A blog about High Desert places, events, and people in So Cal

Nature’s Way

I’m back from my blogging break! Oh. I went to my daughter’s Texas wedding in July. While I was there it rained every day in my hometown, a couple of hours from the wedding in Kemah. It only rained in Kemah about one time the week of the wedding. I know the Kemah residents were wanting rain, but for my daughter’s sake, I was happy that it did not rain on the day of her wedding because it was held outside by the by in the back yard of her and her groom’s friends house. My daughter had wanted to use sparklers as she and her new groom left after the wedding. It was not to be, however, because of the drought. She was pleasantly surprised, though, when it was announced that the last summer Friday night fireworks would take place at 9:00 pm the Friday night after her rehearsal. The fireworks were fabulous right there on the Kemah bay where the wedding rehearsal was. My daughter got her fireworks after all!

Nature’s way is fascinating. Before I left for the Texas wedding, my cat lost her fat – kittens. She hid them well because I couldn’t find them. When I returned, I opened the door one day to feed her, and she hissed at me. That never happens unless she has kittens nearby. So I went on a search and found them in a cool (if that’s possible in the desert on a summer day) spot underneath our RV. Cute little furries. I haven’t figured out yet if there are two big kittens or three huddled together. I can’t get to them unless I crawled under the trailer with creepy crawlies like black widows that I can’t stand. Okay, I do love nature but not the black widows. They terrify me. I know they must be good for something, just not for me.

Another amazing nature change in my yard since I returned from Texas is the leaning cactus with the bird’s nest. It looks a little like the leaning tower of Piza. I haven’t seen any birdie babies, though. Funny thing is if it leans any more, my cat just might figure out a way to land in all that prickly cactus. You think? Hopefully not.

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Summer life in the desert is fascinating.


What did you do on July 4th?

I taught a blog session to an awesome talented artist. In the afternoon my husband and I took off for Apple Valley Lenny Brewster Sports Center to the Freedom Festival. We met vendors (saw some really neat handmade windchimes!), took photos of activities and vendors like Debbie from Lucy’s Frappe House, Santa Rocks (yes, he looks like Santa!), veterans at the VFW table, talked to people having fun, and enjoyed a wonderful evening – in spite of the downpour. That was the funny event of the day! While the Southbound group was entertaining, the MC announced, “Aren’t you glad you came to Apple Valley? It’s pouring in Victorville!” Five minutes later people were running for cover when rain burst from the clouds. We ran for the tent where tables were set up for people to eat. While there we enjoyed about an hour of talking and laughing with Edward and Liz whom we would have never met without the rain. Enjoy the photos!

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Interested in becoming a writer or improving your writing? If you haven’t visited the busy High Desert Branch of the California Writers Club yet, make plans to visit. It’s held on the second Saturday every month at the Apple Valley Library. It’s a great group to get to know. President President Bob Isbill invites successful authors to speak to the group. One of my favorite scheduled speakers this year is a highly successful blogger who pays his mortgage by blogging. Recent speakers listed below have shared their interesting writing experiences. Q&A sessions included always provide helpful information to the writers attending the meetings.

  • Gerald Schiller, an author of nine books and over 100 articles and magician, spoke to the writer’s group in February.
  • HD CWC member Holly La Pat spoke at the Hesperia Library
  • HD CWC member Mary Langer Thompson held a poetry workshop at the Hesperia Library in June on “Poetry from the Head and the Heart and a Few Other Places”.
  • HD CWC members Ann Heimback, Thomas Kier, Suzanne Holbrook-Brumbaugh and Dianne Neil presented writing excerpts in an “open mic” forum at the June meeting.

This week’s focus at High Desert Blogging is on one of these authors, Holly La Pat. First impressions last a long time. My first impression of Holly is her ability to smile a lot. I like that about a person. My mother always smiled a lot. She was a pastor’s wife, and one never saw her at church without a smile. When I met Holly La Pat, I knew I would like this lady because every time you see her, she smiles. That says a lot about an individual. It doesn’t matter that a tire went flat or that the temperature is in the three digits to such a person. That doesn’t stop the smile. If it does, you and I probably won’t notice. I observed these things from Mother who smiled in spite of difficulties.

Holly wrote the book, Meg’s Confession, under her pen name, Sierra Donovan. I heard her read excerpts from the book and knew then I wanted to read it. Once I began reading it, I couldn’t put it down. Meg’s Confession is about a “pregnant widow who ducks into a confessional to spill her deepest, darkest secrets” to the priest. There was a problem, however. The man she confessed to was not a priest.

