfa...

Any ideas/suggestions?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Hawk stopped by for a nice, long visit today!

I had an interesting encounter with "my" hawk today.  I was washing dishes and spotted him on the fence out back.  I saw him swoop down and head for the front yard, so I rushed, grabbed my camera, and waited.  He flew into our sumac tree, which hubby thinned out this morning.  Our gardener came and heavily pruned out mesquite tree, so now the hawk can easily fly through the front yard!  (That's NOT why we trimmed was overhanging the fence and was growing out into the street and our driveway...)


A little sparrow had stopped by HIS (the hawk's) bird bath.  That tiny bird absolutely FROZE!  Old "eagle eye" was looking all over the yard and I'm SURE he knew the sparrow was there...the little bird didn't move a MUSCLE for about 20 minutes...finally, it flew off with the hawk in pursuit.  They zinged and zagged and the sparrow finally (in desperation) flew in between our trash cans!  HA!  The hawk, who was so mad by now, sat on our fence, then flew up to the telephone wire, came back to the mesquite and settled down.  I calmly opened the front door (I usually get photos of him from inside the house).  I walked out and took several photos of him.  He didn't seem to be afraid of me (or he was waiting to pounce on the sparrow)...he chirped at me, I chirped back at him.  We had quite a conversation!  I could see that he was panting, so I came back inside, thinking he would head over to the bird bath.  Nope.  He caught SOMETHING.  I'm thinking it might have been the sparrow....whatever it was, small feathers were drifting down from the mesquite and when I finally went out to investigate, he flew off (having devoured his prey).

That was my encounter today.  In the meantime, my thoroughbred, Quad, is colicking.  The vet came out, oiled him, but he still hasn't passed all the sand out of his intestines.  That's how I lost my beautiful palomino mare, Cali, a couple of years ago.  I hope Quad makes it.  Please send prayers.

Video of our haboob!

Here's a youtube time lapse video of our haboob...what great footage!