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/ End of last year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6093935 I found more pics that I haven't shared. At least I don't think I have. If any of them are repeats, hopefully you won't remember hehe. <BR> I have to start off with my boy Sarge..Always had a smile on his face. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d0e29d3c-4353-4594-a438-442f2bd71d17.jpg"> <BR> <BR> December I took this pic of a tree up the street. It is the prettiest tree on the block. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/61c09643-8312-4022-b890-df1e8d53e5... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 22:44:54 EST Our last storm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088217 We had a bit of snow at our house, but it didn't last long, or stick. However the San Bernardino Mountains look pretty. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5a29f6ab-753a-4f77-986f-fcc1881fdcd4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> These Mountains were closer to Palmdale. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6a0ce3f7-42b7-42ee-8836-7f714a04dc13.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We drove over to Palmdale Lake aka Fin and Feather Club. It's a man made lake. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkp... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 02:35:16 EST Family Hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076752 On the 14th DH, and I went for a hike in the hills with our 3 furry kids. The hills is about a 3 minute drive from our home. It was in the 50's, sunny with just a few clouds. We were half way up the hill. Henley was eager to go. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/62bf8765-0409-4e88-9a29-ad11b577d8e1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I stopped to take pics of the hills and mountains looking South. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/21a99651-d657-4995-b5c2-6f28ab393981.jpg"... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 01:44:50 EST Beautiful Birds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6071242 DH and I drove to one of our local store's for a few items. This store has a run off at the south end of the parking lot, which I call a pond since there are Ducks etc. swimming in it often. It also has reed growing by the edges of the pond. Unfortunately I always have to shoot through a chain link fence. The birds are a distance to begin with, the fence makes it that much harder. This day was overcast, so the pictures are not as light as I would want. However, what I thought were Mallards wh... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 18:39:11 EST Took a hike in the hills http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6066358 My last blog I told you we were getting ready for rain. We did get rain, and our local mountains had some snow. This was taken from our backyard. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/aa6d9b02-69d1-4642-8470-588f48507ef2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And this is looking at the San Bernardino Mountains. Hi Jackie!! <em>213</em> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/77f78af1-52d9-4a4e-b817-8f29e5ae32ab.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today Munchie and I hiked in our hills. I walked a bi... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 02:25:02 EST Odds and ends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065131 I am going to get caught up with my blogs. However, my pictures won't be in any date order. I am so far behind that won't even matter lol. I ordered a new computer desk, to go with the new computer. The desk just arrived. So there will be a few days I won't be on here as much. When I do pop in to say hello, I will be using my Hubby's computer. So here goes...We have been blessed with free fire wood this winter. My Friend's Willow Tree died, and the winds have been tossing the limbs right out... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 18:36:42 EST Love my Blanket http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6042583 I was looking at the Shutterfly website, and saw a blanket that was created from a picture of a dog. I thought that would be great to have a picture of Sarge put on one. I Picked out the blanket I wanted, submitted a picture of Sarge, and within days, I had my blanket. It came out perfect. It has been in the 20's and 30's at night, so I am already using the blanket. It keeps me warm. <BR> Here is the picture I used. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bdfac70c-7587-486a-906... Sat, 5 Dec 2015 05:01:11 EST Too funny! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038852 Man's attempt to kill spider confused with domestic violence, sparks police call. <BR> <BR> <BR> A man's noisy attempts to kill a spider caused his neighbors to call the police, reporting a suspected violent domestic incident. <BR> <BR> Officers in Sydney went to the address after numerous calls were made claiming a woman could be heard screaming hysterically and a man yelling "I'm going to kill you, you're dead. Die! Die!" <BR> <BR> After police attended the address in the northern subur... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 03:46:54 EST Happy Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038282 This has been such a crazy week, and I am behind with my sparking. If some of my friends didn't get a note from me for Thanksgiving, please forgive me. I do think of you all. We are thankful that Alice is home, and on the mend. She refused to eat while staying at the Vet clinic. She wouldn't eat for Dennis. He went up yesterday morning to try and encourage her, and she wouldn't eat. She finally stopped bleeding, and did pass a normal stool yesterday morning. So last night Dennis and I felt we... