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   Apr 29


Take that, 11! Something about working on Saturday always makes me feel like I’m being punished. It’s like detention. No one else has to work but you! No wonder I love The Breakfast Club so much. Though it does beg the question of whether we really ever get out of high school. Even though Friday’s […]

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   Feb 27


The other day, I spent a lot of time on the phone. More than I was expecting, though I did get a lot done. I don’t know about you, but I can’t sit still when I’m on the phone. I’m always pacing around, and the lengthy phone time gave me a chance to discover a […]

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   Feb 16

Signs of Hope

We did get a little more rain – a peek at the rain gauge shows about an inch, and a peek at the weekly paper shows about 13 inches for the season, which is half of what we had at the same time last year. The so called heavy rain predicted for yesterday never did […]

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   Feb 11

Rain at Last

It’s raining petals We got about six inches of rain since I last checked in with you. It was wonderful to hear the rain pattering against the roof/walls in my little house. You could practically hear the garden saying “Aaahhh….”, even though it still looks pretty terrible*. The power even stayed on! The kitties were […]

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   Dec 31


I’m ending the year the same way I started it – in my beloved San Francisco. This was a banner year for trips to the City: 9, an all-time high since moving to Hooterville four years ago. There was a lot more travel this year, some less fun (Atlanta) than others (LA). This was a […]

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   Dec 13

‘Tis the Season

Inland snow The record-breaking cold snap is finally beginning to lose its grip, though it’s still a lot colder than it should be. It’s beginning to feel like the White Witch is running things around here – always freezing, no rain. At least it’s stayed above freezing the past couple of nights and the pipes […]

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   Aug 21


Or how to make the world’s most expensive peach pie! First, you plant the peach tree: Keep in mind that this simple statement includes: Getting your friend and neighbor to come over with his heavy machinery Scrobbling up all the brush and bushes Removing hundreds of rootballs by hand (the very definition of back-breaking labor) […]

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   May 29

Megan’s Birthday

Megan is so special and her birthday is so special that we celebrated it twice – last week, and on her real birthday, this past Saturday. In the interim between the two barbecues, my brother had not been idle. He made a Waltons sized picnic table: I mentioned that seeing him working on the table […]

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   May 25

Hot Tub Time Machine

Faithful readers know that the decaying and useless hot tub has been a bĂȘte noire for me since I first moved into my little house in the pygmy woods nearly four years ago. The rest of the garden looks pretty nice after years of work, but then you have this eyesore in the middle: The […]

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   May 11

Working on a Dream

“I’m working on a dream Though sometimes it feels so far away I’m working on a dream And I know it will be mine someday” — Bruce Springsteen, “Working on a Dream” You’d think that last year’s garden building extravaganza would have tuckered my siblings out, and that all they’d want to do this year […]

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   Mar 21


Yesterday was the first official day of spring, or the Vernal Equinox as the scientifically and paganly inclined would have it. Here in Hooterville, it looked a lot more like winter than spring, being rainy, windy, and cold-ish. It’s been a strange winter. We were slammed with storms early in the season, racking up six […]

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   Jan 27


Well, hello there! Things have been really busy (and somewhat stressful) at the job and jobette ever since I got back from San Francisco. And as you know, work = no fun = nothing to blog about. I have the last three quarterly due diligence conference calls at 6 am on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday […]

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   Dec 31

2012 in Review

Farewell, 2012 It’s really fun going back and seeing what happened during the year, even if it wasn’t that great a year, like this one. Pay cuts and grand jury summons do not make for a good year. Hopefully the new one will also be improved. Power outages: 6, including one in October due to […]

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   Dec 09

After the Storm

Before After Well, the storm kicked our collective butts for about 10 days, dumping 8 inches (20+ centimeters) of rain, taking the power out twice in Hooterville (and keeping it out in the Big Town for a selected few residents for a week), and closing the road to civilization twice as well. Then it blew […]

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   Nov 16

Garden Notes

Stevie, my former neighbor, has moved to Hawaii, where she is hopefully being welcomed by the goddess Pele. According to Stevie, if Pele doesn’t like you, you’re out. Kind of a cosmic club bouncer. Before Stevie moved to Club Pele, she gave me some lovely parting gifts, such as this stunning 12 year old Japanese […]

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   Oct 07

About Last Night

Note: The post below was interrupted by a power outage, literally out of the clear blue sky. I guess I was overly optimistic about the rest of the day being better than the morning. I’m doing laundry before I go to the jobette. It’s a sunny day and I want to hang out laundry while […]

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   Jul 24

Unexpected Visitors

On Saturday, I was working* when Mark, my landlord and neighbor, stopped by with his wife, Citlali, who is Rose’s daughter. It’s always nice to see them, but especially when it’s an excuse to stop working. They had some news for me: they have found three young guys** to rent out their house while they […]

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   Jul 14

Home at Last

My garden says “hello” Thursday would have been a beautiful day no matter what, but it was a sunny one, too, without the bone-crushing heat’n’humidy of an East Coast summer day*. I sang along to the Beach Boys’ new CD as I drove past the vineyards and redwoods in the California sunshine. I yelled “Woo […]

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   Jun 15

Birth of a Garden

I’ve been promising you some pictures of the garden party palace over on the family property, and here they are at last! The whole thing started back in March. Or maybe February. Making a garden here in the pygmy is not as easy as it is in most places. First of all, you have to […]

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   May 27


Megan and I had a good time on her birthday evening. We ended up talking and listening to music instead of watching the movie. She loved her present, a garden bench/kneeler: Having repeated knee surgeries makes groveling around to weed and garden pretty painful, and when you have an 80 foot by 80 foot garden, […]

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