I know a lot of you will find this as comical as I did.
This is from an “outdoor holiday lighting” article in the December, 2015 edition of Sunset Magazine. It was in the waiting room at our dentist’s office in St George.
Most of us don’t want anything to do with tumbleweeds (AKA ‘Russian Thistle’). They are horrible things straight from hell – covered in nasty thorns – and each one is equipped with thousands and thousands of seeds to reproduce themselves all over your yard.
The idea of putting strings of twinkling lights on them, and using them as intentional decorations is ridiculous to me. Yet here they are, in Sunset Magazine, being recommended for natural outdoor decor. Wow. Please forgive the bad photos – I was shaking with laughter.
Yes, that’s right, ladies and gentlemen. You can PURCHASE tumbleweeds online for your personal use, right here: Curious Country Creations…The cheapest of which is $15, on SALE! I think I see a new money-making idea! My yard is FULL of them, and seems to be exactly the right conditions to grow them quickly and beautifully.
REALLY, SUNSET?! Here’s the web page with the same information on it: Twinkling Tumbleweeds
Thanks for joining me in a laugh.
Hi, loyal ‘blog readers!
We just spent 3 weeks in southern California, visiting friends and family, and enjoying the nice, warm weather. About every other day, I went for a walk around the area we were staying in, usually about 4 miles. I saw lots of birds, and even got to add 4 new birds to my life list. The photos below don’t represent all the species I saw. I saw a total of 50 species while in California – I know this because I reported them to e-bird.
In the empty lot next door to where we stayed, there was a pair of Red-Tailed Hawks nesting in a big tree. The pair hung out together every day, sunning themselves together, building their nest, even playing together in the air. The best example of this last, is one of the hawks landing gently on the back of the other in mid-air. They weren’t fighting, or mating – just playing.
There were dozens and dozens of Bushtits in the area, eating berries off the trees.
Here’s a nice, beefy California Towhee. They are giant Sparrows, kind of plain-looking.
Allen’s Hummingbird, cute and rust-colored.
Northern Mockingbird (I think this is a young one).
This Great Egret was continually around the neighborhood, landing on rooftops. I’m not sure what he was doing in this area, as there is no water, and they are usually around bodies of water.
While I was there, I saw one of the four birds new to my life list: A fancy, schmancy Mandarin Duck.
This here birdie is a Common Yellowthroat, although it’s hard to tell from the picture, due to the fact that this thing would NOT hold still.
Before this trip, I had no idea that Cedar Waxwings lived in southern California. I thought they were much more of a cold climate bird. I saw them almost everywhere I went on this trip.
Here is the jewel of my birding experiences on this vacation (seen during a hike in the North Etiwanda Preserve). A California Thrasher. He was new to my lifelist, too. Look at his awesome beak!
Next up: Acorn Woodpecker. They are such cute birds!
Last but not least, here is a pair of American Kestrels, sitting on a power line. I’ve never seen Kestrels hang out with other Kestrels. This was a new one for me.
While at the Arboretum, I took a video that I thought was funny. There were all kinds of ‘Art Installations’ in the Arboretum, and one happened to be an installation called ‘Tribute to the Guinea Fowl’, by Kim Lingo. There are wild Guinea Fowl all over the park there, and while I was taking pictures of nearby plants, this poor REAL Guinea Fowl walked over, and started pecking the face of one of the statue Guinea Fowl. I felt bad for him, because he obviously thought these other birds were trying to take over his turf.
Thanks, all, for stopping by, reading, and commenting!
P.S. Happy 8th Blogiversary, Cactus Kate ‘blog! That happened on January 20th.