Double R Creations—2019 Zoey the Cool Cat calendar

Double R Creations

It took me about a month to finish my first calendar, titled Cacti & Succulents. You saw it here:

2019 Cacti & Succulents Calendar

Of course, Zoey the Cool Cat is the subject of my second calendar. If you’re wondering why she wasn’t the subject of the first one, well, the first one was created for someone who paid money for it, and I shall be selling additional copies of it at online and at Cacti & Succulent shows. It always will be a 12-month calendar, when one month ends, I lop it off and add a month at the end.

That calendar now also acts as a template, which means that, once I have fourteen pictures, it only takes a couple of hours to create another calendar. Ergo, I created the 2019 Zoey the Cool Cat calendar while watching X2: X-men United this afternoon. Here it is:

2019 Zoey the Cool Cat Calendar

My next calendars, in no particular order, shall be trains, flowers, feral cats, landscapes, sunsets & sunrises, and cars, just off the top of my head. I also will be making custom calendars for YOU. All you have to do is send me 14 pictures and I’ll have fun making it, and you’ll have something unique. I haven’t sent a price yet because I’m still exploring printing options, both here locally in San Diego and online. But stay tuned if you like wall calendars!

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….stuck in the kitchen

I live in my own little world

If the weather is good in the morning, I pot or plant in the ground at least one plant. The big ones first. This morning I got quite a few planted in the ground. Here they are.





Trichocereus sp.

Mammillaria magnimamma

Mammillaria hahniana

Mammillaria pilcayensis

Oreocereus species

Notocactus leninghausii

Echinocereus reichenbachii v. albispinus

When I came in from the gardens, planning on working in the office, I found an unknown creature at the end of the hallway giving me the evil eye.

Zoey the Cool Cat

There was no way to get to the office, so I was stuck in the kitchen, but at least that’s where the margaritas were.

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Halls of History—Police looking for passer of bad checks

Halls of History

When President Carter signed the extension of the Freedom of Information Act in 1978, I went to Brigham City, Utah, looking for information of my youth in 1962-1965. I found a lot, so much so that the Courthouse officer who completed my request called me “one of Utah’s greatest juvenile delinquents.” He gave me 39 legal pages, single-space typing, documenting my juvenile life in northern Utah.

When I was in Brigham City in July 25, I went looking for my old stomping grounds, defined as places I lived and places where I practiced my juvenile delinquency. One of the places I practiced was the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Mormon Church in Brigham City, Utah

Mormon Church in Brigham City, Utah

I used to steal lots of food out of the kitchen, money out of the offering plates, and anything else that could feed me since I didn’t get much food at home. Checks come to mind. I stole some checks at the church out of a coat hanging in the coat closet and proceeded to write bad checks throughout the city…. at the age of nine.

I found documentation of one of my weekend check-writing escapades on the front page, albeit below the fold, of the Box Elder Journal newspaper for January 23, 1964.

Box Elder Journal newspaper, Brigham City, Utah, January 22, 1964

I firmly believe that the only reason I’m not in prison for life or dead at the hands of a Utah law enforcement officer is because the State of Utah took me away from my alcoholic mom and stepdad in August 1965, and my wise old grandmother adopted me in December 1965. She laid down the law, giving me both love AND discipline. She told me the rules, told me what would happen if I broke a rule, and kept to her word. It only took me twice to learn that she was serious.

She had me for 7½ years, and by the time I graduated from high school, she had made a fairly decent person out of me.

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Halls of History—Historic Encinitas railroad depot

Halls of History

I have always loved history and love doing “then and now” pictures.

Following is the historic re-purposed ATSF railroad depot in Encinitas, California, on January 5, 2017, and two historic pictures showing the depot in 1987 before being re-purposed, and in 1910 shortly after its grand opening.

Former ATSF railroad depot in Encinitas, California

ATSF railroad depot in Encinitas, California, in 1987

ATSF railroad depot in Encinitas, California, in 1910

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Four new members to the family

I live in my own little world

Yesterday at the Holiday Party of the Palomar Cactus & Succulent Society, I was rewarded for all my volunteer work and plant showings with four free plants.

One for outstanding volunteer,

one for outstanding plant exhibitor throughout the year,

one for outstanding plant exhibitor at the Fall Show & Sale in October, and

one as a paid member.

As if I needed more plants.


There were over 100 plants to choose from. Here are the ones I chose to come live with me, Jim, and Zoey the Cool Cat:


Gasteria 'gGeen Ice'

Mangave 'Bloodspot'

Crassula muscosa 'Big Form'

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Double R Creations—I just can’t help myself

I just can’t help myself.

I just love starting companies. I guess you could call me a serial entrepreneur.

Even though I am officially retired, with the likes of Fine Art America, SmugMug, Etsy, Amazon, Facebook market places, and easily customizable web sites, I have decided to start yet another company, this one called Double R Creations. In addition to my Photographic Art at Fine Art America, I am going to use my trillions of pictures to create things like calendars, posters, notepads, post-it notes, mugs, pillows, bedding, towels…. just about anything you can imagine. I have pictures of cats, dogs, other animals, cacti & succulents, other plants, flowers, marco pictures, trains, etc.

I have wanted to do this for a long time. That time has come. Calendars for 2019 are first on my list. You have seen my first 2019 calendar, titled Cacti & Succulents. I had it printed in black & white yesterday for proofing. Found a lot of errors, corrected those, and had it printed in color. Found a few more errors and corrected those. Today I’m having one printed in color on heavier paper and stapled. That will be my final proof before printing.

The next item on my agenda are Advice inspirational posters. Here are two that I created in the past that gave me this idea to begin with:



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2019 calendars by Russel Ray Creations

I live in my own little world

Many decades ago I had a word processing/publishing company dedicated to faculty, staff, and students at Texas A&M University. One of the things that I created for them were calendars, but they were different. They kept Saturday & Sunday together, so instead of a Sunday through Saturday calendar, they were Monday through Sunday. That was important because of all the weekend activities occurring on a college campus. I mean, it’s called the weekend, so why split it up?

In my retirement years, filled with sheer boredom, I’m back to making Monday through Sunday calendars. My first is titled Cacti & Succulents; it is an 11″x17″ wall calendar.

2019 Cacti & Succulent calendar

It is not proofed yet because I just finished it, so if you find an error, I would appreciate you letting me know. You just might get a free calendar out of it!

I’m going to make these calendars available at a reasonable price, certainly no more expensive than the most expensive calendar I have found so far, which is $21.95. I also am going to give away some free but that will have to wait for another post while I determine how much it will cost to print these things.

I have other calendars in the work, too: Zoey the Cool Cat, flowers, birds, animals, trains, San Diego…. I’m also thinking about a calendar just for YOU using 14 pictures that YOU provide. Stay tuned.

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