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/ Blood Moon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804447 The Blood Moon, or Eclipse, started at 2am here in Calif. DH and I decided to stay up, rather the go to sleep and risk not waking up. We grabbed our lawn chairs and sat in the backyard. It was coolish out, and I needed a sweatshirt jacket, plus a small blanket for my legs. I was a bit frustrated with the Moon. 3 days earlier I took a pic of the Moon when Sarge and I took a walk in the desert. The picture turned out nice since the Moon was somewhat low in the sky. However, when we walked out ... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:43:29 EST Hey Sparky...Does your desk look like this? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795612 <link>www.yahoo.com/tech/what-its-really-l<BR>ike-to-work-at-a-tech-startup-99541748<BR>994.html </link> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 04:23:53 EST My Mini Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795601 I was only gone 2 days, but it was fun. I came back feeling so relaxed. My Sister and her Hubby invested in a time share several years ago. They have have had some really neat suites. When you first enter the building/parking lot, where they were staying, you see a Dolphin Fountain. So cute, and they have the fountains all over the lots. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1250596649.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One of the days I was there my Sister and Brother In Law treated my Nie... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 03:24:58 EST What a way to start off my morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794387 This House Finch is on our telephone line every morning. 7am, and it is singing away. It comes back in the evening, sings, and watches the sun go down. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l383620946.jpg"> <BR> <BR> DH and I went grocery shopping. After we finished we drove across the street. There is a huge field with Joshua Trees. One area they haven't touched yet, and I hope they don't. I love the desert, and the beauty it has to offer. We drove on one long road, that l... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 00:16:57 EST It started off with a beautiful Sunset...Sept. 8th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793146 And a cloudy morning. Made for nice pictures. <BR> 6:30am. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1951417224.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1752852626.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was looking East when I took those pictures. I turned around, and looked West. Right over our hills, was a odd rainbow. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1164646189.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I then saw a Cat laying on the sidewalk in front of our yard. I... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 02:29:40 EST Life is so interesting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792368 Especially in my yard. All of these pics were taken Sept. 7th. I have had more fun with the Moon the last few months. Usually I am lucky to get a decent shot once in a blue Moon. No pun intended, but this summer I have had many interesting shots. <BR> I am beginning to enjoy taking Sarge out at 1:30am so he can do his business. <BR> The Moon hiding behind the tree again. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l937841464.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You have to get out early to get good... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 17:40:11 EST Ten facts about you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788621 I borrowed this from BARBIEE52...It just made me laugh <BR> <BR> TEN FACTS ABOUT YOU <BR> 1. You're reading this right now. <BR> 2. You're realizing that it is a stupid fact. <BR> 4. You didn't notice I skipped three. <BR> 5. You're checking now. <BR> 6. You're smiling. <BR> 7. You're still reading this even though it's stupid. <BR> 9. You didn't realize I skipped eight. <BR> 10. You're checking again and smiling about how you fell for it again. <BR> 11. You're enjoying this. <BR> ... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 20:28:05 EST Now I can talk about it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788162 Some of you might have wondered why I haven't been around as much. This is the reason. I was brushing Alice one day, and noticed a small squishy bump on her side. It didn't get any bigger, so I really didn't worry about. I thought maybe it was a fatty tumor. I kept my eye on it of course. Then on the other side another small squishy bump showed up on her side/hip area. It stayed small for a while then this summer it grew to be a large mass. We were surprised on how much it grew. We took her... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 23:42:54 EST Mother Nature Continued http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784503 Our Canna flowers are interesting. After the flower is finished blooming you can see the seed pods. They are just as pretty as the flower. The pods would be pretty used in a flower arrangement. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l577674441.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our skies have been interesting this summer. Mexico, Baja area, has had a lot of Tropical Storms, or Hurricanes. Some of the storms we have had rain, other days we get clouds. You can see the moisture in the clouds so... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 06:16:14 EST Starting the day off with the beauty of mother nature http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783134 On the 1st of this month we had a pretty sunrise. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l621808199.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l149293661.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1334264741.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Around 7am My Hubby was on his computer that sits in front on our back window. You can see most of our yard, and watch birds etc. He heard a splash in our pool, and then noticed ripples. He went outside t... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:33:08 EST You will be missed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782601 The other day I had half of a blog put together. I copied and saved what I had written thank goodness, because my computer froze. My computer started running again, but went into snail mode. I got frustrated, so decided to run over to Albertsons, and finish the blog when I got back. Albertsons is real close to our home. A 2 minute drive. I grabbed what I needed grocery wise. I had to buy my favorite drink, Peppermint Mocha, from Starbucks that is inside the store. I have a friend who is the m... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:06:26 EST 2 weeks ago http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771549 Seems I am forever trying to catch up. We house/pet sit for a month. Although we had fun, it sure cuts into my schedule. So here are a few pics from two weeks ago. I have a lot of pictures to download yet from my camera. Downloading must burn calories, right? <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Here is Mama and her Ducklings before we brought our baby Ducks home. They are 3 weeks old in this picture. They are so much bigger now. