Rainy Day

If we were having coffee, I would be having herbal or decaf tea. I have given up coffee for a while because it was one of the things that was causing stomach problems. If you had asked me a few months ago if I thought I could stop drinking coffee, I would have said it would be very hard. It surprises me that it has been pretty easy. I don’t think I have had caffeine withdrawal she says as she falls asleep at the computer.

I made a resolution to get outside and walk every day and I have been sticking to it almost 100%. It does feel pretty good to go out and look at the trees, various cacti, flowers, and the beautiful expanse of sky over the Coachella Valley. I even like the dark grey clouds like the ones we had about a week ago that brought some rain with them.

So far it hasn’t really stormed here but we did get enough to soak our patio and one of the roadrunners. I spotted it up on a fence puffing up its feathers, trying to dry off.

Hawk on a lamp post as rain clouds start to clear away
Roadrunner puffing feathers to dry off after rain
Heather fluffs feathers too

Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill.

Weekend Coffee Share hosted by Natalie at Natalie the Explorer

26 thoughts on “Rainy Day

  1. Susanne

    Hi Deborah, hope your stomach problems are better, I’ve had some too lately but normally don’t experience that coffee causes problems, only sometimes when I take a second cup in the afternoon. I can handle it sometimes and sometimes not. But I’d rather cut down on spices, fat and tomato sauce than coffee!
    You’ve captured some really dramatic colours there in some of your photos! I should also start going out for a walk every day… I’ve really been slacking with that.

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    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      Yes, I cut out all that you mentioned as well. There are some beautiful vistas in the desert. It does take some determination as first to get in the habit of exercise. Thank you, Susanne.

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  2. Dan Antion

    Life without coffee? Hmmm, I have to think about that. Great photos today. You captured stormy weather quite well. I love the roadrunner drying off. A “what was that?” moment for him, I suppose. Keep up with the walks.

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    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      The skies are pretty dramatic here. I was taken by the sight of the roadrunner too. I wondered how they sheltered when we have some stormy weather here. I guess he got caught out in the rain. I will keep walking. Thank you, Dan.

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  3. Cynthia Diament

    Hi Debbie,
    It was great talking to you yesterday. I was in the car at the time on my way to helen’s in Agoura Hills. You helped to make the quickly. I read your blog today which I always find interesting. Again, I loved all the photos and how are you describe your nature environment in the desert. I have never drunk coffee. Well, are you shouldn’t say never but I actually never liked it although I like the smell of coffee. I am a tea drinker and now I try to drink the herbal teas because I have an issue with caffeine that has to do with acid reflux. Enjoy your teas! Keep me posted about your road runner neighbors. Be well! The best of health to you and Mike. Love, Cynthia’s

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    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      I think caffeine must cause problems for a lot of us. I did not know you hadn’t ever drunk coffee. I am glad the photos were interesting. It is beautiful in the desert. Thank you, Cynthia.

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  4. JoAnna

    I gave up coffee many years ago because it caused bladder and other urinary problems. Now, I can feel the caffeine in decaf, 1/4 of a cup of regular coffee, and green tea. I still have to be careful, even with those small amounts. Congratulations on your walking and thanks for the interesting photos!

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  5. J-Dub

    Your pictures are beautiful. I had to give up coffee too even my one cup on the weekend became too much. There are so many varieties of herbal tea that I’m getting by but darn I still miss coffee.

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  6. Bette A. Stevens

    Lovely photos, Deborah! Hubby and I were in CA from 1994-2001. The Golden State is a heavenly place… We got to see most of it while we were there. Also, I spent early years (Age 1-11) in Northern CA. Catching and releasing butterflies (monarchs among them) was an interest even way back when. Have a great week, my friend!

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