Saturday, October 22, 2011

I'm back!

Mt. Charleston, Nevada

I've been MIA!  I know, I know!  But for a good cause.  You're gonna love this!!!  Our daughter and son-in-law live in the outskirts of Las Vegas, Nevada.  Please note that I emphasize "outskirts" because they live in a beautiful section of a normally brown desert land punctuated by the most outlandish "Disneyfication" of a city.  (learned that word from NPR)  Not a Vegas fan, me.  BUT, I do love the surrounding areas.  Mt. Charleston, above, is a favorite jaunt whenever we visit.  There's a fabulous restaurant - old, never-changing, filled with character and good food - oh, and a great view - that is an easy 40 minute drive from their house.  I adore Mt. Charleston.  There's already snow at the highest peaks, but maybe it just never left.  ?

The daughter has filled her backyard with all manner of desert-loving cultivars.  She misses the seasons but has lots of flowers and even a small patch of grass for the dog.  Of course, I gravitate to the dead, interesting pieces - ha!

This is a reserve a short distance from their house.  A fascination place for a future blog.  You're gonna love it.  Well, I think you will.  It's a interesting bit of history that I enjoyed learning about.

Daughter (my step-daughter) and son-in-law, dog and new baby!  (and George, the dog)  This is why I've been gone.  My first actual swear-to-goodness grandchild!!!  The experience shared with them was one of pure magic and deep bonding, filled up to here with love.  Leaving made me misty eyed and I became one of THOSE grandmothers proudly showing everyone in the airport and on the plane his image.

Some of the flowers enjoyed during my stay.  There were many I never photographed because I was BUSY with the new baby!

I do know this one, above.  Bougainvillea.  

Pink berries dangling from a neighbor's tree into their backyard.

The reason for my absence.  I'm going to become the next Nancy Bond and post his pic everywhere.  He is the love of my life right now, this sweet boy!!!

Meet Jude William.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


"Life has been your art. 
You have set yourself to music. 
Your days are your sonnets."

Oscar Wilde

"Delicious autumn!
My very soul is wedded to it,
and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth
seeking the successive autumns.

George Eliot

"No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace,
as I have seen in one autumnal face."

John Donne

"Youth is like spring,
an over praised season more remarkable for biting winds than genial breezes.
Autumn is the mellower season,
and what we lose in flowers
we more than gain in fruits."

Samuel Butler

My zinnias have faded, the autumn sedum is in full bloom and I anxiously await the changing of the leaves here in North Alabama.  Autumn is my favorite time of the year for it's a freshening of air, a clarity of breezes, and the leaves look like flowers.  Happy Autumn!


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