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l667781701.jpg">... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 00:27:11 EST Starting from where I left off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761432 On the 8th I was sitting by the pool admiring the Canna. The plants have really grown. I had my camera in hand, and right as I was about to take a pic, Henley the Hero said "passing through". Not sure what all the hurry was about, but he dashed by quickly. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l811266750.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The sun was going down, and was shinning slightly on the Canna leaves. It really brought out the red in the leaves. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:01:48 EST Bird is the word http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759356 I took these pictures on the 7th, a week ago. You won't believe how much the baby Ducks have grown. Actually, the black Ducks have turned more of a gray this week. I will take some pics of them tomorrow. My Daughter and I are going to take a couple of the dark babies. DH has been building the pen. It's looking good. This is a new adventure for us. We have never owned a Chicken or Duck. By the way, these are Muscovy Ducks. A bit of info on the breed if you want to check it out. <BR> <link>b... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 03:38:58 EST Lookin Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752586 Flowers in my yard are looking good, and so many colors. <BR> Portulaca <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l31918690.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Julia Child Roses. As I was taking pictures of the roses, I spotted a baby Praying Mantis. I was so cute. It wasn't sure about me though. I took a quick picture then left it at peace. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1095660208.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l695616451.jpg"> <BR>... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 00:23:56 EST Huck and Meg's had fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751395 Huck and Meg's love to play ball. It was a very warm, so we didn't exercise the dogs for long. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l620005959.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1818978446.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l461927118.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Alice and Sarge just kicked back and watched. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l387171282.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sarge can get both of his ... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 23:36:59 EST This makes you laugh and cry at the same time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749824 <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=84DLT4yRcy4 </link> </link> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:30:16 EST A surprise rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747270 The 19th I headed out to Walmart Super Store, to grab a few grocery's. I noticed clouds hanging around, and wondered where they came from. They were darkish clouds. After I finished my shopping I walked to our car, and noticed the skies were getting cloudier. Behind Walmart is the Country Club Golf Course. I drove over near it and took a couple of pictures. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l180262748.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 00:55:00 EST Look what Woman's Day is promoting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745081 I get Woman's Day Magazine sent me to me daily. I was scrolling down, looking at the articles, then I saw this. Why, she looks familiar lol. Go Spark People! <BR> <link>www.womansday.com/sweepstakes/30194?<BR>src=nl&mag=wdy&list=nl_wdw_sdg_non_072<BR>314_-giveaway </link> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:51:15 EST Our project http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744555 We brought the trellis that was in the front yard, and placed it by the wall in the back yard after Dennis cleaned up the area. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1271368232.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We bought Clematis, and put the plants on each end of the trellis. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1896465291.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This area had crab grass and some type of wild weed with a purple flower. The flower is pretty, but the weed itself is so invasive... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:09:23 EST Update on Sarge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744317 For those of you who have following me, you know Sarge started having issues with his hips a few months ago. The Vet put him on paid medication, and wanted to see how he did. For a while he was much better, until recently. I noticed he was having trouble getting up and down again, his muscle spasms increased, and also noticed when he went swimming he wasn't using his back legs as much. Last month he would swim out to Dennis when Dennis was in the deep end. Now Sarge stays around the 3rd step.... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:47:07 EST 4th of July http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743657 My sky fire works didn't turn out this year. Some folks down the street were letting off fountains. Each picture came out a little different. Hope you enjoy! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1303127335.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l41323106.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1814381455.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l532530123.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http:/... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:35:51 EST Sunny days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739290 We were in Leona Valley last week. I found a few cows. I need to go back there soon. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1426090401.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l39011298.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l783804863.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l708473539.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am wondering if these are the baby Sparrows I had been watching. They weren't far from t... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:04:28 EST Fun in the sun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737217 At the end of last month we were having a nice hot day, 100 degrees, so in the afternoon we decided to take a swim. Dennis hopped in first. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1577141146.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sarge swam up to Dennis, then turned around and swam back to the steps. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l195392219.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The dogs love it when Dennis splashes water at them. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l39125... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 10:11:48 EST Two weeks ago http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734329 Ok, still behind on my blogs, but getting there. About 5:30am, on the 23rd, I was treated to a pretty sunrise. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1116399151.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1413968545.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 6am I saw two types of Lizards soaking up the sun on our wall. Alligator Lizard. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1660875414.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Fence Lizard. Funny they were in the same area. <BR>... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 07:18:04 EST Celebrate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731546 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1161654957.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Enjoy your 4th of July, and stay safe!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1584457881.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thu, 3 Jul 2014 21:48:25 EST Hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728479 Sorry I have been in hiding. Just been busy. I have a few pics for this afternoon, and need to transfer more pictures to my folder for more blogs. Yes, I am that far behind. The Bees have been having fun with our Sunflowers. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l514933708.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1058761138.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l613321287.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 17:09:16 EST Good Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720459 It was around 6am. The sunflowers were waiting for warmth of the sun. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1619201048.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This Golden Finch was eyeing the sunflowers, and watching me. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1535219484.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sparrow and Golden Finch were sitting on the fence that surrounds our garden. A few Golden Finch were searching for bugs on the leaves of the sunflowers. I was keeping my distance when I took th... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 08:51:34 EST Move Your Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720295 I hope you got in some type of exercise today, and remember, keep moving! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWcY_8ygar4&<BR>index=7&list=FLK3Arm-bD1huDSEvXGEDCMQ </link> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 01:04:21 EST George Burns Rose Bush http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718344 Good Morning everyone! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l489220301.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I finally remembered the name, with a little web searching, of my variegated rose bush. It's George Burns. I now remember the day we picked the rose bush out. It was a few years ago. As a child, I always thought George Burns was so funny. I was pretty young, but I do remember bits and peaces of his show. I never could figure out why he would marry someone so dumb lol. I was to youn... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 09:51:25 EST A splash of color http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717589 I only have a few pics for this blog, but a lot more for the next blog. I took these pictures on the 6th. <BR> Our Apple Tree is hanging in there. It looks dry from a distance, but not up close. We have never had this type of Apple Tree before. It's a Anna Apple Tree. If anyone has any knowledge about this type of tree, feeding etc., please let me know. The Apple looks healthy though. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1139140142.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Peach Tree in front, Ap... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 02:06:54 EST Blessed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712488 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1810860559.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l873663035.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2122516992.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sat, 7 Jun 2014 02:51:16 EST Friday's wish for my spark friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711796 Give someone special a hug. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1668834838.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Don't forget to give them a kiss. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l286746839.jpg" <BR> <BR> Tell them how much you care. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l621474503.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Spend time with your family or friends. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1962668680.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Accept everyone for who they ... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 03:51:11 EST A nice bright day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711012 The desert is so pretty, and the Sun was making everything sparkle. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1463781919.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l217713242.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Basking in the Sun. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1959248776.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Back at home. The Rose Bushes in the back yard are in full bloom. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1778438928.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img sr... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 05:08:41 EST Happiness and a grateful heart. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709431 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l529887947.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l456387023.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have a good Tuesday..Good night and <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1598949913.jpg"> Tue, 3 Jun 2014 01:44:04 EST Here comes Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708549 Spring has almost faded, but there are still a few wildflowers in our area. This area, 2 mins. from our house, is where we walk the dogs. Sorry I couldn't find the names of the flowers. Maybe Martha can help me out again. I looked online to no avail, and I can't find my book for the wildflowers in the Antelope Valley. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1994910086.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2084607746.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 01:23:19 EST Our new project http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707133 I had Canna in pots, and also a Verbena plant that was in a pot for 3 yrs. It was time to replant the Verbena. DH and I decided to spruce up the strip by our pool. (Don't feel jealous, he isn't going to fill the pool this year with water). <BR> Here is DH working hard getting the dirt ready. He also took out the old rocks that lined this strip, and put new rocks in. He thought the old rocks were to bland. He added wood chips after he got the plants in. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Fri, 30 May 2014 22:50:06 EST The last few days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703983 Let's start on the 20th, Tuesday. The Crows showed up again. