On to Better Things:) #resist

By: calpoppy , 11:13 PM GMT on January 25, 2017












We got snow!




Rabbits enjoy the snow:)



Birds enjoy the snow

White Crowned Sparrow Juvenile



adorable Nuttall's Woodpecker females enjoy the snow:)



Beautiful Dark Eyed Juncos enjoy the snow!



And we enjoy the snow, but no pics of us, hahahaha!

THE BEST NEWS TODAY.......... NATE AND FAMILY COMING TO THE WEST COAST FOR 4 YEARS!!!! Astoria Oregon, yahooooooooooo!! Mr. P will finally be able to be a grandpa:)))))


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146. calpoppy
6:18 PM GMT on February 26, 2017
Hi Ylee! It already melted, rain came:((

Hi Sandi! Your 'sail' project looks really interesting!!! So much fun when you can pick the fabric yourself vs buying it already made with a fabric that just makes do! Yes we have had a fair amount of snow this year, but nothing like before the drought when a foot or more came pretty regularly!!

We are both doing well finally for Mr. P!! Thank you for asking!

I really like my new phone, though the cost is ridiculous at least to me hahahah!! There goes any savings we would have had with the new cell plan!! Fingers crossed weather will be good either tomorrow or Friday, for sure I will be going out to the Narrows then in search of the holy grail bird, LOL!

My coat rack project is being re-done, did not like the design on certain parts. To much grout in some areas. So I will re-think this one. Should be done in time for next winter, LOL!!! Hummm I just thought of something, off to see if it will work........

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145. sandiquiz
3:27 PM GMT on February 26, 2017
Snow! Sounds as though you have more snow this winter than we have!
Hope you and Mr P are OK ;)
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144. Ylee
3:21 PM GMT on February 26, 2017
Yay, snow! Especially if it melts fast, lol!
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143. calpoppy
2:48 PM GMT on February 26, 2017
Hi Karen! Really chilly here, but suppose to warm up.


Snow,snow and snow for us. But not much, still pretty though!!! Nice to wake up to white:)
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142. SBKaren
12:15 AM GMT on February 26, 2017
Boy it's been cold lately, huh? We woke up the last two days to 40┬║ temps! It had been in the 50s. More rain tomorrow, too, so they say. Chances look slim, so we'll just have to wait and see. Then I looked at our forecast and it looks so nice and warm next week. I can't wait! I've got blooming succulents, both inside and out. Look at PSP's blog where I posted some pictures (also on FB, so you might have already seen them).

Everything is going OK here. Just had the family for a birthday luncheon. Had chicken enchiladas, rice and beans. I'm still full. Probably a very light dinner for tonight, if I eat at all!

Hope you get out on your hike!
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141. calpoppy
2:41 PM GMT on February 25, 2017
Hi ycd! Mr. P already popped most of the dent out, we just have to use some rubbing compound to get the scratches out. Hopefully they will rub out.

Hi WW! No I did not go to the Mojave Narrows Thursday or Friday:( Which would have been great days to go. But we had to do something else. Basically get a new cell phone for me so we can get on an unlimited data plan, so bird will be next week. So sorry about your bird house!! If you can get that piece out there are glues which are easy to use that would repair it. Wish I could help:)))

Hi PSP! Wow!!! Unreal that a person denied wrong doing when everything says he did it. I guess some kind of denial sets in with some people. With the gal who hit me it was fear about her Uncle. She kept saying he is going to kill me. So fear gets in the way of telling the truth. Especially if one has practiced it all their lives. She was pregnant and already had two children, so if she lies then what will they have as a role model???

Hi GG! I saw your pics with your new lens. Do you think you will need a tripod for it when it zooms all the way out?? When I take photos of birds that are far away I need to steady myself by either sitting down and using my elbows as a tripod or leaning against a tree to steady myself.

We moved our cell phone to Verizon with their unlimited data which btw is limited in a sense it just doesn't throttle you down after 22 gigs. So each phone has 22gigs and 10 gigs in a hotspot on the phone. So I am reeling in data, throwing data up in the air, jumping up and down, LOL!! And we will save money. We went in with Nate and his wife so we will all save a bit and have oodles of data. BUT I had to get a new phone because my fav phone the Nexxus 5 will not work with Verizon, so mucho bucks later I have a LG G5, which is quite nice, a bit bigger then my old phone, but android based so I am used to that But holy cow 2 1/2 hours in the Verizon store to switch over and set up my phone Geesh!!!!! So my flycatcher will have to wait until the storm is gone next week:(((


Cold out here, low of 30 on Thursday morning with a high of 41, yesterday a low of 28 and a high of 47, this morning a low of 30 and I don't know what the high will be:))
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140. WeatherWise
3:22 PM GMT on February 24, 2017
Good Morning, Poppy. We are to have a sunny day with high of 77 F almost summer temps. Sun is shining brightly.

