The Rock House

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Would you live here?

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This was desert artist Carl Faber’s home in Mojave. We checked it out last Saturday.

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I could easily see myself living in a similar house.

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The solitude, the views, the spirit of the desert, and the absence of noise.

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The simple sheer beauty of nature.

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All these photos are taken within minutes from the rock house. Could you live there? Would you enjoy the simplicity? Or would the harsh conditions feel uncomfortable? Either way, I hope you enjoyed the virtual tour to the rock house. Did you notice the extremes I experienced last weekend? LOL. This in the morning, and then Fremont Street in Las Vegas Saturday evening..

Love,

Ms Zen

Fremont Street, Las Vegas

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I sometimes like to be a tourist in my own city. I’ve only lived in Las Vegas since August last year. I like to know the place where I live. I definitely don’t know Las Vegas. After taking a fabulous road trip to California yesterday (more photos of amazing wild flowers, and hiking to come,) I went back to my own city. I got a room at one of the hotels on Fremont Street. Not very expensive at all, but definitely an experience. It’s not called the Fremont Street Experience for nothing. It’s probably one of the craziest streets in the world.

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You just never know what you’re going to see. This is the number one place tourists go to. There’s constantly concerts going on, in every imaginable genre. Available to everyone, for free, on big scenes along the street. The photos are taken early yesterday evening, around 7pm. No matter the time of the day you will see crazy things, (almost) nude people of both sexes, people in crazy costumes, dancers, and animals you didn’t know existed.

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Like this little rodent that a man was walking around with. There was still families out at this time, and I felt safe taking my camera with me. I went out later in the evening, but did not feel like flashing my camera around then, so I left it at the hotel room. The later the hour, the more I like to keep a low profile.

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I haven’t even mentioned the tempting aromas from the many restaurants along the street. I get hungry just thinking about it. I ended up eating at one of the Thai restaurants last night. I think I need to call room service for some breakfast! One of my favorite things to do when I stay at a hotel. I’ve tried four hotels in Vegas, being a tourist in my own city so far. I still have a few to go. I’ll write a review about them, and their breakfast menus at some point. So far I believe that MGM is at the top of my list, (with Palms  as a close second,) both when it comes to the hotel room, surroundings, and breakfast available at their room service. This hotel is less expensive than the two at the top of my list, but their menu is very promising!

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Ok, breakfast is on it’s way! It was only going to take 15 min, that’s pretty fast service on a Sunday morning. While I’m waiting on my breakfast I’ll tell you that people are very friendly in Vegas. Last night when I took my dog out for the last time yesterday, I had several conversations with complete strangers, that often happens when I walk my dog. She gets compliments, and people want to talk. Last night there was a lot of extra friendly people out, celebrating 4/20. Even though I did see some slightly drunk people, and some people using recreational drugs, I did not see any violence last night. If you’re planning a visit to Vegas don’t miss the craziest street, Fremont Street.

So, they just called from the restaurant I ordered breakfast from, (that is located in the hotel I’m staying at, that specifically asked if I wanted it delivered to the room,) saying that I had to pick it up. I sure hope the food is good, but this hotel definitely won’t make it to my top ten list.. LOL. Crazy as the rest of this city. It is an older hotel, with a lot of character, with employees that don’t speak very good English. I’m in an excellent mood today, and I’m just smiling at the irony of the situation. My hopes are still high for a delicious breakfast.

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So..the breakfast was delicious, except my side of  rye toast, that magically been exchanged for hash browns (I’m allergic to potatoes.) No big deal, there was still plenty of food, and I’m ready for a new beautiful day. LOL. Without naming this hotel, I’ll say that it has lots of character. Time to get going!

I hope you’re having a fabulous weekend! Happy Easter!

Love,

Ms Zen

Weekend Coffee Share; Gratitude – Gardening – Zen Strategies

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Can I tempt you with a strong cup of coffee this Friday morning? Or maybe some tea?

Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!
Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans?

Are you having a long weekend this weekend? Here in the US is common to have Thursday-Sunday off. I’m working as usual, so tomorrow will be my first day off. I haven’t been offered any holidays off, since I started this job, and I haven’t really had a need for it. It is nice to have most weekends off though. Are you blessed to be able to spend this Easter with your extended family?

There is going to be some Easter celebrations for the kids in our house on Sunday. Like most kids, my daughter loves the Egg Hunt.

Tomorrow Saturday we’re going to get out of the city for a little bit. Hopefully see some wild flowers.

Mules Ear Canvas Print featuring the photograph Mules Ear by Sagittarius Viking

This time last year, I spent a lot of time in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

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About now you’re starting to see the Mule Ear’s popping up everywhere there. I do miss that sight! And the crisp, cool mountain air! It’s always going to be one of my favorite places in the whole world.

Mules Ear Canvas Print featuring the photograph Mules Ear by Sagittarius VikingI’m looking forward to this weekend’s little adventure, and making some new memories. I definitely don’t live in the past, but I am extremely grateful for all the amazing places I’ve been blessed to experience in the past. It’s a zen strategy to remember, to let myself get immersed in the feeling of gratitude towards those places, if that makes sense.

Anyone’s life truly lived consists of work, sunshine, exercise, soap, plenty of fresh air, and a happy contented spirit.

– Lillie Langtry

We’re probably going to make it an early start tomorrow, since the temperatures are creeping up towards the 90’s. You’re asking where we are going? Honestly, I don’t really know. There’s a few places on our wish list. Some on the California side, and some here in Nevada. I’ll get back to you about that later this weekend. I do know that it is going to be fabulous, to breath some fresh air, and see something other than the city.

Would you like a refill on that coffee?

Speaking about high temperatures, I mulched my outdoor plants yesterday. It’s funny that it’s already hotter than the preferred temperature to grow tomatoes..I’ve decided that I’m not going to plant anything more in my garden, but rather see how the seedlings I already planted are doing. Knowing myself, I’ll probably add a fruit tree, (or two, or three) to my container garden as the season unfolds. I wrote a post about some of the challenges of gardening in the desert earlier this week. You can see it here, if you by chance missed it. I am sure, I know, I will return to this subject.

Have a fabulous weekend my friend! Happy Easter!

Love,

Ms Zen