Wednesday, June 27, 2012
I also took my mom to get her driver's license renewed, and amazingly enough, there was no line! I don't think I've ever been there when it wasn't packed. After that, we went to the grocery store, and again, hardly anyone there, and no lines! I have no idea where everyone is, but is sure was nice to be a bit spoiled by not having to wait at all.
As good as it feels to be outside today, we have rather smoky skies. The sunlight has a red cast to it, and serves as a sad reminder that our western states are burning up. I am praying for all of the firefighters as well as the residents displaced by evacuation, and the hundreds of people experiencing the loss of their homes. Having lost a home and everything but cars and the clothing on our backs to fire, I know just how they feel, and it's devastating. I am praying for cooling temperatures and rain in the active fire areas, and for no more fires to get started.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
In the end, I think maybe I'll do some extra stuff around the house, or read a book, and try to be patient while I wait for some cooler temperatures.
What do you do when it's too hot to be outdoors?
Monday, June 25, 2012
I don't know why, but I feel like sharing the highlights of this trip backwards...I'll start with Sunday, and work my way back to Friday. So, on Sunday, we decided to take a drive we'd never done before, down into Crazy Woman Canyon. The road is narrow and steep, but the views are so gorgeous as you wind your way down into the canyon along the creek. After 4 or 5 miles, the canyon changes dramatically, and is really breathtaking. The rock walls are dramatic and pockmarked with caves. We explored one of them, and it was fascinating. I could easily imagine someone using that cave (and many of the others we saw) for shelter in eras gone by.
|Megan, in front of a very large rock!|
|Crazy Woman Creek|
|Canyon wall, and one of the many caves.|
|Megan and I were both down inside the cave. It ran back a little way, and there was another opening that we didn't go into. Maybe next time...|
On Saturday, Chad's parents came up and spent the day with us. There was a nice long walk, roasted hot dogs over the fire, a trip on up the mountain to a couple of fishing spots; barbless hooks, and catch and release only! I am not fond of cooking and eating fish. Yuck! After that full day, we ended up taking an evening drive along a narrow and pretty rough road, but the view was gorgeous, and we saw some wildlife.
|Three generations of Birdies: Chad, Charles, and Megan.|
|Judy, Chad's mother, doing one of her favorite things; rock hunting!|
Friday afternoon, we arrived at our campsite at around 3:00. Chad's parents were kind enough to take the camper up the day before and get it all set up. The campsite is a 25 minute drive from their house, and it sure saves time when they do this for us. A beautiful spot where we had camped last year, it is way back in, far from the highway. It is quiet, and there are no other campers within a couple of miles. Filled with many varieties of wildflowers and just as many varieties of butterflies, this is my favorite site of all the ones we have stayed in. We got settled in, looked around the immediate area at all of the flowers, then a little thunderstorm came up. While it was raining, we all enjoyed a nice nap. Evening walks and family time around the campfire were just the ticket, and I can't imagine a better way to relax.
|A Hesperis Fritillary butterfly enjoying some Penstemon nectar.|
|Slimpod Shooting Star|
|Duncecap Larkspur (what a rude name for such a pretty flower!)|
I think camping is, by far, my favorite family activity. I can't wait until we can do it again!
Friday, June 22, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
My heart sings and celebrates this time of year! But, we all know what goes up, must come down. Sadly, after today, the dawn will gradually come later, the sun will creep away to set earlier, and I will find myself looking forward to the summer solstice of 2013.
Happy solstice, and happy summer!
Monday, June 18, 2012
This is Moose. He lives a couple of houses up the block, and he is 8 or 9 years old. I remember when the neighbor brought him home as a tiny kitten. Actually, his name is Tame, but he's a big boy, and my daughter, Megan, began calling him Moose many years ago. So he will always be Moose to us. He doesn't seem to mind the name...he always comes running when he sees us! He regularly patrols the neighborhood, and stops by often to say hello and have a treat.
|This is my largest flower bed, and where Moose can often be found during the heat of the day. Many times he's wandered out, yawning, after having his afternoon nap.|
He's just a good ol' cat, and a sweet visitor that I don't mind seeing every day.
