My Trip to Costo

I went to Costco on my way home from work tonight to pick up something for my stepson’s birthday and to get some laundry soap. I also picked up a rack of babyback ribs for dinner…mmmmmm.

So there I am with my three items standing in line patiently waiting my turn despite the fact that the people in front of me had more than $500 worth of sandwich fixings in two carts(seriously)! I wonder if they’re going out to serve sandwiches to the homeless?

Anyway, I am a people watcher, so as I stood waiting for the sandwich makers in front of me to complete their transaction I scanned the crowd around me.  I just happened to glance over at the guy in line next to me, He was a young man, probably in his early 30’s, and he was wearing a t-shirt that says:

What really got my attention was that he was standing there wearing THAT t-shirt holding two HUGE boxes of these:

What would you have done?

Me? I wanted to pull out my cell phone and snap a picture of him. Instead, I “snickered” and made a mental note to come home and blog about it!

P.S. The photo of the t-shirt is not the actual person that I saw at Costco. I would never take a picture of someone without their knowledge or permission and post it on my blog! I did a Google search and found the pic that I used!

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Signs that Autumn has Arrived in the Desert

1. The Cardinals are back. We have one that occasionally partakes in the bounty that is available via my husband’s birdfeeder. The males are more brightly colored than the females. This photo was taken at the Boulders Resort in Cave Creek last year. The cardinal that comes to our feeder is much more skittish than this little fellow.

2. We have a squirrel coming into our yard. Hubby also feeds this little guy (we made a special trip to Pet Smart for food that is acceptable for rodents). It took a few days, but hubby was acutally able to get photographic evidence of “Secret Squirrel” coming to visit.

3. Lizards are back in the yard. We don’t have photographic evidence of the particular lizard that has come calling, but my hubby says that he looks like this one that I photographed at Papago Park a couple of years ago.

4. We’ve also had the pleasure of seeing a BIG skunk that frequents the neighborhood the evenings before the garbage is picked up (we’ve seen him at least three times on Sunday nights). He has the same routine, weaving in and out of the houses in the neighborhood, looking for a tasty morsel. He doesn’t seem to be too afraid of people as he’s never sprayed while in the area. I have no photos of this guy as I’m just not brave enough to ask him to pose for a round of flash photography. This is a picture that I downloaded from Flickr

5. The coyotes are once again howling at night. We have a wild space behind our house where we’ve seen a variety of animals ranging from javelina to cattle. One of the more prominent members of our community are coyotes. The homeowners association isn’t thrilled with their presence, but I have to admit that I find it wonderfully and strangely comforting to hear them barking, yipping and singing while I’m lying in bed. Oh, and if an emergency vehicle with a siren comes through the area that really gets them stirred up!! This is another photo gleaned from Flickr.

Empty Me…

Chris Sligh – Empty Me (live) HQ


This is the prayer of my heart.

EMPTY ME

By Chris Sligh

I’ve had just enough of the spotlight when it burns bright
To see how it gets in the blood.
And I’ve tasted my share of the sweet life and the wild ride
And found a little is not quite enough.
I know how I can stray
And how fast my heart could change.

Empty me of the selfishness inside
Every vain ambition and the poison of my pride
And any foolish thing my heart holds to
Lord empty me of me so I can be filled with you.

I’ve seen just enough of the quick buys of the best lies
To know how prodigals can be drawn away.
I know how I can stray
And how fast my heart could change.

Empty me of the selfishness inside
Every vain ambition and the poison of my pride
And any foolish thing my heart holds to
Lord empty me of me so I can be filled with you.

Cause everything is a lesser thing
Compared to you, compared to you.
Cause everything is a lesser thing
Compared to you. So, I surrender all!

Empty me of the selfishness inside
Every vain ambition and the poison of my pride
Empty me of the selfishness inside
Every vain ambition and the poison of my pride
And any foolish thing my heart holds to
Lord empty me of me so I can be
Lord empty me of me so I can be filled with you.
Oh, filled with you.
Empty me.

Mariposa Monarch

Picture 110, originally uploaded by lyndaspix2004.

Mariposa means butterfly in Spanish.

My friend, Jamie, and I went to the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix to see the Monarch exhibit. We each took hundreds of photos and had a great time.

Unlike the butterflies that are in the exhibit in the spring, the Mariposa Monarch is not a “friendly” butterfly. They get nervous when you get too close and they don’t seem to like the click or flash of the camera. Monarchs also tend to land on the ground a lot, so you have to be careful of each step that you take.

Jamie and I spent a good hour in the butterfly house observing these fascinating creatures and trying to capture a moment where they actually were still. They love the colorful flowers in the exhibit and flit from one to another until they think they’re going to be left alone!

Every fall, by instinct alone, the Monarch butterflies go to the same mountains that their ancestors left the previous spring. Somehow, they find a place in Mexico that they’ve never seen before. Monarchs only fly during the day and at night you might see a handful, or even hundreds of them roosting in trees or on a bridge!

Each winter, the entire eastern population of monarch butterflies in Mexico clusters together on only 10-12 volcanic mountains, in large colonies estimated to contain millions of individuals. Significantly, an estimated 80% of the butterflies concentrate each year in only four core colonies.

All of the colonies are in Mexico’s Transvolcanic Belt, and most of these colonies are spread along an arc from the western face of the volcano “Nevado de Toluca” to the northeastern extreme of the state of Michoacan. The four core sites–El Rosario, Sierra Chincua, Chivati-Huacal and Cerro Pelon–are located in the center of the arc, near Angangueo.

You can read more about the Monarchs’ amazing journey here:

http://www.learner.org/jnorth/monarch/

Ahhhh…

picnikfile_kXln8_, originally uploaded by lyndaspix2004.

I love fall; it is my favorite season. I love the cooler evenings and mornings. I love the much nicer daytime temperatures (75-mid 90’s in October). But most of all I love the changing of the leaves. It’s something that I don’t see much of in Phoenix and I miss it a lot. Occasionally I get somewhere that I get to see some of the beautiful autumn colors. This was taken in Flagstaff, AZ the first weekend in October the morning we went to the Grand Canyon.