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/ Nothing like Spring Flowers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149676 Our hills have perked up a bit. My Hubby and I were walking in the hills, and we spotted beautiful bluish flowers. They are called Bluewitch. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c41408f6-3fb0-46d6-833a-7b0910d8c94a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> First time I have seen this plant in the hills near us. I have seen it in Leona Valley. <BR> Douglas Milkvetch <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0c725ffb-f4bd-4986-94d9-347d4cfb98ed.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Close up of the plant. The ... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 03:23:35 EST Look what my hubby sent me this morning for my birthday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6147405 It put tears in my eyes. <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOK83_0FMB0 </link> <BR> <BR> Still our favorite song! Thu, 21 Apr 2016 17:33:30 EST Take notice. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6134206 Make sure you see the beauty around you when you walk. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c7c52116-f652-43fc-b38f-5f1a84e1e4d5.JPG"> Sun, 3 Apr 2016 19:38:57 EST Oombrella http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6129813 This is interesting. I thought of you Claire! <BR> <link>www.consumeraffairs.com/news/oombrel<BR>la-the-smart-umbrella-that-knows-when-<BR>its-going-to-rain-032816.html </link> Tue, 29 Mar 2016 01:25:16 EST January was a fun month! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6124741 The 7th of January we were getting ready to take a drive. The Coopers Hawk was flying over head. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7df61959-0322-4298-967b-b2527e115945.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We decided to drive to Elizabeth Lake. While passing through Leona Valley, which is 10 mins. West of our home, we spotted the Bisons. They were fairly close to the fence eating. They usually are way off in the distance, which doesn't make for good pics. I had my Hubby turn around so I could... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 22:26:28 EST Around town http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117656 This is the last of December. We drove over to Lake Una, right off of Sierra Highway. I was looking for birds in the lake. Not many Ducks etc., but I did spot 2 Great Egrets, and 1 Blue Heron. the Heron was entertaining. I wish my pictures were better, but the birds were on the other side of the lake, and I was shooting through a chain link fence. <BR> The Heron had a good stretch,. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/480c85c7-7d84-4370-8bec-0f35d148df9d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Th... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 17:48:29 EST Last of October http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6109022 Ok, wrapping up October, and next will be December. I'm getting there!! <em>104</em> <BR> We took a drive to Elizabeth Lake. On the way we spotted a Rock Pigeon. They are so pretty. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/54876a0d-8057-46eb-a8cd-e576e7c8b2ae.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We were almost to the lake, and came across some Cows. They were never in this area before, and haven't been in the area since. Then we remembered the bad storms with mud slides. The Cows were put there ... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 23:22:52 EST Going backwards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6107881 I had been going through my November pics from last year, and thought "Oh good, December is next". Then I discovered pictures from October I hadn't downloaded. I am going to be here forever lol. Good thing ya'll enjoy my pictures, because I have a lot of them to download. Funny, I thought I was doing pretty good after I lost Sarge, but apparently I was out of sorts. <BR> Speaking of my boy, here he is. Sarge and I took a walk in the hills, just the two of us. We both had a great time. <BR> <... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 18:59:46 EST Devils Punch Bowl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6104927 It was a bit cloudy here at home the day we drove to Devils Punch Bowl, but not bad. A beautiful, relaxing drive. As we got closer to our destination, it was getting cloudier, and no sunshine at all. It made for some interesting pictures. We were almost to the State Park, and we started driving at a higher altitude. I looked to our left and the view was so pretty. It was overlooking Pearblossom area, which is part of the Antelope Valley. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 20:39:01 EST November 11th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6101583 Still working on November lol <BR> We had a storm, and the Tehachapi Mountains had snow. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/47d9912b-340c-4caf-aeac-a529c7d14af8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/07de7449-eab1-4500-ae86-d5a8b7ec8e0c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here is a bit of info on Tehachapi. Well worth the read. It isn't long. <BR> <link>en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tehachapi,_Cal<BR>ifornia </link> <BR> <BR> I took the pictures of the Mountains from ... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 21:04:45 EST Back in November http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6099320 I'm still finding pictures I downloaded, but didn't put in a blog. I was in a funk back then after losing Sarge. At least my enthusiasm is picking up. Nov. 9th 7:15 am, Munchie and I hopped into the car and headed to a field to view the sunrise. I wasn't disappointed! I was looking East towards Lake Los Angeles. Back in 1938 it was called Los Angeles Buttes. Not sure why they changed the name, as Saddle Back Butte is in the area. It is a State Park. Unfortunately the lake doesn't exists anym... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 20:42:12 EST Things that make me smile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6098707 Munchie and I were walking in the hills. I have to say this is our favorite spot. It's a 2 min. drive from our home. Can't beat that. As we start our walk, there is a Anna's Hummingbird that greets us. It chatters away as we walk by. This Hummer has been doing this for 2 years. Sometimes he even followed me around. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/df4e60ae-07f4-4301-ab16-716073798f9e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d6481fca-9251-44eb-baa... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 02:36:39 EST A little bit of history for the Antelope Valley http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6097850 Last weeks assignment in Shutterbugs was "something historical". Thought I would share my pictures with you. <BR> <BR> California Aqueduct...It isn't ancient, built in 1963, but the Aqueduct is a popular feature in California. It runs from the High Sierra Mountains, all the way down to San Diego. That is a long ways. It covers most of the state. The High Sierra Mountains usually has a ton of snow, and we get most of our water from there. Here is our section (Palmdale). We often see Ducks s... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 02:30:20 EST 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