Oh dear, seems I am failing to get back into the blogging groove.

I know that old saying about getting back on the horse, but seems I can’t quite swing my legs over.   It’s not for lack of trying, believe me!  I think there is just so much going on or much that has happened that I just sit and stare at the screen with fingers on the keyboard – paralyzed.   In a dazed overload, I wonder, “Where the heck do I start?”

Now if you have been following us on Facebook, you can see all the homestead happenings; however, I am quite discouraged when I see all the great and informative postings from fellow homesteaders writing about this or that.  Don’t know if it’s because after blogging for 15 years, I feel slightly blogged out.  Diagnosis, a case of blogging fatigue, as some call it.    Cure?  Can I pop some vitamin or down some herbal tea?

Alas, I have plenty material from everyday life and therein lies part of the malady!   There’s the new community “Annex, ” the after school farm to table program, pop up shops,  farm box program, our amazing volunteers… and so on and so on and so on.  I think it’s a case of too many subjects to write about.    So perhaps it’s best to start back on the horse … nice and easy.

So everyday life, huh?  I’ll start with the weather.  Can’t get any simpler than that!

As many of you know, California is dealing with one of the worst droughts in years in over a century.

Winter started off like winter with  a few sizable storms which brought much needed rain to this thirsty place.  But the cold weather and rain started fizzling late in late January.   Unfortunately, it’s been a warm February, so warm in fact (and I know I am going to make many a reader jealous… so I am going to apologize in advance… and you have fair warning!), we have our doors and windows open and we are sporting bare feet.  Yes, bare feet.  See, I told ya, you’d be jealous!   In fact it’s been over 80 degrees and just about touching 90’s these past couple weeks.  Yes, yes, I know.  We do know  that  ya’ll  are FROZEN  back East and can’t but think “boy, we are a spoiled lot!” … and scared.

Of course, these warm temps might be great for freeing footsies from the confines of heavy socks. But it’s all very unnerving, especially to gardeners/farmers, who are watching with trepidation  the little buds emerging from fruit trees.  We are worried, wondering, “this warm weather can’t last any longer, it’s bound to break.  Are we going to have a late cold snap?”   

Bu,t as we do each every growing season, we figure we can’t do anything about it and will just have to ride out another year in faith and hope.

As Longfellow says in his poem… “learn to labor.. and to wait”  And so we are.. and praying for rain.



  1. Ann Erdman says:

    Some of us love your blog (although I don’t comment often). When I retired from the City of Pasadena three years ago, I went from blogging almost daily to blogging only two or three times a week. It was liberating.

  2. Danielle says:

    I’ve been following you for some time, recently found the FB page too. Don’t give up and I know, I just post a few times a week on my blog. It can get old as you always have to come up with something new to say. Hang in there, fellow blogger!

  3. Nebraska Dave says:

    Anais, I understand the frustration of adding another responsibility to your growing list. I have missed the blog posts about normal life around the urban homestead. Well, yeah, what ever that is. I still like the updates with all the garden beds and of course animals. I’m not sure how you accomplish all the different things you have started in the past couple years. Planning the tea parties, scheduling and preparing for the hootenannies, running the front porch store, doing special work shops, school programs, taking care of all the animals and of course taking care of the famous gardens. I get tired just thinking about it.

    I’ve only been blogging for about six years and only post a couple times a month. The summer time I have a little more material to blog about but Winter time is not real interesting in my household. The weather here seems to be extreme. It’s either very warm with temperatures in the 50s and 60s or very cold with temperatures in the single digits and wind chills below zero. There is a shortage of moisture here in Nebraska as well but nothing like California. We have our Spring season right around the corner which usually brings an abundance of rain for the start of the garden year.

    I do hope you can get your blogging mojo back. I missed hearing about all the activity on the homestead.

    Have a great California homestead day.

  4. Tiffany says:

    Hello. I check in here occasionally and hope to re-add you to the blogs I read regularly. I just read an article by an undercover journalist attending a food additive fair, and thought of you guys. I remember reading, years ago, that your decision to grow the majority of your own food was sparked when you realized that you had incomplete knowledge about the ingredients in purchased foodstuffs. Anyhow, I thought you might like to read the article, too. It is on The Guardian and titled “Inside the food industry: the surprising truth about what you eat”. I would leave a link for you, but I cannot figure out how to on this phone. Really has me contemplating my fruit and veggie purchases at the market.
    I really hope you can find the time continue sharing your journey on this blog. Thanks for all your effort all these years ( I’ve been checking in for about 10 years). And for the record, I would be perfectly happy to pop in once a week and just see a new picture of some element of your garden or a work in progress, if you don’t feel up to writing or are too busy. It would be even better to be able to sign up via email and receive an email when you have a new post, especially if you can only post monthly or sporadically. I’m not on facebook, and don’t plan to join, as I prefer websites and blogs. Anyhow, thank you for much inspiration.

  5. Corina says:

    Yep, global warming is also happening here at our homestead in the Pacific Northwest wilderness! We have been barefoot, too – in FEBRUARY! I got my garlic and peas planted already… I’m freaking out about a cold snap, too.
    We get 100 inches of rain yearly here, but this winter was much drier. We’ll see what the next months bring for our growing season. Either way, we’ll be in it together – you guys in the city, and us in the wilderness! Cheers!

  6. Glenda says:

    I was so excited to check back and see your post. My how I have missed reading your wonderful posts on your blog. Some of us old fuddy duddies refuse to use Facebook, so have missed out on your life.

    You were my inspiration for transforming our previous yard into edible only plantings. We recently moved closer to our grown children and their families and I am missing our “growing edible feast” very much. I intend to transform this yard, also, but it is very challenging.

    Our previous 1/3 acre yard had a southern backyard exposure, while the front of this one faces south and has a few limiting covenants, such as fencing. This yard is only 1/4 acre and the former owners were shade lovers and filled the yard with cottonwood trees. We intend to have several of those removed to offer the yard more sun.

    Thank you for taking your time to post. Your family is a true inspiration to those of us who want to provide food for ourselves.

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