“Go placidly amid the noise and the haste and remember what peace there may be in silence.” – Desiderata

After a dry January, we are grateful for another storm and another 1 1/2″ of rain.   What a huge blessing!  This latest storm was much colder and it brought snow to the local mountains!  What a majestic sight it was to see the dramatic backdrop of our mountain range covered in a white blanket against a brilliant blue sky.  A scene to soak in and lift the spirit.

The next few days are going to be cold ones, so we are keeping a close watch on the garden.  Lucky the ground’s soaked so that helps a little.

Yesterday our neighbor held a yard sale.  It’s been ages since we’ve even been to a yard sale (mostly we do the “side of the road, freebie” or thrift stores),  so it was quite tempting and nice to just walk across the street and get a few items that we could use here on the urban homestead.  There were kitchen & garden pots – can never have enough pots!  Some lovely curtains and even a printer (brand new) that we scored for $10!

This week we are expecting another shipment of bare root strawberries.  The last batch we got the crowns were so dried up and old that we had to file a complaint to the nursery.    We had all the self watering boxes ready to go and really would like to get that planting out of the way.  Spring is just around the corner and we need to gear up for some serious succession plantings.

Work.   Work is something that I am personally and know the rest of my family is extremely grateful for. Our family has been deeply moved by the warmth and outpouring of encouraging letters,  calls and prayers.     Your poignant and simple words of support are much appreciated.


  1. Dan Langhoff says:

    We also received over an inch of rain here in ramona and our surrounding mountains are also painted white. Busy is an understatement here as well, many, many new raised garden beds going in and prepping a series of plantings going in as well. I even got brave enough to set out some tomato plants and so far they are fine.

    Work is a great way to clear your thoughts and help with the healing process. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Dervaes family as well as my support to you during this time. Stay strong!