Desert Horses

Welcome to my horse blog, Desert Horses. We live in the desert southwest, near Palm Springs, CA, but board our horses up in our local mountains where it is cooler in the summer. I have 4 horses, all rescues. Here is the ranch up the mountains where the horses stay, October, 2015. That's Scout in the arena.

Monday, December 26, 2016

A break in the storms and off I went!

We had RAIN (almost an inch) here Wednesday and Thursday and I saw there was a break between that storm and another one heading in late Friday afternoon, so I took off up the mountain to go buy pellets for the horses.  I had emailed the ranch owner and she said they were almost completely out of their midday pellets, so I knew I had to get up there before the Christmas holiday.  They get 2 feedings of pellets (am and pm), but they all also get a noon snack.  I provide the noon snack pellets and I try to always make sure they have some Timothy pellets and some Integrity senior (for calories).  Otherwise they either get alfalfa hay or pellets for their two meals.

It was a BEAUTIFUL morning here in the desert, with fog all over.  We only get that effect after a tropical storm and Wednesday's storm WAS tropical.  LOTS of moisture, but not cold.  Friday's storm, however, WAS COLD.  Our mountains are now COVERED with snow!!!

I took the time driving up the mountain to stop and take photos along the way.  Here are a few of them:

 Fog moving up along Highway 74...

 Looking down from Highway 74 into the Palm Springs Indian canyons...
 Lone tree and empty field up in Anza...
My favorite view of the ranch.

P.S.  Quad wasn't feeling well (again)...lots of stretching, peeing, he even laid down at one point.  We kept an eye on him, but then he was well enough to go eat more pellets.  The ranch owner said she would keep an eye on him for the next couple of days...sigh...

Wednesday, December 21, 2016


The house is pretty much cleaned up now.  I just do a little bit every day, although yesterday I was a real slacker and I didn't even get out of my pajamas ALL DAY!!!!  It was WONDERFUL!

Kitchen...clean, sparkly, and smells like orange essential oil
Living room...clean
Desk...clean and decorated with Christmas decorations
Lights out on the front porch...ON!
Front porch...swept!
Office...cleaned!  (That took 4 days!)
Bedroom...uh, cleaner, not entirely and thoroughly cleaned, but progress has been made.  12 pair of socks are now matched and put away

Bathrooms...clean and sparkly! (also smell like orange essential oil)
Front yard...clean
Back yard...clean
Side porch...uh, cleaner...still needs some work

I now have a couple dozen pine cones scented with orange, clove, and cinnamon essential oils, so when one walks into the house, you are hit with holiday smells.  My Yankee candles are out and lit most of the time.

My Christmas tablecloth is on the kitchen table.  I haven't done this much decorating in 20 years!!!!!

Laundry is up-to-date and folded and put away.  Dishes are done first thing every morning.  It's nice to settle into a "retirement" routine!   :-)

Our local mountains got a fresh dusting of snow last week.  This is the view from the Toro Peak webcam, at 8,500 feet, looking out over the Coachella Valley.  I stop by their webcams every day to see what they see.  And, we have 2 winter storms moving in starting today and the 2nd one on Friday, so the mountains may get more snow!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Taking a blogging break

Taking a blogging break

Like Carson over at The 7MSN, I'm taking a blogging break.

I nearly lost my laptop due to a worm, and without the diligence of our son, I would be out of a laptop right now.  I don't get out every day, or every weekend to take photos.  Hubby's hospital visit put us behind financially and we don't go anywhere these days.  We JUST stay at home.

I'm doing some cleanup on all my blogs, additionally.  You would think retirement would free up my time to do things, but honestly, the house needs so much attention that I'm focusing on getting IT cleaned up.  We also have some major tree trimming to do in the yard, and some house repairs.  We just got two electrical sockets repaired and now I have a list of plumbing items.  It's always something, eh?

Plus, I need to get my photos OFF my desktop and onto a hard drive.  I need a new mouse.  This one comes and goes and works when IT feels like it.

I now go for days without checking my blogs.  I have a hallway full of stuff to take to Goodwill and I need to do that.  We have other priorities right now.  Our mountains don't have snow yet and it doesn't look like they will have any for a couple of weeks, at least...sigh...

I DO need to return to the horses, but it won't be this weekend.  And, with my babysitting days dictated by our daughter, this week doesn't look good either.  We DID drive to Temecula to see our son and his family on Sunday, but I didn't take one photo.

I'll be around...I just won't be online as often as I used to when I was working!  Isn't that strange?

Take care.
~Cheryl Ann~

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Horse visit~Finally!!!

I had a good visit with the herd this week.  I drove up on Wednesday.  It was a nice day the low 80's.  A storm front was on its way and we actually had some clouds.  It was COLD up at the ranch, however.  I have to always remember to bring a jacket from now on!

The horses are all looking good.  They all have their winter coats!  Scout is now brown.  She's almost white in the summer, but her winter coat is now on and she's brown.  Sunni is woolly and Quad...well, he has very coarse hair.

I cleaned out water troughs and gave them all a couple scoops of pellets (and some chia seeds).  I really need to go back this week and brush them and clean their hooves.  And, they ALL need another trim.

Here are pics from Wednesday:  I actually went in Gigo's corral with her and she was fine.  I was fine, too, so that's a big step forward.

 Quad was very interest in... FOOD!
 Sunni at least paid attention to me.
Scout was ONLY interested in food!  See how dark she is now?

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Ready to visit the horses~Finally~~~

It's been over a month since I've been up to the horse ranch to even visit the horses.  After Gigondas knocked me down, I had a long time recuperating and frankly, now I'm scared of them.

I have a husband, two grown children, and four grandchildren WHO NEED ME. I can't afford to be seriously injured.

I have pellets to unload and get out of my car, but whether or not I even take a horse out today depends.  I need to get over my fear.

Any advice/suggestions?
~Cheryl Ann~

Friday, November 4, 2016

Just around town

Just some photos from around here.  I have some to upload, but I'm too tired this afternoon.  Hubby is settling in to his new routine and meds.  

Dove on a tree up at the Santa Rosa Mountains visitor center...

Pretty flowers 

Fall decorations around my front door
 I love smoketrees!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Hubby is HOME!

I brought hubby home yesterday (Monday).  He finally finished his last round of tests and was cleared to be released (THANK GOODNESS!)

He does have Bradycardia (low heart rate) and a slight blockage in his left artery.  No pacemaker needed at this time.  Phew!  We drove over to our son's to see the grandkids decked out in their Halloween costumes, then home.  We got home at 8 p.m.  That's twice now I've driven Highway 74 at night.  It sure is pretty driving through Anza.  I can see stars there that we can't see here from home (too much light pollution).

Today he had to go out and buy dinner because I was dizzy all day.  I'm not sure if it was the stress or if I just had a virus, but I'm headed to the doctor tomorrow (with him and then my own appointment).  It was pretty bad.

That's all for now.  Will keep you posted.  Ripley is glad to have us BOTH home.