Into The New Year…

Dec. 26 – I’ve never had a jewelry box. I’ve always wanted one. For years. I’ve had my bracelets in one tiny box… my rings in another… my necklaces in a ziplock… etc.- so during this Christmasy season when I wasn’t looking for anything for me- I came across this- an antique italian piece and I was like- there it IS! My jewelry box. The one. Merry Christmas to me!


Dec. 27 – This year’s new ornament. Hand-painted Joshua Tree on a wooden heart. ❤️


Dec. 28 …so we chose the day exactly between Christmas and my dad’s birthday to celebrate both- and that day was today! So much fun. Love my fam so very much… ❤️😍💋


Dec. 29 – Jon hangin’ with John the most excellent handyman today as he makes us a temporary door for one side of our wood burner- we had a blow-out last night… the one glass door just suddenly shattered late night and freaked us the heck out- I guess the embers that had fallen against the door were too hot… now we know- don’t let the embers touch the glass!


Dec. 30 – Hello moon 🙂


Dec. 31 – Bbqin’ and happy hourin’… 😊 happy New Year’s Eve!!!


Dec. 31-Jan. 1 – New Year’s Eve. I’m so appreciating every single second with this guy… last year this was Jon’s second night in the hospital in Med-surg with pneumonia and the mystery abscess in his lung (this was his 2nd night of 11) and I stayed as late as I could with him at the hospital but there was threats of a snow storm… and I didn’t want to get stuck somewhere away from our cabin at Gamma Gulch with little Suki home all by herself. It was a sad night. Suki and I built a fire and hung out wishing our Jon was with us. Jon tried talking a nurse into a sip of champagne at midnight to no avail… it was the first New Year’s Eve we’d been apart in 30 years.

… so here we are now- I bought TWO bottles just to make sure we were covered! 😜🥂❤️


Jan. 1 – Peace and love from the Outpost on this New Year’s Day!!!


Jan. 1 – Today I took the longest walk ever yet with my desert pup. I listened to the wind and tried to understand what it was saying. I stacked wood. I appreciated the moody clouds and  light of new year’s day. I sipped on a beer and just dug the moment. Jon  read out loud to me for hours. We lit a fire and are hanging by it now. I am so proud of my love for designing and publishing five amazing books this last year- and we moved from the amazing Gamma Gulch to the even more amazing Outpost! I enjoyed hanging out with both my family and our friends this year… and I love where I work. Speaking of work- I guess I have to go to work tomorrow…  but I have to say I had the BEST Christmas vacation- and the best New Year’s Day- and I hope you did too ❤️!



Dec. 22 – The cowboy at the JT saloon is looking mighty festive tonight in his poinsettia lei!!!


Dec. 23 – My bundled-up babe outside in the cool crisp desert air taking in the last of the day’s light on Christmas Eve eve… ❤️


Dec. 24 – Hangin’ bulbs on the patio! Can’t wait ‘til it’s dark…


Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve sunset…


Dec. 24 –  Decorating the tree in 12 seconds 🙂


Dec. 24 …our new lights at night!!! 😊❤️💡


Dec. 25 ❤️ Merry Christmas from Suki!!! ❤️


Dec 25 – This year’s Christmas card.


Dec. 25 – Hope everyone’s evening is peaceful and full of contentment… love from the outpost!!!


Dec. 25 – Slow-cooker pot-roast cookin’… almost ready. Pup shagged out on the bed from much hiking around. My love playing around on his new tablet. Toasty fire burnin’… “Martinis & Mistletoes” playin’… ❤️



Photo Rewind – November 2017

Nov. 7th – W O W  what a sunset!


Nov. 11th – Yay Saturday! Happy hour with Jon.


Nov. 11th – Welcome to the Outpost Baby Head Chicken!!! Gifted to us by Cain Motter.


Nov. 12th – I ❤️ stacking wood! Who knew? I just finished stacking the bad-ass wood rack. It’s like a meditation to me- putting on my gloves and grabbing from the pile- piece after piece and seeing where it perfectly fits as I stack… I get into a zone- I love the physicality of it and I love the puzzle-pieceness of it.

Before we had our first cord of wood of wood delivered at the gulch I hadn’t moved more than a 6 piece pre-packaged plastic-wrapped camping bundle. 

The bad-ass wood rack holds about 1/3 cord… (maybe a little less) so there is still a giant pile in the sand waiting for me when we use this up. 😊🔥


Nov. 16th – Drawing. This is where stories come from…


Nov. 17th – Happiest of hours!!!


Nov. 18th – Hard at work laying out a 654 page manuscript for a client…


Nov. 18th – Eleven years ago today I spent a weekend dividing up this guy’s hair into 72 individual dreadlocks. I rubber-banded and twisted and back-combed them into being… and now! Wow…


Nov. 18th – Dusk. Our shack.


