Cool kitty

Above Normal
From the Pasadena Star-News: {Via JBBMusings}

[Saturday] Pasadena had a record high of 109 degrees, 11 degrees more than the previous high set in 1988, said Dave Bruno, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.”We’ve been well above normal since the middle of June,” he said. “Persistently, every day is several degrees above normal.”

Another day of excessive heat with temperatures hovering around 110.   Three more days of 100 plus temperatures. A “cooling” trend is expected Thursday when temperatures are to drop to only 100 degrees. Whoohoo – bring out the sweaters.    Unfortunately, the humidity is planning to stick around for another week.
Thankfully, high clouds rolled in yesterday to bring down the temperature and allowed us “some shade” from the sun for the guys to work on the roof.   Normally with such clouds we’d hope and pray for rain, not so these days.   Instead, we prayed that the rain stayed far, far away since 1/2 our roof is open to the sky.   Drizzle we can take, but a cloud burst with wind and heavy rain would be a disaster.

In the letter box

Every once and awhile we get an email or two that really stand out that we feel that we have to share.

I want to thank you for opening your home to strangers and neighbors alike by having your now famous “100 Mile Potluck” and movie screenings. My husband and I attended for the first time last Sunday and enjoyed ourselves beyond our expectations: we made new friends, learned about the dangers of PVC and cool, new toilet/sink inventions, and of course, ate good food! We were particularly struck, however, by how approachable and kind your family seems to be – you all obviously have a real passion for what you do, without a holier-than-thou air, and that’s both inspiring and humbling. As of this week, we are selling our gas-run vehicles and converting an old diesel to run on reclaimed vegetable oil! Thank you again, for opening your home and heart to us. We look forward to the next screening! ~ Mitch ~

News Holiday

A friend of ours asked us to join him on his 7 day “News Holiday”, he writes:

Starting this Monday, for one week, I’m not going to read news, politics, or any [political] sites.Why? Because if I don’t, there’s a good chance that I’m going to go totally ga-ga! I invite you to join me…be completely selfish for seven days. I’ll only surf Happy sites and think Happy thoughts.

Great idea about taking a brief sabbatical on the “news.” We, too, for sometime now have refused to visit certain sites because of the symptoms associated with “information overload” and constant barrage of “doom-gloom” that sites like to harp on. And with the heat and roofing work, we even don’t have time to watch any network news anymore! We don’t have cable – so that helps.Fresh from our garden, to our table

Simple Eats

Thumbing through an old cookbook from the early 1900’s that was given to us, I noted the simplicity of the recipes. I figured this old cookbook is a good gauge to see what many folks may be eating in a few years time when oil prices go through the roof.  

There are a few new items on the menu this week — stuffed peppers was one. Delicious.   There’s lot to do in the kitchen these days as the harvest comes in. It’s my favorite time of year as the much anticipated crops come in and, best of all, it’s turning the harvest into tasteful culinary delights.

Today for lunch we enjoyed steamed beans, peppers, tomatoes on top of stir fry noodles with a bit of soy sauce. Simple, delicious and easy.  Tonight we’ll have huge salad with greens and tomatoes from the garden with a sun baked potato (that was cooked in the sun oven)

“Music Video” Brochure

“If the success or failure of this planet, of human beings,depended on how I am and what I do,How would I be? What would I do?”
— R. Buckminster Fuller

The new 15 min “beta 2” version of the video brochure is ready for your viewing pleasure. Let us know what you think, we hope that you get inspired.

Settle in for your own private urban homestead tour. Wander among the edible landscaping, catch a glimpse of “homestead life”, meet the animals, and learn about the projects that Path to Freedom incorporates in order to bring about a homegrown revolution.
BETA version: 2 uploaded: July 2006 ( Runtime: 18:00 / 58.04MB)


July 16th marked five years of the start of this journal. Taking you back in time to thefirst entry So much has happened the last five years, it’s been one heck of a journey … and there are still many miles to go.

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  1. JBB says:

    Congratulations on five years of writing here and offering so many wonderful resources and insights!

  2. Claire Splan says:

    The new video is fantastic. The expanded perspective on the many different aspects of what you are doing is really inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Simplegirl (Teresa) says:

    Your video is great. I got goosebumps watching it and hoping for the same thing for myself, family and friends one day. Thanks for all you do to educate us about the proper way to take care of our Mother Earth.

  4. gerry medland says:

    Hi Folks,
    An awesome video that inspires and encourages the revolution of change through our efforts for a better more sustainable life,thanx for your hard work in producing such a work as this!

  5. Kristi says:

    A quick note to let you know about a website I found which has a collection of historical American cookbooks you can read online, dating from 1798. It’s at http://digital.lib.msu.edu/projects/cookbooks/index.html

    Love your site! I’m a daily visitor 🙂

  6. Kosh says:

    Congrats on five great years! I’ve been addicted to your site for several years now. I wish you many more years of inspiring others!


  7. Anonymous says:

    News Holiday — I do this too!

    But feel guilty for being an ostrich burying my head in sand… But despite efforts, the powers that be don’t seem to listen, but do what they want to anyway and twist my words, so… Need to unplug every once in awhile.

    Congrats on five years. Truly impressive. I hope to look at your first entry now and need to see that video everyone else is talking about!!!

  8. Wildside says:

    Boy, that is funny… ‘twist ‘MY’ words’ — not quite what I mean to say! No big deal, but I came back to add a correction anyway…

    I meant isn’t it that they seem to twist whatever is said (from anyone, pro or con) so that it seems it was meant to support whatever agenda they have in mind?