HICKOK-HALEY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HICKOK%2DHALEY HICKOK-HALEY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Lake Sabrina http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5987194 Two weeks ago my Hubby and Daughter drove 4 hours to lake Sabrina. It is near Bishop CA., north of where we live. They found a place, and set up their tents. The skies were clear when they arrived. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e5fc15d6-c2d4-41d5-8db8-a381d12db9c5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/643182a1-1563-451d-90e5-57bf0762fed2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b516b0e9-6ce0-45f9-9292-8580be6559c4.jp... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 04:37:01 EST Rest of July http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980631 Let's start with a beautiful Sunrise, July 19th. I took Munchie for a walk. Every now and then I give him special time. Just the two of us. We went to a different field this day, with different trees, street lights etc. Boy, am I glad I picked this field. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/97ba595d-d302-4d0a-8de2-b164816327b1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d458b0ed-7ec0-40dd-942e-ccb6a0050679.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sp... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 02:39:16 EST Look what was in our garden this evening. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979902 4 Black Chinned Hummingbirds. First time I have seen them here. I am thrilled. They were checking out the Sunflowers. Then they would fly over to the fence and sit there for a few minutes. They knew I was there, but they were calm as can be. I only cropped one of the pictures, so you will have to view the pictures on my Flicker page. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.flickr.com/photos/60439602@N08/2<BR>0671287125/in/dateposted-public/ </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.flickr.com/photos... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 23:09:06 EST Odds and ends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979323 Last month, early July, we were looking for old homes, and Dennis remembered this one house in Leona Valley. We have always liked this house. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6c989dd3-4f7b-46ec-b0dd-9cd5dc0b476e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> While we were sitting in the car, a Cotton Tail hopped into view. What a cutie. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/df611a73-150e-4398-9cf2-b8fede93179e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We found some Long Horns. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 04:13:12 EST Need to get away from it all? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967178 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=s54XzcEH_jY </link> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 01:00:12 EST Huge Joshua Tree http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963840 I told Dennis about the Joshua Trees, and the Yucca growing by them. So we went for a hike, and hiked up the hill to where the Trees were. I was amazed at the size of one of the Joshua Trees. I had Dennis stand by it, so you can get an idea of how big it is. They grow slower then a snail crawls, so this one is very old. The fire we had 4 yrs. ago missed this tree, thank goodness. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2734a9ca-027b-49c2-a04b-a1f1e5b0a5b8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A Butt... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:32:15 EST A hike with Sarge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961540 Last month Sarge and I took a drive to Leona Valley around 6:30pm. I went to the famous Hawk tree. There were a few birds flying around, and singing There is a Mockingbird that watches me every time I am there. First it was on a telephone wire, then it flew over to a shrub. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/795d1308-bf28-4f17-835d-dc1f8122feb3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3b3cdc43-f5f3-47bd-9cbf-017ae3f4628b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 04:37:53 EST Green Valley http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960498 I could have sworn I did a blog of our day in Green Valley, but I don't see it, so guess not. Boy, I'm losing it. One of last months assignments was "Roads". I remembered the long road we would take to the ranch where we used to board our horses in Leona Valley. On our way to Leona Valley we spotted 2 C-130's flying around. My Dad worked on this plane, so it is one of my favorites. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b9b3e03f-bcf5-4ff5-a34b-11c0da08e708.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 05:53:16 EST Mendota Illinois http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959346 Better late then never hehe. I am a month behind with my blogs. Since it was Memorial Week-end when I was there, people were putting flowers and flags on their loved ones grave sites. My Cousins Hubby's relatives were buried in Mendota. He is of Polish decent, and also Catholic. While Ron and Cynthia were busy with Ron's decedents, I walked around. Again, such a beautiful old Cemetery. This was the first statue I fell in love with. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3ff2... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 00:18:04 EST Troy Grove http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953137 Troy Grove is a cute little town. Maybe 300 people live there?, but I love it. I hope to go back again within a year or two. Like I said in my earlier blog, James Butler Hickok, aka Wild Bill, was born and raised in Troy Grove. His parents were William and Polly (Butler) Hickok. I went to the cemetery while I was there. I always do. It is a very peaceful place. A lot of Hickok's are buried there. On Wild Bill Hickok Days they give a tour of the Hickok clan. I doubt if any of you have been the... