Lamberton Conservatory

We went to Lamberton Conservatory on March 4th as part of our getting through winter routine (seeing flowers and green plants every month or so), and this is some of what we saw:

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The turtles were moving this time!
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The quail again!
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Makes me want to be in Arizona now!
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Mmm, an orange!
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Purple Shamrock – how cool!
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I can’t wait to go next month!

Some Arizona Sunshine & Ruggedness

I’m in the mood for some intense Arizona beauty and sunshine:
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and some Arizona ruggedness:

I Need Some Color

and I thought maybe could use some, too, so here’s something beautiful I found in Arizona last March.

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Ahhhhh! That’s good! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Wordless Wednesday

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I need some more warm sunshine after this wickedly
windy, cold, snowy day here, so here’s another
Arizona photo, this one taken last March at the
Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, AZ.
Please feel the heat with me again!

Thinking Warm Thoughts

It’s been so cold for so long, or what seems like so long, that I’m having thoughts of nice warm weather in hot, sunny places.

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Saguaro at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Mar 2007
The blue sky and sunshine, mmmmmm, heat.

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Warm sunshine on these beautiful, flying jewels.

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A broken winged (sob) Turkey Vulture soaking up the sunshine via his wings.

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Another vulture soaking up the hot sunshine through his wings.

Mmmm, warm, bright sunshine. I hope you can “feel” it with me!

2007 A Quick Review

Instead of focusing on losses this year, after all you all know how much I love my Dad and I think about him every day and miss him so much it hurts bad sometimes, I want to focus on what I gained this year!

  • Getting to meet some of the most wonderful little people I’ve ever known. All of the little waddlers were supposed to be out today, so I was trying not to think about needing my waddler fix. I walked into the toddler room, and there was one of the little waddlers! She was as happy to see me as I was to see her!

This is a photo I had of her taken on Dec 20th.

To quote Susan “cuteness dripping off the walls” for sure!!

  • Being able to get out in the woods in person with one my most favorite nature educators, birder extraordinare, and all around great guy Mon@rch!

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  • Continued and new blog friendships!
  • Continued and new in person friendships!
  • A bigger than before attitude of gratitude.
  • More patience with people, even though I still don’t suffer fools too easily.
  • A wonderful trip to Arizona with my Mom.

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Ruins at Casa Grande

  • Meeting my Mom’s California cousins, one for the first time, the other one for the second time.

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My Mom’s two cousins and Mom at The Desert Botanical Garden.

Now that Arizona is associated with my Dad’s passing, we’re planning a trip abroad. I’ve never been abroad, so this will be interesting. Certain to be good for blog fodder! I mean, we all know it’s all about the blog after all!

I know I’ve gained much more this year, but these are top on my brain right now.

Happy New Year everyone!


Dream Catcher

I went to pick up my dishwasher (are you sick of hearing about it yet) and the guy that was loading it into my explorer said “I like your dream catcher.” I’m thinking ‘WTF?’ And then it hits me, oh, my DREAM CATCHER! Nobody, but nobody EVER comments on my dream catcher so he totally caught me off guard.

Dream catcher I bought at the top of Oak Creek Canyon in Arizona about five years ago. It was made by a Navajo Native American.
I took this photo while driving home.

Then he says “I have a dream catcher tattoo on my arm” and he rolled up his shirt sleeve to show me. It was very cool, for a tat. I asked him where he got it and then I told him I got my dream catcher in Arizona. Turns out his mother is a Choctaw Native American originally from Oklahoma and she lives in Arizona. He proceeded to show me another tattoo on his other arm with the word Choctaw and I don’t remember what else. And he has one on his back which fortunately (or unfortunately) I didn’t see because I needed to move my truck to make way for other people. Hmmm, now what other appliance do I need to buy so I can go pick it up so I can go talk to him again. I’m only kidding, of course!

Interesting Clouds at Sunset Crater Volcano Nat’l Monument

Flickr is down, so I’m going into my archives of pending posts today.  Here’s one from Arizona for you.

We saw these interesting clouds last year at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument in Arizona:

Another Arizona Bird

I had it all planned, I was going to post about another special raptor I saw in Arizona and thought for sure I had great photos of it, but I don’t! I’m so bummed!

But don’t be sad, I have a great little birdie that we saw. We were in Boyce Thompson Arboretum hiking along the high trail seeing wonderful views such as this photo taken by my Mom:


And seeing roots slowly breaking boulders apart:

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When my Mom’s cell phone rang. It was my older brother, so I sat on a rock and observed everything around me. All of a sudden Mom pointed and I saw a bird on the rock face. I kept watching it and it came closer and I saw the white on its wings. Not a bird I recognize!

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Then it showed me it’s pretty underside – I love its fuzzy hiney:

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And finally it’s front:

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So even though my photos aren’t that great, I could id it as a Painted Redstart or “Painted Whitestart” (Myioborus pictus), in the Wood Warbler family. It’s habitat is Pine-Oak woodlands, of which Boyce Thompson Arboretum has many species. It’s range is central and southeast Arizona from March to September. And despite its name, it isn’t related to the American Redstart.

Definitely a lifer for me! Yay for my brother calling so I could stop and watch this bird for a few minutes.

My Schedule, More Clues on the Mystery Photo, What I’m Reading

So, they’ve started in on asking me to work OT again on the weekends. You don’t want to know what I think about that, so my compromise is to work an hour extra every WORK day (note the difference between WORKday and WEEKEND). And since I am NOT giving up going to the gym again (I just started that up again on a regular basis) it really compresses my free time into about three hours every night, into which I squeeze in talking to my Mom, eating dinner, doing dishes, doing a load of laundry, cleaning, etc. (so I can have said weekend free) and blogging and reading. So you know my blogging time and responding to blogs time is once again being cut short every night (because if I don’t read something every day I get really bitchy, there I said it). So this is my long winded way of apologizing for not blogging everyday and not commenting on everyone’s blog every day. I like the paychecks resulting from the OT, and not everyone is asked to work OT. Hmmm, it’s a privilege to give up my free time to work OT? Alrighty then. Enough about that.

On to the mystery photo. Sandy and Lynne guessed the photo was taken in Arizona and they’re correct! Here’s some huge clues, it was taken in Scottsdale, Arizona at a famous architect’s winter home / school. Now you’ll get it for sure! And Susan, the symbol is from the Native Americans! You’re all so good at this!

Here’s the Native American petroglyph where the symbol came from:

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Sandy asked what I’m reading right now. What am I not reading right now! I have several books going, but my main one right now is: “Mistress of the Art of Death” by Ariana Franklin. The title sounds really macabre. When I picked it up from the library I thought to myself, “Did I really order that?” But a ‘mistress of the art of death’ in the 12th century is just another name for a Medical Examiner in our time period. The book is a bit troubling (for me that is, but I’m one that finds the TV show CSI troubling, even though I do like Crossing Jordan, go figure), but it’s still good. It was recommended by one of my favorite authors, Diana Gabaldon, on her website here. I also have on order from the library upon her recommendation the book “Nefertiti” by Michelle Moran. I love my library and interlibrary loans – yay!!!

And speaking of books and authors, I have an exciting guest blogger coming soon! I’ll give more details next week. I hope you enjoy your weekend! You know, that period of time when one is supposed to relax and NOT work.

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