Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Perhaps a New Friend, Reading and a Sunday Drive (On Monday)

 Sunday we heard the coo-coo's and looked out to discover a new friend
settling in during the rain.
Please excuse the grainy screen door/window photos as I did not want to disturb him/her.
This dove was the most beautiful, calming tan color, which is different than the usual gray tones we normally see.
Before I snapped this photo, there was another dove as well.
They were talking together before the other one flew off just before the downpour!
There were also a couple of sparrows and
a crow walking on the parking overhang next door.

This was the most birds on the back patio since we moved in.
I'm taking it as some sort of sign!
(Even if all is empty and quiet now)

I've finished this small Stephan Zweig book, 
which once belonged to my mom.
I had no idea who he was til I did a search!

And I picked up My Peaceful Forest to read an essay or two.
I've read this book probably a half-dozen+ times.
I can start and read as much as I wish and put it down.
I know I'll be back to it at some point.
It's like comfort food.  Her writing is good, but she's not really an Erma Bombeck.
However, when I want to escape or pretend I live elsewhere, retired...this is my go-to!

Do you have a comfort book?

I went to my old favorite library over the weekend.
The place looked a lot more run down since the last time I was there,
which was a long, long time ago.
So long ago that I somehow was completely deleted and deactivated from the system and had to start over!
Anyway, I checked out a bunch of books, so I'm excited to tuck in tonight and read.

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I sent this card out recently, although I'll admit
I'm not sure if I really 'get' the quote.
I think that's why I like it.

Yesterday, (Monday), we took a Sunday drive.

 It was super clear after Sunday's rain!
Not a lilac bush in sight!
Bur, maybe another trip is order, at the appropriate time of year!

We stumbled across some interesting sights.
We also passed by a campground in the middle of nowhere.
J. could not see the appeal of going camping there.
It was then that we noticed the curly, razor edged barbed wire
on the top of the campground's fence.
I for sure was not interested in camping there!
A man and woman sat at a picnic table, eating.
He nodded a greeting to me.
On our way back out we saw a guard, we thought.
And we passed a sign...
Antelope Valley Rehabilitation Centers

So I guess if you go camping, while in rehab...
it involves barbed wire and a guard.
 Just about every place we drove through was horse country.
Very big homes, arenas, giant stables.
Ya know, like that.

 Then we'd come on another oddity!
A dome house with its own lighthouse in the middle of the desert!
But, why? we wondered!
The Yuccas were blooming everywhere!
I don't remember seeing this many before.

There was red earth, like in Sedona, AZ.
There was craggy rock walls, roadside.

We turned off and went off road a bit,
heading towards an off road ATV/dirt bike area.
The rains had left it too rutted to go too far in my little car!

In the end, we discovered a house for sale that maybe we could afford!
Just throw a roof on it and were good to go!

Tonight's Welcome Home
You know that you live in a "55 & Better!" 'community' when your junk mail includes a survey from the Neptune Society, regarding future plans about cremation! Oy.
I'm not sure if I should laugh or cry!

May your travels be intriguing, whether they be far and wide or close to home.
May they bring you nature, unique discoveries and some humor.
Because, gracious knows we could all use a bit of humor now and again ☺

All photos NAE @pomegranate trail ©2019


Liz A said...

birds, books, and barbed wire (forgive me ... I had to keep the "B" thing going)

As always, love wandering with you ... you had me wondering if Antelope Valley was in fact an immigration processing center, but no ... razor wire for rehab? yikes ...

Nancy said...

Liz~ Ha. I didn't even realize I was B-ing!! Yeah, I'm still considering that campground. I tried to Google for more info, but couldn't find the campground, just buildings and programs. Mmmm...

Mo Crow said...

that looks like a turtle dove, such gentle peace loving birds and books that I go to for comfort... 'Honourable Cat' by Paul Gallico when I'm missing Ariel, 'The Lot' and 'When I Talk To You' by Michael Leunig, 'A Field Guide to Getting Lost' and 'Hope in the Dark' by Rebecca Solnit and for when I want to look straight into the dark 'Burning Chrome' & 'Pattern Recognition' by William Gibson.

Nancy said...

Mo~ I really enjoyed watching it and feel saddened that it has not returned. Thank you for your comfort book list, I'll check them out. xo