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 04:06:41 EST Fun cake to make for the 4th of July http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949468 <link>www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/firecra<BR>cker-red-white-and-blue-cake/bbbeeab8-<BR>2f8c-4aab-a837-a1a7fd7a7901 </link> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 23:15:30 EST Wow!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943209 <link>www.womansday.com/life/pet-care/news<BR>/a50775/this-adorable-real-life-bambi-<BR>finds-the-perfect-home/?post_id=160978<BR>7365971885_1609787359305219#_=_ </link> <BR> <BR> Hope this works! Thu, 11 Jun 2015 00:26:26 EST Wild Bill Hickok Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941477 Those of you who have known me for a long time, know I am related to Wild Bill Hickok. My Great-Grandfather, and Wild Bill were cousins. My Dad was told they knew each other. So far, I can only go by word of mouth. I hope to find that fact in writing some day. I do know they were in Kansas at the same time. So it is possible they knew each other. <BR> May, 2009 I flew to Illinois for a Wild Bill Hickok dedication. They had a artist design a new bust of W.B. It turned out fantastic. Here is a ... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 00:11:51 EST Going out of town http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931712 I'm leaving tomorrow morning for a mini vacation. I will be back Monday night. This will be my last blog for a while. After I get back DH is going to set up my new computer, and I won't be able to download pictures until it is all set up. Plus I will be downloading a newer photo program. I can't wait. I have a few days worth of pictures, so here goes. <BR> I can't remember if I included these pictures in a blog. The pictures are from last month. <BR> Baby Starling, I think a female. It was s... Thu, 21 May 2015 00:14:05 EST A Special Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931129 When ever we check the weather for our area we use The Weather Channel website. A picture sits on my computer that The Weather Channel provides. It is a picture of my area, since they go by zip codes. I looked at the picture closely, and told DH "I think I know where that is". It is a picture of a long road, with the Aqueduct to the left. DH also thought he knew where the road was, so we hopped in the car and headed to the east end of town. Low and behold, on 25th Street East, we found the ro... Wed, 20 May 2015 01:39:04 EST Broken Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930971 I am starting off with some bad news. I wanted to talk about this first, so the rest of my blog will be uplifting. Those who have known me for a long time, know that I have enjoyed watching the Red Tail Hawks in Leona Valley which is 10 mins. from our home. The last time I mentioned the Red Tail Hawks, the babies had to be about 2 weeks old, which was 2 weeks ago. I didn't see the male Hawk, but I thought he was off looking for food. The following week I didn't see him, and I thought that was... Tue, 19 May 2015 19:09:18 EST Sarge and I took a hike in the hills http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925582 We barley started walking the path, and who greets us? The Hummingbird that was following us around last time we were in that area. What a fun, beautiful Hummer. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1288093095.jpg"> <BR> <BR> He tilted his head ever so slightly, and the sun hit the purplish color in his feathers. I was so lucky my pictures came out this colorful, as it was cloudy off and on. In fact, it rained for a while later in the day. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak... Sun, 10 May 2015 01:23:12 EST End of April http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923349 Not long ago Sarge and I were taking care of Huck while my friend was out of town. We drove up to a field for their walk. I got out of the car, and spotted a plant I have never seen there before. It sure is pretty. I haven't been able to find the name of the plant. The flower looks somewhat like a Petunia, but it isn't a Petunia. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1111329840.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1869069708.jpg"> <BR> <BR>... Tue, 5 May 2015 22:35:55 EST Migration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917544 Two weeks ago DH and I drove over by the Air Force Base. Since we were there I checked on the area where some water birds hang out. There were some birds that were passing through. <BR> A few American Avocet. I am pretty sure these were the birds we saw at Elizabeth Lake. They probably stopped here for a couple of days before they continued on to their destination. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1326033190.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 16:35:16 EST Poppies in Quartz Hills, and a hike in the hills near our home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909251 We drove over to Quartz Hills. It is s little town next to Palmdale. We were hoping to find a few wildflowers. More then just a few. The fields were filled with Poppies. Here is one of the fields with the San Bernardino Mountains in the background. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1654375318.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Alice and Sarge had fun looking around. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1537346076.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There were about 7 Pigeons walking a... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 07:22:37 EST Leaving Elizabeth Lake, headed to Lancaster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903986 We left the lake, turned left, and drove up the road a bit. Right on the corner of Elizabeth Lake Rd. and Munz Rd. is a huge field. As I mentioned in my blog, last year that area was covered with Poppies and other wildflowers. Not this year. We turned right on Munz Rd. It winds around and eventually will take you to Lancaster. We figured wildflowers would be there. We didn't have to drive far on Munz Rd when we noticed on the side of the hills/mountains, were Grape Lupine. Oh, were they pre... