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, November 30, 2014.

Monday, December 15, 2014

After the storm

I headed home Saturday morning, after Friday's rain, to feed the dog, cats, and birds.  Yes, I feed the sparrows, finches, and now verdins who come to the yard!  Anyway, it was a beautiful, crisp, clean morning.  I drove out by the sand dunes on my way home.  The baby is now home, back from her 4 days in the hospital and she is doing better.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Why I've been AWOL

Well, the baby had to go back to the hospital for treatment of severe jaundice, so she was there for 4 days...Grandpa and I got recruited for babysitting the 5 year old.  I drove him to school Friday (I had to take the day off) and picked him up at his half-day kindergarten.  Then, home to play with my iPad.  Then, I had to drive to pick up the 20 month old from day care, so I just brought her to play with her cousin, and fortunately the two of them wore each other out!  They were asleep by 7 p.m.!  YEAH!  Score one for Grandma!

Saturday morning Gpa and I took him to the Living Desert, then to Palm Springs to spend the afternoon with his parents.  They actually kept him overnight (not in the hospital)...The hospital has some villas for parents with babies in the NICU.  I drove home this morning to do the dishes and laundry, feed the dog and cats and birds.  Damn dog scratched through the wooden gate and greeted me at the side gate...the one that goes out to the street!  So, over winter break, we'll have to get the gate fixed AGAIN!!! (3rd time)...

I'm going to school tomorrow to rest!

We had stormy skies here Friday and we got about 1/10" of rain.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Why I've been AWOL for a couple of days

Here she is!  Our newest granddaughter, Hayley...

 Proud papa.
She sleeps a LOT!!!

I took the day off yesterday.  Good thing!  We spent over 5 hours at the hospital and bought lunch for the starving parents.  The hospital food is HORRIBLE and our son didn't leave the room to get food.  Our daughter came to visit her niece last night, so we also got to babysit little Ellie, who is now 20 months old and trying to talk.  We aren't sure yet what SHE is saying, but she's definitely got an opinion!!!

So now we have two granddaughters!   :-)  And today I go back to work TO REST!!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Why I love the mountains!

Living down here in the desert, but having mountains all around us is a real benefit.  In the summer, I can drive up into the mountains for the day and be cool.  They are lovely in the autumn and sometimes in winter I can drive up to them and see the snow.  While I don't like to drive in the snow, it is still pretty.  And, there are two kinds of forests in our local mountains:  pinyon and Ponderosa pine.  There is a huge meadow up in Garner Valley and Lake Hemet is further up the road.  Idyllwild is at the top of Mt. San Jacinto and I LOVE driving up there.

I awoke Sunday morning to the smell of moisture in the air and I could see the clouds spilling over the mountains.  I KNEW I had to drive up into them, so off I went!

 Looking down into the Coachella Valley from Highway 74.
 Clouds were spilling over the tops of the Santa Rosa mountains.
 Part of the pinyon forest.  I love this road!
 The San Jacinto mountains were covered by clouds.
Ponderosa pine forest up by Lake Hemet.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Had some good, but chilly horse time today!

I left the house right about 8:00 a.m. today and drove up to the mountains.  Clouds were all over the valley and I could see (and smell) their moisture as they came down the mountain slopes.  So, off I went!

I bought 4 bags of pellets and unloaded 3 of them.  I still have 1 bag in my car because I just didn't have room for it in my cans.  We have to keep EVERYTHING in cans up at the ranch because "critters" like to eat their way into bags and destroy everything!  Maybe next weekend I can figure out where to put the extra bag of pellets...

It was COLD and WINDY up in the mountains today.  We have a storm front moving in and I could feel the temperature dropping.  Snow is forecast down to 6,000 feet Tuesday through Friday...  :-)

Here are a couple of photos from today below.  The owners weren't home and it was too windy to take any of the horses out.  Besides, they were all screaming for their snack!

 Storm clouds coming.
 Storm clouds and pretty tree.
 The trees at the another week, their leaves will be GONE!
Pretty maple up at the ranch.

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?