The artist is in everyone

WhenI was a kid, in 6th grade, my teacher gave us an assignment to draw a rose. I love and continue to love roses to this day! So anyways, after school I did the unthinkable! I was a flower thief! Yes, I cut the roses from my neighbor and gave them to my mom! She was not mad even though she knew I was stealing my neighbors roses, lol.

Well, I drew the rose for school and my teacher was obsessed with my drawing, I didn’t think much of it but Now I think back and realized I am an artist!!! But I never used my talents because of fear of what others would think! I supported myself and my kids by being an assistant to a nurse, a nursing assistant. Yes, that was my trade and it was great as I love helping people and loved the nursing field! But, I am getting old and my kids are grown and beautiful. People say, I wish I could paint, well my question is why not?

Everyone has a special gift inside them and should be used, not swept under the rug, you see God made us in his image and loves us unconditionally. Even in storms, we can stand tall knowing this! Time is speeding by, so remember you have a talent, don’t let it slip away, Just find what you love to do and do it!!! Because tomorrow is not promised and everyone has the artist in them!!!

Go find your dream and be happy in your own world!

Hav a great day and check out my art in Rossi Coasters & Candles Facebook page, I am also on Instagram, Pinterest and twitter under Vanessa Sondgeroth

Starting a new business, handmade

So, I am a native Tucsonan. I am almost 50 and starting my first business as to some at the worst time in the world! Some, may say “your crazy!” No, I am a dreamer, a hustler, and an artist! I have to do what I have to do, to save my mental health!

I have a lot to offer in my handmade products and I want to share the love! My father was a business owner, he started an employment business from the ground up and he instilled the importance of work in me. I was so amazed with him, getting jobs for people was what he loved! He is in Heaven, but I hope I make him proud, being a small business is not easy, we constantly are working to make and keep the American economy going! I really hope you buy something from my Shopify store and I will always put you, my customer, first.

My dad told me to never quit and be fearless, so I hope I made him proud. Let’s all support our Arizona and every small business without prejudice, with love. Give the small business owners a break, some put their life savings into it! I am an artist, always crafting my homemade candles, I am just starting so it takes time to make it perfect so please be patient with me! So here is Rossi Coasters & Candles L. L.C, may you find something for yourself or others, keep sharing, keep buying my products and keep supporting me. We will all be ok with love and faith and hope! Vanessa Rossi-Sondgeroth

And even if it fails, at least I tried, yep!

Dont stop believing

Piranhas cousin, the Puca fish is being dumped in Arizona lakes

Piranhas cousin, the Puca fish is being dumped in Arizona lakes

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Piranhas cousin, the Puca fish is being dumped in Arizona lakes

Piranhas cousin, the Puca fish is being dumped in Arizona lakes

https://desertexplorations.com/2020/05/20/piranhas-cousin-the-puca-fish-is-being-dumped-in-arizona-lakes/
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Piranhas cousin, the Puca fish is being dumped in Arizona lakes

Creepy Puca fish have human like teeth!

Arizona has some great fish in it’s lakes like the Catfish, Greenback cutthroat trout, bull trout, green sunfish, rainbow trout, large and small mouth bass, yellow bass, white bass, white and black crappie, tiger trout and many more like the Apache trout only found in Arizona and is listed as threatened under the endangered species act.

But an exotic species is being dumped in Arizona lakes and other state lakes! Yes, it’s called the Pacu, and these fish live in South America. They can be easily bought online in exotic pet stores. The problem is, people don’t realize that they can grow up to 2 feet and weigh a hefty amount. The difference between the pirahna and the Pacu is this, piranhas are carnivores, and Pacu are omnivores. Also called the “vegetarian pirahna”

You will know by looking at the teeth. Puca have human like teeth, while pirahna have sharp serrated teeth.

Check out those sharp teeth, hope to never encounter those choppers!

There is one other fish with human looking teeth and it is called the Sheepshead, it is also said to taste good. Now, you ask is the Pacu tasty? I honestly don’t know! If any of you have had it, please tell us your experience.

If these exotic fish keep being dumped in our lakes it will effect our eco-system. These fish are an evasive fish crowding the native species. Arizona wild game and fish would rather you not dump the exotic fish in lakes and ponds and would rather you take them back to the pet store where you bought it.

I hope you like this important information just in case you go fishing and find one of these, you won’t freak out and know you have been informed! Thank you for reading and subscribe, like, share or donate to this business! Every dollar helps to keep it going and any amount really helps! Vanessa-owner of Desertexplorations.com

A very terrifying cactus called Teddy Bear cholla

A very terrifying cactus called Teddy Bear cholla

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A very terrifying cactus called Teddy Bear cholla

An enemies worst nightmare

I have lived in the desert all my life and had to deal with a horrific event that I, personally went through! I was walking through the desert exploring when I was twelve. As I walked, a cactus jumped onto my skin, I was in severe shock and pain!

I tugged at it in hopes I could get the dam thing off me, while droplets of blood came out! I ran inside to my mother and the both of us were terrified of this cactus!!!! This cactus is real and many people new to this desert need to know about the “flying and or “jumping cactus” originally known as the Cholla or Teddy Bear cholla, not so soft and cuddly!Hope this information helps all who need to know about it.

Here are a few facts about this flying cacti.

The spines are hooked like a fishing hook and hollow, making them hard as hell to get out.

The strong wind can blow this on you or your pets (Do not take your pet near it!)

The joint attachments are loosely connected, so when someone walk on the soil at the base of the cacti, it can detach and jump on you!

Stay at least 3 to 5 feet away!

Do not try to suck the needles out of your body, the Glochids can embed into your tongue becoming fatal!

These are like weapons, and can be used to deter robbers from getting into your house when placed outside each bedroom! (Just an idea)😂

Do not attempt taking it out without very thick gloves and some tongs, make sure you have extra strength Tylenol and an ice pack !

Please be careful while exploring out in this beautiful desert , there are many critters that can hurt you! I hope you liked this informative article and will help keep this site going by making a donation today! Thank you very much and god bless you! Vanessa