Hello world! It’s 5 AM on this October 5, 2021 and raining! Through out the night I would wake up to the soothing sound of rain drops and an occasional sound of thunder. The current temperature is 75 and should get warmer through out the day. Right now, the smell of rain is like perfume covering up our usual CV aromas. I keep walking out to the back and standing barefoot as the drops fall. Too bad it is just a light rain and not enough to make a decent puddle to jump in, not that I ever jump. Our cat, Taco Belle is not sure what to think about the stuff falling from the sky. She cautiously watched me from the safety of the kitchen. So this must be what Fall feels like…laughing to myself.
Fair warning…lots of photos in this post.
Speaking of Taco Belle, yesterday was her fifth birthday (with us). She adopted us on this day as she walked across my desk at work. We already had two cats, a pug, two bunnies and a turtle at the time. A co-worker had got the kitten for his kids. His kids did not want her. So, he brought her to work in a carrier and asked if anyone would like to take her home. One look at that messy haired kitten and I was in love. That day I call Hubby and asked him to stop by the office for lunch. Once he was in my office I showed him the carrier and asked if we could keep her.
Hubby had no chance. He could not say “No” to me or her Below are the cell phone pics from that most memorable Taco Tuesday in 2016.
It was funny but at that time, our pug Jenny was lonely. Our two other cats were afraid of her and would run away and hide when she was around. When I saw Taco Belle I knew that she would unite our fuzzy family and I was right. Hopefully, we get many more cat and dog years in our home as they surely have been great companions for me in the past few years. Especially since the surgery on my spine in 2019. When I was recovering from that surgery, she would ride along on my walker as I paced the floor in our living room as therapy. Right now she is perched above me sleeping as I sit in my easy chair and type. At least it is not 2 in the morning and her butt is not in my face, not joking.
The past week was nice. The cooling temps have made life so much more enjoyable. Yesterday morning we visited the Living Desert Zoo in Palm Desert. I purchased a membership when my daughter was here to visit this past Spring. Hopefully, we will get to take more walks there during the coming months.
The first time that I visited the Living Desert was back in 2001. The kids and I took a trip out here and were lucky that Hubby let us borrow his place in the CV. I took my children to the Living Desert and I remember that we were all intrigued with the model train exhibit. That visit was in November and the temperature was perfect. Even back then I thought, “I could live here.” and here I am twenty years later.
We didn’t hike that far although my step tracker noted that I walked 6,999 steps when I returned home . I am feeling it this morning but know that I need to push through as the soreness will go away or become less noticeable. The beginning of the path is flat and a person using a walking aid could get around to enjoy the landscape. I have not ventured farther than the San Andreas spot so I am not sure about the remainder of the path. If you are a disabled person and planning to visit the Living Desert (or any attraction or park), DO contact the zoo for questions you may have prior to your visit as it will surely make it more enjoyable if you know what to expect.
There were a few exhibits that I had not seen in the many visits there. During the pandemic closures, they definitely made some improvements and added new attractions, possibly like the pond above that houses the desert pup fish.
Just after we left the pond we stopped to see the coyotes. At this point, it was starting to heat up and the clouds were clearing leaving the sunlight to fully unleash is power.
It was a great morning and brought up all those feel good memories from when Hubby and I first started getting reacquainted. For anyone looking for a great first date spot, I highly recommend it! There are plenty of places to canoodle and make happy memories. When my daughter was here a few months ago, I was lucky as I was able to have all my grandkids as well as their parents with me and Hubby. I am kicking myself that I did not have them ride the Merry-Go-Round.
Looking forward to more trips there in the coming year. It was such a nice way to wind down the week, our week. Oh yeah, one more reason to visit the zoo in the morning, breakfast time! No, not for humans but for the zoo animals. I noticed that all the animals were lively and wandering around, probably waiting for their morning offerings. Before we headed to the hiking trail we saw a few big horn sheep looking down on the park. The rocks on that hill they were on make them hard to see.
Time to get on with the day. Thank you dear reader for the visit. Where ever you are going today, may all your lights be green and may you get there safely. Hugs to you and you and especially YOU.