Sunday, August 6, 2017

Desert Skies

Summer in the desert is most notable for the sunsets. The summer rains mean that the Maxfield Parrish colors often take on a special depth when contrasted with lingering storm clouds. I've been trying to capture some of that contrast. I need to keep trying, but this inspiration makes it easy. And each night it's a different saturated color bomb.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Nine Months? Felt Like Nine Days

Phew, an awful lot has happened in the past nine months. New job, new career, business trips, some side gigs. Not much of an excuse, but working four part-time jobs after getting laid off was exhausting. The relief of a brand new job in a brand new career was exhilarating and exhausting. The slow drain of all that worry and stress and adrenaline was exhausting. And now the unseasonably long run of very high summer temperatures is exhausting.

I discovered that even though I largely defined myself by my career, I was able to re-define myself and begin again, moving forward in multiple directions. Luckily I've never been one to have all my eggs in one basket, so I had what were formerly side jobs that turned into new paths. It wasn't easy and it took time and perseverance, but I'm proud of my resilience.

I discovered that I am getting older, and age is starting to take a toll on my body. Maintaining my health was one thing I ignored during 2016, and I need to make it a priority again.

So how about a pretty photo or two to reflect on the past nine months of craziness?

Monday, September 5, 2016

Late summer roses

One of my rose bushes seems to have died. We had almost 7 inches of rain followed by some blistering heat, so I can't be certain if it drowned or burned. I'm trying to baby it along, but I lost a rose in this same location 5 years ago. However, here are some late summer roses from the public rose garden to ease my pain.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Mud is Fun

Dudley in heaven.

Zima joined in for some fun, too.

My life as a terrible housekeeper is justified by my life as a dog lover. Or, I just blame the dogs.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Cleaning House

I hate housework. But it has been borne upon me that I have too much stuff that is useless. I don't have a lot of clothes, and last year I donated almost 2 dozen pairs of shoes, but there is a lot of paper in this house. And out here in the desert, there is a lot of dust. Lots of paper + lots of dust = need to dust  Usually I avoid dusting by simply not dusting. But I have decided that no, that is no longer acceptable. And so I cleaned two and a half bookshelves and recycled magazines that I was keeping for no good reason other than that maybe, someday, there might be a need to look something up in them. (I know, I know, it's all online know if I need to find something, but the Luddite in me sputters "How we will do research of the electricity fails? Or the apocalypse happens and the internet disappears?" This is a real dialogue I have with myself, folks. Sad, isn't it?)

Proof: Half of 15 years' worth of various magazines about to get tossed. I felt very empowered.

Next up: receipts and paid bills--I'm coming for you.

Monday, July 11, 2016

French Tomato Tart

What to do with an overabundance of fresh beefsteak tomatoes? Here is the perfect, simple answer.

(Just search this recipe title only and you'll find the recipe I used.)

Monday, June 27, 2016

Roses 2016

The local rose garden this spring. My favorite flower.