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.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

I've been AWOL again!

Oh, gosh!  WHERE does the time go?

We had our Christmas and son's birthday last month.  We actually got to spend a day with him and his family.  Our daughter and son-in-law (both in the teaching profession) had 3 weeks off school for winter break (I remember THOSE DAYS!) and then we all went to the Living Desert Reserve twice!  Their kiddos LOV going there!  They love the trains, the animals, the play area, the discovery room...the GIFT SHOP!   :-)

I've been busy making handmade journals!  I've sold 5 so far!  YAY!  When I first started, I just gave them away to family & friends.  I don't do that anymore!  I even have a YouTube channel:

AND, I've done over 40 videos now!  I LOVE doing the videos and explaining things and showcasing my journals! 

I also have an ETSY store which is back up and running:

I'm going to TRY to list one new journal a week.  This weekend I finished up two that I started, I have one more to finish (to "embellish) and 2 more that I have sewn together.  I always like to try new things and designs!  Right now I'm really into fabric ones.

So, yes, there is LIFE AFTER RETIREMENT and believe me, YOU GET TIRED even when you are RETIRED!  (That's for Linda Carson!)  So much to do and clean!  Right now I'm organizing my craft room/office.  I went to Dollar Tree and bought... (SIT DOWN!) $40 worth of baskets!  I need them for sewing thread, fabric, lace, bobbins, glue, embellishments...I think I need a "SHE CAVE"!

Take care and stay well.
Cheryl Ann
 Inside the Cahuilla Indian exhibit.  I'm glad they are learning about our local Indian tribes.
 At the pond...
On the tortoise statue by the pond at the Living Desert Reserve.  I renewed our membership for another year.  I've been a member now for... 40 YEARS!  (I first became a member when I was pregnant with our daughter and she'll be 40 in July!) 

Take care!

Friday, December 29, 2017


I don't know whether or not you've been watching the weather reports, but while the Northeast is FREEZING, we're having a ... HEAT WAVE!  Yesterday broke a whole lot of records for the daily high.  Some records were over 100 years old!  Global warming?  HA!  It is REAL HERE!!!!

I cleaned out my clothes closet in anticipation of getting the tax write off for 2017, since we won't get it next year.  DAMN REPUBLICANS !  All they care about are (1) their rich donors; and (2) themselves.  SCREW the rest of us!  I took 2 car loads of stuff over to our nearby thrift store.  Then, back home to have hubby go through HIS clothes.  Neither one of us have done this since we retired and it was time, believe me!  I now have 2 more loads to take today and he still has one more closet to do!  AWAY went his dress shirts, dress slacks, sweaters, vests...ALL he has now are shorts, some jeans, and about 100 t-shirts!  This guy LOVES his t-shirts!

STAY WARM and have a wonderful weekend.
~Cheryl Ann~
The trees were GORGEOUS up at the ranch this fall!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Projects, projects, and MORE PROJECTS

I haven't been sitting at home doing nothing...nope, nope, nope!  I've been busy!

Well, first, hubby has had a HORRIBLE cold and cough now for 2 weeks.  I finally shoved him into the car and took him to urgent care.  OF COURSE it is a virus, so he wasn't given any antibiotics.  He hasn't been this sick since the last time he had pneumonia!

Then last Wednesday I came down with a sore throat.  Now I've got a full blown cold and I'm going through boxes of kleenex!

I got tired of making journals and I discovered a gal on YouTube who made a mixed media art journal, so I watched her 13 videos and made 2!!!  Why not?  I worked on one while the other one was drying.  It was fun!  Then I got sick and I haven't worked on anything for days.

My next one, however, will be about the Tudors and Saturday I went to the local library in the next town where they have black and white copies for... 10 cents!  and color copies for... 25 cents!  Can you believe it?  And, they are nice copies!  So, I found 2 books and stood and made copies until I ran out of quarters (and I had QUITE a few in my purse!).   If I'm up to it, I'll return tomorrow with a couple of books I checked out of my own town's library and make copies there.  THEIR copier is 65 cents for color copies and I don't remember the black and white charge!  WHAT A DIFFERENCE!

I DID complete one art journal and only have 3 pages left in the other one.  I'll take some photos today and post them.  It's too dark right now!

Linda Carson of the 7MSN is retiring in 15 days and I wish her a ...

She deserves it!

Oh, and I SOLD a journal and a bag of fabric in my ETSY store!  I was shocked!  It went to a Facebook friend in Arkansas.  Whoo, whoo!  I MIGHT list one of my art journals there...I'm just not sure yet...Please DO stop by and take a look!  I just reopened it in October, after closing it for 6 months.

Oh, and I now have over 40 videos on my YouTube channel.  Please also stop by there and take a look around!  I am now, however, VERBOTEN from doing any more until hubby can figure out why I used so much data last month on our cell phone plan.  I make the videos and just upload them to YouTube....does the uploading take ALL your data?  He had to purchase an extra GB of data last month and HE WASN"T HAPPY!!!!

Anyway, do pop over and take a look there, too!

