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Each Saturday, all month long, I’m going to feature holiday images from around Albuquerque and New Mexico. We’ve got our own style here – it’s quirky, but charming. I’d like to show that off to you.

Holiday-themed Saturdays!

Recently, some friends and I were taking a walk through a neighborhood out by the volcanoes. People had begun putting out their Christmas decorations. The key word is begun.

First we noticed the yet-to-be-inflated snowglobe. Then a Santa, a snowman, and more Santas. Each time we came across yet another deflated decoration, we couldn’t help giggling. Was there an air pump shortage on the west side? Was it a lack of time? Motivation? I’m not sure why it amused us so, but we were giggling like schoolkids.

After the walk, I decided to drive around the neighborhood with my Sony point and shoot camera. For such a small neighborhood, they sure had a lot of examples:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, holiday-themed Saturdays

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, holiday-themed Saturdays

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, holiday-themed Saturdays

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, holiday-themed Saturdays

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, holiday-themed Saturdays

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, holiday-themed Saturdays

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, holiday-themed Saturdays

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, holiday-themed Saturdays

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, holiday-themed Saturdays

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, holiday-themed Saturdays

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, holiday-themed Saturdays

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, holiday-themed Saturdays

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, holiday-themed Saturdays

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, holiday-themed Saturdays

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, holiday-themed Saturdays

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, holiday-themed Saturdays

See what I mean? Deflated decorations galore!

Anyway, it cracked me up the other day, and still does now.

Something else that cracked me up were these decorations:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, holiday-themed Saturdays

I think they’re supposed to be race cars, but why do they look more like race shoes?

That does it for my first December Burque-style Saturday. I’ll be back on Monday, hope to see you back here.

Awwwww! They’re so cute!

I hardly ever get to see prairie dogs (because I live downtown), so they’re not a nuisance to me – they’re adorable! The other day I was driving over by Tramway and saw a bunch of them playing next to the freeway.

How many can you spot? I counted four, but there could be more – there were a couple of dozen in the area.

I’ll be back on Monday, hope to see you here.

Silly balloonists – they’re not supposed to be downtown (it’s dangerous).

But I love it when they’re blown down here, because it’s fun to see them above the house.

The neighborhood dogs have other feelings the balloons. When you hear them barking up a storm, chances are good there’s a balloon nearby.

I may be willing to take a ride in one of those things if they figure out a way to steer them. Until then, I’m happy to watch from below.

On a side note, even though I’ve lived in Albuquerque for years now, I’m still amazed by how blue our sky is. Every day I’m like wow, that’s pretty.

It’s flip book time again. I want you to scroll really, really fast through these photos of spider monkeys at the Rio Grande Zoo in Albuquerque. Ready? Go!

Hello to you, too!

Hey, who’s your friend?

I’m not positive that they’re spider monkeys, but I know they were highly entertaining. And happy to see us (as evidenced by them coming right over to greet us).

I’ll be back on Monday, hope to see you here. Have a spooky Halloween weekend, ya’ll!

Hey, what’s going on with that cute little Dyckia in my Desert Fairy Cactus Garden?

There seems to be a little baby popping out!

That is a little baby popping out!

Yay for babies! Up with new growth! Woot, woot!

A few weeks ago, I was driving over to the east side of the city, and I had my camera with me. As I exited the highway, I saw a cute little prairie dog by the side of the road. One of my first thoughts was to photograph it so I could share it with you. I haven’t seen that many prairie dogs in my life, and figured many of you hadn’t either.

Problem was, I was still driving while I took the photo, so I missed his head completely:

Oopsies, haha! Well, if you’ve ever wondered what the back half of a prairie dog looks like, now you know. Like a squirrel without the tail.

Here’s the other photo that proves shooting and driving do not mix:

So why share these crappy photos with you at all? Because they crack me up. And I wanted you to know I was thinking of you.

To make up for the bad photos, here’s a nice one I took of downtown Albuquerque recently:

I’ll be back Monday, hope to see you here.

Silly bird hopped up in the tree outside my office window the other day. Even though it’s a bird, I’ve never seen a Roadrunner in a tree before, so of course I followed him with my camera.

He hopped from limb to limb. Here’s an action shot:

Finally, he flew down to the street:

And got himself a little drinky drink:

Then a big truck rumbled through and scared him away. And that concludes our Saturday storytime.

VoilĂ , new and improved:

When I first planted my little salad garden, I bought two umbrellas from the thrift store to use as shade. This is the second one as the first was stolen. I knew the chances of theft were sky high (the bed is right by the road, plus I live downtown where there’s a ton of foot traffic) which is why I bought two originally.

I thought it might be fun to bet on how long this umbrella will last before it, too, is stolen. (It sucks that I’ve resigned myself to believing in theft’s inevitability, but at least I’m only out $1.99 each time it happens. I like to claim little victories where I can get them.)

It’s supposed to rain this weekend. Will that increase the probability of theft or will the umbrella remain untouched? Leave your best guess in the comments section and I’ll dole out imaginary prizes (and a real link to your site) to the winner.

I’ll go first. I bet that it lasts a little longer because it’s more camouflaged than the last one…I give it until September 15th. What do you think?

I’ll be back on Monday, hope to see you here.

 

Step One: Wait until mid-summer.

Step Two: Do nothing as seeds collect on your sidewalk.

Step Three: Sweep the seeds into the yard.

You’re welcome!

Um, I can see how this plant grew. I have photographic evidence to show how it grew. I’ve heard stories about how energetic (i.e., invasive) these vines are. But I still don’t quite believe it. I mean, really? Really?

Talk about enthusiasm for life! This Trumpet Vine wasn’t about to let some silly sign post stop its progress! It grew on the inside:

That is totally awesomely impressive. From his perspective, he’s winning! Kudos to you, silly vine, kudos to you.

I’ll be back Monday, hope to see you here!

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Hi! My name is Liza. Welcome to my blog and thanks for visiting! I'm a Midwestern gal now living in Arizona, after many years of living in and owning a plant care business in New Mexico.

Plants are living, breathing creatures, and if they're indoor plants, they are 100% dependent on human care. They cannot water themselves.

I can beautify your home, office, or patio with plants and flowers. I have 13 years of experience growing plants, and friendships.

Please let me know if you have questions or if you would like help with your plants or garden. You can reach me at lizatheplantlady (at) gmail (dot) com or follow me on Twitter, Lizawheeler7.

All photos are mine unless otherwise noted. All content is also entirely my hard work. If you'd like to use any content or photos, all you have to do is ask. If you take without asking, you are a thief. And thieves suck. So don't suck. We have a deal? Good.

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