Nov. 19th – “Clack-clack” the roadrunner checking me out while I’m checking him/her out…



Nov. 19th – …coming up next Saturday is Jon’s reading from “Somewhere Out There In The West” at the Sun Alley Shops at Space Cowboy Books in Joshua Tree!!! So fun- it would be so cool if ya’ll came… it’s from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. 


Nov. 21st – Now. Well- actually a couple minutes ago… 😜


Nov. 21st – …so this afternoon Jon had his first video interview about his novel “Somewhere Out There In The West” with Jean-Paul from Space Cowboy Books in Joshua Tree! We’ll let you know when it’s on YouTube 😊


Nov. 22nd – Cozy pup on Thanksgiving eve…


Nov. 23rd – Happy Thanksgiving!!! Here I am (with the super-blondest hair!) in 1970 with my mom.


Nov. 23rd – Thanksgiving! Start off with Simon and Garfunkel. Bread pudding for breakfast. Making buttons for the reading. Lizard hunting with the pup. Preparing materials for promo packs for the reading. Cat Stevens. Garlic aioli mozzarella melts. Happy hour. Neil Diamond. Assembling materials for promo packs. Mindrocker- Anthology of the 60’s US- Punk Garage Psych. Jon reading out-loud to me while I am “slicin’ dicin’ Leysen.” Cookin’. Garlic chicken. Sautéed mushrooms & onions. Mashed potatoes and stuffing. Feast!!! Stuffed. Tradition. Arlo Guthrie doing “Alice’s Restaurant.” Now- beer and and a fire and “Godless”…


Nov. 25th – Front row seat at the reading today. So awesome!!! Thank you everyone who showed up to support the authors at Space Cowboy Books. Reading today were Jon and Brent Harris and Gabriel Hart and Rich Soos- (who stepped in read for Robert Deloyd who reportedly had been abducted  by aliens and couldn’t attend)… it was so fun! What an awesome community we have here in the hi-desert! ❤


Nov. 25th – …at the JT Saloon aka “chocolate-town” 😉! With Gregg and Sheri and doggie Steve- and we had the pleasure of meeting Leah for the first time!!!


Nov. 27th – Dust storm rolling in over Joshua Tree…


Nov. 30th – Hwy 62! 3 nights in a row getting off work to jaw-dropping sunsets…

31 Years of Love


Above: Love at Casa de Gamma

The Jon and Tania Story – In 31 Photos!

We started going out on October 12, 1986, got married on October 12, 1992 (our sixth anniversary) and now 31 wonderful years have gone by…

To celebrate our Anniversary, here’s a gallery of photos of us together from 31 years of love – From 1987 until now, with each photo representing one year of the journey.

Gallery of Moments – click images to see them larger

Photos From September…

9.5 – Driven by this place a hundred times… stopped for the first time today and got the best date shake EVER- so thick and so tasty and so supremely perfect!!! ❤


9.5 – Meet me at the bell tower…
– Palm Springs


9.7 – Inside the cactus blossom…


9.8 – …so this handsome guy just popped in to see me at work and show me his new specs! He hasn’t had new glasses in over 5 years so it’s a momentous occasion 😉


9.9 – Such a beautiful day. such beautiful light. Thunderstorms and sun… 💦☀️❤


9.9 – Watchin’ a bit of rainbow… the sky today- WOW.


9.12 – Beautiful little fluffy creature… ❤


9.15 – You know what i love? Friday with this guy ❤!!!

Lighting The BBQ Dance

Go anywhere for labor day weekend? No thanks- We’re exactly where we want to be 😜performing the lighting of the bbq dance! (wait for the whole image to load)


Desert dusk… purple mountain majesty and the moon. hope your labor day weekend was and is happy 🙂!!!


The Klown

Cheers! My dad has a new book out!!! It’s seriously entertaining and fun- I couldn’t put it down…

Super brief review- it’s about a lovable guy who dresses as a clown and has a highly successful talk show- and decides to run for president (still dressed as a clown).

Click the link to read an excerpt or purchase a copy!

BTW he’s not a creepy clown 😉

Here’s the book trailer…



August Desert Beauty

8.18 – Seeing the light at happy hour…
-at the Joshua Tree Saloon


8.20 – I see you in me ❤


8.26 – So we may have an excessive heat warning this weekend… but it sure is DANG beautiful here!!!


8.27 – We think it might bloom tonight!!!


8.27 – Cottontail kickin’ it in the shade. He/she was so cute! (It got up to 103 degrees here today)… 🌞


8.28 – Hello, beautiful. The warm breeze catches you ever so slightly. You sway… happy in all your glory.