I have to get out and check my bluebird box....perhaps all of the rain and earlier cold temps in DEC and JAN cause t to buckle and break or something. I am unsure as from a distance looks like a bluebird box untouched. However as I perhaps left for my walk as think it was dark when I returned, I stopped by to check on it only to find it coming apart and then in closer looking - looked as if the back board had a clean break right down the middle straight up and down. Just pushing it back together where it is nailed did not work. It would not budge.

I will check it to see if it is repairable. I hope so as at the time I bought it you had to buy the whole setup the pole, the baffle, and the box. I only needed the pole and the baffle but could not get one without the other. I suspect it will be the same with replacements. I don't need the pole of the baffle this time. Just the box.

I suspect it can't be repaired or perhaps I should say I probably don't have the patience to repair it. I will pass it along to my 10 year old grandson that likes to fix things. When I got my new robots, he was sure he could fix the old ones. I have saved them for him so he can tinker and fool with them. That is how young folks learn - by doing.

I know you are looking forward to Mr. P showing your grands how things work, too. You yourself seem to be quite handy too. Hope the distance will be close eough so you can enjoy each other.
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139. GardenGrrl
4:58 PM GMT on February 23, 2017
Hi Calpoppy, hopefully that whole thing will be sorted out. Wait a pain in the wazoo. Do hope you get a chance to see the Vermilion Flycatcher. I'm getting up at dark thirty tomorrow to go to Lake Lewisville and see if I can spot the early morning Bald Eagle. Then may head north to a Tulip Farm.
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138. sandiquiz
2:20 PM GMT on February 23, 2017
Just sometimes people like you and me have to see life as it really is and not as we would wish it to be! :)
I always believe and trust people... well, I did until a couple of years ago, when a car I was passenger in was involved in a rear shunt. We were parked at the road end waiting for a space in the traffic to pull out, when we were hit from behind! The guy who hit us made out we reversed back ...up a hill ... into him! Yes, the road end was on a steep incline! lol
No one believed him, luckily, and we had a witness as a back up!

PSP - How can that happen! It is so sad.
Here we are beginning something called "Restorative justice", where the perpetrators meet their victims in person. It is supposed to give 'closure' and can also help to stop some re-offenders.
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137. PugetSoundPost
1:53 PM GMT on February 23, 2017
Yes, the whole accident situation has ended, to our mostly satisfaction. However, the city bus driver (who ran a red light, that had been red and visible to him a long time, t-boned the car at 50+ mph then kept going for nearly another mile) never apologized or admitted that he had done anything wrong. He was only given a couple of tickets, totaling less than $1,000. For months a decision hung in the balance whether to criminally charge him, which the prosecutor finally decided against doing, so the tickets should have been a huge relief for him. Instead he chose to appeal the tickets!!! So there was a court date for this (a full day for this case) and throughout that he never claimed any responsibility, and portrayed himself as the victim. The judge ordered the tickets to stand (no reduction) but he was going to appeal them again! It was hardly believable! A few weeks later, before another court session, I think it was the prosecutor, or someone, finally talked him out of any more appeals. Also, no one personally from the bus company ever apologized either, or even said "we are sorry for your loss", only someone from their insurance company said anything, and it was slim. The bus company did fire the driver. So, it seems hard to get anyone to admit to responsibility.
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136. WeatherWise
6:53 PM GMT on February 22, 2017
Back again as I just noticed you have changed your profile photo! Cute.
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135. WeatherWise
6:52 PM GMT on February 22, 2017
Hi Poppy, I hope you choose to go for the photo of the vermilion fly catcher. I don't think we have those around here. Would love to see yours from the Mojave Narrows. Enjoy. I keep waiting for the sun to break through. It will brighten up a bit like it is coming out and then darken right back up with sprinkles on the clear feeder domes. So not clear yet nor is the radar clear. Have a good one.
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134. ycd0108
5:43 PM GMT on February 22, 2017
Insurance and accidents:
The only damage to my truck was a cracked front signal lens and some scratches but the other car was badly creased from the rear driver side door into the trunk.
I took the truck to ICBC (Insurance Corporation of B.C. - the only insurer that can insure for liability though other insurance companies can cover insurance of your own vehicle and increase the liability insurance) their estimate of the repairs was well over the $500 I would have to pay anyway for deductable.
Daughter#2 manages the parts department at a local garage and provided the lens replacement for $63.
I don't mind driving a vehicle with a few scrapes and bumps. In fact I don't like driving a new vehicle, even a rental, that has yet to be scratched.
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133. calpoppy
3:13 PM GMT on February 22, 2017
Hi ycd! Maybe they decided not to do anything about your fender bender?

