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 5 horses, all rescues. Here is the ranch up the mountains where the horses stay, October, 2014. The roses are blooming!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Horse time!

Am I standing in line for Black Friday sales?  NOPE!  I'm heading up to the horses!  After 2 days of turkey, we'll be having spaghetti tonight.  We actually had our family dinner Wednesday evening.

I NEED some horse time!   :-)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Beautiful morning skies here yesterday

I was all ready to leave for work yesterday morning 30 minutes ahead of time (I was SO excited it was only 1/2 day!), that I grabbed my camera and headed out to take photos of the snow and clouds.  Our mountains got a dusting of snow (about 2 inches) Thursday night!  So, out I headed to take photos of the clouds and mountains!  Can you see the dusting of snow on the bottom pic?



Thursday, November 20, 2014

How do I feel this morning?



How do I feel this morning after parent/teacher conferences?  Yup...you guessed it...tired and ALREADY CRANKY!  I talked nonstop from 2:00 until 4:30 (dinner for 1/2 hour), then until 6:30.  Conferences were SUPPOSED to end at 6:30, but, OF COURSE, 3 sets of kids and parents showed up at 6:30!  FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!  I sent home a signup sheet, I reminded them daily, but, they DO NOT LISTEN!  So, I ended up staying until 7:10 and the school was dark.   At least that is out of the way.  We have conferences today also, but only until 3:30 p.m. and I crossed off the last half hour, so I should be done by 3:00.  Then, Friday is 1/2 day and then 9 days of... FREEDOM!   :-)  I have the entire Thanksgiving week off and I'm thankful for that!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Feral kittens

I FINALLY remembered yesterday to go out and take a couple of photos of my feral kittens, so here they are!  Aren't they adorable?  The little tabby is getting quite demanding about breakfast being served ON TIME, but the little black & white kitten is still thinking I might eat her! (or him).  I don't what what they are yet, as I still cannot pick them up.  That will come in time.  For now, they get 2 meals a day and a clean little box and water.  Better than being stuck in a cage heading for the pound!  They LOVE their kitty cube thing and they are usually curled up together inside it.  They have toys to play with and I find them swatted all around the dog kennel.  See how we reinforced it with netting?  If they get out and go into our neighbor's yard, they are DEAD!  She's out to get them!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Garner Valley fences~Good Fences~11/14/14




I love to drive through Garner Valley, which is just over the hills from where I board my horses up in our local mountains.  The white fences there are so pretty this time of year!  Good Fences for Friday, November 14, 2014.  To visit Good Fences, please go to:   http://run-a-roundranch.blogspot.com/

This is why I LOVE going to the mountains!

It's only a 10 minute drive from our desert home up Highway 74 to the pinyon forest, but another 35 minutes to Garner Valley and its tall pines.  Another 10 minutes from there and one arrives at Lake Hemet.  There is a privately owned campground there and a day/picnic area in a national forest area too.  We haven't camped at Lake Hemet (ever), but I would like to someday.  These were the fall colors that I saw up there on Veterans' Day.





Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Feral kitty update

For those of you who know the story, we took in 2 feral kittens.   A litter of 3 was born in our neighbor's yard, but she is a CAT HATER!  She complained and complained about them.  Well, I fed the mother cat in OUR yard and soon the 3 of them were...uh...pooping in her yard and she had a FIT!  Oye vei!  So, she called a company that came with 2 steel cage traps.  She was able to catch the 2 kittens (which she DID give to us) and then the 3rd kitten (which she gave to us also), but the last one escaped an hour after we put all 3 of them into our old dog kennel and covered it with lattice on top.  To this day I haven't figured out how the little critter got out!  He came around for about a week and cleaned out the cans of cat food I "accidentally" left out for him and I'd see his little white feet go scamper, scamper in the morning.  She put out traps again and caught him and there wasn't anything I could do.  They were ALL feral.  Momma cat has complete disappeared.  I have no idea what happened to her, but this little guy went to the Humane Society (to be euthanized), or who knows...I listened to his painful cries when he was trapped the 2nd time, but he was in her yard and she wasn't about to give him to us again...sigh...So momma and 1 kitten are GONE.

But, we have the other two and they are quite content to live in their cat house.  They have toys, a log for scratching, water, a kitty box (which they both use) and plenty of food.  They are getting quite curious about me, but they do NOT like the dogs!  Ugh, ugh.  No way!  One of them, the little tabby, is quite curious and wants to be friends, but her sister? brother? (the black and white one) is still shy.  We've had them now for about 3 weeks and I'll TRY to get a photo of them, but they spend most of their time in their cat house!

We have two aging outdoor cats, but I won't be able to let the little ones out because our neighbor will kill them, so they may be destined for a life inside a cat house.  Over Christmas vacation, I'll have a friend come over and build them a nice, BIG cat house and I'm afraid they will be destined to live in it.

Such a sad story...one woman's HATRED for cats!