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l628085574.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l542247498.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There is a telephone pole in the yard behind us. A Dove was on the pole. One of the Crows took off, and darted at the poor Dove. The Dove flew off the pole and landed in our yard. A Scrub Jay landed on the telephone wire that crosses our yard. <BR> <img src="http://photo... Tue, 27 May 2014 00:30:40 EST Early Morning Delight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700173 It's midnight, Monday the 12th, 12:30am..DH looked out the kitchen window, and noticed the Moon. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1300506663.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 5am Sarge and I headed to the field. No sunrise, but the Moon was still looking good. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1000770101.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I drove up the road to Starbucks. As I was driving out of the parking lot I heard a lot of birds in a different field. It was to dark to get a... Wed, 21 May 2014 17:01:38 EST Last Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698073 I wanted to take pictures of the Sunrise. Sarge and I hopped into the car, and drove to the field. We arrived at 5:25am. I heard a lot of Horned Larks. I saw one, as it flew over my head, but I couldn't get any pictures of the birds this time. Nor would Sarge pose for me. I looked up at the sky. Right off the bat I spotted Venus. My picture isn't that great, but decent. Venus is actually orange, and there is one spot of orange that showed up in my picture. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Mon, 19 May 2014 04:03:38 EST Dumbo Ocotopus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696711 This is the sweetest Octopus I have ever seen. Found in the Gulf of Mexico. Be sure to scroll down and watch the video. <BR> <BR> <link>www.grindtv.com/outdoor/nature/post/<BR>dumbo-octopus-displays-rare-behavior/ </link> Fri, 16 May 2014 23:25:53 EST Well, this is different http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696088 This weeks assignment for Shutterbugs is "strange". I was thinking of what I could find that was indeed strange. This man solved the situation for me. He parked in front of our house. He got out of his car, opened up his trunk, and put head phones on, then his gloves, grabbed his metal detector and headed down our street. We live on a really long street, therefore long blocks. He walked a ways down, crossed the street, and came back up. He then walked up the street. Yes, we have seen people m... Fri, 16 May 2014 02:14:19 EST Wildflowers in our valley http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692370 I don't know how this man took so many beautiful pictures, as we have had so many windy days. Check it out. This is what the high desert looks like when we have enough rain. <BR> <link>www.desertusa.com/wildflo/ca.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thank you everyone for making my Wildflower blog "the best of SP". It put a smile on my face. Happy Mothers Day to all. <em>247</em> Sun, 11 May 2014 03:25:23 EST My pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691007 I'm finding I have to crop my pictures a lot more then I like so the pictures can be the proper size for Spark People. I do not fault Spark People, but some of the pictures that I take are nice without me having to do anything with them. Usually they are my "mother nature" pictures. I am a member of "Flicker", and I have decided to put my larger pictures in the Flicker web site. The pictures that I do not mind cropping will be in my Spark People blogs. If I have submitted a picture in Flicker... Fri, 9 May 2014 03:32:20 EST My pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691004 I'm finding I have to crop my pictures a lot more then I like so the pictures can be the proper size for Spark People. I do not fault Spark People, but some of the pictures that I take are nice without me having to do anything with them. Usually they are my "mother nature" pictures. I am a member of "Flicker", and I have decided to put my larger pictures in the Flicker web site. The pictures that I do not mind cropping will be in my Spark People blogs. If I have submitted a picture in Flicker... Fri, 9 May 2014 03:20:43 EST Elizabeth Lake and Wildflowers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689443 Friday we took a drive to Elizabeth Lake. It was a warm, calm day. I'm glad we went Friday because the following days have been cool and windy. <BR> The lake has greened up even more since the last time we were there. However, the water level of the lake is down. In fact, when we drove on the north side of the lake we could smell a odd oder. There were birds there, and birds I have never seen before. That was exciting. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l623846727.jpg">... Wed, 7 May 2014 02:59:33 EST Heckle and Jeckle paid a visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686156 My Hubby starting throwing pieces of bread on the roof for the Crows. Hoping they would leave the Scrub Jay's peanuts alone. So far it has worked. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1388546595.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1271859752.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They flew off and a Mockingbird landed on the telephone pole. It saw me, but didn't seem to care. It sang for a long time. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l72518... Sat, 3 May 2014 00:39:43 EST Nice sunny day for fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684415 It started off playing with Huck and Megs at my friend's house. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l799827518.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l478311118.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1677682837.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1101391408.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sarge had fun too. I told him to smile for all of his admirers! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 22:21:36 EST And they all smell soooo good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683438 My Roses <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1098885168.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1602528537.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2126940672.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l133637470.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1695983636.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l649646917.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 19:19:03 EST Lots of catching up to do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681984 I was in our backyard, looked up at the telephone pole, and there was Heckle and Jeckle (our local Crows) . The name fits them perfectly, as they enjoy stealing the Scrub Jay's Peanuts. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2040033924.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l946038328.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They flew off, and a Starling landed on a wire not far from the pole. It was very chatty. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 22:49:46 EST