Monthly Archives: January 2013

Sky Watch Angles and lines

Presunset sky

I often see contrails in the late afternoon sky.

Contrails crossing

Like an invitation to play tic-tac-toe way up high.

Contrails crossing

They fade away by and by.

Contrails crossing

Become so faint as if they’re shy.


A special pleasure for the eye.


Then leave behind a yellow-orange dye.

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In the meantime…

I’ll be traveling in South Africa for the next seven weeks and suspect I’ll be too busy to post much, if at all, on this blog.  However I will try to post on my other blog  Please come on by for some African sky.

Our World–Adding to my jewelry collection

SS & turq ring

I love a good deal, and a woman can never have too much jewelry.

SS & turq ring

While out at a couple of my favorite Prescott Thrift stores I found both.

SS & turq watch band with watch

It was a day for watches.

SS watch band with watch

Some people like gold.  But I’m definitely a silver person.

SS & turq watch band

And turquoise, the sky stone, calls to me.

SS & peti-point turq watch band

I especially like the Zuni peti-point like above.

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But it’s my favorite….

You know how you have some special piece of clothing that is your All Time Favorite.  Wear it all the time.  And it’s beyond wearing out.  It’s worn out.  But you still can’t part with it.

Heck, most of my clothes come from thrift stores, so they’re wearing out when I buy them.

Yet I rather like putting on soft worn clothes and thinking about who owned it before me.  Always have to wash the thrift store smell out first though.

My absolutely, positively favorite shirt that I threw on every morning for years somehow got left behind in my Chicago hotel room back in September.  I’ve been scouring around for a replacement ever since.

Denim shirt

Today was my lucky day.  At one of my favorite thrift stores, Yavapai Human Society, and clothes were marked half off. OK, you’re thinking, what made this so difficult to find.  Yea, yea.  It’s only a denim shirt, over-sized, soft and has snaps.  But it’s my new old favorite!

Have an old favorite that you just can’t throw away?

Catching up with Chris plus a little birding

Actually, he caught up with me.

Chris & Gaelyn Weaver Mts Yarnell AZ

Sunday I saw a post on Facebook about Chris (from Las Aventuras) and Michael birding at the lakes in Prescott.  I quickly commented that they were only about 30 miles north of where I live.  They were spending the night there so we tentatively planned to meet Monday after a bit more birding.  Lucky Chris also discovered another as yet unmet friend and birder lived a mile away from the lakes.  So they birded in the morning and got to see the elusive Tundra Swans.

Moon above boulders Weaver Mts Yarnell AZ

Then in the afternoon they made it to Yarnell and after hugging like the old blogger friends we are, although we’d never met in real time, I took them for a little walk into the Weaver Mountains.

Western Bluebird Weaver Mts Yarnell AZ

Western Bluebird

Chris attempted to bird while I babbled away as usual. And I’m sure he got more photos, and better, than I did.  But we had a great time.

Two mule deer Yarnell AZ

We also saw these two mule deer plus four more

In way too short a time they had to take off for the rest of their journey home to Tucson.  Next it’s my turn to get south where I’m sure Chris can take me birding.  And I’ll try to shut up.

Our World-Recent visitors to the feeder

House finch Yarnell AZ

Finally got a shot of the House finch

As you may already know, I’ve been spending inordinate amounts of time at the computer where I also watch the birds out my window.

Finches sparrows cardinal Yarnell AZ

I’m used to seeing lots of sparrows and finches, plus the cardinals flit in and out, male, female, male, female.  Taking turns.

Pyrrhuloxia or cardinal on feeder Yarnell AZ

The other day I saw what looked like an immature male cardinal.  Yet when I looked at the photos on the computer am now wondering if it’s not a Pyrrhuloxia, which I’ve never seen here before.  Maybe a better birder than I can confirm.  If it’s the later, it’s a lifer!  And how do you pronounce that word?

Javelina Yarnell AZ

I haven’t seen hardly any javelina around this winter until just recently during the cold snap and since.  They snuffle up bird seed and tip the water bowl.

Javelina Yarnell AZ

This might be “Dolly” who mostly travels solo.  Javelina usually travel in herds.

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Thrifty Tuesday


Stopped into my favorite thrift store and as always made the jewelry cases my first stop.  These bent-wire earrings are Navajo made and called the “Medicine Man.”  Sterling silver $8.


Last time I traveled to South Africa I took one medium-sized suite case, and my backpack which I used hiking in the Drakensburg Mountains.  Being I can’t shoulder a pack anymore I’ve been hunting for something with wheels.  Dang, it’s hell to get arthritis in the shoulders but I’m not going to let that stop me from traveling, just backpacking, at least until I can find a suitable Sherpa.  Now I just have to make sure I don’t over pack this monster on wheels.  Samsonite $12.  Kind of like the bright orange tape so I know it’s mine.


How I love getting a deal.  What treasures have you found lately?

Thermometers lie

The thermometer read 35 degrees F inside the RV this morning with two small electric heaters running all night.  Even with heat-tape on the water hose and the cold water dribbling all night a hot water line froze somewhere I can’t get to.  It thawed by noon with a little hair dryer helper.


The dam thermometer lies while being baked in the sun around 1:30pm.  85F!  How I wish.


Not even sure it’s right in the shade. Yes, I braved outside long enough to take this photo and probably didn’t give the thing long enough as it came from inside at maybe 60F.

NOAA Todays temperatures 1-40pm

And then there’s NOAA.

I know I’m whining.  And it’s a lot colder elsewhere.  In fact this seems to be a common thread for many.  It’s not as cold as ice climbing in Colorado, or living in Alaska.  And it’s certainly not as cold as swimming in Antarctica.


But come on, this is Arizona.  My extremities get very cold.  My fingers go numb even wearing gloves.  Yes, I’m talking about inside.

Platboom Beach

Platboom beach Cape Peninsula South Africa

In the meantime, I dream of being south of the equator.  Only 20 more days.

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SWF-From my Imax windows

Sunset Yarnell AZ

I can’t say it often enough, I Love my IMAX windows!

Sunset Yarnell AZ

Especially with a great sunset view.

Sunset Yarnell AZ

I’m not awake for many sunrises although that will change next month while traveling in South Africa.

Sunset Yarnell AZ

And because I don’t like to go out in the cold like recently it’s nice to stay inside, warm and enjoy the changing sky views.

Sunset Yarnell AZ

The perfect time of year for the sun to sink behind my favorite tree.

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