Hi Sandi! No witnesses, no one around at that time. She had already pulled up behind me when I could take a photo:(( Police won't come out unless there are injuries:(( So as I was told my her insurance (or her uncles as it was his car) I should have called my insurance company when we were exchanging info and her give a statement to my insurance company right there. Their insurance company told me that people will admit to being the one who caused the accident right after the accident and then go home and get scared and create a totally different scene. She said it happens all the time. She also told me because of my concise and direct way of telling what happened that she has found that means the person is telling the truth, so even she believed me and not her client. BUT it is her client so she is bound by her company to believe her and not me. So the bottom line is unless this gal totally messes up her story during her telling under a tape recorder then we don't get our vehicle fixed. Which is okay, since Mr. P already popped the dent out. But the other person could take us to small claims court to get their 500.00 deductable back, which if they do my insurance company will go to bat for us there.

Oh PSP! Do you mean they did not want to take responsiblity in your in-laws deaths???? That just makes me sick:(((( Was it ever resolved to your satisfaction?

Lots of rainfall does not necessarily mean lots of flowers! It all has to do with temps, seed banks and the amount of grasses that come up before that provide lots of competition to the wildflowers. The last two years we have not had the rain like we have this year and had lots of wildflowers. We had warmer temps last year then this year. I have seen more germination but not alot.

Hi Bug! Police won't come out for a non injury accident, it would surely help in situations where people say they are wrong and then recant. Even my old 1997 Escort was tougher then their newer pricier SUV, LOL!

Hi Mike! I would have needed a rear dashcam or one pointed to my left rear, LOL! Oh no, broken tooth!! Does it need a crown, they are pricey, since Mr. P just went through one. You should have your hand looked into for carpal tunnel, sometimes it inhibits the movement of the thumb and the first two or three fingers. Bringing numbess and the inability to hand on to a fork, LOL! The storm did cause some problems, that firetruck was something!! Especially since that was new construction, I guess they don't take in the fact it may rain, LOL! We are lucky with our soil right here, it is not clay which tends to fill up with moisture quickly and the slip slide away:)) It is very absorbent here. Lots of mud and debris still on the highway.

Hi Ylee! My luck:((( A young gal that was scared to death of her uncle, since it was his car. She just kept on saying that her uncle was going to kill her! She also said she was sorry, maybe I need to record conversations with my phone! So human nature to protect oneself I guess, especially if you are raised in a culture that does not take responsibilty and lies about things that you do wrong. Me I need to be less trusting and more cynical of people!!!!!

So I am debating about going out to the Mojave Narrows again tomorrow, to see the Vermilion flycatcher. A FB friend just captured a beautiful male right by the stream going towards Pelican lake. The last few days have been rainy and cloudy, so maybe tomorrow it will be clear. It is a nice place for me to breathe in the positive and breathe out the negative, LOL! Anyway there I can just chill:)))
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132. Ylee
5:12 AM GMT on February 22, 2017
Of all the people to hit you, it had to be a fruitcake! My mom went through something similar about 15 years ago; it took a trip to court, and a year, before it was straightened out! Hope you have better luck!
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131. clearlakemike
7:44 PM GMT on February 21, 2017
Sorry to hear about the accident. I just ordered two dashcams the other day that were on sale. Came to see about storm news as I just saw on Dr. M's that photo of the fire truck on the collapsed section of the 15 Fwy.

The only new bad news I have at the moment is I broke a tooth yesterday and I've only got 1ml left on my car's front brakes. Oh, and I'm having problems bending one of my thumbs and fingers for reasons yet unknown.

Was also wondering about the wild flowers there and if it would be another Miracle Spring.

As for 45 I heard The Queen may be able to legally kill him if Parliament allows him to visit Her.
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130. palmettobug53
4:58 PM GMT on February 21, 2017
Good grief, Cal. It's bad enough that you had that accident but to have to deal with all the added hassle because the hitter is telling a different story that the hittee (you). And next time - call the cops!

As far as I know, we still have rules in place here in SC where you have to have a police report to file a claim for damage in an accident. It's not just between the insurance companies and the people involved.

