Friday, November 6, 2009


Pine Mountain News

Hello again from Pine Mountain. This week was spent making furniture in the wood shop and fixing fences with Pete the mule and his little cart.We harvested some late fall vegetables in the greenhouse. Fall is here and soon it will be winter. The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. Evenings are spent warm and cozy by a crackling fire in the fireplace.

Local News

If you are interested in wine tasting, a local place of interest is Madd Bailey's pub in Pine Mountain Village. They have wine tasting from noon to 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Poem of the Week

Nighttime in Newport

by emily d stine

touched down in newport beach where
the waves are right, the sand is smooth
and the blondes are surgically enhanced.

we criss-cross the beach as black spreads
out over dusk, music strums straight left,
the pacific chimes in ahead,and above us,
constellations trace their evening waltz.

morning brings irvine, a silicon city across the
highway, and conferences on communities
on computers. uc irvine--a college gray-built
and technologically inclined.

in the midst of conferences, powerpoints, and
uptight academics, i dream back to the juxtaposing
beauty of natural beaches and beautiful blondes.

Feature of the Week


Last time we explored New Mexico. This time we moved on to Arizona.Land of Cactus plants and natural wonders Arizona has desert and wilderness, canyons and lakes.

We left New Mexico behind and began our journey into Arizona on Interstate 40.We stayed the night at Wigwam village a unique motel of giant concrete wigwams designed to look like an old Indian village.These giant white structures with red trim were built in 1950 and the classic cars from the 50's add that blast from the past look.

Next we visited Meteor crater a giant 4000 diameter crater left from an impact with a meteorite some 50,000 years ago.

We visited Antelope Valley with it's fantastically shaped colored rocks that were carved by wind and water erosion.

We visited the Grand Canyon and a side canyon that had blue green waters called Havasupai.The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long and goes from Northeast to Southwest.

We checked out the cliff dwellers called Anasazi and the wilderness area called the White Mountains.

Pine Mountain Evening

It is another evening at Pine Mountain ranch. We have just finished dinner and are gathered by a warm fire in the family room. Laurel and Grace are playing Scrabble.I am relaxing in my easy chair reading a magazine and drinking my sample coffee of the day. Tonight my coffee is Irish Creme from this American roast coffee is just the ticket on a cold late fall night. It goes well with fresh sugar cookies.

Laurel won the scrabble game and now my cookies and coffee are finished too. It is time for sleep. Everyone have a great week and we will see you next week.