Filed under: gardening, life, nature, photography, travel | Tags: gardening, japanese garden, life, photography, portland, travel, vacation
so i haven’t blogged in a while. i was on vacation in portland. when i got home i SHOULD have popped some pictures up right away, but i have to admit….i was sort of bummed. i loved portland. my hosts were so much fun and we squeezed so many great things in. when i got home i was bored. bored and cranky and contemplative. “why the hell am i living here?” i’ve been talking about moving for years. oh yeah: i have no money to move. so i’m stuck here.
now, that i got THAT out of the way i will say that i’m much cheerier this week. it’s been a great three day weekend and i have spent some time setting some goals, which i will share later. but for now i will show you some photos of one of my favorite places in portland, the japanese garden!
definitely worth the admission, which i think was 5 dollars. i’m pretty certain if i lived in that town i would go all the time. once we got away from the group with the loud toddlers it was so quiet and peaceful and ….healing.
Filed under: animals, birds, nature, photography, travel | Tags: animals, birds, california, crabs, nature, ocean, photography, seagulls, travel
it was nice to visit california. my favorite parts were the cool air, the sound of the waves and the beautiful vegetation.
i definitely enjoyed the beach time! here are some scenes from an evening on the pier:
so, that’s a sea gull. moving on…
a crab. a couple people were tossing their net and bringing up these tiny little guys.
fish n’ chips, bait AND clam chowder!
oh and here is a man and his dog on the pier
Filed under: animals, dogs, pets | Tags: animals, dog toys, dogs, pets, puppies, travel
the dog toys have been laundered!!!
they were getting kind of scungie. the pet sitter is coming and i didn’t want her to get too grossed out playing with the dogs.
cold water wash, very little liquid detergent, gentle cycle, lay flat to dry. it takes the squeekers a couple days to dry out and not sound like the toys have emphysema.
Filed under: animals, dogs, pets | Tags: animals, dogs, life, pets, random, travel, trucks
Filed under: animals, birds, life, nature, wildlife | Tags: animals, birds, farming, nature, photography, travel, vulture, wildlife
yesterday was the annual garlic harvest. we drove out to y’s farm in the middle of nowhere. d. pulled over so i could grab shots of this guy.
we harvested for hours in the heat. if they made us go another hour…this guy and his friends would have been hovering over me!
he let me get pretty close before taking off. i was kind of nervous because i was standing in the middle of the road like some dopey looky-loo.
it was a fun day and they rewarded us with pounds of garlic and a tasty meal afterwards.
so many nice people just chatting away while pulling garlic out of the ground. but i’m quite dehydrated today….
good day to be lazy!
Filed under: animals, dogs, nature, new mexico, pets, photography | Tags: cactus, dogs, hiking, life, nature, photography, pictures, travel, wildlife
if the day begins with hashbrowns…it’s gonna be good. but lets not dwell on breakfast…
the hike to the petroglyphs was easier than i expected, so we went a little farther. i have to say….i had a good time but i was sad i didn’t see more wildlife. not one single raptor. and no snakes.
but this was a fun surprise:
a cairn. i love these things. i tried to keep them up in my back yard…but certain fast moving cinnamon bears kept knocking them over.
and of course, the whole reason we went to this site:
.ooh, yeah baby, petroglyphs.
ancient peoples. writing about the sun, mankind, eternity, and mammals. gotcha. scholars don’t really know for certain what the icons mean, but they are all over the world. sun sign. biped. random mammal.
that sounds about right. they were pretty much everywhere so many centuries ago.
but, there too, also… (that’s how alaska governors speak)
there, too, also,…were some pretty scenes.
it was a pretty and peaceful hike.
no dogs welcome here, but in retrospect…it would have been too dangerous. venomous snakes, lizards, scorpions, nasty-ass-boars, mountain lions, prickly-spiny things. it made me definitely consider moving home so the dogs can be safer on a saturday morning walk.
Filed under: life | Tags: automobile, cars, conservation, environmental, life, prius, toyota, travel
the second thing i learned from my family upon arriving at new york was that my brother-in-law had just bought a new prius. how exciting!
i love it. my sister doesn’t like it…cuz it’s funny looking.
it averages 52.4 mpg. and it is very quiet.
his number one reason for purchasing it was the fuel consumption. the car was the same price or cheaper than one that consumes more petrol, so he bought it. it’s a sporty red color, too.
i can’t believe how roomy it is. everyone was surprised, you see…..he is 6’6″ and many cars are just too small. but he sits comfortably in the prius. so i recommend this car for tall people who want to help the environment, save on petrol prices or….irritate their wives.
and the car’s name is natasha. i can’t remember why.