Thursday, May 26, 2016

Random thoughts, Random Pics

my place of refuge, the Pacific Ocean @ La Jolla
Peregrine Falcon- the fastest living animal on Earth ( La Jolla)
this amazing bird, and the other wildlife around La Jolla makes the time go by so quickly.


Dog Days Of Luxury Boarding

Whether you're going out of town or you work during the day and can't be at home with your dog, a boarding facility is an option where your pet can play and mingle with other dogs. Your pet will be fed while at the facility, and there are often activities that are done with all of the animals in larger locations. Some facilities offer high-end amenities, such as plush beds, the best food and televisions in each kennel area.

When you get luxury dog boarding for your pet, it often includes play time outside, snacks during the day and a time for taking a nap. There is usually a video system so that you can check in on your dog during the day to see how he is being treated. The staff members know how to handle dogs of all sizes and most breeds. They will take the time to spend with your dog to ensure that he is cared for, teaching a few tricks in the process if time allows.

During play time, dogs can run around and socialize with others of their own size, or they can spend time with one of the people who work at the facility. This would involve being pampered, such as receiving a massage. The staff would also play fetch and offer splash time in a small pool if the weather is warm.

If there are dogs who require extra time outside for the bathroom, there are staff who can take them on an extra walk so that they feel like they are at home. Before bed in the evening, someone might read a story to the dogs. They would also tuck the dogs into bed, making sure they are as comfortable as possible. At some locations, the treats are homemade with delicious additions that could include bananas and peanut butter. Snacks are given in the middle of the day. Some of the larger dogs might get a small snack in the evening. Bathing and grooming services are usually offered at a luxury facility, but you can decide as to whether you want your dog to be washed or have the hair trimmed.

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Sea Otters

Watching sea otters is always one of our highlights whenever we take vacation in the Monterey area. I would always make it a point to spend some time at Moss Landing State Beach where you can watch them up close in their natural habitat. They are fun to watch for sure. Like the three above seem to have a play fight, while the one below seem to be cheering for them, or saying, "go ahead, play, I'll just be here sunbathing and that makes my day!" :)

Creating a Disaster Preparedness Plan for Your Home and Family

Millions of people around the world watched in horror as Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans and left residents homeless. Similar disasters struck in other areas, including the East and West Coast of the United States, Japan and Thailand. Even if you live in a relatively safe area of the country, you need to think about what you would do and how you would react if a natural disaster struck. Creating a preparedness plan helps you keep your family safe during a flood, hurricane, fire or another emergency situation.

Develop an Evacuation Plan

More fires breakout in the middle of the night than in the middle of the day. When you wake up to your home filling with smoke and flames licking your doorway, you may panic less when you know what to do next. An evacuation plan should cover each room in the house and tell everyone living there where to go and what to do. Consider placing emergency ladders in a convenient place in all rooms on the second floor. You should also identify a safe place for your whole family to meet such as in the driveway or in a neighbor's yard.

Have Survival Kits

Depending on the type of natural disaster, you may find yourself living in your home for several days or longer with no running water or electricity. Having one large survival kit or several smaller kits for each person in your family is a must. These kits should include bottled water, nonperishable food, medications, a first aid kit and clean clothing. You'll even find survival kits for pets that you can keep in your home. These kits often include food, water, dishes, first aid supplies, toys and even a new collar and leash.

Practice Your Plans

No matter how effective you think your disaster preparedness plan is, that plan means nothing unless your family remembers that information. Try practicing the plan at least once a month. Spring those tests on your spouse and kids at unexpected times of the day to keep them on their toes. The more times you rehearse and go over those steps, the more they'll retain that information. Keeping your family safe during a flood, fire or another disaster situation is much easier when you create an evacuation plan, go over that plan regularly and keep survival kits on hand.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Colors of Spring

California hills, valleys and mountains are ablaze in colors right now. It seems I just can't have enough of the colors of spring. Here are some pictures of spring colors from recently.

 Whenever I see trail lined with flowers, my heart is filled with glee.
If only I can bring these wildflowers home. :)
Colors near and far.
Multi colored hills from a mix of wildflowers: California poppies, lupines, and purple phacelias.
A carpet of purple phacelia.

Moro Rock, Sequoia National Park, CA

Sierra Nevada Mountains on Top of Moro Rock
If you are visiting Sequoia National Park, home of the largest trees on Earth, one of the interesting places to experience is Moro Rock. 
The Great Western Divide From The Top of Moro Rock