Wings and Things

Hello world! How you are today? Really, like how are you? Today is April 15, 2021 and you have made it. Lucky for us, you and me and everyone that was born in the 20th century to the present. Why, because science has increased our life expectancy. Me, I have mentioned before how thankful I am to have been born in 1970 versus 1870. Why, because if I would have had the stroke that I did in 1991, I would most likely not have lived to see my 30s or to have children. Our parents, even though they did die in their early 60s, survived many outbreaks of various childhood illnesses. My own mother, did say that she had Polio, but we cannot confirm, nor deny that as fact. However, I remember, lining up with other kids around my age, I think it was at school, to get immunizations. Trust me, I friggin’ hate needles, but I gladly got my vaccination when my time was due. I have also had to get many vaccinations and even TB tests to work for certain jobs as well as FBI background checks. Did I complain, maybe a little, cause I hate needles but I did it. It hurt me, having to take all of my children to their well child checkups and then having to hold my frightened children on my lap as they cried waiting for the impending needle poke. I did it though for the greater good. What was my greater good? Healthy children. Why, healthy children meant I didn’t have to miss work because they were ill.

Science! It works despite what the Anti-Vax parents say.

Anyhow, I get being a contrarian. Me, I was one of those pesky kids that would try to disprove everything to make myself seem smart. It really just made me seem like a know-it-all-asshole. For me, I was the youngest and felt like I had to prove or fight for everything. After I had my kids, I grew out of it, sort of. Anyhow, I know that many people are frightened about taking the Covid-19 vaccine. I get that, and looking everywhere and anywhere to validate your feelings about it because of the fear is not healthy. It is sad because there are so many other things to put energy into like volunteering, exercising, education, learning a new skill, mentoring an at risk youth. Anyhow, I put up the above chart to illustrate how life expectancy has greatly improved since the introduction of vaccines. Numbers, they tell a great story. Sorry, felt the need to jump on the soap box, now back to regularly scheduled programming…

The last few days have been nice. Hubby was home over the weekend and we got to go on a Sunday drive. I surely needed it. We drove through Coachella and Indio on Sunday morning and I kept a lookout for hot air balloons.

We stopped and got the car washed and grabbed breakfast to eat along the way. Below are a few shots from inside the carwash. Oh here is a little listening music…please press play.

This is a song I used to sing frequently in karaoke. I love watching Soul Train on Saturday mornings and dancing in front of the TV.
There sure a pretty colors at the “wash.
Soap foam never looked so pretty!

After we left the car wash, we drove down a few random roads. I got out and took a few photos of the valley,

There are so many roads out in the open spaces of this valley and we have traveled many as you never know what view you will get out the car to check out the views. I recommend checking out the valley at different times of day. Personally, I love the morning light and how the sky is perfect sky blue. The higher the sun rises in the morning, the more washed out the colors of the landscape gets. On this morning, there was a haze over the land so I did not get many shots of the morning skies.

We were driving around and I spotted Cable Cars! I squealed and made Hubby stop so I could snap a few photos. Not sure why these cars were there but it brought back happy memories of my first trip to San Francisco in 1991.

I was still on the look out for hot air balloons and we were just about to head home when I saw one. Hubby made U-turn and we headed south toward the Santa Rosa Mountains. Then we noticed that there were two balloons.

I recorded the Applebee’s balloon as I had a clear shot of it as Hubby was driving toward it. Below is a sample of what I recorded.

All I can think about when I see that balloon is hot wings and margaritas.

We saw that the balloon was coming in for a landing and I wanted to see it. We watched two men running toward the balloon. The first guy that got there grabbed on to the bottom of the basket and I swear I saw him lift off the ground a few feet till he got it secured and then the other running man got to the balloon and grabbed the basket. Free entertainment, I tell ya!

Next, we headed home and we drove up Monroe and I had Hubby stop so i could see a group of cows.

Maybe my next painting?

There were a few calves that came right up o the fence and looked at me. A few seemed to pose for photos.

I really did need that drive to get my creative juices flowing. I was finally able to finish a painting. A month ago, I had started a self-portrait. Well, I painted over it with something else and figured that when I was ready I would find one that fit me. I choose a self portrait shot I took of myself a few years ago. I was sitting on an exercise ball, blowing bubbles. I wanted to look like I didn’t have a care in world.

Never said I was a model.

Lately, because of all the memorial goobly gook that we have been living through, I started having self doubts and feelings of not being good enough. However, I know that it is all in my head. I am good enough, well, good enough for me. So, I wanted to the portrait to portray me, doing a very me thing.

sitting on top of the world, blowing bubbles…sounds like a song…

The above portrait is me. Not sure what I am trying to say but maybe after I blow a few more bubbles, I will have the answer. HA HA!

Oh look at the time. I need to lace my sneakers up and getting going!

To you dear reader, where ever you are, You are special, you are amazing and you can do great things! Hugs to you and you and especially You over there.

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Sarah Davis says:

    Now β€œCar Wash” is stuck in my head! 😊

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    1. Woah a-woah woah Yeah! πŸ™‚


  2. terrie gura says:

    Me, too! That song will be in my ears for at least a week. You are the only person I know who can make scenes from a car wash so pretty! Loved your “self-portrait” blowing bubbles and the way you painted yourself sitting on top of the world.

    I had occasion to ride a hot air balloon once, and lemme tell ya, that landing can be startling! Do you see the balloons often? You mentioned that you were looking for them, so it made me think they must launch near that area.


    1. I have humming that song for the last few days I still remember seeing the movie.

      Wow! You rode in one of those!?! You are much braver than I. Mot mornings around here, mostly near La Quinta and the fields of Coachella you cam spot balloons out, early in the mornings. Some Fridays four or five balloons usually do a happy hour ride over the valley. When that happens it is breath taking to watch. Especially if you are to the east of them and you get to watch the sun setting behind them.


      1. terrie gura says:

        I highly recommend the hot air balloon ride. Most of the ride is so smooth, you hardly know you are moving. I was looking down and fiddling with my camera when ours lifted off, and I didn’t even feel it! But the landing is not quite as smooth. Our pilot gave us plenty of instruction for how to handle it though and it was not terrible because we knew what to expect. πŸ™‚

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      2. Funny you mention high…ha ha…as I would have to be high as a kite before I get enough nerves to get into one of those things πŸ™‚

        You are so brave and I wish I could cast my fears away as one of the balloon operators lives in our complex. I just saw him this morning on my walk.

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  3. I love that photo of you on the exercise ball blowing bubbles, as well as your painting of it. You look beautiful and glamorous, like a movie star!

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    1. Jeff, You are kind! I have never heard that term, glamorous used to describe me before but I will gladly take it! Thank you!

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  4. rkrontheroad says:

    Fun painting, and its message! I have thought about taking photos in the car wash before but have never done it. Those were great!

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    1. Thank you! I had fun creating the painting I always have a camera with me and have wanted to see what I would catch.

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