• LIVING EASY

    Front yard IF… If you can meet with Triumph and DisasterAnd treat those two impostors just the same… ~Rudyard Kipling poem ‘IF’ ~ After seeing the widespread disaster the tornadoes did out East, we got to thinking how our life in So. California is certainly a soft, spoiled one. All

  • QUACKERS ARE HERE PART FOUR & GOING SOLAR

    We have some sad news to report, the extra duckling, (the little runt) died yesterday afternoon. When the ducks arrived, we could tell she wasn’t well and was far smaller than the others… That’s what happens in the world of nature, only the strong survive… Anyhow, it still was very

  • QUACKERS ARE HERE PART FOUR & GOING SOLAR

    We have some sad news to report, the extra duckling, (the little runt) died yesterday afternoon. When the ducks arrived, we could tell she wasn’t well and was far smaller than the others… That’s what happens in the world of nature, only the strong survive… Anyhow, it still was very

  • QUACKERS ARE HERE PART THREE

    Lights out!It’s been a hard day! zzzzzzzzz It’s funny how we are reacting to the little ducklings compared to last Spring when we had the baby chickens… Last year we were scared stiff (checking on them every second we could), now it’s like no big deal — we’ve done this

  • QUACKERS ARE HERE PART TWO

    Checking out their new surroundings         Being fondled                 ‘Yeah, I’m cute!’ Once again our house is full of the contented cheeps of baby birds.   The seven ducklings have happily adopted the little newspaper and paper-towel lined box as their new home. Already they have explored every square inch of

  • QUACKERS ARE HERE

    The Khaki Campbell ducklings arrived this morning!!! We’ll only be keeping two and the rest we’ll have to find good homes for… Here’s a really cutewebsite about raising ducks. The site will give you information and resources on raising suburban ducks. The site also has wonderful photos and a great

  • HITCH UP THE WAGON, WE'RE GOING INTO TOWN

    Whoops, actually our limey green Volkswagen Van. Just fantasizing a Little House On The Prairie scenario… 😉 We successfully “survived” our 6 week grocery shopping experiment… Is it possible that can we go for 8 weeks now? We have been buying almost everything we can in bulk (25-50lbs). For example:

  • HITCH UP THE WAGON, WE’RE GOING INTO TOWN

    Whoops, actually our limey green Volkswagen Van. Just fantasizing a Little House On The Prairie scenario… 😉 We successfully “survived” our 6 week grocery shopping experiment… Is it possible that can we go for 8 weeks now? We have been buying almost everything we can in bulk (25-50lbs). For example:

  • WET SPRING

    We had anunusual, sizeable storm move through our area on Saturday, dropping at least 1″-2″ of rain!!! What a blessing! Everything seems to have grown overnight… WOW! On Friday, a camera crew from KCET’sCalifornia Connected ( including KCET’s Cafe California’s very ownCris Franco ) was doing a documentary on Tim

  • TO WATCH A MOCKINBIRD

     Mockingbird nest There’s a mockingbird couple busy building a nest right outside the window here, in the chilacayote vine. Pretty soon, there should be some eggs–maybe… Our two cats watch these goings on with utter fascination. Yesterday, we picked up some Ollallieberry’s from Armstrong Nursery. Don’t know how they’ll do