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 05:11:44 EST Elizbeth Lake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903284 We drove out to Elizabeth Lake for 2 reasons. <BR> 1. We were curious since we had rain, how much water would be in the lake. <BR> 2. To see the wildflowers. Last year they had poppies that filled a field all the way up to the hills. It looked pretty, Our answer? <BR> <BR> Elizabeth Lake/Lake Hughes area must not have received as much rain as we did. Instead of more water, only half of the lake had water, and that looked bleak. I pray we get more rain this coming winter and spring..We did ... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 01:09:53 EST Quick update on the Red Tail Hawks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901864 The last time we saw the female Red Tail Hawk was March 15th. She was sitting by the nest. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1559413659.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After the 15th we didn't see her. We thought either she is in the nest, or something happened to her. I was hoping that wasn't the case after the male losing Mama Hawk 2 yrs. ago. Then the female Red Tail he was with last year disappeared. They never had chicks though, so maybe she moved on. Anyway, we spotted the male... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 19:25:07 EST Sarge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901300 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1214333867.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I rarely do this, but I entered Sarge in a photo contest. If you want to take a peek. <BR> <BR> <link>moderndogmagazine.com/photocontest/e<BR>ntry/sarge-21 </link> <BR> <BR> I should have another blog tonight or tomorrow. Have a good Sunday! Sat, 28 Mar 2015 18:19:57 EST Goddes Hills Pass http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899111 We started off our drive in Quartz Hills. Mixed in with the Joshua Trees were Goldfields. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1642503319.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1610859416.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Driving up and over Goddes Hills Pass. It's a pretty winding road. There are a few places where you can pull off the road safely. We stopped above the Aqueduct. There was a good view of the north/western part of the Valley. <BR> <img... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 23:12:02 EST My plants http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898526 It's been a while since I have blogged. I was going to wait until DH sets up my new computer to write up a blog, however, the wild flowers bloomed a bit early. We wanted to take pictures before they faded. This year was much better then last year. So many Poppies. I was so excited, I decided I wanted to share my pictures. I had 200 pictures in my camera lol. I have been downloading them the last two days. Needless to say I will have a few blogs. I am going to start out with the plants in my ... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 00:30:25 EST Signs of Spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885952 I took these pictures on Feb. 23rd. <BR> Spring seems a bit early this year, but I'm not complaining. It has been beautiful around here the last 2 weeks. Our Apricot Tree has blooms. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1282774824.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And this is our Peach Tree. I love the color of the blossoms. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l754358081.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The first white Rose on our bush. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 01:05:07 EST For my friends who use a Laptop http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883836 If any of you use Lenovo you will want to read this. I received this as a warning from AVG today. I don't use a laptop, but I know some of my friends do. You have to find out how to remove this threat. <BR> <BR> What is Superfish? <BR> <BR> Superfish is a piece of software that Lenovo has admitted to pre-installing on many of its laptops to "enhance the shopping experience" of its users. However, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team calls Superfish a "man-in-the-middle attack" becaus... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:49:20 EST Driving around town http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872921 DH and I went to a little store not far from us. They have a run off that has filled with water from the rain. Usually Mallards are there swimming around. Every now and then you can catch a Blue Heron, or a Great Egret..This time the Ring Neck Ducks were floating in the water. They looked so contented. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l13134307.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l444646351.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 02:28:43 EST Mule Deer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871549 Dennis and I were on our way to Elizabeth Lake, when all of the sudden DH pulled off the road, stopped, and said "look". He rarely gets that excited, so I was looking at him. He was pointing, so my eyes followed his finger..Low and behold were 7 Mule Deer crossing the road right in front of us. They were quick, but I did manage to get 4 of the Deer's. How I love these Deer's. So beautiful.. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1495525790.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http:... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 23:40:52 EST Thank You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871012 I wanted to say thank you to all of my friends for your kind words about Jungle. We sure miss her. Most of you, if not all, have gone through losing a pet, so I know you understand. Hugs to all!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1257048617.jpg"> <BR> <BR> p.s. I am working on my pictures for my blogs. Sat, 7 Feb 2015 00:50:08 EST Our Sweet Jungle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869695 Today has been a hard day..We woke up this morning, and Jungle had died in her sleep. She hadn't shown any signs she was sick, so this really threw us. I am glad, however, Jungle went peacefully. At the end of the month Jungle would have been 13. That is a good life for a cat. She was a perfect cat. Always a indoor cat, and she was very contented with that. She would sit by the sink, and watch the birds outside. She loved to take a nap on the cat stand, which is right by my computer. Jungle w... