Thursday, March 25, 2010


THINK that I shall never see 
A poem lovely as a tree. 
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest 
Against the sweet earth's flowing breast; 
A tree that looks at God all day,         5
And lifts her leafy arms to pray; 
A tree that may in summer wear 
A nest of robins in her hair; 
Upon whose bosom snow has lain; 
Who intimately lives with rain.  10
Poems are made by fools like me, 
But only God can make a tree.
                                   --Joyce Kilmer

I wonder what lives inside? 
An Acorn Woodpecker?
Maybe an Owl? 
It could be a Squirrel.
It's too far up for me to climb, 
so I think I'll have to wait and see.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Spring Wild Flowers

You know how much I love wildflowers! So, here's the next installment.

Our time at the Lake is winding down. We'll head for home in a few days. As snowbirds, we try to head for the sun. We found it here in SoCal, next stop is NoCal then... who knows where you will find us.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Of Spring and Harvey and Things

This might be my favorite time of year. There is a certain shade of green that appears in early spring...and right now that certain shade of green is everywhere. I love it! It just feels good to be outside!

Of course there are a few flowers blooming too.  I'm always happy to photograph wildflowers. Yellow flowers are the most challenging as their bright color is hard to capture. This pretty yellow flower came out well.

As you know, we are camping near a lake that usually has lots of duck. This year there are few, but Harvey the Goose is still here. Many years ago, Harvey broke his wing, so he cannot fly. Instead he wanders around the park and lets everyone know that he is the boss. Since he's a big goose with a wicked hiss, most folks are wise enough to heed his demands. Given that, I've never seen him attack anything more than a piece of bread.

 Can't you just picture yourself taking a bike ride on this little country road? It's a good place to be right now.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Flowers and Flags

Spring is almost here--only a couple of days away. The flowers are in bloom and the fields are green.

Little critters are popping up to see what the new world looks like.

I love this time of year. In fact, it's even getting warm. We almost needed the air conditioner this afternoon!

In the meantime, we are watching movies. Since I last wrote, we saw Cold Mountain and Defiance. The theme is war. I liked both movies.

A closing note: I had to take this picture...the US Flags looked so beautiful waving in the spring breeze.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


During the course of a year, we will go to movies only when there's something we can both agree on. That means it's not a common event. When we fly, we both see movies on our individual TV and it does not matter if the other guy likes them or not.  However, when we camp, we have to agree as there's nowhere to go to avoid the TV. This year,we bought a 1 month "see all you want movie pass" at Blockbuster and now we are getting our movie fix for awhile. The hard part is agreeing on what movie to pick each night!

Tonight we saw Up in the Air with George Clooney. We both liked it! We've also seen Inglorious Basterds and we agreed on that movie was horrible. Don't waste your time with it. Public Enemies and Maiden Heist were so-so. I don't know what's at Blockbuster tomorrow, but it gets harder and harder each day as we hunt for something that we both will enjoy.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Dallas, etc.

We just spent three days in Dallas, where the other DrC had a professional meeting and I got to play. Both of us had fun. The highlight of my time there was visiting a friend and just hanging out. The picture is one of her cats (have you ever tried to take a picture of a cat...they don't sit still). I played Wii for the first time, and while I'll never be an expert cow racer, I did have a lot of fun. 

Everything was going well until we stepped off the last plane at our final destination...that's when my life partner, best friend, aka-my husband, tripped on the tarmac and fell. One minute he was standing--the next minute he was down and bleeding! I forgot to mention it was raining at the time and the ground was very slippery. Airport security was there in a heartbeat. He was walked to a dry place, questioned, and cleaned up by the time the ambulance came to speed him to the ER. The patient is doing fine. He has 2 stitches in his eyebrow, a horrible shiner, and various scrapes and bruises on his head, hands and knees. He's coping, but he has felt better! I could post of picture of the poor guy, but I'll save him the extra pain of having it posted for posterity. 

In the ER he was treated quickly. The x-rays revealed no broken bones. But here's the fun part...I was offered a job! If I agree to accept the job, I'd be providing consulting services about online training to medical doctors. This is a whole new "ball of wax" for me. I'm doing my homework now, researching the position to see if this is something I want to do, can do, and have the time to do. Keep watching this spot to see what happens. 

This is why I labeled the posting "Dallas, etc." You never know what is going to happen do you?