Saturday, June 9, 2012
First, we saw a cow moose with her calf. They were deep in the willows, and it was raining pretty hard, so we didn't try to get any pictures. We really could only see little bits of them here and there between trees and bushes, so any photos wouldn't have been very good anyway.
We drove on up the road a bit, and there, pretty as you please, was a bull moose, probably 30 feet from where we pulled off the road. Still raining, but he didn't care! So we took his picture, and he was very gracious about it.
After we said thank you and goodbye to Mr. Moose, we went a short way up the road, and the rain began to turn to a slushy mix of rain and snow. So we decided that we'd gone far enough, and headed back down.
How was your Saturday?
Thursday, June 7, 2012
By early evening, it was still quite blustery, but I was out looking at the damage to my gardens. Several of my peonies are now in a vase inside my house, because the strong winds snapped their stems, even though they are supported. An iris bloom stalk was a casualty also. My oriental poppies, which had just bloomed, were totally trashed.
|Adding cheer to my living room, I'd much rather enjoy them, in all of their glory, outside.|
|My poor, sad poppies.|
Then, to add insult to injury, we had a line of strong thunderstorms roll through later in the evening that brought heavy rain and hail. At least we got some moisture back, but the driving rain and hail didn't do much for the already damaged vegetation.
The next morning, on my walk around town and the cemetery, I saw a lot of the same type of damage.
|Just one of the large broken limbs that I saw on my walk.|
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
The above picture is courtesy of Google Images. I would love to photograph it myself, or see it through a high powered telescope, but it's still awesome to get to just hold the glass up and see it. This photo looks pretty much like what I just saw, with Venus in the one o'clock position. The only real difference is that through the #12 welding glass, the sun is green, a la Sam I Am's green eggs and ham!
Are you watching the transit, either live or via TV or streaming video?
Monday, June 4, 2012
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Friday, June 1, 2012
1. What were you scared of as a kid? I was terrified of irrigation ditches. What??? Yep, you read that right. We lived in farming country, and there were irrigation ditches everywhere. Some of them very large. When I was 4, my neigborhood had a fairly good sized one, not too huge, but big enough to be dangerous for small kids. My mom warned me to never go near it. She said it may look slow and lazy on top, and seem like a nice place to wade, but it was deep and fast moving underneath. If I went or fell in, the current could suck me under and drown me. So began a huge fear of irrigation ditches. I had nightmares about just getting a few feet away and getting sucked in; about driving by one of the really big ones we used to see along the highway, and the car getting sucked in, with all of us in it. Even at that young age, when I had those dreams, I could feel the water going into my lungs and drowning me. It was scary! But, my mom's warning worked...I never went near the irrigation ditch!
2. Do you sleep well in a hotel? That depends. If we are in a quiet hotel where there's not a lot of noise from highways or other guests, I'll sleep fine.
3. If you could meet any celebrity, dead or alive, who and why? This one is kind of tough for me. I enjoy music and movies very much. But, for the most part, the celebrities, singers, or musicians don't lead very admirable lives, so I really don't care to meet them personally. Maybe I'd like to meet someone like Jim Caviezel. He's starred in some of my favorite things, such as Freqency, The Passion of the Christ, and the current TV show Person of Interest. He seems like a genuinely good person and family man.
4. It's a hot summer day. Do you prefer to be pool side or at the beach? Definitely at the beach! We lived in Florida, on the Gulf of Mexico, for 4 years while my husband was in the Air Force. We lived on the base, right on a bay, and we could go out our front door, walk across the street, and watch the dolphins or stingrays feeing every morning. A short drive across the base, and we were on the beach of the Gulf. It was awesome! Ever since then, I truly find swimming pools very boring.
5. What is your favorite summer dish? Taco Salad!