Traveling for a move


I had a great week traveling to Las Cruces, New Mexico where my daughter and her husband were living and are on the move to California. We are so excited as they will be much closer to us and they are now looking for a home to rent about 4 hours away in Santa Maria, California which isn’t exactly down the street but the closest she’s ever been since being in the military. We are all so very excited to have her closer to home!

The trip was a lot of fun and we got to stop and buy souvenir’s while on the road. We had one little hiccup with her husband’s car. One of the back tires the rubber peeled away in one spot, it didn’t go flat but he had to stop and put on the spare tire. We were 10 miles from a very small town in Wilcox, Arizona. We should be thankful we were close to something when this occurred. We went to a mechanic who did not sell tires who then told us to go down the road a few miles and we found a Chevron station. They didn’t have a very large selection of tires but can you believe it? They had his exact size and they only had 2 tires in that size, perfect to replace the 2 back tires! He is one lucky duck!

Then we were back on the road again. We stopped and spent the night in Phoenix and then finished up the road trip the next day to California. We actually had weather! It was really cloudy and even rained for a while. It should be expected since it’s November, but we don’t get a lot of storms out west, especially the south-west heading into California.

We wanted to try to take a detour while on our trip to sightsee a bit if possible. We were planning on driving into Tuscon, Arizona and maybe go hiking or hike along a trail just something to get out of the car and stretch our legs. But the tire problem really put a dent in our time on that day, so next day we decided to go to Joshua Tree National Park.

We drove in and found the visitors center and my daughter has a National Parks book so I bought her a stamp and then she stamped her book as well with stamps they provide. I have been looking for a nice hiking hat. I can wear it to the stables as well so I purchased the hat I am wearing below in the photo. It was fun to learn about Joshua Tree and what I learned is this is a place to come in the evenings and camp or stay late to see the stars. We couldn’t believe what you can see in the photos we saw for sale. The milky way is so bright I had no idea! Someday I want to go there at night, something I’ll add to my bucket list!  We walked this little trail loop it was really short, but we got our tiny hike.  😀

My daughter and her husband are now up in Santa Maria house hunting. They will be renting or leasing a house for the next 3 years as she is now stationed at Vandenberg Air Force base. She is really excited to be at her next assignment and once they choose a house it will be great fun being able to visit her on a more regular schedule. I’m hoping we will be able to visit at least once a month, trading off going from one place to the other – it will make for some adventures I’m sure! It was so great to be off for this last week, a nice relaxing vacation is good for the soul.  ❤


Cats are mysterious!


Cats are very mysterious. They are not straight forward like dogs or even horses. Horses are fear and flight animals so for the most part you have a pretty good idea that if they are afraid they are going to run for it but if you can get them to trust you then you can control that fear so they do not run. It is a bit more complicated than that but for the most part, that’s it in a nut shell. Dogs I think are the most loyal animals and if you are a part of their pack, then you are golden. I have had such rewarding relationships with dogs.

Cats? cats…. hmm…. they are individuals in their own right and, well, own the world! I have read so much about them and watched some really interesting shows on cats. I have always loved cats but can’t give them a great review until this kitty, mostly because cats just take care of themselves and when they want to be petted then you need to stop what you are doing and pet them. If you are looking to hug them or pet them, they may very well not want anything to do with you but if you have a dog, I bet you can hug them or pet them any time. I’ve owned many, many cats (and many dogs) that are now in kitty heaven and had wonderful lives. But they make the rules and you are just along for the ride. 🙂

This is Mara, my six pound kitty that I call Mini Kitty. She is so small you can just pick her up with one hand. I’ve never had such a close relationship as I do with this kitty. I find her so mysterious and fun. She is ten years old this year and doing well. I rescued her as a tiny kitten that a friend found and she had so many other cats she wanted to use my shelter in my town so she gave me a call. We had recently lost a kitty to old age and when I went to go get this little kitty she was so tiny I couldn’t believe it. Of course, I asked my husband and he said yes, kind soul, to another kitty. And so off to the vet with this little one and boy, she was a mess. She had ear mites, a respiratory infection an eye infection and a tummy full of worms, so many meds I had to give her. We secluded her from our other kitty until she healed. ❤

I do believe that caring for her at such a young age also created this bond with this cute kitty. She licks me, grooms me really like another kitty. She sleeps on a pillow next to me all night (or day, I work night shift!) and meows loudly when I leave. She does things with me that she does not do with other’s in the family. This is truly my kitty, and I have really never been so attached. Most cats tend to be aloof, at least all the cats I’ve ever owned sure never showed the affection she does, it is amazing! She really has such a unique personality, one I will treasure and remember for the rest of my life. ❤

I love how mysterious kitties seem. I know they have their territories if there is more than one cat. I know they dominate one another or have a pecking order of sorts. My son and daughter-in-law were staying with us for a few months and they have three cats and unfortunately they did not all get along. We tried our best, started out slowly introducing them all to each other and funny thing, this little six pound kitty showed them who was boss! I was surprised until one day one of the other bigger cats decided she’d had enough and went after my Mini kitty. That was it, she never left my room again and so we had to move her food, water and kitty litter in our master bedroom where she would stay until they moved to their new apartment.

It’s been a week since they moved and finally Mini kitty has the run of the house! She took her time to come out of her room. We tried showing her there were no more cats to be afraid of as she hissed in our arms as we walked the house. When we put her down off she ran to her room. But she’s back, looking out the window in the family room as we are doing some deep cleaning. Silly kitty, she melts my heart. ❤