Well our journey at TreeLand has ended . Do I sound sad............nope not a bit, just mixed emotions, lotsa mixed emotions.
Mr and I are speeding our way to the wide open Desert to spend time with FAMILY!!! Cannot wait cause there just ain't nuttin better than Christmas with FAMILY.
I must close, but not without mentioning our beloved Buddy the cat. We miss him every single day and especially now cause he loved chewing on the fir branches that I would cut off and bring in to make an arrangement.
Did I say Merry Christmas.................yep I just did.
So y'all know that we are at the Christmas tree lot babysitting the pines.
Well we are grateful that in 29 days we will sweep the pine needles from under our feet and travel on down to the Desert and spend Christmas with family. Be prepared for some tasty treats that we will concoct plus a few family photos.
Can you hear and feel my excitement..................woo hoo!!!
ps.................see that big tree over on the right of the tent??? it is 15 feet tall and the very most perfect shape.
because our black furry navigator was not along for the ride. Buddy will always be in our hearts he just wasn't sitting on the center console traveling along with Mr and myself.
Having said all that we have some very fond memories of our recent visit with my sweet sister and dear bro in law while babysitting the pumpkin patch, even got to spend quality time with sweet niece and nepew in law.
Of course food was involved, laughs many laughs, some quiet time as well as visits with friends. A Princess visit or three was also included. And did I mention food.
So now we are babysitting the Christmas tree's, no tree's yet but there will be the day after Thanksgiving.
So let that be a warning y'all won't be hearing much from me because it's really, really busy. Given the economy I wonder how tree sales will be this year?
I especially love these shadows.........................three of my very favorite folks. This was taken this afternoon on the Ventura Pier after a very wonderful lunch...............thanks shadows it was fun.
Woke Sunday a.m. to a bit of fog but nothing like yesterday. So off we traveled a short distance to the Gillette Ranch for a hike with a possiblity of viewing some migratory birds and a couple of resident feathered friends.
Our party consisted of brother-in-law, sister as well as a very dear friend.. Notice the absence of Mr Doodles, well way to early for him to rise. Met up with a few other early risers and the resident expert. Oh and yes Gillette Ranch would be the razor guy. More about that here.
The hike was way easy, many of the resident birds have traveled south, but many make the Gillette Ranch their home year round. The resident expert John, was very knowledgeable and fun.
A few photos for your viewing enjoyment. As always click on the photos for better viewing.
not a bird but a very cool spider web
there is a sweet little red headed bird on that short limb in front
a very sweet, quite chubby feathered friend on the ground
this would be the algae filled pond, rather odd but looked like a painting
one of the many Gillette homes on the compound
just liked this
A wonderful couple three hours being out in the gorgeous fresh air and enjoying our surroundings. Needless to say we had to end the adventure with a little food and of course Mr Doodles was up for brunch.
Pumpkins are over, trees to be making their appearance soon. Actually way too soon for my liking but hey what the heck.
I did notice in some of the larger stores like Taget and WM there is Christmas decorations up, their subtle you might not notice them but they are there, look up snowflakes hanging from the ceiling...............nooooooo!!!
Am I the only one to get annoyed at the Christmas decor gracing the stores we all frequent. My opionion is they put it up so early it just numbs me from seeing it cause it's up for so danged long.
But before trees get erected in the lot Mr and I are gonna spend some fun time with family. Get some culture, see a movie or three, shop a bit, spend some time at the beach and of course be Thankful.
for more updates and photos to follow.
Oh and I need permission from the Momma of the Princess to post her photo.................she was dressed as Minnie Mouse. Let me tell ya she was just the cutest Minnie Mouse just you wait and see.
at the Pumpkin Patch usually ain't too busy so being bored for me is dangerous. This is the least dangerous thing I could do............I think she's cute..............meet Molly................Mr Doodles seems to think she looks like a female in the Jack-in-the-Box commercial. Sorry but Jack in the Box is only West Coast.
Not at all what you think, but he was quite attractive and Italian.
I'm babysitting the Pumkin Patch, I notice this fella standing outside the fence taking pictures, being the kind person I am most of the time I invite him in by saying "you are more than welcome to come inside to take your pictures". A smile appears and in very broken but not too bad english he says "we have nothing like this in our country".
Being that I never met a stranger I tell hime to come in look around and I'll introduce you to some very unusual gourds and squash. We exchanged recipe ideas on how to use pumpkins and squash.
Turns out Lucca is from Genoa, Italy. "how long will you be visiting our country?" Oh he says "just four days, I'm here to see Pat Benetar". "Really" I say "you flew from Italy to here just to see Pat Benetar? I do believe you win the prize for coming the farthest and being the biggest fan. My word!! Lucca tells me he has done this before a few times but never to Los Angeles. "Thank you for such nice weather" he says.
We chat for awhile longer and I tell him how to get to the ocean driving his rental car...........off he goes quite excited to see the Pacific.
Pat Benetar at the Canyon Club It appears we will be closing the "Patch" early tonite since the club shares our parking lot. I have a feeling Lucca will not be the only person attending.
Oh Lucca's favorite way to eat pumpkin is in risotto with roasted pignoli added.
It seems the the US government deems bullying important enough to put up a web site for kids with an adult tab also read about it here
I am so very sad that this takes place and has since the beginning of time. I like you remember bullying in school and came to a little girls defense when she was being yelled at with horrible names. It happened at a new school I has just started. I honestly remember thinking no one would do that in my old school.
