Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Mother Nature Has Many Faces

As I have mentioned on our website, we are seeing a new side of mother nature in these parts...gale force winds bringing with them, blowing sand.

There is often wind in the Coachella Valley, but never wind so strong and certainly not so consistent.

Fortunately the forecast tells us the winds won't last much longer...perhaps another 24 hours or so and then things will get back to normal.

I sure hope so because I would far rather look out my door and see this!

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Slacking Off

Once again I am not posting on a regular basis.

My journal remains a daily event but this Blogging is definitely taking a back seat.

I am finding that my day is ending before I have time to do both and as the journal was started first, I am more dedicated to it.

Let's face it, the older we get the faster time seems to go and I am not getting younger.

Anyway, I am Blogging today and this is a picture of my grandson trying his hand at some artwork.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Already Missing Them

Our wee grandchildren have gone home; they left this afternoon on a 1:30 PM flight back to BC.

Though we spent more time with Makai, we enjoyed our time with both children equally and we already miss them a lot.

This morning we had Monet with us alone for a while and we had a lot of fun with her.

Here she is playing hide and seek with Grampa!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Getting As Much As I Can

Tomorrow our little grandson Makai, and his Mom, Dad and baby sister, Monet, will be leaving here after spending the last 8 days with us.

We have had a great time and already know we will be missing them a lot.

Tonight Makai and I had a moment of cuddling while playing "I'm going to nibble on your little fingers".

It was a moment I will treasure forever!

Monday, February 12, 2007

The Days are Running Away

Gosh, again it has been several days since I posted here and I have no excuse whatsoever.

I had an easy day today, work in the morning, teaching in the afternoon and an evening minding little ones.

I am using the babysitting quiet time, when the wee ones are sleeping and I am finally blogging again.

Sorry for the five day respite but at least I am posting.

Besides I do journal daily on our website,
Coulson Castle on Wheels!

Here is my daughter Karley, with her daughter Monet. Pretty cute huh?

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Making the Maintenance Yard Look Good

Here at Catalina Spa & RV Park, I often write about our beautiful sunrises but I seldom mention the sunsets.

Part of the reason for that is
because the sunsets are obscured by the park's maintenance yard.

However with a sunset like this one that we had tonight, the maintenance yard looks pretty darned good!

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

He's An Acrobat

Since he arrived here, Makai has been in the pool once, sometimes twice a day.

He loves swimming with Grampa and the two of them have way too much fun.

Today Makai was practicing some new moves and I think he just might be an acrobat!

Monday, February 05, 2007

Oh Too Be Little!

Our grandchildren (along with their parents) are here to spend some time with us in California.

They have been enduring a colder than normal winter in BC so this is a nice respite for them and a good time for us to see them.

Tonight we went out for dinner and Monet, our 7 month old grand daughter particularly enjoyed her dinner as you can see!

Sunday, February 04, 2007


During the winter months, it isn't just humans who flock to the desert to wile away their time out of the cold.

Today I caught this pair of ducks testing the water in one of two ponds here at Catalina Spa.

This pond is also stocked with fish so it is more than the warm water that draws our feathered friends to this location!

Saturday, February 03, 2007


Every so often I feature a special member of our family, Sam the cat.

As you can see, she is very special; so special in fact that she thinks she is royalty.

And really who are we to argue with her?

Friday, February 02, 2007

An Idyllic Setting

This winter, Desert Hot Springs has experienced some unseasonal weather; cooler, cloudier and windier than normal, not unlike other parts of the continent.

Regardless, we have nothing to complain about because we certainly enjoy more sun than almost anywhere else in the US.

Here is a picture of our idyllic setting and you can easily see why we like it here so much.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

A Hazy Day in the Valley

The weather has cooled a little and with it came a wind which seems to be coming here from LA and the coast.

The whole Coachella Valley is under the cover of a thick haze.
No matter where we looked there was a foggy view!