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Out & About—Here, There & Everywhere

Out & About

Many readers who like my San Diego Historical Landmarks series might think that I have given up on them. Not so. I simply want to do them in order, and I got stuck at #15. Its name is “Conception,” and it’s on the United States Naval Submarine Base at Point Loma. In other words, it’s not accessible to the general public….

….Except for one day each year. Guess which day that is? Yep. Today. “Cabrillo Festival” day. So you know where I’ll be going later today, and I can resume my San Diego Historical Landmarks series. I have no idea what I’ll find there since I have not done any research on #15 year.

Meanwhile…. September has been a very active month for getting Out & About, and I’ll have blog posts on everything as the summer comes to a close and the cold, wet, fall and winter months arrive. To whet your appetite, here’s a sample of some of the places I’ve been.

We’ll start at home with Zoey the Cool Cat. I continue to take care of her every need—boxes, tummy rubs, food, clean litter box, food for the squirrels and rabbits so she can get her daily exercise running from window to window watching them, and what does she do? Turns her back on me.

Zoey the Cool Cat turns her back on me

September 3—Wildlife Corner at our new home

Rabbits & squirrels coexisting

September 9—Queen Califa’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park, Escondido

Queen Califa's Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park, Escondido

September 10—Surf Dog Surf-a-thon at Dog Beach in Del Mar

Surf Dog Surf-a-thon at Dog Beach in Del Mar

September 13—San Diego Zoo

Rattlesnake at the San Diego Zoo

September 15—Getting some kicks on Route 66 in Rancho Cucamonga

Overturned tanker on Route 66 in Rancho Cucamonga

September 16—Chili Cook Off & Classic Car Show in Alpine

Pirate Chili at the Chili Cook Off in Alpine

Classic car show in Alpine, California

September 18—Big Border Baby in Tecate

Border Wall baby

September 21—Watching trains in Colton

Union Pacific's West Colton Yard

September 22—MCAS Miramar Air Show in San Diego

MCAS Miramar Air Show in San Diego

September 23—San Diego Bonsai Show

San Diego Bonsai Show

September 23—Wavecrest Woody Meet at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas

Wavecrest Woody Meet at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas

September 24—Cuyamaca Rancho State Park near Julian

Deer in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

September 24—Apple Days in historic Julian

Apple Days in Julian

September 24—Gold mine tours in Julian

Gold mine tour in Julian

September 24—Cool shopping in Julian at The Warm Hearth, The Birdwatcher, and the Julian Jewel Box

The Warm Hearth in Julian, California

Hummingbirds at The Birdwatcher in Julian

Julian Jewel Box in Julian

September 25—Newest visitor to our new home

Praying mantis in Winter Gardens

September 29—San Diego Quilt Show

San Diego Quilt Show

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The Squirrels are beating the Rabbits, 4-2

I live in my own little world

On June 26, 1999, Jim and I closed on our first home. We were celebrating 5 years together. Although it was much too big for two people—11141 Valley Lights Drive, El Cajon CA

3,984 square feet on 1.83 acres of land with a 45,000-gallon swimming pool and a 15,000-gallon spa

—we probably would still be living there if Enron of Houston had been not so greedy….

In June 2000 our gas & electric bill was $4,700, a thousand dollars higher than our monthly mortgage. We never thought prices would come down so we decided to sell. We closed escrow on the sale on June 26, 2001, exactly two years to the day after we bought it. It wasn’t until December 2001 that the world found out that Enron had been manipulating the energy markets west of the Mississippi River. After Enron’s bankruptcy, energy prices here in San Diego did come back down.

That was the largest house and the largest yard we have had. We rented a house from 2001 to 2002 while looking for a house to buy. We settled on one that was 1,588 square feet on ¼ acre. We stayed there for five years when we decided to downsize, which basically meant going someplace without a yard. My poor body just wasn’t into yard maintenance anymore.

We lived in condominiums from 2007 to 2017, one of them 50 feet up in the air, before deciding that we’d rather be back on solid ground. Our new home, which we moved into on July 21, 2017, is 1,440 square feet and has a yard which has not been landscaped. So I have a little work to do there, but the yard is not too large so I think it is manageable, especially since I’m going to switch to container gardening.

We are in the boondocks, so we have a lot of wildlife out here, and I think container gardening will be less disruptive to their way of life. The living room looks out on a corner which is conducive to watching the wildlife. That corner is where I feed and water the wildlife. This morning I got a picture of four squirrels and two rabbits sharing among themselves.

It's 4-2, squirrels over rabbits

Since baseball season is nearing an end, we’ll say the score is 4-2, Squirrels over Rabbits. But it’s just the top of the second inning.

Even got a picture of a rabbit taking a bath. Who knew?

Rabbit bath

I also had two unknown birds stop by this morning for bird baths, so I guess I need a bird feeder, too.

Unknown bird and squirrel

I don’t know what kind of bird that is, but it’s quite beautiful with its long, curved beak.

Unknown bird

I have named the corner “Wildlife Corner.”

With our new window tinting, I can now get right up against the window because the wildlife outside cannot see into the house. It will make for great picture taking, and once I get the living room floor cleaned, I’ll set up my camera on a tripod so I can take videos. These squirrels and rabbits are just way too much fun to watch.

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Picture of the Moment—What fascinates Zoey the Cool Cat each day

Picture of the Moment

This is just some of the early morning wildlife action that Zoey the Cool Cat is fascinated with each day at our new home. Occurs from sunup to about 9:00 a.m., after which Zoey the Cool Cat sleeps for the rest of the day.

Rabbit and squirrels

This is day 35 in our new home and I’m close to getting everything unpacked, cleaned, and into its new space. I’m aiming for September 1 to be complete so I can start exploring Southern California again and blogging about what’s out there.

Meanwhile, if you’re coming to San Diego for any reason, remember that my annual pass to the San Diego Zoo provides me with four free passes. Give me a call when you get here and if I haven’t already given them away, they can be yours. They will get you into either the San Diego Zoo or the Safari Park. I can highly recommend going to the Zoo one day and Safari Park another day.

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Easter rabbit

Happy Easter! Bye bye bye….

Picture of the moment


Since today is Easter Sunday, I thought I’d share some of my rabbit pictures.

 Easter rabbit


Easter rabbit


Easter rabbit


Easter rabbit


On major holidays like today, I always go to either the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, or SeaWorld. I leave in just a few minutes for a day out at Safari Park, mainly because I want to see Butterfly Jungle, but also to see how our lowland gorilla born late last year is doing, and to see the baby California condor that hatched last week. With that, and with apologies to N’Sync, Bye bye bye:

Easter rabbit


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Blurred rabbit

How did I do this?

Russell Lewis, real estate agent with Realty Austin in Austin, TexasThis post is dedicated to Russell Lewis, a real estate agent with Realty Austin in Austin, Texas. I have known Russell for about three years through a real estate professional networking site, and when he came to San Diego to visit, I met him and his wife, give them free tickets to the San Diego Zoo, and played Zoo docent for a few hours. I highly recommend him for anyone buying or selling a home in the Austin, Texas, area.

Dedications are my way of trying to provide a little extra Google juice for people I have come to know and respect over the years.

Picture of the moment

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I remember in the olden days I’d have a roll of film developed (usually 36 exposures) and, when I got home to look at them, sometimes found something like this:

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I have no clue how I did that because it came straight out of my Canon 550D camera. The only post-production was adding the old-time frame, which I did in Corel PaintShop Pro X4; it’s a preset frame, so it takes about two seconds to do.

I wish I knew what I did because then I might do it more often. I kind of like it.

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