Devil’s Claw

Yesterday Margaret and I took a walk on the open space behind her house. She found this weird looking dried seed pod from a plant called a Devil’s Claw (also referred to as an Elephant Tusk or a Unicorn Plant) common in the deserts of the Southwest.

Margaret says she has found lots of these pods. She gave me this one to keep, and I love it.

Spotting Some Similarities

Driving west out of Lubbock, you start to notice that all the little towns have a very similar look as you make your approach…

Muleshoe, Texas

Farwell, Texas

And Clovis, New Mexico. (Hint – it’s the grain elevator!)

Greener Than Ever Before



Brilliant, this day – a young virtuoso of a day.
Morning shadow cut by sharpest scissors,
deft hands. And every prodigy of green –
whether it’s ferns or lichens or needles
or impatient points of buds on spindly bushes –
greener than ever before. And the way the conifers
hold new cones to the light for the blessing,
a festive right, and sing the oceanic chant the wind
transcribes for them!
A day that shines in the cold
like a first-prize brass band swinging along
the street
of a coal-dusty village, wholly at odds
with the claims of reasonable gloom.

~ Denise Levertov

Quarantine Hair


Before and after photos of Max. Three months without a haircut left Max looking a little scruffy. We finally got him groomed today. Looking like a new dog. Of course, we love him either way!


Not a Green Thumb


A few years ago some lovely person (maybe Lilla) gave me a potted Gerber Daisy. It was a delightful gift – but unfortunately I promptly killed it. I’m not good with plants.

I dumped the dead plant along with its potting soil in the side yard. Surprisingly, there it has thrived! I don’t water it or care for it in any way. Turns out that my neglect is better for plants than my TLC.

Lesson learned!