The Culprit

There’s this plant that is wreaking havoc with noses and eyes right now in the southern Arizona desert.  I don’t know it’s formal name (you know I don’t, right?) like Bulldog knows all of his.  I’m jealous.  But it blows around, makes us all sneeze and provides a fine film of white fluff on the top of the pool.  WS hates that!!!!  I think it’s called Desert Broom and personally, I can’t wait for it to stop!  Stop, just stop blooming!

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We did.  Too much food so we’re dragging out the left-overs tonight.  Namaste’

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About Today

Thanksgiving is about food for lots of people.  Well, I like it, too, that’s for sure, but it’s about more for me.  I don’t want to get philosophical but it’s always a day where memories of Thanksgivings past flood my mind.  I remember all of my loved ones that have gone on to the other side and the ones still with us but living far away.  As I prayed the blessing today at the table, I felt them all with me.  I think all relationships are holy ground.  Even the Thanksgiving at my grandmother’s house when me and my sister-in-law peeled 20 lbs. of potatoes.  Back then there were 17 of us all at the table.  A lot of work yet so much fun.

I didn’t get out to take any shots today since I did all the cooking, but I did manage to get the last of the flowers in the back yard and added a slight special effect.  Hope you all who celebrate this day had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Namaste’

Autumn Leaves

As you probably know, the desert doesn’t see autumn leaves, so I asked my friend and traveling buddy, Pat, to send me some autumn leaves when she was in Chicago last month.  So now they’re an added addition to my Thanksgiving place mats tomorrow.  Thanks, Pat, and I’ll be thinking of you for sure.  As I will all of my loved ones, friends, and fellow bloggers.  When I count my blessings, I count all of you.

I’ll be getting up early to get the turkey in the oven, making sure the favorites recipes have been prepared as much as I can ahead of time, then go over and pick up my parents.  We will then welcome my uncle, everyone will sit down to share the anticipated meal, eat too much (most likely) and then yours truly will probably collapse.  Ha!  Good thing this only happens once a year.  (Foxy and Daisy love holidays like this … turkey, in moderation of course, is one of their favorites).

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  Namaste’

Forever Marilyn

I found this to be one of the most amazing things that I saw on my trip.  A 26-foot statue of Marilyn Monroe.  As you can see by the people at her legs, she’s pretty tall. She was sculpted by J. Seward Johnson and has been in Chicago until May of this year when it was loaned to Palm Springs, CA.  Apparently she is dismantled in pieces in order to be trucked to new locations.  Take a look at the shadow on the right of the first picture.  It’s her skirt, but looks a lot like a polar bear to me.  Things that make you go hmmmm …  Namaste’

Car #496

Another image from my trip.  These are so much fun to ride, especially when you have sore feet from walking along all the piers and Fisherman’s Wharf.  Namaste’

Curious Encounter

My dear friend, Linda, has a really cool cat named Daisy.  Now you all know that I have a dog named Daisy, so what do they have in common?  After all, one’s a feline and one’s a canine.  What they have in common is that they have both been rescued in some way and are very loved.

Daisy was checking out my suitcase while I was at Linda’s.  She is so cute and so curious.  And for being a stranger to her, she was very sweet and loving to me.  Namaste’

And the photo below was sent to me from my dear friend in Ojai.  I love what it depicts and the message is so perfect:

Two Pea Wees

I just had to post these and hope my friend (in the first photo) will not disown me.  I love you, Pat!  This was all just fun on our road trip.  Yep, that’s me in the bottom shot.

Hope all is well with all of you.  Namaste’