Sunday, June 25, 2017

Detective Work

We had a good, early crop of zucchini this year.  However, we ended up sharing more than intended with some local critters.  This is one of the suspects, discovered in close proximity to the squash plants on the south side of our house.

Margaret consulted A Field Guide to the Plants and Animals of the Middle Rio Grande Bosque and found the identify of the suspect to be the Cottonwood Longhorn Beetle.  No mention was made of a preference for tender zucchini, but the proximity is cause for suspicion.  I'll have to make a night-time visit to the garden with my flashlight to see if I can detect any collaborators.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Albuquerque Skies

These clouds gave us a little rain later this evening as we were coming home on I-40 from a dinner with friends.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017


I came across these examples of street art during a recent walk along the Rio Grande.  They are located under Albuquerque's Central Avenue Bridge.

Some insight into street art culture and what motivates these artists can be found at FATCAP.COM.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Morning Routine

I get up about 5:00 or 6:00 and stagger out to the kitchen to make a pot of coffee.  The next hour or two is devoted to catching up on the events of the day.  The cats, and now the dog, accompany me on this part of the daily journey.  Sometimes, I snap a few pictures as the morning sun comes through the blinds.

I took my Everything Else blog off line for a while because I was feeling overloaded with the task of trying to sort out the country's political dilemma.  The problem with that is that I am left with no place to post my random thoughts about the world, and I don't want to just dump them into my other blog, Photography and Vintage Film Cameras.  So, I am reopening this blog -- no promises about frequency, content or quality.

Saturday, March 4, 2017


I've seen some flowers on fruit trees in the neighborhood.  The wolfberry I planted last year has leaves.  Lettuce is coming up in the garden. 

I made myself a Manhattan and sat out on the deck.

The neighbor's cat stopped by to visit.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


Well, I've heard enough -- more than enough -- from Trump. I don't know if it was just good luck or if there was some underlying agenda, but I found that at the same time Trump was addressing the joint session of Congress, FNX was broadcasting a replay of the 2006 documentary about Buffy Sainte-Marie.

So, I put on the earphones and turned up the volume. What an amazing life story! And, how nice it would be to have her in the country's top spot. Of course, she would never accept the job as it has been defined over the last couple centuries, but I would be perfectly happy to have her there just singing her fine songs.  Maybe Oprah will invite her to perform at the White House.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Just around the corner

Looks like Spring in Albuquerque.

I put some lettuce plants in a bed beside the south side of the house a few days ago.  They survived the last of the cool nights we'll have for a while, and they look healthy.  The pots on my desk are lettuce and zucchini.  The lettuce sprouted in a couple days.  Amazing.