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, April 2014. The roses are blooming!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

HA! I made it through the first two days of school!!!

We had students only two days last week~Thursday and Friday.  Of course, on the first day, they are ALL on their best behavior.  By the second day, however, one boy just couldn't contain himself.  He blurted.  He bothered other students in his group.  He couldn't sit still in his chair.  Now, mind you, I've had hyperactive kids before.  This little guy is OFF the charts!  I had our resource specialist take a look at him, and she agreed.  Hm....he is going to be a handful this year!  I remember seeing him in the office nearly every day last year.  I don't want that for him and I usually find time to sit next to him and chat with him.  He's fine with math, but needs help with reading, so I may have him come in early a couple of mornings for tutoring.  He had a male teacher last year and I'm not sure how well they got along, so I'll also talk to that teacher.  He definitely needs HELP!  The rest of the class is extremely well behaved and calm and...POLITE!  :-)  I am really going to enjoy them this year! (Phew...not like last year's WILD BUNCH)!  That class nearly did me in.  But, it's funny...5 of them have already come back to say hello.  Kids seem to really calm down once they enter 4th grade...isn't that funny?  I'm hoping their 4th grade teachers survive this year!   :-)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A new school year

A new school year begins today.  Just like the kids, my stomach is in knots.  What will they be like?  Surely they won't be like the group last year that nearly did me in?

Our weather has been cooperating, at least!  We had monsoon moisture yesterday.  It actually poured over our house 3x in the morning before I had to leave for a prep day and it was cloudy all day.  More of the same today and temps only in the double digits.  The usual high for August is 108, so that's a break.  And, more "cooler" temps for the next week!  Whoo, whoo!  I included this photo from the Toro Peak webcam, which is at 8,000 feet in the Santa Rosa mountains.  The webcam takes photos from all directions, all day and night.  This was taken a couple of afternoons ago, as the monsoon clouds gathered in our valley.  Gotta LOVE those clouds!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Visit to the horse ranch

Well, I FINALLY got to have a visit with the horses yesterday.  Unfortunately I also drove by a fatal accident up on Highway 74 involving a Toyota Rav and a motorcycle.  The motorcyclist didn't make it.  I saw him lying face down on the highway.  I stopped and asked the people if they were able to call out (there are zones up there with NO cell coverage), and they said yes.  Minutes later, I saw a fire truck coming up from Palm Desert and another one coming down from Pinyon.  Alas, another life lost on that damn highway because PEOPLE WON'T SLOW DOWN!  I was pretty shaken by this accident, since it happened right before I drove by and a life was lost.

By the time I got to the ranch, the horses were neighing in their greeting!  :-)  I let Scout out into the arena and put SWAT on Sunni.  He actually cooperated!  In fact, he was the most joyous in his greeting!  He nuzzled me, he nuzzled my hair, he wouldn't leave me alone!  I would have let him out next, but by the time I cleaned out water troughs, 2 hours had gone by and it was noon and it was HOT!  I headed back to the desert for lunch and a siesta!

Scout, of course, was her usual adorable self.  She didn't pull on the lead rope at all and was a GOOD GIRL!

I'm glad I got to see the horses.  School starts on Thursday this week, so maybe one afternoon before then I can return and see them again before the weekend.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

More Arizona photos

One afternoon we drove out to the fire tower near Black Canyon Lake.  Instead of a herd of wild horses there, we spotted a herd of cattle.  Last year it was horses.  This year it was cattle.  We did spot some horses out near the road on our way out, however.  The grandson has never seen a fire watch tower like this one before.  He kept asking, "Why can't we go up in it?"  (a 5 year old...sigh...) I tried to explain to him that the gate was locked, but he wanted to climb up its stairs RIGHT NOW!  Then we drove out to the lake and he wanted to go fishing!  Such is the world of a 5 year old!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Arizona trip

We spent a week over in Arizona before returning home and undergoing a week of training this past week.  We like to rent a cabin up on the Mogollon Rim, near Heber-Overgaard.  It's off the highway with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, a large living room, and a complete kitchen (also a washer/dryer).  And, it is up in the pines at 7,000 feet!

This year we invited our son and his family to join us (a 5 year old)...We all spent the night in Phoenix, near the Mayo Clinic (and WHOLE FOODS).  We stocked up on lamb and beef and headed up the mountain.

We heard thunder the first afternoon and our grandson was surprised.  I don't believe he has heard it before (certainly not as loud as it is up there!).  There is a pond for catch and release fishing there on the premises and he and his dad went there a couple of times.  It's a great place for taking walks, too, so I walked every day.

After a couple of days, birds started showing up and 2 squirrels who fought and argued over peanuts.  I awoke the first morning to hear cattle mooing and coyotes communicating.  Ahhhhhhh!!!!

Here are some pics from our week up there.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Guess who dropped in for a visit yesterday afternoon?

It was 117 degrees here yesterday.  Fortunately, I had just refreshed the bird bath.  In temperatures like this, even the birds are panting.  And, GUESS WHO stopped by for a drink and a few minutes' worth of pleasure in the bird bath?  Yup...our resident Cooper's hawk!

Our daughter had stopped by for a visit and when she opened the front door to leave, he took off!  Fortunately, I was ready with my camera!  I'm glad he came for a drink and a visit because it was fascinating to be able to observe him through our living room window!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Weekend in Idyllwild

It was our daughter's 36th birthday last week and she rented a 2 bedroom cabin in Idyllwild and invited us to come share it with her and her family, so off we went.  I mean, the alternative was to stay in the desert, in 113 degree heat!  However, the desert DID have a downpour Friday, which we completely missed!  The cabin also had a spa, which we ALL enjoyed, and the fresh mountain air did us ALL some good.  We all relaxed.  Hubby ran around in his shorts and a Hawaiian shirt.  I read two novels.  Our daughter got some long-needed sleep (she has a 16 month old...).  We cooked our meals there and ate outside on the deck.  I fed blue jays and squirrels and watched rabbits come out in the early morning.  I took their dog on long walks.  It was wonderful!   :-)