One room cabin life

By: calpoppy , 7:43 PM GMT on January 03, 2011

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Thought I would start the New Year off with a blog of my own. I will be posting some snow photos soon. It has been snowing since yesterday mid-morning, and now it looks to have let up some. I love to see the snow go all the way to the desert floor, which when the clouds rise up a bit I will be able to see it. Here is a pic of Shorts an Antelope Valley ground squirrel who has allowed us to be her friend. Accepting various nuts and sunflower seeds from our hand and actually allowing us to pet her she has been so much fun this last year. We call her Shorts because she only has half a tail. She was injured when we first saw her and has since healed, but her tail is still 'short'. Shorts started to come around on the patio and would lay down next to Mr. Poppy as he did his woodworking on the patio. He started to put sunflower seeds next to him and then gradually worked up to giving her almonds. Now she even comes to you when you call her.

As in my blog title I live in a one room cabin. Hard to believe they still exist in So. Cal. but here we are. I will be talking in later blogs about the history of this area and why these cabins exist and also why development hasn't taken over this pristine area like the rest of So. Cal.. In the mean time, it's my day off and I am going to play with the dogs in the snow! Enjoy your day!!!

'shorts' (calpoppy)
Shorts is an Antelope Valley ground squirrel. She eats out of our hand and lately has let us pet her. Living on almonds and sunflower seeds has made her coat shine! Plus she is getting a little chunky. LOL
'shorts'

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19. calpoppy
11:10 PM GMT on January 24, 2011
Hi Jannica, I remember your blog! Feel free to comment on the weather of the high desert or anything else you can think of. I like the quail, but they must have moved over to you since we aren't getting near what we have had in the past. I think somebody else is feeding them!

I need to clarify exactly the kind of squirrel Shorts is ( not that she cares) but I do, she is a white tailed antelope squirrel. The locals call them chipmunks and the other locals (me) called them Antelope Valley ground squirrels. So we are both wrong! Weather today a high of 61.8. I love my weather station.:)))
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18. Jannica
2:11 PM GMT on January 24, 2011
Nice to see your Blogging for the High Desert! I used to do a blog on WU but for various reasons couldn't anymore. Quail are VERY abundant over in the Hesperia area this year for some reason. They are the most fun to watch for me!
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17. calpoppy
3:52 AM GMT on January 23, 2011
Blondie!!! Nice to hear from you. I will take a few cedar seeds, the mice ate the ones I started last year. Your geeky bird avatar still makes me laugh!

PSP, thanks for stopping by. I will definitely keep in touch.

WTS, I know the ravens eat the hatching tortoises but I still love their intelligence. Weather station has been up and running but won't ever show up on WU. We use our smart phones to get on the internet (tethering) so putting the station on Wu will be out of the question. I have been enjoying the days but I would like more weather!!!! More snow would be nice.
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16. WatchinTheSky
1:37 AM GMT on January 23, 2011
Hey!! A blog! Nice - look forward to hearing from you on your blog and learning some of the character of the area. Didn't realize how Shorts got his name - cute. Several of the lizards hanging out in the backyard are temporarily 'short'! I had to drop SoCal ravens and crows from my list of cool birds when I found out they like hatchling tortoises. Weather station up yet? Not that there has been much weather lately :)
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15. PugetSoundPost
4:55 AM GMT on January 22, 2011
It is nice to find you here with your own blog! Have fun with it and keep in touch!
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14. blondy
4:10 AM GMT on January 22, 2011
Hi calpoppy!!! You have a blog now that is great. Shorts is adorable how awesome is that she let you pet her. I will be looking forward to your next blog i will keep my eye out for it. Would you like a bag of those cedar tree seeds? They are so ready to plant and i don't have the room for all of them. Let me know. Have a great weekend.
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13. calpoppy
3:29 AM GMT on January 22, 2011
DesertDara, I believe there a few reasons that Llano is not known. One is that lack of people in such a large area, another reason is there is no town! A post office and thats it. Even though we have a well known glider airport and Brian's Ranch hosts the 'Worlds Smallest Airshow' plus we even have a golf course There are even a couple of nature reserves that I just recently found out about. It still remains unknown which I for one hope it remains so. It is so nice not to have to fence our property and when we go hiking, well we just go out the door and keep on going!

