Friday, October 10, 2014
I was only gone 2 days, but it was fun. I came back feeling so relaxed. My Sister and her Hubby invested in a time share several years ago. They have have had some really neat suites. When you first enter the building/parking lot, where they were staying, you see a Dolphin Fountain. So cute, and they have the fountains all over the lots.
One of the days I was there my Sister and Brother In Law treated my Niece and I to lunch. We went to Old Town in Orange County, CA. My Sister had read about a French Cafe/Tea Shop. She knew how much I loved Tea, she does as well. This Cafe/Shop had all kinds of Tea, lose and bagged. Plus souvenirs. A very cute shop. It's called "Paris in a Cup" I thought of my friend Claire, and wished she could have had lunch with us. What a treat that would be.
My Niece Marti drove over from Long Beach, and joined us. I was 9 yrs. when she was born.
My two oldest Sister's are 12 and 14 yrs. older then I am. Therefore, they were married and out the door when I was 5 and 7 yrs. I was raised with Gale. She is almost 4 yrs. older then me. She no longer lives in Calif., so it was good seeing her again, reminiscing etc.
And this is my BIL, Gary...He is so funny, and a very generous person. Always has been.
You would think since I had my camera with me I would have taken a ton of pictures, but those were the only pics I took. I just wanted to sit back, relax, and catch up with my Sister. She had just gone to her High School Reunion, and showed me pictures of her friends. People I haven't seen since 1964. I kept saying "oh, your kidding me!". Some people I didn't recognize. I then wondered if the same friends saw me, would they say the same? Oh, of course not...I am so much younger. I graduated in 1968 ...
The train trip going down was great. The train only stopped 3 times, and made for a quicker trip. Coming back I had a hour lay over in Los Angeles from Anaheim. I finally boarded the train, and the train stopped at every stop until it hit Palmdale. I was tired when I got home, but all in all I had a wonderful time.
On the 4th, I was having fun with the Moon again. 1 am, Sarge had to do his business.
The next day Sarge and I took a walk in the open field near us. I should have gone 30 mins. earlier. It was near dusk, and some of my pictures look more like a painting then pictures, but Sarge was so happy to spend time with me, and get his walk in. His happiness shows.
There were a lot of Quail running around. Right as I was getting ready to take their pictures, they flew up on a block wall.
The Moon was out, and looking good.
Ravens are always flying North, over the field, about 6:30 pm. They are so hard to photograph. They just fly to fast lol.
Joshua Trees and our beautiful hills in the background. It amazes me that some of the foliage is green as dry as we have been.
One last picture before Sarge and I head home.
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
This House Finch is on our telephone line every morning. 7am, and it is singing away. It comes back in the evening, sings, and watches the sun go down.
DH and I went grocery shopping. After we finished we drove across the street. There is a huge field with Joshua Trees. One area they haven't touched yet, and I hope they don't. I love the desert, and the beauty it has to offer. We drove on one long road, that led to several other dirt roads. Dh and I thought we should bring the dogs there for a walk. Nobody was around, complete solitude. Another reason I love my area, is no matter where you look, you see hills and mountains. Makes my day. Here are a few shots of the Joshua Trees. Each tree has their own shape. Some skinny, others well rounded and full. Some areas were having winds, and you can see the dust in the background. Made it kind of hazy. It isn't smog, just dust.
This was my favorite tree.
Hills and Mountains in my home, Palmdale. I just found out that the Mountains in Palmdale are part of the San Bernardino Mountains. Our Mountains stretch across the southern part of our valley. Jackie, that makes us kindred spirits!
This is where the San Bernardino Mountains start. Stretches east to west.
Tehachapi Mountains, which is north of us.
My Garden Rabbit is ready for Fall. I put one of my new Mums by the Rabbit.
Time to call it a day. Starling getting ready for the Sunset.
There will be a Blood Moon, Eclipse of the Moon, this am. Starts at 5am Eastern time. That makes it 2 am here. Hope I can wake up.
Monday, October 06, 2014
And a cloudy morning. Made for nice pictures.
I was looking East when I took those pictures. I turned around, and looked West. Right over our hills, was a odd rainbow.
I then saw a Cat laying on the sidewalk in front of our yard. I have never seen this Cat before, and I haven't seen it sense.
Around 8:30am Sarge and I hopped into the car. I drove to Starbucks, and bought a Peppermint Mocha. After that I drove over to the field, which is close to Starbucks, where I can get a good view of the San Bernardino Mountains. Clouds were everywhere. Hi Jackie!
I kept thinking it looks like it wants to rain. A Raven caught my attention. It flew over me, and landed on a light post. I think it had a roll in its beak. It made sure I noticed his/her prize, as the bird was showing the roll from all angles.
Looking to the east again, Lake Los Angeles area, and you could see streaks of rain.
Walking back to the car, I noticed a odd looking cloud hanging over the hills near my home.
I decided to drive out to Leona Valley. Sarge always enjoys the ride. I couldn't find the Hawks while I was there, but did see Cows, and Longhorns. I haven't been out to Leona Valley in almost a month. I need to go again soon.
I kept hearing a Raven, making a lot of noise. I looked across the street, and there is was, on a fence. Not sure if it didn't want me in the area, or cawing at another bird, but it didn't sound happy.
I was getting hungry so thought I should head back home. I looked up and saw rain streaks again. The streaks were over the hill, so I knew where I lived it was getting a downpour.
As I drove closer to home, I could see it had rained pretty good. I decided to check out the backyard, and it started sprinkling. I love raindrops on Roses and Flowers.
Have a good Monday. Not sure where I am going, but I will have my camera in hand!
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