Noh, nooh, noooh…..Noso Time!

Good morning dear readers! Today is the letter N day, and to get us in the mood to be healthy, I decided to show you some lovely pictures of the Noso Trail at Usery Mountain Park in Phoenix, Arizona. Come along with me and let’s go on a virtual hike! :D






And if we look to the east, we’ll see…
The Superstition Mountains!

Well, dear reader, are you tired yet? LOL

It’s a M kinda day…


Ladies and Gentlemen….we have M!  :)

Today is a day full of allergies, disappointment, and much needed soul searching.  Ever have one of those kinda days?  It’s a maybe kinda day…maybe my allergies won’t go psycho again.  Maybe I can teach the math lesson better tomorrow so my ENTIRE class gets it.  Maybe it’s time to move on…  You know, just a maybe kinda day.

I always find hiking (or turtle jogging/walking) helps me to think clearer.  There’s just something about getting outside and moving around that fires off my little grey cells.  So I shall leave you with some lovely views taken from different trails I’ve hiked at Usery Mountain Park – trails that begin with the letter M!  :)


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J day is here, dear readers, and we’re going to talk about….Javelinas!


Javelinas can be found in the southwestern area of the United States, and throughout Central and South America.  They usually measure between 3- 4.3 ft. in length, and a full-grown adult will usually weighs between 44 to 88 lbs. They’re social animals, and usually travel in herds.  Javelinas also STINK, which is the reason they have the nickname of “skunk pig”.  The stench is due to scent glands they use to mark their territory, as well as other members of their herds.  Why do they mark other members of their herd?  Because javelinas have really bad eyesight!

Speaking of territory, these critters are very territorial, and aggressive.  They aren’t able to be domesticated, and will attack humans if you get too close to their herds (especially if they have babies with them).  I’ve never seen them in the wild, but some of my friends have and they’ve been chased into their homes by these little members of the peccary family



Javelinas are omnivores, and while their food of choice consists of roots, grass, seeds, and cacti—especially prickly pear cacti, they will eat small animals.  So if you go hiking with your pet in the areas where you know there are javelina herds, make sure you keep your pet on a leash and an eye out for javelinas!

Happy trails!  :)




I – is for Inca (Dove, that is!)


Today’s post is short and sweet – I haven’t found a trail close by that begins with the letter “I”, and there aren’t a lot of plants or animals whose name begins with the letter “I” either.  I was able to find one creature for us, so without further ado…

Ladies and Gentlemen, please meet the Inca Dove.250px-IncaDove


The Inca Dove lives in the southwestern United States, Mexico, Central America, and Costa Rica. I couldn’t find out why the dove was named after the Inca Empire since it doesn’t live in any of the lands that the Inca Empire covered.

Inca Doves range from 6.5–9.1 inches long, and weigh between 1.1–2.0 oz. They are a slender bird, with a body covered in gray-brown feathers.  I’ve seen a few of these doves around, but we seem to have more Mourning doves where I live than these little ones.  I always love to see the many different species of wildlife we have here in the northern Sonoran desert!

Happy trails dear reader!  :)


TODAY is letter H day!


H is for healthy, h is for hiking, and h is for Hayden Butte – which is where I hiked yesterday afternoon.  Hayden Butte (also known as “A” Mountain) is located in Tempe, Arizona.  It’s a nice hike when you’re looking for some outdoor exercise that won’t take too long.  What’s REALLY great are the views:  from Native American petroglyphs thousands of years old to being able to look out over the Valley of the Sun.  It’s not free, but at $2.00 for an hour, it’s not that bad either.

H is also for HELL – which is what wordpress has been giving me for the past TWO DAYS!!!!  I’ve got some cool pics to share with you, but wordpress is saying NO, NO, NO and my pics won’t post.  Unfortunately dear reader I am forced to simply publish this post and hope to get the pictures up tomorrow or Friday.

Please accept my apologies – apparently the internet is not my friend at the moment!  XP




It’s a G day, not a H day…

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So…I’m typing this post on my laptop at the library of Mesa Community College.  I was very proud of myself, because I had the post all planned out, even went and hiked the butte and took pictures to include in the post.  It wasn’t until I began to actually type the post when I realized…Tuesday is supposed to be a G day, not a H day!

Well, I am completely flummoxed right now, and my mind is struggling with trying to come up with anything that begins with the letter G.  It shouldn’t be this difficult – I’m a writer, and a teacher for pete’s sake!  I deal with words all day (and sometimes all night) long.  But the letter G escapes me.  The only things I can come up with are adjectives, and I haven’t done anything lately that I think would warrant the use of “grand”, “glorious”, or “gigantic”.

So, dear reader, what about you?  What comes to your mind for the letter G?  Done anything lately that was “grand”, “glorious”, or “gigantic”?  :)




The letter F is brought to you today by…


Today’s post is about the wise in my theme of “Healthy, Wealthy?, and Wise”, because the letter “F” is for friends, and how really good friends can increase our inner wisdom.  I spent the afternoon today helping a dear friend as he hosted a Democratic candidate meet and greet at his home.  Attending a political meet and greet is not my idea of a good time, but having wonderful friends and maintaining those relationships are very important to me – hence my volunteering.

There’s a saying that I’m sure you’ve heard a million times – “…no man is an island…” by the 17th century English author John Donne.  This is so very true.  Humans are social animals, pack animals, and we need to be around others of our kind – some of us more so than others.  The interaction of ideas, beliefs, and emotions shared with others fires my brain and  helps me to think deeper, be more creative, and love more freely.  I don’t need a lot of friends –  I’m definitely not a social butterfly – but having a few close friends are crucial to my development to become the best person I can be.  I’ve lost friends over the years; some relationships ended by them, and some I ended.  But I’ve found that true friends are those who will accept you for who you are, will love you for being you, and are willing to lend a hand whenever a hand is needed.


My friends from belly dance class


One of my oldest friends whom I love to pieces!

Without my friends, I would probably become like this guy…


I hope you have at least one true friend who either keeps you sane, or goes along with your madness!  :)

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