Archive for July, 2014

Thank you for joining Montrose and me for our continuing exploration of the San Diego Zoo.


We went to see the koalas next. We were happy that they had photos and names for several of the koalas.


They were mostly sleeping and were very difficult to see, let alone get a good photo of them.


The giraffes were easy to see. They are so majestic.


Isn’t the baby adorable?


This antelope lives with the giraffes.


This little donkey doesn’t look happy to see us, but he sure was cute.


Montrose loved the flamingos! I had to explain to him that they really do not make good pets.


Montrose enjoyed reading the information about the different animals.


He thought the bears were very interesting. They had lovely enclosures with plants and caves. He was glad that they were far away. He is a bit afraid of bears.

We hope you enjoyed part two of our zoo adventure. We are looking forward to sharing part three with you.



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Last summer was my first trip to the San Diego Zoo. I went with two of my children, two grandsons, my daughter in law, my wonderful husband, and Montrose Mushroom. We were in for a long and wonderful day.


Here is everyone before we went inside.


It is very important to have a map so you know where you are going. My grandson (3 at the time) was in charge of the map. He and Montrose studied it to see where we should go first.


The Terrace Lagoon is a beautiful and peaceful area. Montrose loved seeing the fish and the plants.


Montrose is sure that this fish was about to become a mother.


It is difficult to pose with fish!


There are wonderful statues throughout the zoo.


Checking out the plants


Many of the plants are labeled. It was fun being able to see what the names were and where they are from.


The Tasmanian Devil Exhibit was closed when we were visiting, but the information sign and this awesome statue were available for us to look at.

There are so many incredible things to see at the zoo. I hope you will join Montrose and me as we continue to share photos of our trip.

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Happy Friday everyone! I hope you are looking forward to a fun weekend. I know I am. There will be a lot of hard work, but I will be spending time with some of my favorite people.


This photo was taken on a sandy river shore near Priest Lake, Idaho. These little mushrooms have so much personality. I wish I had been crafting with driftwood then, the piece in the photo is lovely.

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Ricky has always been a bit of a problem goblin.


Ricky was often in time out

He gets into things and stays out later than he should.


Ricky and Robyn built this snowman together

He is also a helpful and loving goblin. He found the perfect forever home near Lake Tahoe last month.

The pirate home

The pirate home

Spice Traders Teas is the home of many pirates! They also make really fabulous tea.


Ricky in time out

Ricky gets his time outs lashed to the mast now. He is so happy in his new home. Pirates are often into mischief, so he has no lack of  fellow conspirators in his new home(and many fewer time outs).


Robyn misses him. He has a nice cup of Russian Caravan Tea and thinks about how happy his friend is in his new home.


If you are a tea drinker, I can really recommend the teas from Spice Traders Teas. They have a wide selection of both herbal and regular tea blends. I mostly make my own teas, but couldn’t resist buying some from them as well.


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Happy Friday everyone! Do you have something wonderful planned for the weekend? I am planning on driving over the mountain to visit with my mom.


I so rarely get to post photos of mushrooms that I have taken at my house. Living in the desert does not happy mushrooms make. These cute little guys were growing in one of my container gardens. I mixed compost with the potting soil this year, so I am looking forward to having bunches of mushrooms in my pots.

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Once upon a time there was a gronk named Gabby. She was happy living at Woodland Whimsy with all the fantastic creatures, but what she really wanted was a home and a special friend all her own.

Gabby Gronk

Gabby Gronk

All of the creatures from Woodland Whimsy go to fairs in hopes of getting adopted. Gabby always made sure that her pig tails were perfect, and that she was happy as she could be when she went. One day, at a wonderful fair near Lake Tahoe, Gabby met a beautiful little girl who was looking for a forever friend. Gabby and the lovely girl felt an instant friendship. Both were very happy to go home together. Gabby and the girl are happy together still and will be so forever after.

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