I also had encountered a bullying incident in the workplace several years ago, no I wasn't the person being bullied, but it was two woman against one. At the time I never heard of bullying in the workplace.
Wouldn't it be a good idea to find out why bullies are bullying, try stopping it to happen. We as a society cannot allow this to continue at this alarming rate.
If we had one of these weight watchers in the kitchen we wouldn't need a Fat Tax or even a soda tax
I'm not nearly as naive as I sound sometimes but if you look at the statistics of people on welfare funds and the obesity rate, it's shocking. I had those numbers somewhere and now I can't find them, if I do I'll post them.
Could we try harder at educating people. I would certainly volunteer to help show someone how to cook a healthy meal and I'm betting you would too. If someone would organze it I'd jump right in.
A year or so ago I had the occasion of being in a food bank in Arizona. I was dropping off some clothes and the Women's Abuse Center was connected to the food bank. Being the nosy curious person that I am I wandered in just to see what's what. Is it cheaper to donate junk food than it is to donate veggies and good/better food items. I'm not saying that there weren't some of that but certainly not enough cause I caught up with the assistant director and asked.
There is a local grower of tomatoes that only grows organic products, they donate several cases every week and they are yummy, I know cause the lady gave me a couple. But I also know that there are other growers in the area and I didn't see any apples, pears or vegetables of any kind there. The lady I spoke with was quite surprised that the community doesn't step up. They do get things from area markets that may be close to expired.
Now think about how many food banks there are in this country and think about that food banks client..............I am amazed and would like to do my share so
Many millions got this very same email, now you do know that the naysayers are going to complain about the money Mr Obama will receive cause it's a tidy sum. Let's admit the man has class a lot of class and integrity, something that has been missing for quite awhile.
But I am tired, really tired of looking back at all those despicable people and will no longer refer to any of them. We have a lot to look forward to let's begin to look forward.
This morning, Michelle and I awoke to some surprising and humbling news. At 6 a.m., we received word that I'd been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009. To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who've been honored by this prize -- men and women who've inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace.
But I also know that throughout history the Nobel Peace Prize has not just been used to honor specific achievement; it's also been used as a means to give momentum to a set of causes.
That is why I've said that I will accept this award as a call to action, a call for all nations and all peoples to confront the common challenges of the 21st century. These challenges won't all be met during my presidency, or even my lifetime. But I know these challenges can be met so long as it's recognized that they will not be met by one person or one nation alone.
This award -- and the call to action that comes with it -- does not belong simply to me or my administration; it belongs to all people around the world who have fought for justice and for peace. And most of all, it belongs to you, the men and women of America, who have dared to hope and have worked so hard to make our world a little better.
So today we humbly recommit to the important work that we've begun together. I'm grateful that you've stood with me thus far, and I'm honored to continue our vital work in the years to come.
Oh my word, my blogging experience started on October 12th, 2005.......here ya go read it here.
When I look back and read some of my very first, quite lame posts I had actually forgotten about some of the incidents I posted about, like all them hurricanes.
Thank you dear Sister for the introduction to blogging. I'm like you if someone reads my blog I'm thrilled, I'm more than thrilled when someone leaves a comment.
So much has happened in the past four years and yep we are still on the road and intend to continue being gypsies. Cause I love taking photos of the beautiful vistas of this country and meeting the many kind residents of this country.
The sites we have seen have been pretty cool, so as I have said from the very beginning...............................stay tuna'd
Dear Lord please give me one more day One more day of getting old One more day to watch the meadows green Or to see the aspens turn to gold. Just one more day to visit with friends we've met Another day upon a mountain top Breathing air that's fresh and sweet. Good Lord you know I truly love this life Although I seldom pray And I thank you so that I've been blessed To live it day by day. But, if you had just one more precious day That I could beg, steal or borrow I'd live with appreciation, zeal and pride Then I'd ask again tomorrow.
red scrub oak and golden aspen with a few pines mixed in
This is a portion of a poem written and read by John Nelson at an afternoon of Cowboy Poetry at a local book store. Too bad I couldn't get any photos but they weren't permitted.So having just recently heard this poem, Mr Doodles and I decided OK one more day.............we'll go to the mountains. Oh my word, picture this.............. a twelve mile trip up a gravel/dirt road to what is called Rainbow Lake. That gravel road is lined with sagebrush, scrub oak, those stunning golden aspen and some of the tallest pine trees we have ever seen.Around every bend on the grimy dirty road were many ooohs and aaahs, some of which I'll share with you here and on my photo blog.
We'll be packing up here and heading south in the next couple of days. We will miss the friends and the area a lot.
Please enjoy the photos I have taken while spending the day on the mountain..........oh did I tell you when we were up there on top of this mountain some 10,300 foot elevation it SNOWED!!! Now ya know why we are headed south?!?!
Y'all know I love my husband of almost thirty nine years, I love my cat Buddy for fifteen years, my family forever and my friends, what would I be without my friends..............but..............there's always that BUT my friend Tie says.
Meet my new love..........pretty isn't he and he's fast, fast, fast............fast & sleek. Everyone in this household has a name me, Mr Doodles, Buddy Grace the RV and Louie the truck so he needs a name and I haven't come up with one yet............so leave your suggestions in the comments