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 22:28:20 EST A few days combined http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866930 Some days our skies were so blue, other days a bit cloudy. <BR> <BR> Starting off the day with a beautiful sunrise. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1652759702.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1924000138.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Male House Finch <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l775493440.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Eurasian Collared-Dove <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1618648216.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ameri... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 06:27:23 EST Fun with the Scrub Jays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865667 House Finch was finishing up the seeds. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1560975131.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Next thing I know, one of the Scrub Jays shows up telling me he needs more Peanuts. I put some Peanuts in the dish, and 2 more Scrub Jays show up. They took turns grabbing a peanut, hoping up the tree, and eating it. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l575904969.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l853514044.jpg"> <B... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 03:43:59 EST Such a beautiful day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862655 The day started off with pretty skies. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1590444953.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was time to refill the bird feeders. A few birds were hanging around watching. <BR> Female House Finch <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2001059206.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We have two different colored Male House Finch. I find this so interesting. 2011 I noticed a couple Finches that were more of a sherbet color, then red. <BR> <img src="http://photos... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 02:45:05 EST Fun day for bird watching http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861895 It was time to take new pictures of our Muscovey Ducks. Look how big they are, and they are not a year old yet. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l388907986.jpg"> <BR> Seagull on the left. Darkwing standing by her. Storm in the back (dark head), and Savannah. <BR> <BR> Darkwing and Savannah. I love their eyes. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1727436563.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Seagull. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l974100278.... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:55:32 EST God said good morning, then good evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836613 How I enjoy the beauty God provides for us. Yesterday morning started off with a cloud. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l460166990.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The he added in a few more clouds. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l963986359.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Good Lord knows how I love colors, so he threw in some gold, and blue. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l878822331.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Speaking of colors. About 5:48 I looked out the... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 03:10:18 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833109 About 3am it started raining, and the next thing we knew, it was pouring. High winds as well. We haven't had a storm like that for a while. I didn't get much sleep, we had a leak. Looks like DH will be up on the roof tomorrow sealing areas of the roof. Not sure what time it was when I finally got up. I walked into the kitchen to make me a cup of tea, and there was my Daughter's Cat, Jungle. Just hanging out in the kitchen. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l341805652... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 23:29:48 EST Leona Valley continued http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831166 We drove up a hill so I could take a picture looking down on the valley. It was just a corner of the valley, but still a nice view. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l377788242.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Back down the road, we turned right. We drove up the road a bit, and to the left is a pretty house. This isn't their only home. There is another good sized house behind this one. Not sure how many acres they have, but enough to grow a lot of grapes. They own and operate a Winery..... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 03:12:20 EST Our drive to Leona Valley http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828912 Alice, Sarge, and I hopped into the car for a drive. I wanted to take some pictures out in Leona Valley. But first I drove to the field not far from me so I could check out the San Bernardino Mountains. So glad I did. A beautiful field, lots of clouds, and you could see streaks of rain hitting the mountains. The first picture I took it was sunny. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l549718602.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I walked a few feet down the field, and the sun went behind some... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 02:03:08 EST Trolling around http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825890 The day after Thanksgiving, I was taking my daily stroll around the yard. The birds were chattering away. There were a few in our Elm Tree. <BR> Lesser Goldfinch <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2065243267.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Male House Finch <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1212007339.