It's about 20 years ago, now, that an elderly man backed out of his drive downtown and completely demolished the front end of Hubby's new Honda, which was parked on the street. He begged us not to call the police but we had to have that police report. I felt so badly for him. He was very upset about hitting our car, as well as distressed at the idea of us calling the police. (I think he was scared he'd lose his license) His car was an old tank- it had a little smear of maroon paint from Hubby's car on one side but not a dent, a scratch, nothing. Hubby's car looked like he'd hit a wall at 50 MPH. Modern cars are nothing but aluminum and styrofoam. The old man's car was made of steel, I'd bet. No gas mileage, to speak of, but you could get in a fender bender and have no damage. We did get if fixed but, for the life of me, I can't remember if it was our insurance or his that paid.
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129. PugetSoundPost
4:25 PM GMT on February 21, 2017
Sorry to hear about the accident "turn". We know first-hand how people at fault can twist things, or basically never take any responsibility, even when lives are lost. Hopefully the whole thing will be resolved real soon, in the correct way. ...... Interesting to hear about your potential wildflowers being sent down the hillsides. Must be a lot of sliding and washing out. I am expecting a good wildflower season in the Arizona desert after they have had rain now, too. But, I see on a FB page from one of the parks we visited that the ranger says they don't really know what to expect for flowers, even with more rain. He wrote that now it depends on the temperatures they get. I always kind of assumed that the flower season was mostly dependent on the amount of rain. .... Fun to hear that you were planning on visiting Tombstone too! We kind of added it in since it was near our driving route and I thought we should not pass it by. We stayed the night there but only did our sightseeing "too early" the next morning. But, it was a glorious morning and in the end I was content with what we did (not enough time to stay and really "do it"). But I think it could be a pretty fun weekend, or 1+ full day stopover and participate more in the events there. Certainly a different experience for everyone nowadays. But as I wrote over on my blog, in spite of how much it is a tourist place now, underlying it all is a real old-west town with real history and I appreciate that. Plus, sometimes it is just fun to be and do something that is so different from our normal lives.
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128. sandiquiz
3:41 PM GMT on February 21, 2017
Quoting 127. ycd0108:

Our laws basically have the driver attempting a left turn take the full blame for any accident.

As do ours for the right! .... If you are turning right across the traffic it is your responsibly not to turn in front of an on coming car.
I am sorry you have more hassle. Was there no witnesses? Did you stop to take photos of where the cars were parked when you both stopped?

Hindsight is a wonderful thing!!

Good Luck

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127. ycd0108
3:23 PM GMT on February 21, 2017
I have heard nothing from the insurance company regarding the fender-bender I 'caused' a few months ago.
Our laws basically have the driver attempting a left turn take the full blame for any accident.
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126. calpoppy
3:04 PM GMT on February 21, 2017
Hi Bug! Things are fine out here that we can see. I will be going onto the highway this morning and I will be able to see how the arroyos affected the road there.

Hi Sandi! A hand off he would like, LOL! He is sick of being sick. I have thought about how many mosaics I will end up with, There will be a stopping point at some time. My grouting skills are still needy!!

Well it is now 'As the Accident Turns', so the car that hit me did have insurance and now have a counter claim against me. the gal was driving her uncle's car and after she hit me she kept sayings he was going to kill her. So she invented a story to make it my fault. So my insurance company took down my account and then they talked to her and got her account. Called me back and said my story was much more plausible then hers so they denied her claim. Now I have to tell my story to the other insurance company. If they say it was her fault then I get my car fixed if they say it was my fault then they can take me to small claims court, Her account of the accident is so ludicrous it is ridiculous! She said she had pulled out to make a left hand turn and was stopped when I came flying by and hit her. Seeing that my damage is at the rear 1/4 panel of my vehicle that will be a little difficult to prove. Plus the damage would have been longer if that had happened. So don't believe people after an accident when they tell you how sorry they were, because they will go home think about it and lie.

So life is just not great still, LOL! So breathe in the positive and breathe out the negative!!!
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125. sandiquiz
4:21 PM GMT on February 20, 2017
I am sorry Mr P has kept your cold longer than you did... couldn't he go visiting somewhere and hand it over!

By the sound of it, everything but the kitchen sink will be covered in mosaics... and maybe even the kitchen sink! lol
love to see the finished items :)
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124. palmettobug53
2:42 PM GMT on February 20, 2017
Been wondering how you two have been weathering all that rain! The stuff I was seeing on the Weather Channel was awful. I'm glad to hear that, despite getting what is a LOT of rain for your area, you've come through OK.
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123. calpoppy
2:28 PM GMT on February 20, 2017
PSP your trip looks like so much fun. You were in Tombstone which is where we wanted to go if we had gone, LOL! A totally different scene for you, also for me as my desert has a lot of plants in it. There has been much slip sliding on the hillsides here and I think that is taking away some of the flowers that have started to germinate:( All the plants I see are at the bottom of some of the more wildflower prone hillsides. Even Goff's got two inches of rain on the last storm. Not looking forward to our work trip out there, LOL! There will be way to many weeds to hoe!!

