Monthly Archives: January 2011


Last week Hubby and I went to Franklin Canyon park and brought along Miss Dottie for a nice walk. Miss Dottie was being quite the lady, until she tried to drag me into the duck pond so that she could eat one. Oh well.

Here is Miss Dottie with the lake behind her.



A mallard duck. Looks almost like a watercolor painting.



A wood duck!



Male and female wood ducks, with a mallard in the background.



A turtle sunning itself in the warm weather.



A pretty orange tree.



A redwood tree.
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Posted by on January 17, 2011 in adventure, nature, photography


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Hubby made a drink with blood orange juice and vodka, so I call it The Shank. Cuz it’s a bloody screwdriver, get it? And so pretty!

1 oz. vodka

1.5 oz. blood orange juice, fresh squeezed

.25 oz. lime juice, fresh squeezed

.25 oz. simple syrup


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Posted by on January 15, 2011 in fun, recipes


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Here are some pictures from hiking at Stough Canyon near us. We like nature.

Looking down into the Valley.
More vistas.
An old boy scout camp that burned down a long time ago.
Part of the foundations, with graffiti that looks like the “lost piece” from the Shel Silverstein book.
More graffiti in a water cistern. Funny and freaky at the same time.
Pretty tiny flowers.
Mourning doves in a tree near the visitor’s center. How many can you spot?
More mourning doves, all lined up.
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Posted by on January 15, 2011 in adventure




Last week Hubby and I went to have an adventure at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens. It was very pretty and the weather was great. Here are some pics:

Snowy mountains in the distance.

More snowy mountains in the distance.

Blossoms on a Manzanita plant.

Purple Sage.

Either holly or toyon berries, not sure which.

A cute little mushroom.

A cute little cactus.

A gray squirrel. These are native to California, but the Eastern Fox squirrel, which you see all over the place, have pushed this cute furry native out of its habitat so you mainly see them when you get closer to the mountains.

A cute little bird, although not sure what it is.

A California Thrasher, notice the long curved beak.

Hubby is demonstrating the camouflage capabilities of his plaid shirt. Can you spot him?

Hubby hiding again. He's like a chameleon!



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Posted by on January 14, 2011 in adventure, birds, fun, nature, outings, photography


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Hubby and I were at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden when we came upon this rare site: pinecones mating!!

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Posted by on January 14, 2011 in fun, nature


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