The First Time I Saw the Desert

I’d never seen the desert before, but I’ve always wanted to.  It seemed like such an intriguing  landscape, so different from the dense green rolling hills I was used to. Where palm trees weren’t a strange sight, and cactuses grew naturally.

One day I discovered some cheap flights to Las Vegas, and suddenly a week long desert adventure was being dreamed up. Five hours to the other side of the country was the longest I had ever spent in a plane. I loved every minute of it; seeing the landscape change before my eyes.

 In the rental car we explored the desert world for the first time. The land was so flat, with no tall trees, you could almost see straight across to the other side of the city.  Mountains stood tall in the distance, surrounding Las Vegas like a wall.

I stared along the palm tree lined streets, having never seen more than a few palm trees before.

I continued to stare out the car window as we passed all the famous casinos.  Strange to see them all in person. Only ever seeing them in movies, it almost felt like they didn’t actually exist.

Nestled around the shiny sparkling casinos, run down motels and other attractions lay as ruins, providing quite a big contrast.

Even the houses matched the desert color theme.

The seven days in the desert were off to a good start.

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Flowers in Stock

My Etsy shop is open again, and this time with lots of new things.

The shop first began when I started putting interesting postage stamps and tiny pictures into resin, and then turning them into magnets and necklaces.  Recently, after a bit of a long break, I started putting colorful little flowers along with moss and some glitter into resin for a new type of design.

It’s been so much fun creating all these different colorful designs and I am excited about making even more. Making something new and different is just the inspiration I needed to start my shop back up again.

Find these necklaces and more in my Etsy Shop, for $15.00.

Also follow along on my shop’s Instagram.

Hopefully even more items will be added soon!

Weekly Journal- Flowers and Stroganoff

The aquarium still isn’t ready for fish yet, but it should be any day now. I added a few new plants, as well as an airstone that produces very tiny bubbles.  This is now one of my favorite corners of the tank.

Some flowers have begun to appear this week. A reassurance that spring is one the way.

I had an odd craving for a mushroom-y onion-y sauce last week.  Odd because I don’t really like mushrooms. Turns out I was craving stroganoff so I made a veggie version which turned out great.

 

Hopefully this week brings fish and more good food.

The End Of Winter

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This was a day at the very end of winter a couple of years ago. These pictures have been sitting in my drafts for a while now, and it seemed time to post them.  This is from another time.  A bit of a sadder time, but that’s ok.

The day was warm, after many months spent in the cold. It wasn’t quite time for spring, but it was one of those days that let you know that spring was just around the corner. Winter was almost done.

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It was a Sunday afternoon that felt strange, like the precious weekend had been partly wasted. So we went for a walk, and it made up for those restless feelings.

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The sun was setting later and later each day, another promise that spring was on the way.

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Weekly Journal- Fruit, Ice and Fish Tank

 Everyone was thoroughly entertained by the wild array of fruit I brought for some birthdays at work, instead of the usual cake or dessert since many are avoiding junk food right now.

The forecast had briefly predicted snow, but all that happened was a bit of ice. Too bad.
The much anticipated fish tank has been up and running for a week now!  So far a family of snails have hitched a ride on some of the plants and made themselves at home.  I’m glad to have something to watch while I wait for the right water parameters to be able to add fish.

A Surprising Amount of Snow

For days, the predicted amount of snow grew and grew, until record amounts were scheduled to fall one early December day. 

The flurries started late on Saturday night and by the time I woke up on Sunday, over eight inches had fallen and it was still coming down.

Snowfalls in December here are rare. Snowfalls with more than a few inches here are rare too. It was a very special Sunday.

The snow continued into Monday and by the time it stopped, almost a foot and a half had fallen.  More snow than I had ever seen.

I love the snow and am always wishing I lived somewhere far north, where it wasn’t such a rare sight.  But on these few special days, it felt like I was living somewhere else.