Well Mr. P is still under the weather. His seems to be much longer lasting then mine. I worked on gluing my new mosaic project the outside coat rack. Mr. P was nice enough to cut some of the tile for me so things would be straight, LOL! So today if it doesn't rain I will grout the project. My last grouting job was a bit of a mess. The project came out okay at the end but I do need practice at it. This latest one will be a bit difficult as I can't grout over these lines where the hooks will be, so I need to place something there to keep me from going past it. I have a small bud vase that will be next, like how many bud vases will I need,LOL! Then the table will need to be sanded down, primered then painted. It will be quite colorful though the base color of the table is a gray/blue, the top with the tile is the color part. Not sure what will be next.

Getting antsy to go somewhere,anywhere, LOL!
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122. PugetSoundPost
11:54 PM GMT on February 18, 2017
Hi! Back from the desert! Old hat for you! But, such a different scene for us and we loved it! My week was pretty crazy last week - the rain forest, snow at home and then desert in a 4 day span! We had a great time, saw a lot of places and all went well...... Sorry to hear you have been sick! Tis the season, apparently. And, sorry to hear about your accident. That does shake a person up. I was happy to return our rental car from the trip all in one piece. When you rent, they surely like to scare you into buying their insurance. I took a risk without it (their extra coverage that doubles the price of the car) and we made it..... Cali seems to be in the rain zone again. Sounds like you will have a nice wild flower display! Yay!
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121. calpoppy
6:16 PM GMT on February 18, 2017
Hi Ylee! I should have called the police but hindsight is always great!

Hi GG! You know I saw her from the corner of my eye coming into my lane and I sped up but not enough:(((

So we check the ridge line for anymore erosion though hard to see well in the fog, lots of erosion but no landslides that we could see. The sound could have come out of the canyon, but not sure if we will go up there or not today. Clearing up a bit now. I guess part of a lane on the interstate 15 collapsed on took a fire truck with it, they were all okay. The video is amazing!! Link
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120. GardenGrrl
3:41 PM GMT on February 18, 2017
Aww man. It's always the people without insurance that don't know how to drive. Hmmmm.

Sounds like you have BIG rain. Stay safe.
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119. Ylee
3:30 PM GMT on February 18, 2017
No snow, then? Be careful out there; don't want you buried in a landslide!

People that don't have insurance make it more expensive for the rest of us...... grrrrrrr. Glad the boo-boo wasn't serious!

Bizarro is awesome!

Hope Mr. P feels better soon!
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118. calpoppy
3:15 PM GMT on February 18, 2017
Hi Az, okay I am coming over for a photograph:))) We do get the Phainopeplas here, I can always hear them before I see them. But the Pyrrhuloxia I want to see also!! I was hoping when we had a trip planned into the Tonto national forest and the Apache trail I would see some:((

Hi Bug! Oh the games are hystercial!!!! Trump the Mexican, oh my how funny is that!!!

Hi WW! The accident wasn't in a parking area but the road, she was coming out of a shopping center:((

Hi Sandi! We have the same law here! I should have called the police, was not thinking very clearly that is for sure. She said it was her uncles car and she could not find the insurance, she was on the way to pay her phone bill and would call me when she had her phone back. So of course I feel bad for her and trusted her. Famous last words, last time I will trust anyone in that situation. But the damage is certainly fixable.

I don't know how many varieties of cheese we have, we import so many of them:) This English cheddar was a very well aged cheddar that was a bit crumbly and had a bit of a sweet taste to it. It was labeled English cheddar and was from Costco. We really liked it more so then any other type of cheddar we had ever gotten. So if you use the well aged cheddar in your scones then this English cheddar cheese would be the one to use.

The web site uses velvetta cheese as an example, we do have much better cheeses, LOL!!!! American cheese is not a cheese, it is awful!!!! But we certainly do not have the cheeses you have that is for darn sure!!!!!

RAIN, lots of rain!! Just a tad under two inches that is a lot for us. There have been evacuations over in the Blue cut fire area, part of the major highway 138 is closed. Not sure about my part right now. There was a loud rumble we heard just a bit ago the dogs got up and started barking I wonder if part of the hillside came down. Right now it is to foggy to see very far, but we are getting ready to go for a hike and I will report back:)) We do have things knocked about and will spend sometime today putting things to rights! I am sure we will have over two inches when this storm today is done. Can't wait to see the creek and some of the washes!!!
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117. sandiquiz
6:35 AM GMT on February 18, 2017
What a thing to happen! Poor you......glad you were not hurt and the car can be repaired.
In this country, if you are hit by someone with no insurance, you should report them to the police. It is illegal to drive without insurance. I know some try to get away with it....but if they are caught, they get their licence marked and fined.

How bad was the storm? Hope it brought you rain but no damage.

English White Cheddar?? C tells me that the US does not have such a wide variety of cheeses as we do.
Cheddar can come white or pale orange. It can be mild, medium, mature, vintage or smoked.

