Monday, September 28, 2009

A Drive Into The Past

Saturday after photography class

the hubby and I went for a drive,

as we usually do.

We ended up in Boulder City

and we were delighted to discover

a car show going on at the park.

I took lots of photos

but I decided to share just one.

I hope you will click on the photo

so that you can see all the detail.

I snapped this photo because I loved the window display.

I thought it was so creative and adorable.

Look how shiny and reflective the paint color is.

If you look in the sideview mirror

you can see me snapping the photo

while my husband is standing next to me.

We had a delightful day

but my feet were killing me

as I was wearing my 3 1/2 inch heeled boots.

The first time all summer that I have worn heels

and we end up walking around.

Maybe I should learn to keep a spare pair of flats in the car

at all times.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Mosaic Monday ~ Highlights From Laughlin

Mary at Little Red House hosts Mosaic Monday.

Every week we create a different collage on any subject we choose.

This week I made a collage that highlights my birthday trip to Laughlin, NV.

All Photos were taken on September 21, 2009.

Make sure you click on the mosaic so you can see more detail.

 The larger view is much more interesting.

Please hop on over to Mary's Little Red House to see her mosaic

and to see a list of other participants.

Come Hither......

A yard sign to stop traffic.

It certainly made us do a double take.

This is in a yard between Searchlight, Nv and Laughlin, NV.

Gotta love the sense of humor.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Friday My Town Shoot Out ~ My Favorite Place To..........

My favortie place to.......

Cool down on a hot summer day.

(Click to enlarge)

This is the Colorado River in Laughlin, Nv.

It's a great little get-away from Las Vegas, about a two hour drive from my house.

My favorite place to.......

Grab a sandwich

My favorite place to.......

Take my guests

Lake Las Vegas, not to be confused with Lake Mead

My favorite view

This is a view of Lake Mead

My favorite place.......

To be in control

Behind the wheel of my car and on the road, always in motion.

My favorite place to......

Find new perspective

Behind the lens of my camera.

My favorite place to......

enjoy a baseball game

I have so many favortie places, too many to showcase here,


here's a list of favorite places to.......

Drink a margarita~  Que Mas Mexican Restaraunt
Walk a trail~ Red Rock Canyon
See a free show ~ Fremont Street Experience
Here a live 80's band ~  Santa Fe Station
Buy some tea~ Starbucks
Discover the Metaphysical~ Psychic Eye Book Store

And now, I have drawn a blank

My most favortie place of all is to be with my husband and my dog
and to visit my family in other cities and states.

To see other town favorites click here.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

September Warmth

Today I had lunch with an old friend.

Afterwards, we sat on a bench outside

and basked in the sunshine,

feeling the warmth of its rays on our shoulders.

We spotted this bee,

flitting from flower to flower.

Enjoying the beauty of the outdoors

Just as much as we were.

(Click on photos to enlarge image)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

ABC Wednesday~ J is for........

Today is ABC Wednesday
Each week a different letter of the alphabet is represented.
This week it's the letter J.
Today, I am showcasing jars; Money jars to be exact.

This particular jar is used specifically for found money.

Justin (that's the hubby) and I, started this tradition a few years ago.

When we see a penny on the ground or any other coin, we pick it up.

Upon picking up the found coin

we say aloud the following words to attract more,

"I am a money magnet"

As soon as we get home, we toss it into the jar.

At the end of the year,

 we count it up to see how much money we found on the ground.

The first year we did this, we counted $28.00.

Now $28.00 doessn't seem like a lot of money,

however, this is money that is just tossed out like trash.

We make it a habit now to look down when we walk.

We look all around,

 skimming parking lots, sidewalks, bare fields,

inside buildings, parking garages, etc.

I found 32 cents on Monday at the river.  It was right there in the dirt.

Justin actually found two pennies in the water.

Don't get me wrong.

We don't make  a job out of doing this.

We just keep our eyes peeled while we're out and about.

Instead of counting up at the end of the year,

we decided to just keep filling up the jar with found money until it's full.

It's amazing how much money you can gain just by looking around. 

We also find bills that we throw in the jar.

This isn't really my vacation money.

But it is where I save all of my 50 cent pieces.

I collect money banks of all kinds.

Today, you get to see just the money jars.

It's ABC Wednesay, afterall.

And today, is the letter J.

Good wishes to everyone from JarieLyn and Justin.

Now go visit the crew over at ABC Wednesday to see how creative

and imaginitive other participants are.

Have a jolly good day.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Random Pink

One of the last photos taken with my Exilim Camera. 
Taken at Town Square Shopping Center in Las Vegas
August 29, 2009

Monday, September 21, 2009

Mosaic Monday~ Saturday Evening Walk

Mary at Little Red House hosts Mosaic Monday.

Please go visit her page and take a look at her beautiful mosaic.

She really has some great photos this week showcasing Little Red House.

It's beautiful.



This mosaic was taken from one of the parks where I walk my dog. 

I snapped these photos on Saturday night while we were out walking.

It's my birthday today.

I'm getting older but I feel younger, at least at heart.

The hubby and I are driving to Laughlin with the dog to enjoy the river
and have a picnic.

I promise to view everyone's mosaics by tomorrow evening.

In the meantime,

I hope everyone has a wonderful day

and I urge you to enjoy all the other mosaics posted for Mosaic Monday.