Holly has also written freelance articles for the Victorville Daily Press. Order Sierra Donovan’s books throughavalonbooks.com, Amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.

Thank you for visiting High Desert Blogging. I hope that you will visit again soon.


About Blogging

What is a blog? That is the question I often hear when I tell people I’m a blogger. Simply put, a blog is the combination of two words: web and log. Put those two together, and you get blog. A blog is like a journal or diary. There are different types of blogs. There are casual blogs as a hobby, business blogs for money, and in-between blogs that may be for business purposes but written in a casual manner. Pick any subject, and there is probably a blog about it.

Everyone has a strength, a hobby, or just in plain simple terms, something he or she likes to do. I like to blog because I like to meet people, and I like to read about their fascinating stories. Every person has a story. I enjoy interviewing people because I learn. There are no two stories alike. In fact,  I wrote the soon-to-be-released book, Phantom Seven which is a personal history book, a collection of WWII memoirs about seven men. What’s funny is two of the men can tell about the same thing that happened yet tell two different stories. Why is that? I guess it’s because just like there are no two stories alike, no two people think exactly alike. Maybe that’s why I find it so fascinating to learn the history and experiences of people. 

I’ve met some wonderful entrepreneurs in the High Desert since I began High Desert Blogging. Click on the slide presentation below to meet entrepreneurs I’ve recently met and to view the treasures they offer for sale.

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Does your business have a blog? Learn how to set up your blog, or contact High Desert Blogging to blog for your business. Angi at High Desert Blogging offers a 30-minute FREE blog consultation and learn-how-to-blog classes. Contact High Desert Blogging for more information.

Put more cash in your pocket. Free Training Event on June 23rd shows how . Register here:

Blogging News

It’s feeling more like summer, a busy time for weddings. I’d like to invite you over to Southwest Cottage Designs where I blog about southwestern cottage living. This month I’m blogging about a wedding series that includes a wedding ring quilt giveaway. Go by and enter to win the quilt. There are three ways to enter:

  1. Enter your ideas on how to decorate a country outside wedding
  2. Follow Southwest Cottage Designs blog
  3. Make a donation that goes toward the wedding ring quilt expense and/or the bride’s and groom’s mission trip

This pretty vintage quilt was purchased at Carriage House Antiques. It is old but has been well taken care of.

Wedding Ring Giveaway Quilt

What have you planned for the fathers in your family for Father’s Day? Last weekend my husband and I went by Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures and Antique Station on Hwy. 18. Incidentally, these are not just antiques for ladies. We saw several gentlemen browsing, too. If you’re looking for a unique antique perfect for your man, visit these fun shops. Sunday we went by Carriage House (had to pay on the quilt layaway). My other half found an old brass toilet paper holder, perfect for our little high desert cottage cabin. Now if you’re wondering what kind of things the gentlemen might look at in antique shops, look at these photos:

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If you see any antique items in the slideshow you’d like to have for a Father’s Day gift, take some time to go antique shopping this week. Tell them Angi from High Desert Blogging sent you.

In regard to the latest High Desert Blogging news, I’ll be teaching a blogging workshop soon in the High Desert. The workshop will include information on setting up a blog, how to blog, how to connect with other bloggers and how to build traffic to your blog. If you are interested in attending, contact me for the details.

Come back soon for another visit to High Desert Blogging. Enjoy your summer, and plan some fun family time in your busy schedule.

High Desert Artists

Lately I’ve been focusing on antique shops in the High Desert. That’s because I love antiques. If you ever need to be inspired, visit a couple of antique shops. First, do some window shopping. Yes, you may see things you don’t want to leave without. Pick them up, and carry them on your first walk around if you may. But focus on observing. Maybe it’s your house you need inspiration for or your writing or blogging. When my mother passed away three years ago, I would go to Carriage House Antiques for comfort reasons. My mom was an amazing decorator in her home, an artist, a fabulous cook, excellent seamstress. She had the creative knack. I would walk around the antique shop and see things that reminded me of her, and it made me feel close to her. Occasionally in that first year, the reminders of those things would bring the tears on, and I would have to cut my inspiration visit short. Once, Bunny, the owner of Carriage House Antiques, was so sweet to give me a hug and comfort me with her caring spirit. So whatever your need for inspiration is, see what a walk through an antique shop will do for you.