I use any "hard" cheese that can be grated, depending on what I have in. I usually buy a mature or vintage cheddar or Gloucester or Leicester, a Wensleydale or Cheshire for the softer, crumbly cheese (to eat with apple pie or fruitcake and a fruit cheese... Stilton or Wensleydale with apricots or with blueberries. They even do one with ginger which is gorgeous!

I found this great webpage which explains a little between the difference in the US and the UK. If you read it... scroll to the bottom and check out the link to "A brief Guide to British Cheeses" - apparently we have over 700!!! lol
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116. WeatherWise
2:23 AM GMT on February 18, 2017
Hi Again, Poppy. So sorry to hear about your accident but glad not hurt and that Mr. P thinks it will be an easy fix. It is just that easy for someone to bam in to you. Parking lots are thw worst. Your lake stop sounded lovely and I know about all of those blank photos of water - the wind does not help that either. Look forward to see a few of your photos. Take care.
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115. palmettobug53
7:58 PM GMT on February 17, 2017
Found a couple of funnies about You Know Who. I knew I had to post them for you!
This was in today's paper - Bizarro. If you look at it tomorrow or afterwards, just back up to the one for 2/17/17.

Wednesday, I was looking for a better link to the game, Bookworm, when I found a whole bunch of these. A good way to take out your frustrations!

It's either laugh or cry.

I think most men are really grumpy when they're sick. I know mine is.
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114. azgrandma
7:45 PM GMT on February 17, 2017
Yes, my vermilion flycatchers are still around, right outside my office. They like to be near water, or at least damper places as there is usually not much water here, and we actually still have running water. We also have phainopeplas in our valley. Still remember my mother getting super excited about seeing one in the Phoenix area when I was a kid, as that was an unusual sighting for our neighborhood.
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113. calpoppy
7:36 PM GMT on February 17, 2017
Hi Bug! Yes they normally do. Though I have not seen a large amount of germination here yet. Death Valley needs to replenish their seed banks before they get to a super bloom again. So looks like 10 year cycles for them.

Hi Storm! Your welcome!

Hi Sandi, very pretty scones!! Looking over the recipes for the cheese scones it is very much like what we call our biscuits. The rise on yours is really great! I have a product called Bakewell Creme which causes the biscuits to rise to great heights, LOL! Question do you use the English white cheddar for your scones? We just bought some of that cheese and really liked it. I thought the flavor would be more intense for the scones.

Hi Karen! You are suppose to be hit pretty good, they say over two inches for us out here, I hope it will be more then that!

Hi Bug! They say the biggest storm in years is going to hit today. Tapping foot waiting:)) Mr. P is rather grumpy when he is sick, more like the demeanor of a rattlesnake, so I tread lightly.

Hi GG! I see you are feeling a bit better!!! Insurance companies are so illogical!!!!! What does it matter it all comes out the same!! Or course you should get that lens, LOL! Will you need a tripod for it?? I see a trip to Lake Lewisvile in your future like your next weekend:)) Storm on it's way, wind just kicked up.

Hi Az! All three of the different deserts are unique!!! Is your Vermillion Flycatcher still about? He is on my bucket list of birds, that and the White Faced Ibis and many, many more, LOL!

Hi WTS! Biggest storm in years, best storm ever, going to be the greatest in history, better then any storm Obama had, LOL!

Hi WW! Bug is the one that mentioned ginger tea, with whiskey, honey and lemon. I have ginger and should have used it, but just did the whiskey, lemon, and honey in tea. Chamomille tea. So you can use hot water with the ginger and then put in the honey and lemon. Ginger would be good in water, yum! Great Idea! Wildflower trip is in the middle of March. I don't think there will be to many things on this earth that won't be effected by Climate Change:(( So sad that our current government doesn't think it is real:(( But sometimes I think that once this effect gets started it will be almost impossible to stop! So thank you for the link, and thank you for your very nice compliment on my photos!! Some do not come out so sharp depending on how able I am to stay still or lean up against something when I am zoomed out to the very very end, LOL!

Yesterday I got in an accident! Minding my own business going into a left hand turn lane a gal was leaving a shopping center and drove right into me. Not much damage, luckily she was going slow. After the info was exchanged I went to the allergist. Then I went to Mojave Narrows Regional Park to see if there were any migratory birds there. The Mojave river which mainly runs below the grounds is up above ground there and has formed two lakes. It started to get really windy there which is not fun when you are trying to focus from afar. Shoulda coulda brought the tripod, LOL! But I got to see and photograph American White Pelicans, they are so pretty!! Lots of grebes which aren't so pretty, and saw a pair of Ring Necked Ducks and a new one for me a Bufflehead Duck. Who was so cute and tiny, like WW's Hooded Mergansers! The Bufflehead is the smallest diving duck, and he sure was diving. I got a lot of shots of just empty water, LOL! Lots of Commorants, the double crested, they look like dinosaurs!!! Teeth and everything. very heavy bodied birds just their neck sticks out of the water many times. Canada geese where there in force also. So a neat waterfowl day. I had a nice time with a Great Blue Heron who was starting to get into his pretty breeding feathers. These lakes are only 2 blocks from my allergists office so I will be going there every couple of weeks. Nice to get out there, the accident shook me up a bit. My poor old car is 20 years old this year and had never been hit before:( But Mr. P says it will be easy to pop the dent out. The lady did not have insurance:((( And our car does not have comp anymore, being so old it really isn't needed.


