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Two Mile Walk at El Dorado Nature Center

I visited El Dorado Nature Center a few days ago for a change of pace from walks in my neighborhood. Located next to a freeway in the city of Long Beach, I have to say, you wouldn’t really know the freeway was there. A hum of traffic is constant in the background, but the noise […]

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Views From The Peninsula

It was a beautiful day for a drive along Palos Verdes Peninsula in Southern California! I’ll let the photos do the talking. ~SueBee

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Tree With A View

I took to the freeways yesterday to reach Palos Verdes Peninsula, somewhat south of Los Angeles International Airport, and, without traffic, about 45 minutes from my home in Orange. Once reaching the area, I drove a route leading through an area of very expensive, luxurious homes perched along the cliffs, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and […]

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Evening Nature Walk at Oak Canyon

Ending this past Thursday with another Adventure (first was Morning Walk Through My Town), I drove about seven miles to the Oak Canyon Nature Center in nearby Anaheim Hills. I waited until 6pm, hoping any throngs of visitors had left. Spotting less than half a dozen cars parked at the entrance, I donned my face […]

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Morning Walk Through My Town

I ventured out for a walk yesterday, early morning, by driving to the downtown circle here in Orange. Since I don’t often leave my home or immediate neighborhood, I considered it an Adventure. I was interested in seeing the new outdoor dining set-up the city approved for restaurants. Since the Covid-19 pandemic, businesses have closed, […]

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Mickey Mouse Cactus

Today’s Foto Fix features a cactus I saw on a recent visit to a local Arboretum. I found the resemblance to the famous mouse to be quite fun! He seemed to be waving hello to me. ~SueBee

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First Harvest

Experienced vegetable gardeners may laugh at this, but I’m so proud harvesting my first zucchini and zucchini flowers this morning that I’m posting about it to celebrate! My oldest daughter, Angelika, gave me a few seeds that I planted May 20 in a small planter area in my back yard, and now I have fresh […]

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Avocado and Zucchini Update

I thought you might enjoy seeing how far along the giant avocado pit has come. I first planted the sprouted pit into a coffee can on March 13th; it’s now about 26″ tall, is in a much larger pot, and looks quite happy on the porch. The zucchini plants, started from seeds planted on May […]

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Morning at the Botanic Garden

My oldest daughter met me recently at the South Coast Botanic Garden for a socially distanced morning. It was required to reserve our spots in advance, as entry numbers were limited, and to wear our masks during the visit. It was really nice to get out for awhile; the gardens were beautiful. I hope everyone […]

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Lots of Yellow

I visited the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont yesterday morning. The garden is open for members and by reservation for non-members only; the number of visitors is limited due to the Coronavirus situation. The weather was perfect, with slightly overcast skies. I noticed after reviewing all the pictures I took that the vast […]

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My Garden Here and There

I took these pictures while on a morning walk ’round my garden yesterday. The new purple morning glory seems to like its spot, and the cactus I rescued has yet again thanked me, this time with four gorgeous white flowers. The milkweed that popped up on its own has provided a lovely spot for monarch […]

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Beach Time

I took an early morning walk, pre 8am, on the local beach this past Saturday, before the crowds hit. Now that our beaches have re-opened, again, this time with more safety measures in place, I wanted to take a look. Had there been crowds, I would have turned around and gone home. As it was, […]

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Susie Homemaker Journal

I completed a new journal just in time for Mother’s Day. It’s dedicated to my mom and grandma, both of who lived to be nearly 100. I named it ‘Susie Homemaker; my grandma always called me Susie. I was inspired to make it after realizing the bulk of my hours during this Coronavirus (Covid19) lockdown […]

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Shopping for Fresh Produce

Since our Coronavirus (Covid19) lockdown, I haven’t shopped in any grocery stores, and I haven’t used any delivery services. I’m not very trusting of third-party workers… who’s supervising them, who’s watching they follow safety protocol, etc. Instead, I’ve ordered online and picked up groceries twice from WalMart (the only store that had any availability at […]

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Morning Walk

Good morning, my fellow Covid19 Lock-downers, Stay-at-Homers, Quarantiners! I couldn’t pass up taking pictures of the perfectly shaped teddy bear bush and beautiful flower-filled wagon on my morning walk. I hope you all enjoy your day and stay safe. ~SueBee

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Signs of Our Times, part 2

On March 31, I posted the first Signs of Our Times, showing Covid19 instructions displayed in local store windows. Today’s post is nearly a month later, and shows some changes since March (such as Face Masks Required for Entry, X marks the spot on sidewalk).  I wonder what might be new another month from now…. […]

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Rescued and Grateful

A couple months ago, the mobile home next to mine was being moved out, the owner having sold it and sadly, moved to a hospice situation. Before she left, she offered me to take whichever plants I wanted. There were a few cacti, none of which had been cared for in many years. The one […]

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Stay Safe

While today’s world feels like the first picture, with a large wave of doom ready to crash down, I look forward to the day our reality is the second one, with all of us still standing, and safe. I took these pictures seven or eight years ago at Newport Beach, California, with the little CoolPix […]

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Homebound This and Thats

Not able to go Out ‘n About these days, I find myself focusing the handy iPhone camera on things at home… flowers, little decor objects, etc. I’m sure most of you are doing nearly the same, passing the time, staying safe. Yesterday I did some spring cleaning on my large front porch… sweeping off the […]

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Pit to Plant – Study of an Avocado

I realize the time frame of my baby avocado tree is nearly matching that of Covid19 here in the US. The first case of the virus was diagnosed in Seattle, Washington on January 21.  I bought the avocado on January 17, let it ripen, then cut it open on January 25. It was absolutely delicious! […]

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