While visiting antique shops and talking with owners and vendors, I meet the sweetest people who live in the High Desert. These are people like you and me, looking for inspiration, shopping for antiques, and who also have their own creative ideas. One such beautiful lady I met at Blue Goose Antiques, a fascinating blend of antiques. This little lady, Twania, and I found out that we are both from Texas. Not just from the big state of Texas but from two cities right next to each other. It’s an area on the Gulf Coast called the Golden Triangle, three cities together kind of like Hesperia, Victorville, and Apple Valley. What a coincidence. We enjoyed getting to know each other and met for tea and shopping later over at Carriage House Antiques. Since then I had the privilege of seeing Twania’s art. She is a fabulous abstract artist, and her art is beautiful. Let me introduce you to Twania and her art. Take a walk through the photo tour below.

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It’s a long holiday weekend again, time to be with family. Stop a few moments today and tomorrow in your busy time to do your gratefuls as my mother-in-law used to say. We have much to be grateful for. We have a free country to live in. Drive safely on this Memorial Day weekend.

Lately I’ve been visiting antique shops, one of my favorite hobbies. This weekend I went by Blue Goose Antiques on Juniper Street in Hesperia across from Kentucky Fried Chicken and Carriage House Antiques on Hesperia Road in Hesperia. Do you know what I love about these two places? Every time I go by, they’ve changed things up and added more beautiful and interesting vintage items. When you stop in at these two antique shops, be sure to tell them you heard about them over at Angi’s High Desert Blogging blog. I love vintage, and that’s one reason I was shopping at an antique store. There is a vendor at Carriage House Antiques who often carries pretty vintage quilts. I was looking for a wedding ring quilt for a contest giveaway prize on one of my blogs, Southwest Cottage Designs. Visit today, follow the blog, and enter to win the quilt.
Other shops to visit in and near the High Desert:

  • On Monday, May 30, there is a big sale at the Treasures & Junk antiques mall at 215 S. San Antonio Ave. in Ontario. Their regular hours are 10-5.
  • The Village Grind, 6020 Park Dr., Wrightwood
  • The Wine Cellar, 6020 Park Dr., Wrightwood
  • Beverly’s Books, 4369 Phelan Road, Phelan and 6063 Park Drive, Wrightwood
  • Something Old Something New, 6009 Park Dr., Wrightwood
  • Smoketree Junction Antiques, 815 Hwy. 138/Oasis Road, Pinon Hills
  • Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures, 19222 National Trails Hwy., Oro Grande
  • Trinket Trader, 23837 Lake Dr., Crestline
  • Antiques and Shabby Chic, 16207 Main St., Hesperia

Wrightwood is a fun place to visit for a day or weekend with beautiful sites to see, fun shops, and the best coffee shops.This weekend my husband and I stopped by The Village Grind in Wrightwood and enjoyed a fresh cinnamon roll. Owners Greg. and Linda are always very hospitable to their customers. This little shop is customer friendly with free Wi-Fi, reading and games available, the coolest art you can purchase at unbelievable prices, a separate little wine tasting area, and seating inside and out. Stop by the Village Grind when you go to Wrightwood (Hint…they have the best sandwiches!).

Like guitars, pies, and a cup of Joe? Nish and Kim just opened the fascinating Frets McGillicuddy and Joe Mudd’s. Nish also has the coolest eclectic antique shop, Pinker Place. I found a vintage typewriter pamphlet that I couldn’t resist. It showed some typing tests from the Great Depression era. Reason I couldn’t pass it up? I learned how to type on an old manual typewriter like this little vintage piece advertised. My dad also learned how to type on a manual  probably not long after the Depression. He was the fastest typist in his school. His typing is what ushered him into the OSS (forerunner to the CIA). Learn more in the book, Phantom Seven. Pre-order www.writeyourownhorn.org.

If you like to read, Beverly’s Books is the place to find books. For the family who likes old and new, check out the Something Old Something New shop. These are all friendly places. We took pictures of shops, shop owners, and interesting sites. (Kim and Allu, we included the only photos we had of you. They are a bit blurry, but you were just too nice to us to leave you out of the photo slideshow!) Click on the Wrightwood photo slideshow below:

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If you are out and about and learn about new antique places that you would like me to mention at High Desert Blogging, contact me with the information. Though this blog is not only about antiques, currently that is the theme. Occasionally, this blog will feature antique shop owners and their shops and vendors who have spaces within those antique shops.

Enjoy your holiday weekend!