Archive for October, 2013

Happy Halloween

Halloween Dog

Since our house is located on an unlit unpaved road away from where kids would go on Halloween, we don’t get any tricksters. But, that’s probably a good thing since our Min-Pins tend to be overprotective and raise a ruckus whenever anybody comes calling.

We still enjoy the spirit (no pun intended) of Halloween and decorate accordingly, including our little girl Min-Pin, Cabela. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Harvesting Our Garden

Harvest Peppers

This past weekend, we harvested a few Anaheim chili peppers that were growing in pots in our courtyard. I prepared them according to a recipe for Tex-Mex chicken enchilada casserole. They, and the casserole, were delicious!

Just around the corner in the courtyard, are some tomatoes that we hope will ripen before the first freeze. We will have those in another tempting (and healthy) dish after we harvest them. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Guess HOO is Coming For Dinner?

Saguaro and Owl

Damsel noticed this great horned owl perched on our roof as we were bringing the dogs back from doing their business. She didn’t have her camera with her, so I took the little Canon A1400 Power Shot out of my pocket and snapped this photo. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Spider Mums

Spider Mums

I bought several stems of these nice spider mums at the flower concession in our local supermarket. I like the bright yellow color and the interesting petal arrangement of these flowers. Click on the image to enlarge.

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M60 Patton Tank

M60 Patton Tank

The halfway point (time wise) between the California house and our home in Arizona is roughly at Chiriaco Summit, CA, home of the Patton Memorial Museum. Outside of the museum proper, is a display of vintage military equipment, including this M60A1 Patton tank. Last Sunday, on our way home, we stopped to use the restrooms and walk the dogs. While we’re letting the dogs do their business, Damsel will usually get some good photos of the things on display. The Wikipedia Page has a good rundown of M60 tanks history and today’s deployment. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Guarding the Big House

Guarding the big houseThis is a photo of the front window in the big California house with the dogs standing guard to potentially bark at whatever might come down the semi-busy street. Beethoven, the little red dog by the window looked back to see what I was doing as I took the photo; Cabela the little blue dog camped on the couch cushion, waits until the little red dog sees something before springing into action.

There is considerably more activity here than at the little desert house and the dogs get busy making sure that every “threat” gets barked away. Events include others in the neighborhood walking their dogs or baby strollers and all that “dangerous” stuff.

Other attributes of the big house is that it is BIG; our little desert home is around 1300 square feet while this place is over 2600 square feet, upstairs and downstairs. It is twice the romping room and both dogs enjoy bounding up and down the staircase.

All that activity concludes tomorrow as we pack up and head back to Arizona as early in the morning as we are able. Don’t worry about the dogs, though, they have plenty of entertainment in the desert barking at cottontails, jackrabbits, javelina and the occasional coyote.

We’re all looking forward to heading back in the morning now that our business is finished here. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Tiger Lily

Tiger Lily

We’re still in the California House this evening and we don’t have much to post about. We enjoyed a grilled tenderloin steak dinner with a Southwestern style salad and cheesy broccoli crowns.

I took this photo in the Arizona house before we left for the big house of one of the bunch of tiger lilies we bought just before leaving. I love the orange colors as autumn approaches. Click on the image to enlarge.

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