Archive | August 12, 2012

Mandy – Poetry – a Cyhydedd Hir

A Mini-Challenge for Sunday ~ Cyhydedd Hir – pronounced cuh-hée-dedd heer.



She is a sweet thing
Managing to bring
Joy to make me sing
Mandy my dog

Her sport is the ball
Running down the hall
Waiting for my call
Mandy my dog

She jumps up and down
When coming from town
She acts like a clown
Glad to see me

As she gets older
I wish to hold her
Since time is shorter
For me to see

UPDATE:  Sweet Mandy passed away a year to the month later.  She is so missed!


the imaginary garden with real toads

Another Sunday Scavenger Hunt

Today on Another Sunday Scavenger Hunt we  were supposed to find photos to relate to five words: Mobile; Hanging by a thread; a collage; always look on the bright side; and, home using fresh photos taken this week.  Well, fortunately I did use my camera this week and was able to use all but one photo from this week and one from my archives of pixs (which is allowed under the rules).  Here goes!


I guess this is a great way to be mobile!

This weekend Bullhead City had their sixth annual River Regatta- rafting down the Colorado River for eight to nine miles.  The city was expecting about 30,000 people to participate this year – amazing considering there were probably under 100 participants the first year!  But word had spread to the four corners of the USA and water lovers and river rafter lovers from all over came.  My sister-in-law and I found a not too populated area on a boat ramp where we snapped away for several hours.  The actual rafting went from 7 am till 2:30 pm and prizes were given out for best decorated floats.  Where we were standing the temperature was 108F but the Colorado River was ice cold!  My SIL stood in the water to stay cool and I sat in a chair and poured water all over my body and head to keep cool.  Thoroughly enjoyed it!

Hanging by a Thread

(my sanity)

After more than two weeks of flooding, searching for the plumbing leaks, having  more than fifteen holes cut in the walls and jackhammering the floor, I was hanging unto my sanity by a thread!


Bullhead City River Regatta

Always look on the bright side

A rainbow always follows the rain


It may seem silly, but when I was looking for a photo that brings to mind “home”, when I came to this one, I thought,  this is it!  About six years ago we bought this “cocktail” tree – or a multi-citrus tree.   It grows naval oranges, valencia oranges,  limes, and mandarin oranges.  The problem is  it sits in the wide open spaces, receiving the sun all day – here in the low desert where the temperatures in the summer reach 120+F.  The first three years I put up an assortment of coverings, the kind you use for camping or a small half umbella like you use on the beach.  But with the high winds we get, inevitably by the end of the hot season they were torn into shreds – not even worth trying to repair.  The next two years I figured maybe the tree was “tough” enough to endure the extreme heat, but it lost a lot of leaves and turned sunburn yellow.  After agonizing over this, and trying to figure what I could put over it that would still be easy to remove if the winds suddenly came up, voila! I thought about the trellis formation I put up a few years before to grow my cantaloupes and tomatoes on.  Why couldn’t I use the same type frame for a cover over the citrus tree?  So, I went the hardware store and bought some 2’rebar, 70″ conduit and 4 couplers; poured some stucco into the hole I made for the rebar, put the rebar in and when the stucco dried put the conduit pipes over the rebar.  Then I joined a 5′ pipe across the top with the couplers.    I had some green patio screen covering that let’s the light and air in but keeps the sun out.  Right now I attach it with some thin wiring but I think maybe I’ll try some sort of velco strips to hold it in place which would make it easier and faster to pull off – like a few days ago when a fast-moving dust storm hit with 60-mile winds it seemed to take forever untwisting that wiring while holding up one of the pipes that had come lose from the coupler.  If anyone has any good ideas, pass them my way 🙂

In case you are interested, here is the video I took of the rafters going down the Colorado River.