Visit Mary at Little Red House for a list of participants.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

From The Beltway

I see this view from inside the car
and I take a photo as we are whizzing by.

Beautiful Southwest Las Vegas
Charleston and the 215

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Friday My Town Shoot-Out (Domestic Animals)

I love taking photos of my dog, so you will see a few of her in this post as well as some other animals.

Last week I took Sasha to Tule Springs, our state park in Las Vegas.

She thoroughly enjoyed being in the water, which by the way isn't allowed,
but I just couldn't deny her the pleasure.

She felt so good after her swim that she just decided to interrupt or stroll,
and roll around in the grass.

In addition to all the beautiful ducks in the park,
we saw many peacocks.
Sasha went wild for the peacocks and wanted to chase them.
She kept whining and pulling on her leash,
but I didn't let her get too close.

Isn't it a beauty?  No wonder Sasha wanted a closer look.

Last weekend the hubby and I went to another state park, Spring Mountain Ranch.
While there, I took photos of the cow and the horses on the ranch.

My hubby was calling the horse over to us and the horse obliged.

This is the lone cow.  He has no buddies except for the two horses.

I also drove around earlier this evening and captured these horses through my lens.

Right next door to this property,
Sasha spotted another dog and spoke to it in dog language.

I don't know what they were saying, it was all jibberish to me.
After our drive,
We headed on over to the local park for our evening walk and we spotted all kinds of doggies.
Sasha was in doggie heaven.

I know I've gone a little overboard with all of the dog pictures,
but that's mostly what's in my neighborhood.
With that being said, I'm going to rock the boat and give you just a couple of more.
I cannot leave this post without showing you how Sassy Sasha is after a bath.

I hope I didn't give you too much.
I'm like a parent showing off photos of her children.
Please accept my apologies If I show too much pride.
I love my Sasha.  She's sweet and sassy and sometimes, a little snobish.

I hope you enjoyed my photos, but if you didn't you can always check out more variety
Well, why don't you head on over there anyway.  They've got a great bunch of photographers on board.
I promise there will be plenty to see and enjoy.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

ABC Wednesday ~ I is for Ink

Hello to all my wonderful visitors.  I sure do appreciate you stopping by.
It's ABC Wednesday. 
You know what that means...
another photo meme to represent the letter I.
You've been inked!
Love always,
Please stop by the ABC Wednesday home page to view other magnificent photos.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Mosaic Monday

Mosaic Monday ~ A trip to Spring Mountain Ranch State Park
All of the above photos were taken yesterday on an excursion to Spring Mountain Ranch, which was owned by Howard Hughes at the time of his death.  The ranch has quite a history beginning in the early 1800's. 
The main ranch house was built in 1948 by Chester Lauck, a radio personality. 
In 1955 Vera Krupp, a german actress bought the ranch from Chester and lived there
until 1967 when she sold the property to Howard Hughes.  There is an interesting story about Vera Krupp being robbed at her residence on the ranch.  The thieves stole a $275,000 ring, pulling it off her finger and actually drawing blood.  Also, in the robbery they took about $700,000 in cash.  The case history is on file with the FBI.  Read all about it here.
The ranch now belongs to the state and is open to the public.
There is a large lush grassy area for picnics.
There are walking trails and horseback riding trails;
a gift shop;
tours of the main house and the old historic buildings on the grounds.
I have passed by this place about a thousand times and I never knew that any of the historical buildings existed.
My husband and I were taking a little drive yesterday and we ended up at the ranch on impulse.
It was well worth the five dollars it cost to get in.
We spent quite a bit of time walking the trails.
My sore legs are proof of that, in addition to the photos I snapped along our walk.
Please visit Mary at little red house for more creative mosaics.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Friday My Town Shoot-Out ~ Aged and Weathered

This week's theme was chosen by Pauline at The Paddock.  We are shooting things that are aged and weathered.  I didn't get out this week so I was going to rely mostly on my archives, however, some of the other participants shoot-outs inspired me to pick up my camera and walk around the perimeter of my own yard.  The first thing I noticed was how weathered our post is.  It needs a paint job, awfully bad.

Next up is Sasha's stuffed animal that she used to love to play with.
She buries all of her toys under a bush and hides them really well, however,
this little critter was out in the open on the patio. 
It definitely looks like it's a bit aged and weatherd.
Just around the corner to the side of the house we come to the door that leads to the garage.
As you can tell, we are terrible at keeping the house looking spiffy and new.
Then there is a pile of rusted steel that's been outside for a couple of years now.
I think the hubby bought it as part of his truck project.
As I mentioned above, the steel was used in a truck project.
The hubby was building a flatbed for his aged and weathered toyota truck.
Below is the front of the truck. 
Beleive it or not, he still drives it to work every now and then. 
Truth be told,  I will not be seen in it.
Thank goodness it's just a project truck and not his main vehicle.
Next up is a blurry photo of the truck.
And now, from my archives here a few of my favorite photos.
First up is an old barn that looks like it's just about has his last day.
The above photo was taken somewhere in Wyoming in 2006.
The next few photos were found on a deserted street or town in Wyoming.
Next up is Oregon. 
My brother-in-laws barn pictured below
Next door to his ranch is a miniature pony ranch.  I'm just throwing this last photo in because I think the ponies are really cute.  No relation to this subject.
Go to My Town Shoot-Out to see what others are shooting this week.


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