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.


Gaelyn said...

A wonderful reason to be away, visiting family. Especially a new grandbaby. You were right in my backyard.

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

I thought about you the entire time I was there, Gaelyn. If there'd been anytime at all to come see you I would've!!! NEXT VISIT, eh? Yay!

Carol said...

Precious! Congratulations Debbie.

Robin's Nesting Place said...

Congrats on that precious new grandbaby!

Diana said...

Deb, welcome back. I have been MIA pretty much too due to the vegetable garden and some travel.

Congratulations, gramma... nothing like it! We have 3 now and likely that will be all and we enjoy the moments.

trav4adventures said...

Oh, yes, we know Mt. Charleston. We usually stay in Summerlin and drive up there. He is precious! I just uploaded some photos of our grandson, who is 2 1/2, at the park last weekend, feeding the ducks! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy him!!!

sunflowerkat321 said...

Congratulations on the new member of your family. He is beautiful and I LOVE his name!!

Steve Borichevsky said...

I've actually been up to Mount Charlston. A wonderful place, lots of humming birds and butterflies.

Blessing Counter said...

Absolutely beautiful - your photos and that precious Jude William!! Love love love!!

bunnits said...

The babe is precious. What a lovely place. Enjoyed the photos.

Bo Mackison said...

What a perfect reason for being MIA. He is adorably sweet, and you must be so darn proud.
I'm impressed you photographed the natural world when that precious babe was around. But I love your photo, and commentary, of a "dead thing." What is it with dead things in nature--love 'em too.

Carol said...

Precious! Congratulations (belated) Grandma!


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