San Augustin Presidio

I mentioned in a previous post that I would publish some of the images I got from the San Augustin Presidio so here they are.  I really like the contrast in the first image of then and now.  A new parking structure sits in the background of the old presidio.  The image below that is a collage of several that I took that day.  As usual, click to enlarge.  Namaste’

Then and Now

Presidio Collage

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

This weeks photo challenge is inside.  The image below is one of many that I took at the San Augustin Presidio, built in 1775, here in Tucson. I believe it exemplifies the light that we all have inside us.  As you look through the “bars” on the window, you can see the light shining from within.

Maybe it’s time we all looked inside more and let our lights shine outward.  Namaste’


Take a Stand

Today’s photo is a stand of saguaros.  It just looked like it needed an “old west” effect.  There’s a place here called Old Tucson Studios, where many old west films were made.  John Wayne spent quite a bit of time there while filming Rio Bravo and McLintock.  Word has it that he admired the saguaro cactus.  (I had such a huge crush on the Duke).  So there you have it, Pilgrim.

Does anybody know how long it takes one of these arms to grow?  Namaste’

Jolly Roger in the Desert

Today’s photo is of one of my neighbors … flying a Jolly Roger.  What???????  I’ve noticed it before and always wondered why they fly it.  Could it be that it’s

  • a conversation piece?
  • their ancestors were really pirates?
  • they’re really pirates (aaarrghhhh)?
  • they’re personal friends with Johnny Depp?

I think I’ll remember to ask the next time I see them. Click the image to enlarge it.  I’m trying to keep file size down these days to accommodate some of my email followers.  Namaste.

I touched this up a bit to give it that old effect. Pirates are old, aren't they?

Old But Not Forgotten


Oh, if only this old door could talk.  Wonder what it would say.  It belongs to my neighbor, who saved it from her parents house many moons ago.  For some reason, when I saw it, it reminded me of the old houses in the Garden District of New Orleans.  I was there many years ago and felt such a fascinating energy as I passed through those streets.

She was telling me that she just couldn’t discard it and I can sure see why.  It’s so much fun to keep items like this and do something creative with them. For right now, it’s going to lean on the mesquite tree, keep the prickly pear cactus company, and enjoy being in the desert until she comes up with a new use for it.

Now, when she does do something with it, I’ll be sure to photograph it again and we can all see its transformation.

As always, click the image to make it larger.


Diva Daisy

This is Daisy, the Diva.  Why do we call her a diva?  Well, it could be because she wants ALL the attention.  If one of us (me or my husband) is giving attention to Foxy, that just won’t do in Daisy’s eyes.  When visitors come, she looks up at them and barks, like “Hey, look at me!”  But we’re OK with all of it.

Daisy at the Shelter

Every dog has it’s own personality and Daisy is no exception.  We adopted her about 3 1/2 years ago from a local shelter.  As I walked her that first time, she was absolutely perfect.  Walked right next to me and was such a little lady.  She had been a stray and was extremely emaciated.  I could feel the bones along her spine, but frankly, that’s not what made us choose her over the other dogs.  It was the way she cocked her head when I talked to her.  The staff at the shelter had named her Pretty Girl and said she took to her name right away. (Even though she is a very pretty girl, we decided to give her a new name).

The first night at home with us, Daisy and I spent the night on the floor together, separated from Foxy because the shelter said she had kennel cough.  Of course, they didn’t tell us that until the morning we picked her up and it’s very contagious for other dogs.  Ugh!  We decided to take our chances and introduced her to Foxy the next day.  It turns out that there was no kennel cough and they have been buddies ever since that day.

Daisy is very smart.  We’re not sure what her mix is but we know that she’s part Border Collie.  She has that herding instinct but, unlike some other herding breeds, does not nip at one’s heels, which is great.  When she’s running, she’s all business.  It’s so fun to let our dogs run alongside our “old workhorse” golf cart.  We live in an area that’s sparsely populated, so it’s easy to do and they both just love it.  We don’t get much exercise, but they sure do.

Daisy is our fourth rescue and most likely our last.  We’ve decided it’s just too heartbreaking to go through the letting go process when we lose one to illness. Why can’t dogs live as long as we do?

For now, we’re just enjoying being their humans.  They have us well-trained 🙂  Namaste.

A Much Healthier Daisy the Diva



Chocolate without the HFCS

©Regina Arnold

We went to the Cracker Barrel for breakfast this morning and on the way out, decided to pick up two of the new Hershey bars.  We love chocolate and were pleased to know that these particular bars are made from the original Hershey recipe. The Hershey company has been making chocolate bars since 1900 when Milton Snavely Hershey produced the first bar.  The bars in the picture are the ones made (and available for a limited time) with the original recipe, containing no high fructose corn syrup.

According to “The Nibble” (a magazine about specialty foods) chocolate dates back as far as 1500 B.C. when the Aztec and Mayan cultures discovered the value of the cacao plant.  Cacao trees have grown wild for about 10,000 years.  Some historians believe that chocolate has been around for 2,000 years but research now claims it could be even older.  Even though there are conflicting dates, one thing is for sure – chocolate is a taste that most people love and I’m no exception.  (No, these are not part of my eating plan, but a girl’s gotta have some chocolate once in a while.)

Originally chocolate was a bitter drink made from the cacao bean which probably accounts for the bitter taste in dark chocolate.  Some researchers say that chocolate is actually good for you as long as it’s the dark variety and has at least 80% cacao.  Others say differently so who knows?

“Forget love — I’d rather fall in chocolate.” –Anonymous


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