These flowers always remind me of flies you would use in fly fishing. I find everything around here intriguing. The baby was born on Sunday night. Kessie was in labor 18 hours. He is a tiny little guy. Here are some grandma brag pictures.

He was already smiling. Nothing better than the smell of new babies, except maybe holding new babies.

The kids were so excited to get home and see their new baby brother. I was so excited! Mom is so tired but so happy to not be pregnant.

I love these cactus! They just boggle my mind. We were on a walk and look at this funny thing I saw.

A bird had stuck all of these pyracantha berries on the spines of this cactus. Jody asked what kind of birds we have spotted so far. We have seen a roadrunner, a bright red cardinal. A crazy woodpecker climbing a palm tree making the weirdest noise at every hop. Lots of finches. Two hummingbirds that war over the bird feeder. Huge hawks and ravens and funny grackles. They have smaller bodies and longer tails than the ones at home.

It’s been an interesting trip. I wonder what we will do today? I added this video I took yesterday of these ants I watched in the afternoon.


Here is a video I took yesterday of all of these ants carrying flowers. It went on all afternoon. It made me laugh to watch the ground moving with tiny purple flags.

Settling In to a Routine.

The sunrise was beautiful this morning. I know why people move to the desert. I feel good all of the time. Yesterday was our zoo day. The kids were troopers and it was very nice. The kids favorite part was the little train that goes around the park.

I was riding with the older two and Ron the three younger. I don’t know how that worked out that way.

This is a tiny local zoo, it had one monkey, one alligator, it did have two bears, and two tigers. It was not like zoos in California. Just an aside, but being here is like really nice and free. I am struck all the time at how, like the frog being boiled to death slowly, California has become so restrictive and Socialist.

I am glad the two oldest have decided to leave.

Here is the gang. We had already been walking for two hours so they were happy to sit down for awhile. After the zoo we went out to lunch. Mom was missing her kids and the kids were getting homesick for normal life. We took them home and picked them up at bedtime. Ron read them My Father’s Dragon. It is so nice to see five more kids the next generation piled on Grandpa like it was a long time ago.

Today will just be hikes on the hiking trails.

I hope your day will be lovely.


Time Passes so quickly

We have finally settled into a routine. The kids are getting used to Granma and Granpa. We are learning too. Not being with them a year and a half is a long time to not be able to see them growing so fast. We are trying to pack as much in as possible.

I wish I knew the names of all the plants and trees. So many things have healing or eating or just plan poison qualities. Kessie has trained her kids so I am having to ask all the time the name of a cactus or tree or even animals.

I do know prickly pear. This morning I wanted to go outside to see what kind of a day it would be. (Cold, cloudy.) I walked outside and serenading up in the foothills was a pack of coyotes. I went back in the house and got the girls and we sat and listened quietly to their song. I can hear the quail talking and mumbling to themselves further down in the wash.

It’s going to be a hiking day today. The place we are staying at has 120 miles of hiking trails. Ron and I are in heaven. It’s a very nice place to visit.