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.

Monday, April 6, 2020

I'm still here...busy making face masks!!!!!

Sorry I've been AWOL for a few days.   I'm busy making masks just as quickly as I can.   I originally got an order for 4 from a doctor friend of mine (I didn't charge her anything).   Then my family members ALL wanted one, then an order from a friend of our daughter's, then a former colleague ordered 3, then a customer from my journal shop ordered 5, then a second cousin ordered 4...you get the idea.   So far I believe I have now made 33 face masks.    My first one took me 1.5 HOURS to figure it out.   I'm using the pleated cloth made face mask template from Kaiser Hospital.   I'm going through thread, bobbin thread, I have NO elastic, so these are made using a fabric seam binding...and I just looked online at JoAnn's, Amazon, and they are all out of white cotton thread.   Good thing I just found 1,000 yards of it in the back of my thread drawer!

Here are some photos:





If you would like me to make you one, or several, they are $10 each and I accept PayPal and I can mail them to you.   Do let me know.  You can leave a comment here or contact me at:     deserthorses5@gmail.com... I have all kinds of colors and fabrics, even some for guys! :-)

XOXOXOXOXO
Cheryl

Monday, March 30, 2020

Is there a bright spot in staying home? I think so...

I'm NOT venturing out for anything now unless e are completely out of it.   Hubby just placed an order with one of our high-end grocery stores for delivery, so we will see how long it takes.   I made 2 loaves of a chocolate zucchini bread and now we only have 1 egg left, so eggs were on our list.   Meat, too, since we only have 4 bags of 1/2 pound of hamburger each.   Hubby made a delightful spaghetti last night using 1 bag and we do have plenty of pasta and sauce here at home, since I stocked up on it.   And, we have onions and garlic, so VOILA!

Is there a bright side of staying home?   Well, yesterday I emptied out 2 clothes hampers that I hadn't touched in over a year.   I found the bront plastic thing for our vacuum (HOORAY!) and I've now done about 8 loads of hubby's t-shirts.   He must have about 100 t shirts, all colors.   I'm going to strangle him if I ever have to wash that many again.   So, that job is DONE!   I'm also cleaning out the bedroom, since that seems to be where everything is dropped.

And, I'm baking and cooking again!   I dug out my 2 Amish cooking cookbooks and I'm going through them.   I have plenty of baking soda, baking powder, sugar, and flour.   I'm just short on eggs.   We have enough dog food left in our COSTCO bag for maybe another 2-3 weeks.  Bodie doesn't eat much dry food and we aren't over feeding him.   The cats have food and the birds do, too, for now...At some point I AM going to have to go out and buy bird seed and cat and dog food, but that might be a couple weeks away.

So, I'm enjoying my garden.   I watered a spot out front where I planted sunflower and hollyhock seeds and LO AND BEHOLD!   My African daisies that I tossed out there are sprouting! 

Until next time,
XOXOXOXOXO
Stay healthy!
~Cheryl~
Some photos of Bodie helping me with my gardening:




Saturday, March 28, 2020

I FINALLY got a phot of the woodpecker

Actually, I got about 95 photos of him yesterday, but I digress...

I've been hearing the woodpecker in our neighborhood the last few days.   2 days ago he was up in one of the palm trees in our neighbor's yard.  I heard him, but couldn't see hi.   Then yesterday he was teasing me by being out in our front yard!   Little BUGGER!!!

So, I was astonished when I looked up from my laptop to see him at one of the orange slices right outside my window!   Fortunately I had my camera right next to me in preparation of taking out the memory card and uploading my photos of the back garden.   So, I snapped away.   He usually flies off, so he must have been very hungry!   Sorry for these being so dark, but I was using my Nikon with my telephoto lens and I've lightened them as much as I can.


Yup!   There he is with his red head!

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Had a nice visitor yesterday!

Even though our daughter and her family live only 11 miles away, we are social distancing.   However, yesterday she stopped by with 2 bags of bird seed from COSTCO.   So, we all sat outside (6' away) on our plastic chairs and visited for... 3 hours!   YES!    Hubby broke one of the red plastic chairs when he sat on it, so that is one less that we now have...sigh...   She enjoyed sitting on the porch, watching the birds, listening to them, and being visited several times by hummingbirds!   I guess they didn't like us on THEIR PORCH!

I went out back that morning and pulled more grass and weeds.   I still have a couple of sunflower spots to weed and then the back yard will look presentable!   I can hardly keep up with all the grass and weeds after our series of rainy days!

I'm going to try to finish the side porch this morning and then tackle the front porch this afternoon (or maybe switch them...)   They both need a tidying up and thorough cleaning.

It seems we have been adopted by a new feral cat.  This one is young, all black, and wary of the dog.   I saw him run into our garage a few days ago.

STAY SAFE AND STAY AT HOME!
XOXOXOXO
Cheryl




Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Spring is in the air (literally!!!)

I went out earlier than usual this morning.   I've been waking up at 1 a.m., staying awake for a couple hours, and then going back to sleep until about 7:30 a.m.   ...sigh...But this morning I awoke at 6.   So, out I went as soon as it was light and fed the birds.   Off to the east, I hard a flock of geese calling.   Then, after I returned to my office, I SAW one of the grosbeaks which I have been hearing the past few mornings!    Finally, i saw 2 ducks flying north as I went in the back yard to feed the birds there.

So, yes, I guess Spring is really IN THE AIR!   :-)

I did my weekly shopping yesterday and was able to ask the butcher if he had any chuck roast.   He said he had some in the back and how many would I like!   2, please!    So last night we had Amish style pot roast.   You should have heard hubby!   We both have German ancestors and my maternal grandmother was Scots/Irish and German/Swiss and her female line was Quaker.   Her Swiss steak was so tender you could cut it with a fork!   So, after we finished, hubby asked, "Are you going to make another one tomorrow?"   So, I guess I have my orders for the day!

I cropped this photo of a bee out back on one of my sunflowers:   Little guys are ALL OVER my sunflowers and lavender!

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Canon and Nikon flower photos

So, yesterday I took out both my Canon AND my Nikon cameras.   My Canon has a standard lens on it, since I use it to shoot photos of my journals.   My Nikon, my old Nikon D40, has a telephoto lens up to 300x.

Which do you like better?

CANON PHOTOS:




Nikon photos:




I had a HELPER yesterday!

Yesterday when I went out, Bodie "helped" me.  ...   (NOT!)