Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Here comes . . . something

It looks dangerous, sort of like a huge storm coming in from the Southwest to cover us in snow or rain or mud or lava or . . or . . or . . nothing.  As it turned out the cold front just blew through . . and I do mean blew.  It was cold(ish) and mighty windy in the afternoon.  But apparently it came and went so fast that it didn't have time to drop anything on us.

But that won't last.  The weathermen are predicting another much bigger cold front coming from the NORTHwest later in the week.  Those poor folks in Phoenix are going to have to suffer through temperatures in the 70's.  Brrrrr.  It will be a little colder up here in the "high desert", as it is called but I think it's a bit early for snow of any kind.

Oh, yes, we do get snow in Arizona.  Around here we may get an inch or two in a storm though it usually doesn't last long except on the north side of buildings where the sun can't reach it.  But 80 miles to the northeast, in Flagstaff, there are winters where they get 7 or 8 feet of it.  And there's a ski area, whimsically called the Snow Bowl, just outside of that town.  'Course it's a couple of thousand feet higher than around my neighborhood.

My elevation is just about the same as Denver but being further south we are saved from the big storms of winter, I guess.  I remember as a boy in North Dakota drifts so high we could climb up to the roofs of two story houses and slide right down to ground level on drifts of snow.  And ice-skating through town on the frozen-over streets.  And playing outside when it was 20 below zero.  I have no desire to go back to those "carefree" days.  Bring me some sunshine, balmy temperatures and some Mexican food!

Monday, November 8, 2010


As I look around some of my favorite blogs it appears everyone is writing about Fall and colder temperatures either present or in the offing.  It feels a little chilly coming in my open window today too so I guess I'd better check the weather forecast.


Ohhh!  Can winter be far behind?  The sun is still shining but weakly and there are a lot of thin clouds up in the sky. 
Let's see.  Where has SWMBO put my sweaters?  Time for the turtlenecks to take over.  And, yes, I do still wear turtlenecks, mostly black ones.  I remember once a couple of decades ago when a young intern in my office stared at my beard and my black turtleneck and asked "Are you a beatnik?"  Guess I was a bit of one back in the late 50's.  I don't know what I'd be called now.  Maybe an ageing hippy!
I had to go to The Google to look up whether there should be an e in ageing or not, as aging.  Neither looks right to me but The Google says "ageing" (with the e) is associated with British and Australian English and "aging" (without the e) is more used in American and Canadian English.  I'm an American who grew up within 50 miles of Canada.  But since I've been blogging I've made many friends in Britain and Australia.  So now I don't know how to spell it.  Maybe I'll just go with my standby: an "older" hippy.
Or is that hippie?
Well . . . now you know how blog posts are made.  From nothing.  To nothing.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Mag 39

Who killed Cock Robin?

Not I, says the coyote.

Not I, says the farm dog.

Not I, says the rattlesnake.

Uh, me?  (Asks the farmer, with a toothpick between his teeth.)

Well . . uh . . er . . . . . .

(What do you think?)


It's just a little writing exercise prompted with a photo from Ms. Willow at Magpie Tales.  Check 'em out!

Yet another change

I have taken your comments and suggestions, as well as my own opinion, into consideration.  And brightened the blog and my outlook.

Hope you like it.

The sun is shining here.

Saturday, November 6, 2010


Every once in awhile, it's time for a change.  Today was one of those days for me, I guess.  I'm not sure I'm happy with this new look.  Time will tell.  I'd be happy for your input though I may totally ignore it.  That's one of the perks associated with reaching my age.

I can't think of any others.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Passage of Power

O.K. Republicans.  You've got the power.

Now what?

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween redux

The BRD and her Beau Jack are crazy for Halloween.  They hosted a dinner party at a Prescott saloon and eatery Saturday night and this was their appearance.

In case you're not aware, she went as Cruella Deville and he was Count Dracula!

They visited some watering holes after dinner and the BRD won third place for best costume at one of them and FIRST PLACE and $100 at another!