Hi Karen! So glad you stopped by!! Just look over to your east on your way to Tahoe on the 14 and well you won't see Llano but it will be in the right direction. LOL
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12. SBKaren
3:01 AM GMT on January 22, 2011
You have a blog! I have to admit to not knowing where Llano is either, although I did look it up on Google maps. So, when I drive up the 14 your off to the right before we get to Palmdale. I trust it's the foothill area as I see your just outside of the Angeles National Forest. I bet it's beautiful up there and hot in the summer!

Next time we drive up to Tahoe - as we're on the 14 I'll wave as we go by!

P.S. I'm loving this weather too...it's just wonderful after all the days of cold and rain.
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11. calpoppy
6:31 PM GMT on January 21, 2011
SP I saw the launch from work. We see a bright spot with a contrail. It is far away but definitely visible. But so much more dramatic at dusk!! Sorry I didn't say anything about my blog. :( I am so glad you found it!
GG
Your out of the bat cave. I bet your tired after working so many shifts in a row. I'm glad you like Shadow! She is 12 now and starting to slow up.
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10. GardenGrrl
7:52 AM GMT on January 21, 2011
Hi, hooray, you have a blog up! Cute squirrel buddy. Want to give Shadow a big though.
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9. DesertDara
6:41 AM GMT on January 21, 2011
Hello again, Calpoppy, I've found that a lot of people that live in Palmdale or Lancaster have never heard of Llano, which surprises me because I like to explore my surroundings and get to know the area. I enjoy taking drives to discover new places and can't imagine not knowing what cities and towns surround me. As to the critters, I'm having more fun just sitting on the porch and watching them. My indoor cat, however, is quite jealous! But he's indoor so he'll see another sunrise, since there are so many predatory animals around here and he's clueless about the dangers.
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8. sp34n119w
6:12 AM GMT on January 21, 2011
Ok you might have told people that you put up a blog of your own - it's been weeks!!! LOL
Shorts is adorable and I like that I'll see your weather and animal and plant stories without having to chase you around wu ;)

And, I can ask you here - where did you see the launch from? Not all the way from Llano, surely. Though it was a BIG rocket!
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7. calpoppy
11:37 PM GMT on January 20, 2011
Hi DesertDara! Glad to have a fellow Llano resident on my blog. Llano is such a unique place in Socal. When people ask me where I live I always tell them that big empty spot between towns. Even the people that live in the towns next to Llano don't know where it is.:) glad you like the critters too. I can't imagine living somewhere without animals.
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6. DesertDara
4:59 AM GMT on January 20, 2011
Calpoppy, it was such a nice surprise to find your blog. I live in Llano and love it here! I do love the cold and snow but I too am enjoying the brief springlike weather. Shorts is too cute! We have a lot of critters around here too. I get a kick out of watching a blue jay pair who are very territorial and chase all the other smaller birds away. I love watching the rabbits, quail, chipmunks, etc. Look forward to your writings...
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5. calpoppy
12:53 AM GMT on January 19, 2011
Ravens are my favorite bird. Up in Alaska they are quite a bit bigger than they are here in the west. Two great books on ravens are 'Ravens in Winter' and 'Mind of the Raven' both written by Bernd Heinrich. The resident pair here have no fear of us, we walk right by them and they don't even flinch. They have facial recognition like chickens and some other birds do. Nice new avatar JF!
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3. calpoppy
9:07 PM GMT on January 18, 2011
Right now our weather couldn't be nicer. As much as I like cold and snow, this has been a really nice break! I started some more California Poppies ( of course) I can't have enough. And more lettuce, kale and turnip greens. My blueberries in the greenhouse are in full bloom and the bees love it. Each year we get this warm up in January which really causes problems with low chill fruit trees. They think its spring and start to bud way to early. Our resident pair of ravens have some competition now. Over thirty juvenile ravens are coming in for food now. I doubt they will stay long since they need to find mates and establish their own territories. We also had a rare bird sighting, a Northern Harrier was flying over the greenhouse last week. They are a beautiful bird with a white band around the base of the tail.

Tomorrow is supposed to be cooler which is fine I'll be back at work.
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2. calpoppy
10:22 PM GMT on January 16, 2011
She has been a lot of fun. We built a shelf off of our kitchen window, put a branch up to it and now Shorts is coming up for her almonds. It took her awhile but when you call her up she goes. The prairie dog must have been very entertaining!
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1. shoreacres
4:52 AM GMT on January 16, 2011
Shorts is wonderful. I had a prairie dog named Scooter, and a fox squirrel. Love those little citters.

I didn't realize you have a blog up now. I'll be back to comment on the cabin, but I MUST make myself go to work now ;-)
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