THIS & THAT


Late summer garden

Labor Day

Monday was just like a typical day here on the urban homestead – “labor” in the garden, in the kitchen, on the computer, and on the roof. Well, except for taking a break for a few hours when a LA Times staff writer was here doing a story for an upcoming issue of Calendar, it was a busy work day.

La Tea Da

With such heat, humidity and work, everyone is very thirsty these days and is in need of a good thirst quencher, lucky for us we have a 1lb of organic, certified fair trade rooibos tea. I learned about rooibos (and many other teas) working in the English tea shop here in town.

Rooibos makes a great thirst-quencher and sport drink. Because of its mineral content of iron, potassium, zinc, manganese and sodium, it restores the body’s equilibrium after strenuous exercise.
read more about rooibos tea benefits

Not only does this non caffeinated tea taste delicious the health properties are similar or even more beneficial than green tea.

Sunny Solution

An easy summer-time tes solution is sun tea.
Here’s how to make SUN TEA 

Peach Wine

With peaches pouring in, and now that we have some wine making supplies, we whipped up a batch of peach wine. Of course, it won’t be ready for a least 3 months – all that needs to be done today is add the yeast, remove the pulp in about 5 days, siphon it in about 3 weeks and again in 2 months, bottle and wait patiently.

The elderberry wine is less than two months away from being ready to bottle.

Hey, Pasadena Residents – Green Our City

PWP is offering 10 free trees (qualifying species list includes a few edibles like avocados, citrus and peach). Residential electric customers who purchase an eligible Cool Tree will qualify for rebates of $40-$60 per tree (up to 10 trees per year)

Also, Pasadena Water and Power is offering a rebate to residential customers who install solar power photovoltaic (PV) systems. The rebate offered is $3.50 per watt, not to exceed $8,000. Thanks to this rebate offered by the City of Pasadena we diy-installed 12 solar panels in 2003, costing us (after rebate) a little over $4,000. Green savings –  environmentally and financially.

Read more about Pasadena’s Green Incentives, Rebates and Conservation Programs

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  1. Nancy Kelly says:

    Don’t you love those preying mantises? They have such character.

    Nancy