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.

Friday, April 24, 2020

More photos from my garden

I'm really enjoying having all this time to focus on my front and back yard gardens.   The front yard is now pretty lush.   I may have to do a You Tube video walk through!   The back yard has patches of sunflowers and hollyhocks.   There are also a few sweet peas growing up along the chain link fence.   Here are some photos below.   I moved the bird bath next to a clump of hollyhocks and i left the hose to drip, so I have many bird visitors this morning!

 A patch of sunflowers

 Hollyhocks along the fence
 Another view of sunflower patch
 Pretty hollyhocks
 Hollyhocks out in the front patio
sweet peas

Enjoy your day and stay safe!
Cheryl Ann

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Photos of flowers from my garden/Nature Notes

Thank goodness I do have my garden to keep me busy!   Every morning now I go outside for about 15-20 minutes and pull weeds and Bermuda grass.   I just planted 4 mounds of beans and squash this week and I still have some seeds left to put along the chain link fence in the back yard, so I'll do that too.   I like to plant in different places, so at least SOMETHING survives!

My hollyhocks are...simply breathtaking!   They have completely taken over the little dirt patch to the west of our front porch and are providing long-wanted SHADE!   They stand up very well to the winds which come in that direction, too.

We have a semi-permanent resident in our front yard:   a cottontail rabbit!   I can't tell if it is a male or female, but he/she appears now every morning and eveery late afternoon to forage among all the unwanted grass (and some of my flowers!).   I don't mind.   AND...unfortunately one of the hawks is back, so I run out and scream "SWOOSH" to it whenever I can.

Our grosbeaks seem to have moved on, although I SWEAR I heard one out back yesterday and then this morning I actually saw one in the back yard, so who knows?   Once we get our triple digit temps, they will leave and that is about Thursday this week.   YES!   Ugh.   that means we will have to turn on the air conditioner.

So, enjoy the photos!

Linking to Nature Notes, which is here:

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Making masks!!!!!

I'm busy making masks as quickly as I can.   I took a break over the weekend and mailed out 4 packs of them.   PHEW!   I had to order more muslin from JoAnn's so I went to their pickup area today and got that.   Now to get back to work sewing more!

Here's the link to my ETSY shop, which carries them:
I make masks for both women AND men!   :-)   Don't wish to forget personal safety for the guys!

Here are some examples:

Leave a comment here if you would like me to make you one or two!   These are $10.00 each and I pay shipping.

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 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: I have all kinds of colors and fabrics, even some for guys! :-)