• JOLTIN’ JOE

    Dropped in to our new local Starbucks down the street for some coffee grounds… and it was our lucky day! Usually we come too late and find that someone has already been there to pick the grounds up…    We brought  home a huge bag and added somegrounds to our

  • SOAP OPERA

    … continues The handmilled soaps are finally cured and have started selling them to friends. I still would like to improve them some, but these bars are soooo much better than my firsts! Yikes! Don’t really feel being chatty today or posting much… the news is so depressing. Just thinking

  • TO EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON

    We spent a lovely afternoon hiking in the San Gabriel mountains yesterday. But, as we enjoyed a pleasant hike in the natural beauty of our local mountains, one had to remember that there was a conflict going on in the world and that people were dying. Our thoughts and prayers

  • HAPPY SPRING TO ALL

    Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world. ~ Virgil A. Kraft ~ Thanks to a posting on the‘GARDEN JUNK’ FORUM, I have found a source for some free, 55 gal plastic containers in our area — Would have never thought to check a car wash!

  • POST SCRIPT

    In my last post I forgot to mention where we got our TWILIGHT LAUNDRY APPLIANCE . Here’s an excerpt from my email to one of our reader’s question regarding where one can purchase it: We purchased ours from Global-light-network.com They are doing some changes on their site, so you’ll have

  • NEW GROWTH

    Baby apricots “We are like trees, we must create new leaves, in new directions, in order togrow.” ~ Anonymous ~ We got some (two) new composters from the city on Friday, they are offering them at reduced prices ($27 compared to $80 in some garden catalog). We are trying to

  • WHEN IT RAINS, IT POURS

    Frontyard                                         Backyard       Everything seems to have grown overnight!!!! The Southland got drenched early Friday morning and all day Saturday and into the night with a large, warm, El Nino storm.  We estimate that here in the foothills, we got at least 6″-7″ of rain, possibly more? We are

  • HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH?

    Of what? And for what purpose? How can we become more self-reliant this week? These tough questions are hard to answer about ourlifestyle & attitudes that have been instilled in us from the unceasing pressures and bombardments of our “programmed” modern culture. Here’s another question —How many things do we

  • RESISTENCE IS FERTILE

    Hey! They can’t do that. That’s my food–my life–they’re messing with. They have gone too far now; somebody has got to stop these guys! These were my angry reactions when I heard that US biotech corporations were bent on introducing their freak creations—GMOs–into the food supply. They will do this

  • ODDS & ENDS

    We are trying to track down some plastic food grade barrels for rainwater collection. We found a guy on CalMAX (California Materials Exchange: Classified Re-use Ads. This site offers some really neat stuff — sometimes wish we had a truck to go and pick it all up!) who sells used