Saturday, June 11, 2016

Yuccas and Cactus

The yuccas in my yard were blooming until the wind blow them to bit and the sun cooked them. Same with my horsecrippler cactus (also known as claret cup cactus)

House Fire!

It was a horrible experience to watch our neighbors house burn to the ground the other day. But it was worse for then when they drove up and saw what had happened. Here are a few of the pics I took from our front door. The blue truck is in our driveway. The third pic makes it look as if the fire is right behind our pony shelter but there is a road between our place and theirs plus their house is or was a couple of hundred yards back from the road like ours is. Fourth pic makes it look like two house but it is the garage and rear of the house. Last I heard the fire investigators think it might have been a problem with the hot water heater as fire seemed to have started in the wall by the water heater. I know we kept having problems with our old propane hot water heater kept getting a build up of soot in it that we kept having to clean out. We got rid of that one and got an electric one when the price of propane kept getting higher and higher. So had several other people around here. This has been a good reminder to check out hot water heaters, air conditioners, clothes washers, and dryers , and any other appliances that need to be cleaned frequently. I have heard of a lot of house fires starting in air conditioners and clothes dryers. I have known of so many people, my self included at times, who don't clean out clothes dryer vents, backs of refrigerators, and cook stoves, and making sure the pump and motor of the sump cooler is working right. As the old saying 'Better Safe than Sorry' I think I am paranoid now about this kind of thing. 

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Roses and Others

I like roses, especially the yellow ones. I was beginning to think they weren't going bloom. Seems like it's a bit late this year. But here they are and they are pretty. This is one of my favorite called Henry Fonda.

this is my only large red one, a Mr. Lincoln

This is a paler yellow than the first one called Gyspy sometime, I don't remember but it is very prolific

Another Henry Fonda

This is one of my red mini roses

Another red mini but darker red and very tiny roses, and it's a climber, I keep mini roses in large pots

Both of the Martha Washington geraniums I have

A clump of clover took over one of my pots but is a nice flower

Tuffee dog in front of the pot of daisies that came from some seed my sister gave me when I was in Oregon once. She said they grow all over

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Seen on the Highway

Always one of my favorite rest areas just north of Socorro New Mexico. A walk up the board walk to the restrooms and a walk down. There used to be a sand dune all around the 2 rest areas on both sides of the highway but now the sand dunes have moved over the ridges to where they can't be seen from here. The next photo shows the highway going on in to Socorro.

 Near a small farming community near Socorro I saw this little herd of longhorn cattle. I have always liked these big critters with their long horns The history behind this breed is amazing. None of these three bulls did anything but chew there cuds. The cows and calves decided they didn't want their pics taken and walked into another field. There are several small farms that raise and sell these colorful bovines. They always bring back the memories I heard of how my great-granddad would drive cattle from his ranch near Colorado City, Texas to the railhead (not sure where it was) each year. Thanks to who ever these belong to for the pics.

 Rocky mountains that sits just outside of Socorro, NM

Plains of San Agustin

A large area along the highway from Springerville to Socorro are know as the Plains of San Agustin. This is ranch country - cattle and sheep. I took a better look at this area on my way back from my sister's place in Arizona to my home in Albuquerque.

I had driven through Quemado (que-ma-do) on the way out but decided to stop this time. There were several business but it was the abandoned one that caught my eye plus a couple of horses in a field. 

 These two old abandoned buildings were beside the road a few miles east of Quemado. I wanted to investigate but the was a no trespassing sign and you never know who might be taking a rest inside. Especially the snakes.

There is a Continental Divide on every continent except Antarctica. It is also known as the great divide. This line marks which direction the rivers will run. Rivers run east if they are east of the line that is only known to man on maps. And the rivers run west if on the west side of the line, many of them flowing to the Pacific Ocean. I have crossed the Divide at many places on roads where it is marked at on mountains where it isn't marked with a sign. This one is well known here in New Mexico as is the one near Silver City, New Mexico. There are many places in Colorado where the Divide is marked. There is even a hiking trail along the line that many experienced hiker make a point of following through a certain state or through the whole United States. It is marked in Canada and Mexico as well and all the way through South America. This sign was also marked with a Mile 58 sign indicating you were 58 miles from Arizona.

This is a rough ridge of mountains that I think I remember my husband and I visiting many years ago. I do not remember the name and was unable to find it for sure on a map. This is rough country but does have several dirt roads into them, most requiring 4-wheel-drive. I almost took a short drive over to them but decided it was for another time when I wasn't by myself. And yes my little pickup truck does have 4-wheel-drive and I know how to use it. I have been exploring areas like this all my life, but usually with my husband or when I was little with my dad.