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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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Memorial Day Weekend Places

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!