8.29 – Good morning!!! ❤🌵…Havin” the hardest time getting ready for work with all this beauty goin’ on! 😉


8.29 – Suki in this morning’s sunrise glow…


8.31 – I was woken this morning by magnificence… ❤


Books, Snakes and Happy Hours

8.5.17 – My novella, Somewhere Out There In The West, turned into a novel after I went on a writing spree a few weeks ago…

Just got the proof copy from the printer and it looks great. I’m so excited! It’ll be available September 21st! Of course, I’ll remind you later 🙂

Book website here:


8.9.17 – My grandmother is 105 today!!! 

Super happy joyous birthday wishes to you bonma!!! Sending you kisses and hugs from the hi-desert ❤💋🎂⭐️🌵🌞🍰❤!!!

(This is us visiting a month and 1/2 ago and getting some hand-signed copies of her memoir to bring back with us…)

Read about her memoirs here:



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8.11.17 – Happy friday from the outpost!!! ❤


8.12.17 – Aaah Saturday… how I love thee!


8.13.17 – The Sunday cozies.


8.17.17 – That’s me with a king snake cruising up my arm! …learned SO much at the “Brown bag lunch lecture- Reptiles of the Mojave Desert and Rattlesnake Safety”!!! A passionate and informative lecture from the founders of the herpetological conservation organization “Cali Boys Reptile Rescue and Relocation”- as well as “Spike” a lady ranger who’d worked in the park for over 20 (or did she say 30?!) years- these people knew their stuff! Awesome. 


8.17.17 – Such a great day! After learning all about hi-desert snakes on my lunch break- I come home to this… a beautiful 4 ft. (at least!) long gopher snake stretched out across the driveway. We admired him for a long while before he’d had enough of us and dove off under a boulder. Then a BBQ on a wonderfully unusually still evening… 🙂


8.18.17 – Seeing the light at happy hour…

-At the Joshua Tree Saloon.


photos by Jon and Tania

Tania’s Birthday Weekend

The 4-day birthday weekend has begun… cheers!!! ❤


Hot dog.


Thunderstorm over Joshua Tree…


Joshua Tree Farmers’ Market. Lunch and a beer with my love at Frontier. Local vintage shopping. It’s already been an excellent bday weekend and it’s just begun! ❤


At “The End”…


There’s really nothin’ better to me than handmade pizzelles with my morning coffee ❤ thank you maddie for the treat! 


Summer afternoon in the hi-desert… (Video)


Remote viewing.


Road to the outpost… ❤


Beers and cheers! My birthday lunch with this guy- waiting for our food- first time at Kimi Grill! 


So… it’s my 48th bday today and I did a little (light) research on “48”- and I’ve come to the conclusion that it seems like a good number/year for me! (Gleaned from Wikipedia and tarot cards…)

•In Chinese Numerology, 48 is an auspicious number meaning ‘determined to prosper’, or simply ‘prosperity.’

•Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism, sat under a bodhi tree for 48 days attempting to understand the nature of reality and Universe. Buddhism was the result.

•According to the Mishnah, Torah wisdom is acquired via 48 ways (Pirkei Avoth 6:6).

•Tarot cards- unused opportunities leading to new solutions/  illumination and cultivation of the will…  

I dig it- I welcome you 48 🙂!!!


Bday BBQ! I really don’t know how this day could be any more beautiful or any better… 🙂


The last of the day’s light. The outpost up on the hill. Tail end of a most wonderful 4 days… ❤


photos by Jon and Tania


Catching up… Late July 2017

7.17.17 – Tonight’s sunset from the Outpost…


7.19.17 – My world. Jon typing away at his latest story- all the windows wide open and a perfect 80 degrees with a desert breeze…


7.21.17 – Desert hood ornament at the JT Saloon…


7.22.17 – Me and Suki listening to Jon read to us from his latest story…


7.22.17 – Dusk, tonight. (Video)


7.23.17 – We have procured provisions from down the hill- namely, a cooler full of Trader Joe’s… and of course, a stop at Five Guys for Jon and a Rubios avocado mango quinoa salad bowl w/ shrimp for me- ah yes- treats! But I tell you, Palm Springs melts me… back to the hi-desert for us!!! 


7.24.17 – The rural route.


photos by Jon and Tania

Hi-Desert Suite

Professor Yarnhead the mad dread- makin’ cool music on a hot day.


Fresh from the studio of Professor Yarnhead – “Hi-Desert Suite” – a collection of three compositions inspired by the summer heat. A groovy, smoky soundtrack for the hot desert evenings.

Available for listening and download!

A drawing I created while listening to Hi-Desert Suite the other night… finished with color this morning (July 1st).

Desert Critters


Roadrunner checking us out and exploring the patio.

Cottontail lounging under the juniper to beat the desert heat… I zoomed up to take the photo so I wouldn’t disturb him/her- hence the pixelation.