Keeping the Peace

The planting instructions say that this Peace rose needs at least six hours of direct sunlight. I don’t think they had a Southern California heatwave in mind, though.

It’s 105 in the shade in the back yard, so goodness knows how hot it is on the west side of the house this afternoon. My smart mother suggested this easy fix!  I cut slits in an old busted up umbrella so the wind won’t catch it so easily and put it over the rose.

Temperatures are supposed to rise over 100 degrees every day for the next week.  Laying low on the edge of the desert.


Random Heart

Some images from the couple of days after the Run for the Color, when we returned to the park for our regularly scheduled morning walk/jog.

Does anyone else see a heart in that tire track in the middle of the color leftover from the starting line of the 5K?

Over Acton


This tree house has seen better days, but it must have been wonderful in its hey day. Hopefully the tree will leaf out in the spring.

Kitty and I take a little time to drive the side roads in and around Acton during her visit. We’ve found some interesting things and views.


Tlaloc Dice “De Nada”


Tlaloc says, “You’re welcome.”

Last year, in anticipation of El Nino, we had two terraces built into the slope that runs most of the length of our property. El Nino didn’t bring out his rain clouds to play.

This summer we added a small statue of Tlaloc, the Aztec god of rain (and drought, and sprouting) that called to us on a visit to Olvera Street. We didn’t actually realize this until we saw a big statue of Tlaloc in Mexico City in the background of Mozart in the Jungle.

Maybe Tlaloc likes that we scatter seeds and cracked corn on the level below him, drawing in birds of many feathers. The pacing, duration and force of the rains has been wonderful here so far, allowing the earth to absorb much-needed water rather that coming in torrents that damage or destroy.

Into the Greening


Moving into the new year  with the promise of rain. As long as it doesn’t get too cold, we should see the hills around us grow green in the coming weeks.

Spent some of the day mending things, doing a little more organizing (the sock drawer, the wardrobe, the tool baskets in the pantry). It feels good to set things aright at the turning of the year.


The drought has even been hard on the formidable juniper.

Spent another part of the day reminiscing with my mother about our travels in France and elsewhere. She’s staying for a nice long while, and it was good to not have to work at the beginning of her visit.

Hydra and I took a short hike. Gorgeous day. Had a chance to try the fabulous 18-140 lens Hydra gave me for Christmas…to replace the 18-105 that I broke when I stood up from my seat on a wall next to the Seine and it dropped to the sidewalk. It’s been my favorite lens for years. This new one goes to eleven!

Planning to post a photo a day for the month of January.