Have a great week!  I'm making sugar cookies with our daughter on Wednesday (if I'm over this cold by then).  We put a lot of different toppings on them, but my favorite is the lemon curd.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

That's life

Life is slower now, but some days and weeks are hectic.  Last week we had to babysit the 18 month old for 2 days and then babysit he and his 4 year old sister for 2 afternoons.  And, this was after we drove to Temecula to watch our 8 year old grandson's baseball game last Saturday.  Then, Sunday I drove up to the ranch and unloaded 6 bags of pellets for the horses.


Grandpa and I are RESTING this weekend!  I'm working on 3 journals right now.  Two are altered books, with the pages intact and I've glue 3 pages together and am now putting gesso on them.  One journal I sewed in two signatures (groups of papers) and it has a horse theme.
I really want to get these 3 journals DONE so that I can move on to my next one!  HA!  I really enjoy adding fabric and fabric scraps to them.  I finished two a while ago that have both their front and back covers done in fall fabric and I LOVE THEM!  I'll have to take photos of them and then come back and post them because apparently I haven't done that yet.

I have now finished and completed 26 journals!  They are all different sizes.  My next one I want to take a cereal box and sew fabric onto the front and back covers!

The horses are fine.  They are getting their winter coats.  It seems this winter will be milder and drier than last year.  Last year we had a wet fall and winter and LOTS of wildflowers!  This winter...probably not.  The eastern Sierra has had snow already 3x, so that's a good sign, however.

Take care and give your horses a hug today!
~Cheryl Ann~

Friday, October 20, 2017

A tragic story to the fires in Northern California

It was with horror that I read the name of the young firefighter killed in the water truck accident while fighting the fires in Northern California.  He was a student in my 4th grade classroom many years ago at Mecca Elementary School, where I taught my first 8 years.

"Taco", as we all called him, was a decent, honest young man with a tremendous grin.  I remember him and his sister.  The whole family was awesome.  He went on to our local community college and then moved to Missouri, but contracted out for firefighting services.

He was one of the fatalities in the fire, among many.  His water truck, which was full, overturned on the Oakville Grade (a HORRIBLE twisty, turning road).  My husband wondered if maybe the water shifted and caused him to go down the ravine...Such a sad loss.

RIP, "Taco".  I will miss your bright smile.

The next morning, we had a BEAUTIFUL sunrise here in the desert.  I would like to think it was Garrett arriving in Heaven.

Here is the story from our local news:

Friday, August 18, 2017

BACK from Arizona

Hubby and I took a 4 night trip to Arizona's high country~The Mogollon Rim this week. We stayed in Overgaard. We just got home yesterday, after a 6 hour drive home.  We left last Sunday.  We rented a cabin through Air B&B, which was wonderful except the master bedroom was upstairs and neither one of us could competently navigate the stairs!  So, we slept in the "kids" bedroom downstairs.  We took Ripley (our black lab, age 10) with us and she absolutely LOVED the cooler mornings and all the smells!  In fact, one morning I looked out one of the windows and a coyote crossed the road right in front of the cabin!  Our first night there I heard an owl hooting!  And, THE STARS!  OH, my!~  I saw Scorpio and saw a meteor pass right in front of it!

We didn't do much, especially after Sunday's LONG and EXHAUSTING drive.  I did manage to make it to 2 antique shops in town.  I didn't buy anything at the first one, but I DID buy some old postcards and 40 quilting squares at the second one.  Then, Wednesday we drove into Show Low to buy our final groceries and I hit 2 thrift stores there in town and found 3 packages of fabric for $2.00 each AND some other goodies for my journals.  I also hit the library in Heber and came back with 4 Reader's Digest books with the beautiful covers.  I love making journals with those!

I will check on the herd either Sunday or next week.  It was delightful having daytime temps of 80 degrees and night lows in the low 50's.  Our daughter said our mornings here in the desert have been in the high 70's and this morning I have ALL the doors and windows open to air out the house!

Take care.
Cheryl Ann ~~
 The view from the back window of the cabin...Ponderosa Pines

Ponderosa pine forest up there.  They've had so much rain that there is standing water in the meadows and everything is very green!  Quite different from a couple of summers ago when they were in the middle of a drought.  The burned areas are also recovering nicely.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

I've been BUSY!!!!

Wow!  The time certainly has flown!

I've been busy.  Hubby hurt his back again and I have to drive him to chiro appointments.  Bummer....I'm the one with the injured back and sciatica!

I've discovered Mod Podge!  Mod Podge is a mixture of glue and varnish and you can use it to coat and seal art projects!  I made 14 photo canvases and they are on ETSY (desertsandbeyond), but NONE have sold!  And, they are CHEAP!  Oh, well...I'll hang them up on the living room wall, I guess!

I've made a few wooden signs, too.  I go to Home Depot and have them cut either fence boards or 1x12x72 lumber.  They do the cuts for free.  I have a LOT of wood for wooden signs now.

Then I discovered paper napkins!  Oh, my!

Here are some photos of my projects:

 Paper napkin on 5x7 canvas...I added the vinyl stickers and the glitter netting.
My photos on canvas.  Next time, I'm going to paint the canvas with colors from the photos.

I made this one for the grandson.  2 pieces of wood glued together with paint stirring strips on the back for extra support.  This is while the Mod Podge was drying.  It dried clear.