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 18:39:51 EST Alice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037437 Thank you everyone for your concerns. I really appreciate it. I will give Alice hugs from you all when she comes home. <BR> <BR> We had to rush Alice to the Vet last night at midnight. She started bleeding at the rectum. Scared me to no end. It was a lot of blood too. First thing I thought that it might be a tumor. After the Vet took blood test, and X-rays, she determined Alice had inflammation of the intestine/Colon, and that caused her to bleed. She took X-rays from head to toe, since Al... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:49:31 EST Meet Silvi http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032125 My Hubby and I went to Walmart last night to pick up a few items. When we got out of the car, I told Dennis I still miss my female cats, and that I probably will hear about someone giving kittens away. And find a kitten, or cat that way. Low and behold. We walked up by the door to go inside the store, and a lady had 4 kittens. One young lady had just taken a male. I asked her if she had any females. She had 2. I took one look at this kitten, and fell in love. Needless to say, we brought her h... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 17:18:37 EST Fun with the Moon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6022974 I have had fun with the Moon again. I just love a Full Moon, and I love this time of year. So much color. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/16569253-313c-4088-9b5a-c493eefdddc8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was standing under a big tree, in a parking lot, and walked to another spot. It was then I noticed the the Moon between a twig/branch. I took a couple more pictures. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e26fac2a-6c14-4f3e-9054-4a2dca0e7eb9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 04:13:25 EST Who wants a bird like this one? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6019111 This made me laugh. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiljsbrL0_8 </link> Thu, 22 Oct 2015 02:14:33 EST Lovely drive yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6010618 Yesterday we took a drive to Devils Punchbowl. It takes about 40 mins. to get there, and is a nice drive. When we got to the top of the mountain (park) it started raining. We turned around, drove down the road a ways, and found another area to walk around. It is so beautiful there. We will go back again though. They have trails where you can hike around inside the park. I took a lot of pictures, but haven't downloaded them yet. Here is a peek of what the area looks like. I found a picture in... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 20:58:49 EST Fall in California http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6006995 <link>www.californiafallcolor.com/ </link> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 20:27:47 EST Woo Hoo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6003953 Yesterday DH commented on how fast the Scrub Jays were eating the Peanuts we leave for them. I kept thinking, they can't eat that fast. DH put peanuts in the bird dish in the backyard. He then walked to the front yard to get seed for the Finches. When he walked back to the backyard all of the Peanuts were gone. In a matter of 2 mins. Today I fed the birds. I filled the hanging dish in the front yard, and when I walked back to fill the feeders for the Finches, I saw 5 Scrub Jays. No wonder th... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 14:42:16 EST Catching up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6000056 I mentioned earlier in one of my blogs that I found more pics from July. So here goes. <BR> July 15th Sarge and I hopped into the car. My mission was to capture the sunrise. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b467e95e-28f4-4886-985b-aa62a5ce0544.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Since I was near Starbucks I bought me a Peppermint Mocha, and one of their Egg Sausage sandwich, and I shared that with Sarge. We then headed out to Leona Valley. Once we were there, I looked for Hawks. I didn't se... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 04:45:25 EST I received this in my "Woman's Health" article today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5997521 <link>www.everydayhealth.com/columns/weigh<BR>t-loss-success-stories/135-pounds-lost<BR>-jaynee-says-can-make-anything-workout<BR>/?pos=4&xid=nl_EverydayHealthWomensHea<BR>lth_20150914 </link> Mon, 14 Sep 2015 21:04:52 EST I found more pics from July http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5997023 And of course, my boy Sarge was with me. Henley was with us as well. <BR> I was checking out the Sunflowers in the garden. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ee165e94-f356-4539-9bf3-5442d21f0442.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e465244f-4bef-4f63-ba82-ee78b19ef340.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I think Henley was a Flower Child in another life time. How he loves our flowers. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/737cbdda-bdc4-4c8c-bcbe-9a... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 06:04:41 EST John Muir http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5993092 Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is closed, but Nature's sources never fail. ~John Muir <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/949d81d0-c40f-4a54-bcc8-3eeb354cb6d3.jpg"> <BR> Tue, 8 Sep 2015 00:00:41 EST 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