Category: Environment

Yesterday was Opposite Day

Yesterday was Opposite Day

| August 1, 2018 | 4 Replies

Yesterday was Opposite Day When everything is turned upside down. I arose this Wednesday and thought of Opposite Day. I recollected when my boys were little, they had a children’s book called “Opposite Day,” and I recall it being celebrated every Wednesday. Maybe that was just my family, but it was a fun way to […]

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Plant Flowers, Attract Beneficial Insects

Plant Flowers, Attract Beneficial Insects

| June 27, 2018 | Reply

Plant flowers, attract beneficial insects Some new gardeners don’t realize the role beneficial insects play in the garden, nor, the necessity of planting flowers to attract them for a vegetable garden. I was just out on my back deck observing numerous bees attracted to our tree, which is in bloom. And while they were in […]

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Enough Rain Already!

Enough Rain Already!

| January 12, 2017 | 7 Replies

Enough Rain Already! Did I just say that? It’s been raining for days, weeks now. This “atmospheric river” hitting California has been unrelenting. And it’s pouring now. Pouring! After eight years of drought, I know I can’t complain, but this is ridiculous! In fact, it was reported yesterday that severely depleted reservoirs in California are filling […]

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Happy New Year and my Robert Redford Moment

Happy New Year and my Robert Redford Moment

| January 1, 2017 | 1 Reply

In 2011, our family was flying back from Salt Lake City early morning after an enjoyable Christmas ski trip in Park City, Utah. We had managed to get first-class seats, but in the small jets that make the short flight to Los Angeles, that only meant we were in the front of the plane. There were four seats […]

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Time, Sleep, and the Importance of Rain

Time, Sleep, and the Importance of Rain

| October 18, 2016 | 1 Reply

Time, Sleep, and the Importance of Rain ~ My alarm went off at 7:15AM. My first thought, “I don’t have to get up.” I was comfortable. I pulled the covers back over my shoulder. My next thought, “I should get up.” Within a minute of the alarm going off, I was sitting up on the side of […]

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Keeping the Balls in the Air

Keeping the Balls in the Air

| May 30, 2016 | Reply

I’m having a little trouble keeping the balls in the air. Now that I have taken to Vlogging (like blogging, but on video), my blog has taken a hit. Today is Memorial Day, and I’ll try to brief you on my comings and goings these last few weeks! In late April, I left the Late Bloomer […]

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Rain Barrel Set-up Is Harder Than It Looks!

Rain Barrel Set-up Is Harder Than It Looks!

| March 16, 2016 | 2 Replies

Rain barrel set-up is harder than it looks, as witnessed in my latest Late Bloomer! With non-stop news about our big El Nino bringing winter rains this year, I thought it best to procure two more barrels. I set them up at the diagonal opposite of my house. Since they would be visible walking in […]

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Life is Too Short to Eat Out

Life is Too Short to Eat Out

| March 9, 2016 | Reply

Life is Too Short to Eat Out A play in three acts Prologue: Maybe not if you’re twenty, but if you are over fifty, and have fewer days ahead of you than you’ve already lived, you might want to carefully consider where you eat out, or if you go out at all. Now that I […]

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When it Rains, it Pours

When it Rains, it Pours

| January 8, 2016 | 2 Replies

When it rains, it pours. I mean that literally and figuratively. We seriously got dumped on from the skies of El Nino on Tuesday and Wednesday. And my water vessels were already full. As the rain came down here and blessed Southern California, an old friend in Tennessee was taking flight, after a few years of […]

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Planting Seeds in the Rain of El Nino

Planting Seeds in the Rain of El Nino

| January 5, 2016 | Reply

I found myself planting seeds in the rain of El Nino today during our first rain event. If you’ve been following California weather, you know we are supposed to get extreme weather during this winter’s El Nino. Only a drought-weary gardener ventures out with a bad cold to plant seeds in the rain. It wasn’t planned. It was […]

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