It has been raining lightly off and on all night and all morning, but the wind is has really kicked up so I think the giant storm is coming:)))
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112. WeatherWise
6:57 PM GMT on February 17, 2017
Oh, by the way your birds are great even at 200 percent. This crazy laptop shrinks print and before you know it has jumped to 200 percent before I finish.. As I clicked post it showed your bird so huge but was still smooth crisp details at that zoom. So thought I should slow down and commend you again for the great work.
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111. WeatherWise
6:54 PM GMT on February 17, 2017
Hi AZGrandma (Thanks for checking out my photos) GG ( WOW on that lens - glad mine doesn't take addon lens or I would be craving, too) WTS (Did not realize you were having rains that would wash out the trail)
Hi Poppy, I am excited for your wildflower trip, too. Sounds like good fun and learning from the experts - which I consider you quite the expert on plants and birds. I was just reading an article that was dropped in my email by BirdWatching Mag - No I have not subscribed as yet. Thought it might be of interest to you.

Smaller desert-dwelling species more at risk as temperatures rise

Talks about survival and dehydration of songbirds during severe desert heat waves. A study. Perhaps you have seen this or are aware of the info included but thought of you and that I should share.

Hope you are on the mend - so sorry Mr. P caught your buggy present. Both of you get well quickly. How soon is your wildflower trek? Take care.

Oh, so tell me about the ginger tea minus the strong stuff. I remember several folks sharing some tea and one mentioned ginger. I have been putting a cube of frozen freshly juiced orange juice in my glass of water and seems to work as an extra drink instead of the diet drinks. I stopped them one time but started them again. So ran out a couple of weeks ago and did not want to go to the store so I started the lemon or orange juice cube in my water - just a tiny cocktail size cube - anymore would be too strong. After I saw the discussion of tea and ginger, I thought I have some of that. Crystallized ginger I have the small broken pieces in a jar kind but I also have some that are a bit larger pieces that I picked up at the Amish store - Yoders Amish Market that one piece is perfect for a glass of water. Just a little pleasant flavor to break the monotony of just water. However, I was wondering what you did - I use just regular temp water - did you heat yours?

Okay have a good day.
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110. azgrandma
4:27 PM GMT on February 17, 2017
Poppy, I keep intending to tell you how much I like your photos!! Really enjoy them & learning about the similarities & differences between our deserts.
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109. GardenGrrl
4:14 PM GMT on February 17, 2017
Huh. Thought I sent a message. Was asking how you were doing and if you got any rain then was distracted by an add for a lens I really really want, new in open box with full warranty for 12% off and no sales tax. which comes out to 395.76 in savings. Did I mention my credit card company just sent me a new credit card with a ridiculously high limit?

So.....I could put this on my card without worrying about any of my autopay bills making me go over limit.....you know where I'm going with this don't you :-D

They are shipping Monday so it gets here Thursday when I'm home. 100-400mm (200to800 35mm equivalent) super zoom lens designed for the camera I bought. It's "tiny" too for that type of zoom. Can't wait! I so better be over this stoopid flu thing by the time it gets here.

So now my camera kit is complete. :-D
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108. WatchinTheSky
4:03 PM GMT on February 17, 2017
Good morning, cp! I hope you get some good rain for your creek! If it makes it down here, way too warm for snow in our mountains. Hoping my trail doesn't wash out - again ;-)
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107. GardenGrrl
3:21 PM GMT on February 17, 2017
Just checking to see if you are getting any of that big rain.
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106. GardenGrrl
11:21 PM GMT on February 16, 2017
Hi Calpoppy, do you think maybe we need to drug test these insurance companies? Why would getting two sets of shots at the same visit be a problem? It saves another office visit bill. The craziness of policies boggles the mind.

I'm excited for you wildflower trip with the experts. That is going to be so cool.
Hope Mr. P gets to feeling better.
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105. palmettobug53
7:44 PM GMT on February 16, 2017
Hi, Cal! You're expecting more rain?

Oh, dear...... Mr. P is now dealing with the Dreaded Lurgy? I'd rather get sick any time, than Hubby. He is NOT a good patient.

