One of These Things…

I know this situation isn’t an exact match but I now have that Sesame Street song “One of these things” in my head because of this photo from my front yard.

“One of these things is not like the others,
One of these things just doesn’t belong…”

Since I know the scale is difficult to discern, you should know that this bush is roughly 4 feet tall.

This creative feeding behavior will only be exacerbated since Southern Arizona is at least a month away from any rainfall. But I honestly don’t mind, I added many different plants to my yard in order to provide food and habitat. Besides, they are adorable!



Something’s Wrong Here

Alright, I can’t take it any more – this Ritz commercial has a glaring and blatantly obvious flaw. While I like the overall premise of the commercial (people who you spend time with matter) I can’t believe the producer/editor didn’t catch this error.

Can you spot it? Share your take in the comments…

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Emoji Film Synopsis

I know I have a slightly odd sense of humor but this totally cracked me up! On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (aired 04-25-2016) he used emjoi to summarize famous movies. (Yes, the singular and plural of the word are spelled the same – and yes, I am aware that I am a total geek for knowing that.)

Here’s my favorite – and even though I’ve never watched the movie I knew exactly which film he was referring to! Old man, horse head, bed…

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I Love My Job!

The programs of the Environmental Education division of Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation were the feature story of this week’s Caliente insert of the Arizona Daily Star. The reporter did a great job detailing some of our activities geared to youngsters and families (though we offer a wide variety of programs for all ages).

I’ve joined an exceptional team of talented folks. We get paid to share the wonders of our amazing Sonoran Desert with the public.  It’s what I’ve been doing for most of my life, as many of you who’ve hiked with me can attest.

My belief is that if people understand something they’ll care about it and if they care about it they’ll take steps to protect or preserve it. So I like to try to help people understand…

Images from the article.

My Bloomin’ Yard

A few splashes of color from my yard. Should have even more flowers to appreciate soon since it finally rained today (after a month-long dry spell).

Isn’t the Sonoran Desert beautiful?!

L to R: Pinkflower Hedgehog Cactus (Echinocereus fasciculatus), Buckhorn Cholla (Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa), Engelmann’s Prickly Pear (Opuntia engelmannii), Cleveland Sage (Salvia clevelandii).

I’m on Antiques Roadshow!

Last year on May 30th I volunteered to help the crew film Antiques Roadshow here in Tucson. The first of three episodes finally aired on 03-28-16, the second on 04-04-16, and the final one should air on 04-11-16.

It was a very looong day, exacerbated by a small electrical fire that morning. I was on my feet from 6:30am until 7:30 that night! It was well worth it to meet the appraisers, watch the process, and see all the treasures folks brought in.

Did you know the appraisers are also volunteering? They do it for free, reaping the benefit of their names and company information broadcast on PBS. It is one of the highest rated series on PBS. Only the film/production crew members are paid (it is public television after all and the budget is tight).

As a volunteer I was permitted to bring in two items to get appraised. I now know that there is no danger of anyone selling off our family heirlooms – they aren’t worth a darn thing!

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That’s me with the blonde pony tail, blue shirt, tan shorts – and yes, the camera does add ten pounds (at least). Watch me artfully guide an attendee in the Tucson Hour 1 episode from 28:55 to 28:59. Priceless, I know.