Where did the week go?  Geezlaweez.

A quick recap

After a hot and dry week, rain was such a welcome blessing.   The old groundhog maybe right after all; winter has FINALLY come to So Cal.  So, before the rain, we were making sure to plant a LOT of seeds and transplant everything we could.  Lucky we did because, boy, did it pour, even hailed a little!   After the dark clouds lifted,  there was even a dusting of snow on the mountains.  First snow this winter!   We certainly need every bit of it.

Found out rather late that our little homestead was on National Geographic Channel on  new show called “Doomsday Preppers.” We don’t have cable; but I am told, the episode (“Back to the Stone Age”) which features a few “prepper” families will air again on Saturday.    Since we don’t really consider ourselves extreme Preppers, we’ll write more about how we were wrangled by Nat Geo to be on the  show  in the first place, even after we turned them down, and, more importantly, what they didn’t show on the show.  If you are my Facebook friend you’ll already know!

In between knitting, canning, baking, cooking, entertaining, singing,  running the Front Porch Farm Stand, I leave you with another one of those “be still” moments that lifts the soul.

The shot that was taken after the rains.   The sun came out briefly and so did the bees from their hives to lick the raindrops off the miner’s lettuce leaves.   Seems miner’s lettuce is the preferred watering hole, so to speak, for the bees.  I was just mesmerized, sitting there watching the bees.

Have a great weekend, everyone!



  1. Natalie, the Chickenblogger says:

    The rain, the wind… all of it was most welcome.
    I’ll bet your view, those snow-capped San Gabriels
    was a lovely sight… mesmerizing, like those thirsty bees.

  2. Ginger says:

    I’m sorry NG took advantage of you.

    I used to be afraid of bees. Now I’m like you and can watch them with fascination for ages.

  3. Laura says:

    I’m sorry that National Geographic treated you that way. I’m hesitant to talk to even the local newspaper because of the way the media can twist things said.

    Our bees will arrive this spring. I look forward to watching them work.

  4. V Schoenwald says:

    I am sorry that the media is getting to be a self-centered monster now. I had an encounter with our local newpaper media here some years back, and it wasn’t pretty what they did to me, needless to say, I do not have anything to do with media of any sort in town or anywhere.
    We have been getting some snow, and supposed to get some more Sunday, and Monday, in small amounts. I’ll take what I get, however small.
    Enjoy your weekend, and enjoy the wonderful gardens.
    I loved what was shown on your gardens on NatGeo. Lovely.

  5. Cassandra O. says:

    I saw your family on the preview for the Doomsday Preppers – and that’s the only reason I’ve been watching the show, to be honest. Finally saw your episode. Sorry to hear that you guys weren’t 100% okay with how it came out – but you come across as the sanest of the people featured on that program, if it matters!

    I’ve been following your site for almost two years now, and you inspire me daily. I’m trying to figure out a way to get chickens and a few goats in the yard without tipping off my neighbors…or husband, lol. Thanks for the work you do, and for letting the rest of the world in on it!

  6. sheryl napier says:

    I just love you and stopping in at your house was like visiting mecca.
    Thanks for leading the way and being there for the rest of us! You are so inspiring.


  7. Stacy~Creativemuse says:

    WE just had a sprinkling!(not too far from you) I put all the buckets, tubs plants everything to catch water out but not much at all! oh well I just bought some California Native plants I think you will enjoy seeing. Once the bloom I’ll send you some pictures!

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