Cactus in Arizona Desert

Desert Serenity

Quiet peace . . . the desert beauty of cactus

At times it makes me feel as if the desert has been here forever –  just waiting to be discovered

On one hand the desert can be brutal, and then the gentle beauty of cactus flowers overtakes my senses…bringing a colorful and beautiful contrast

Amazing how a simple flower will delight!

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Cactus Blooms

Cactus Blooms Bring Gentle Beauty; Providing a Contrast You Simply Cannot Resist

Look around our world and experience the contrasts…nature provides quiet beauty.  Isn’t that what God wanted for us all along?!  Now all we need to do is to take the time He has given to us  –   find a moment to sit still, breathe deeply, and appreciate the beauty and contrasts.

– – All Is Well – – 



Captivated by the Desert

Captivated by the Desert

We love the changing seasons everywhere, but it’s particularily spectacular in the desert.. Southwest Arizona has gotten more than it’s fair share of rain this “monsoon” season, which will probably yield a gorgeous spring of cactus blooms.

This picture is from Debbie Carlisle – a long-time resident of Quartzsite.


Nike Air Shoe in Death Valley

Do you wonder where the other shoe went?!

This photo was taken in Death Valley and is one of about five “lone shoes” that we ran across . . . who know where the other shoe is?!

Moonlit Night in the Desert

Last night Richard and I prepared to take a short journey out in the desert by sleeping most of the day.  So, at about 6pm we had the physical energy to drop by Silly Al’s for a $13.00 pizza (big splurge these days!) and we headed south to the vast, now empty spaces in the desert. 

Our Mysterious Moon

Our Mysterious Moon

Earlier this week we found out that last night the moon was going to be closer to our earth than ever before, and we wanted to take a good look at it.  WOW!  It is was incredible and beyond beautiful hanging out in the middle of nowhere watching the moon move across our vision…

Check out this website and you’ll see some fabulous photos. And these guys have a lot of information about the moon too….

Last night reminded me of a terrific “star party” that we went to up in Sedona, Arizona.  It was filled to the brim with astronomy students, teachers, and just us novice star gazers.  We had a great time with our friends, Skeeter and Angela and their son who was just getting interested in star gazing. 

How lucky we are to have seen the beauty of the planets – everyone at this star party shared their astronomy equipment – some very high-tech and expensive viewers and some crazy home-made telescopes.

Last night was known as the “Super Moon.”  And it lived up to it’s name!

Desert Fox

I hope pizza doesn’t make foxes sick to their stomachs!  These little guys who joined the party last night had a great feast…

Oh yes, I did mention pizza, and that turned out to be a   great addition to the evening star gazing.  We were able to eat pizza (which is pretty rare for us).  As we got down to the crusts – we would toss them out in the floor of the desert for the critters to eat . . . not realizing that the critters were hungry that very moment! 

Within minutes of tossing pizza crusts, two foxes arrived on the scene to snatch, grab, run, eat, and return for more.  Brave little guys; coming right up to us within several feet.  I wasn’t sure if we should be nervous or not.  What other hungry scavenger was going to visit us next?

It was a simple night of entertainment and an opportunity to look at nature from several perspectives.  All that for $13.00.  Not bad.

Situation Normal All Fouled Up

Acronym Finder

Acronym or abbreviation to find: 

SNAFU (one word definitely nicer than originally produced) . . . This, I believe, is an old military “saying.”  And, so appropriate for many things in our world today, don’t you think?   I found this gem when reading information about uranium poisoning and the Gulf War Syndrome – of all things…There is information leaking out now about the similarities of the two – FINALLY.


Check out – educate yourself.  Or scare yourself.  Whichever, it is obvious that the military has known about depleted uranium and the dangers of that and other means of warfare for a long, long time.  Our military (yes, everyone, I mean the US military) is killing more than just the enemy.  They are killing troups, their family, military contractors, innocent victims throughout the planet, and yes: YOU.


My weigh-in day was today.  I know that I promised to throw my scale in the trash, but, of course, I did not.  I say I’ll do a lot of things, and don’t follow-through these days.  Weigh in was a whopping 96 pounds and yes, I was angry about it.


The depression that comes hopping along with the anger isn’t healthy either.  Thanks to Richard’s sister Angela, we discovered Schwan’s – and I thought that I was eating more, therefore going to gain weight like crazy.  It did not happen.  Darn it.  Schwan’s still is the greatest stuff on the planet, though!


I had quite a few requests for my picture from fellow bloggers, so here it is.  This was taken 3 years ago before the indignities of starving to death began.  Here I am – in all my “glory,”  but at least you know…I WAS smiling!

Patti Smiling

The "Before" Picture of Me . . . weighing a decent 153 pounds or thereabouts

The “after” losing about 60 pounds photo of me will take a while to put up…it’s going to need major photo-shop work on it…Like perhaps give me cheeks and weight all around…Who would have thought little ittty bits of uranium and arsenic could shrink me into the “disappearing lady?”


It’s Sunday morning.  And, the sun is out and with that is coming the warmth of spring in the desert.  Hopefully very soon, the desert will have some beautiful blooms.  This is also the season for beautiful sunsets and sunrises…more photos to come by Debbie – who has lived here for over 20 years (I think!)

Desert Sunset by Debbie

Desert Sunset by Debbie

 Have a beautiful Sunday.  Enjoy every moment.  These will be the last moments of right now.

Love from Patti