Halloween is gone . . . but . . .

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Halloween Preview - Part Three

Some of the homes on this street are scary enough on their own.  But their occupants have made their yards even eerier for the holiday.

And that says it all.  As always, the pictures become bigger if you click on them.

Have a horrifying Halloween!

Halloween preview, Part Two

Got to have a graveyard, right?

 Wow!  A lace curtain ghost!

And another one of those huge black spiders.

 The guy in the bubble is up to no good.

Skeletal ghouls and pirates.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween preview

It's getting to be that time of year again.

Mount Vernon street in Prescott is gearing up for Halloween trick-or-treaters.

Spiders apparently are big this year.

 This house is torn between Halloween and Election Day, apparently.

In the next two days, I'll show you some of the creepier decorations.  And, as always, you should click on the individual pictures for the total effect.

Thursday, October 28, 2010


What's that out there on the South 40, Tex?

Looks like some of the "boys" comin' in for lunch.

But what's that orange thing? A hang-glider gone bad? Well, who knows.

And there's old "Lonesome Joe".

Just another day on the range.

(As always, you can click on the photos to make them larger)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Yesterday . . .

Today . . .


Monday, October 25, 2010

Go Army!

I have a grandson in the U.S. Army. 

This is not him.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Arizona fauna

I spotted an Arizona Roadrunner yesterday.  This one stopped alongside the road long enough for me to take some pictures.

Here's a closer look.  

Kind of makes one wonder whether he's a roadrunner or a rocksitter.

But he's a roadrunner.  They are prevalent in this area.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

A silent movie (except for the wind)

I thought you might like to see a bit of my part of Arizona, particularly the changing sky.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Not the Arizona you've read about

Today is a dark and dreary day in the high desert country of Arizona.

 And it's wet.

Definitely not the land of eternal sunshine you've been led to believe in, is it?

Oh well, it will only be a day or two.  Then the sun will come out again.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Togetherness, at last!

Now, I'm not going to make any excuses for having three (count 'em, 3) cats living with us. But I am going to brag some when they all get together without a fight.  You see when Blackwell joined the other two, he brought consternation and a lot of spitting and growling to Jazz.  And, yes, cats can growl.  But this morning, lo and behold, all three of them were stretched out on the same bed.  I was so amazed I had to take photos.

At the foot of the bed is Muggles, with his head hanging over the edge.

 In the middle (and this is the most amazing part of this story) is Jazz.

And, at the far end . . actually the head end . . is Blackwell.  While watchful, he also seems relaxed.

It didn't last long but while it did . . it was truly amazing.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Mag 36

The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Unfortunately, there is no originality in my brainpan this week.  The poem was written by Emma Lazarus and is engraved on the base of the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor.
And, yes, I know it's not necessarily a golden door in the photo but a Dutch door.  So be it.
Please look at Willow's Magpie Tales page for some writers with more imagination than this unworthy scribe.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Blackwell's new collar

We are trying to convert Blackwell from being an outdoor cat to an indoor cat.  But that is not an easy task.  Every time a door opens, he makes a dash for it and the outer world.  So, I insisted on a collar and a tag.  He has that now as well as a bell, which he is not happy about.  But the color looks very good on him, I think.


Friday, October 8, 2010

Me and my shadow

What a grouchy looking bird!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Mag 35

Halloween candy -

You want Hersheys?

Make it Brachs.

Like my tresses?

Ah . . .


Getting cold?

Wooly socks.

Is that a dog?

No, it's a fox.

Like my music?

Yeah, it rocks!

Turn the time back?

Fix the clocks.

Boats at anchor

Near the docks.

We’ve passed the silly season,

So what’s the silly reason?


Autumnal Equinox.


There has to be some better writing at Magpie Tales!  Go there!  Quickly!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Tornadoes in Arizona?

You gotta be kidding me!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Pretty clouds at sunset

Beautiful but stormy skies.

The rain came later.