Dang, Sandi. Everywhere I go today, I see your delicious looking soup and scones! This is torture!
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104. SBKaren
7:36 PM GMT on February 16, 2017
Are you suppose to be hit big time this time around? I've received warning after warning after warning. They have repaired our pumps so we don't have a repeat of what we experienced last time, they are bringing us sandbags today and there are alerts and warnings everywhere! Seal Beach is expected to get nearly 3 1/2 inches of rain with this one. That's an inch more than last time. While it's only 59┬║ out right now, I want to go get in the pool because I want to get out as much as possible, because I think tomorrow is going to be an inside day. Already went for a good walk this morning! Had to turn in a grant request for SaveOurBeach to City Hall. Boy was it foggy this morning. I see sun glare out there now, but I don't think it's totally clear, but headed in that direction. Probably what is making it so cold.
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103. sandiquiz
12:08 PM GMT on February 16, 2017
For Mr P to make him feel better.

Also for Poppy and SD.

Hot Leek and Potato soup with cheese scones.

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102. StormDrain
5:39 PM GMT on February 15, 2017
Thank you, calpoppy and sandi.
sandi, I love the cheese idea.
calpoppy, Accidental hearts. lol I couldn't find my 3" round biscuit cutter.
:)
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101. palmettobug53
5:02 PM GMT on February 15, 2017
Deserts after rain are amazing. They just explode with flowers.
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100. calpoppy
3:05 PM GMT on February 15, 2017
Thank you Mass for stopping by! Not celebrating valentine's Day here, Mr. P came down with my cold!

Thank you Pros! Almost tulip time!

Thanks Bug! I did not get around to anyone, my time it seems is taken up going to and from the allergist office, LOL!

Hi Az!! I hope the desert will be ablaze with colorful wildflowers!!! My area seems a little slow on germination right now, with just a few lupine starting to come up. The Blue Cut burn area is full of new and wonderful plants coming up!!! New to me that is, burn areas seems to bring out the best in wildflowers!

Hi Storm!!! What a super idea to make them into hearts!!!! Glad you liked them. They are super tender and really good when still warm. They should be lightly browned on the top, so 425 for 16 minutes works for me, though as you implied ovens vary!! I sure hope the poppies will be popping! Though like here germination has been a bit slow! I am suppose to go on a hike through an area close to the Poppy preserve in March. There will be Cal Native plant society people there and a wonderful lady who has written 3 books on wildflower ID, we will be looking for rare plants at this site!

Hi Sandi! These are an American hybrid scone, LOL! Not heavy and sugary like the american version or I should say the Starbucks version of scones, LOL! Pretty light and tender with the sweetness coming from the dried or fresh fruit. So yes different from the British!!! We just skipped the step of adding jam or clotted cream on them:))) The added cheese sounds good in the scones with soups and such!!! I wanted to share my cold with him:)) He is not very thankful though!

So many things to get done, these allergist visits are really cutting into my time!!! So a few more weeks of going 3 x's then cut back to twice a week. Got turned down from my insurance to getting two shots at a time:(( Would have been able to cut back my trips if they had agreed. I just want to jump start the immunity, I think this will be a bad spring for me allergy wise!!

Storm for the weekend seems to be on track, looking for at least an inch probably more, lots of wind with this one so it may be a repeat of the last BiG storm we had. Well I have to get back to my grocery list, don't want to have to go back during the storm, the highway gets really flooded, they never fixed the arroyos going onto the highway:(((
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99. sandiquiz
8:10 AM GMT on February 15, 2017
Hi Poppy - Oh, no! Mr P got your cold! So it is now your turn to look after him whilst he lazes on the settee!
Hope he has the same strain as you or you might get it back again!!

Hi All :)

StormDrain - great idea to make heart shaped scones:)
Real English scones should not be sweet and are much better made by the "rubbing in method" - your pie crust method.
Scones should be served with jam and cream... the jam is what sweetens them.

Make them again and this time put in some grated cheese, instead of fruit ... cheese scones are delicious with soup.




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98. StormDrain
12:19 AM GMT on February 15, 2017
Ps. Bet the "Calpoppies" will bloom in full force this year.
:)
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97. StormDrain
11:52 PM GMT on February 14, 2017
Hi calpoppy,
Thank you for the recipe! LOVE the creme de la creme scones. Made them today with blueberries. I love that the scones are not sweet. Taste yummy. I don't have a food processor so I used my pie crust baking technique and the dough came out fine.


Happy Valentine Scone Day!



Four 3 1/2" hearts and four "free forms." Ate one and a half of the free form scones as soon as they came out of the oven. Lol
Only trouble I had was getting a feel for how long to bake them / how hot my oven actually was...
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96. azgrandma
6:51 PM GMT on February 14, 2017
Hi, Weatherwise! Still enjoying your blog.
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