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Female House Sparrow <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1432688417.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Male House Sparrow <BR> <img src="http://... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 15:42:00 EST My backyard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825449 I went outside to see what beauty I could find. Cruzer followed me out, then laid down by the back door. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1422726945.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Finches were eating, and looked to be very happy. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1777673488.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l788695615.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1766722065.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Henley th... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 22:46:38 EST For My Spark Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823452 Just wanted to wish you all a lovely Thanksgiving. For those of you who drive, be careful!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l341996244.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1050810163.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Say Grace before your meal. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l212222938.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And don't forget to work off those calories! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1023776564.jpg"... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:14:02 EST Meg's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817999 We got a call from our friend, who owns the Border Collies, and she told us Meg's passed away early Sat. morning. I felt bad for my friend. I know how much Meg's meant to her. Meg's was almost 17 yrs., and she had a nice long life. She had arthritis, but she didn't let that stop her from enjoying life...or playing ball. How I loved her spirit. <BR> So I wanted to dedicate tonight's blog to sweet Meg's. The very first time I met Huck and Meg's I was thrilled. They were the first dogs I exerci... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 23:00:11 EST My day with Sarge continued http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815814 Sarge and I crossed over to the other side of the field. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1944357385.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There are more Joshua Trees on this side. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1480428062.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1848974477.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sage was waiting for me. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1077330865.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I spotted a Crow, and wanted a pict... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 22:05:37 EST A Afternoon with Sarge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814565 I haven't been out to Palmdale Lake for a while, so decided to head out there. Sarge and I took a different path this time. There was a grove of California Junipers. This is where we started. San Bernardino Mountains are in the background. Hi Jackie!! <em>213</em> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l264019160.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We walked up the trail a bit, when I noticed a Western Scrub-Jay off in the distance. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l3... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 23:10:56 EST Shooting for the Moon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813351 I was having fun with the Moon on the 5th. This time in my front yard. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1465591071.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If you shoot for the stars and hit the moon, it's OK. But you've got to shoot for something. A lot of people don't even shoot. <BR> Confucius <BR> <BR> Standing on our sidewalk, looking across the street. The Moon was peeping between my neighbors Junipers. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1549342491.jpg"> <BR> <BR... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 00:26:46 EST Alice and Sarge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812810 Thank you for all of your well wishes. Alice has been doing good since her surgery. The small lump was a fatty tumor, but the bigger lump was cancerous. However, it is low grade, and the chances of it coming back are slim. I don't remember the name of the type of tumor it was, but the Vet said they have yet to understand why that type of tumor forms. They did get all of the tumor. We are pleased with the results. Alice feels so much better too. She has been really good. We were afraid we woul... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 21:44:54 EST Taking Alice and Sarge for a walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809640 On the 27th, we took the dogs for a walk. We knew this would be the last walk Alice would have for a while. As usual, they were excited to go. We walked in a field that is not far from us. They had a bad fire in the area bout 4 yrs. ago. It's nice to see some of the brush bouncing back. I snapped a picture of the area when we first started walking the trail. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l853183036.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Alice was having fun running all over. <BR> <img... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 22:46:31 EST Opps, I forgot this http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808463 Last week Sarge and I headed out the door early to view the Sunrise. Was it a beauty!! <BR> I Started at 7am, and finished at 7:15. The San Bernardino Mountains are in the background. Hi Jackie!! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1434645153.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1563596570.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l236428505.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 01:54:40 EST