Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Strike a Pose


Golden hour posing...

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Fun with Squeaky Toys

Shenanigans in the living room lounge, open every night at 7 p.m.

Monday, September 28, 2020

Naughty Bits


OK, so I don't want to be THAT immature person, but this flower is a wee bit rude (front AND back). Right?!?

It is actually really quite cool: it is called Dutchman's Pipe (also called a pelican flower). This bloom is huge--at least 10 inches (OMG, that sounds a bit naughty too, LOL). 

Plenty more where that came from! 
(This is not my plant, BTW...)

Friday, September 25, 2020


 So cool, so NOOOOOO. I flicked it off and I swear it gave me a dirty look.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Baaaa Again

 Now she's found another friend...he looks a bit surprised by it all.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020


This very large squeaky lamb got a bath yesterday...she was quite filthy.
I think she's pleased.
SOMEONE keeps moving her around the she is snuggling with the vintage duck decoy. Santa will be quite jealous, as he generally likes to cuddle with the duck at Christmastime. 

(I can't find the link to a pic of Santa and his duck friend because Blogger has changed the editing template and it SUCKS.)

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Sweet Blooms

 The dahlias and roses are the stars of the cutting garden, but the sweet little blooms sometimes steal the show. These are gomphrena and pinks, both of which have been removed from the raised beds as they were done. Charming!

Monday, September 21, 2020

Lounge Lizardo

How beautiful is this lizard? Amazing colors...He/she showed up in my raised bed (after I pulled some plants out). The lizards are favorites of ours. We have big ones, teeny ones, and everything in between. 


Friday, September 18, 2020


 No words tonight...

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Flock o' Doves

As I have written about many times before, the sweet doves like to congregate and nestle into the mulch for a little rest. They also do the weird lifting of the wing thing...We love them! 

And then they all were spooked and they--and a dozen of their friends--hung out on the wires. It's a flock of doves! Love them...

Wednesday, September 16, 2020


...of season. These are late summer roses that smell amazing (especially the darker pink ones...).

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Try to Save the Bee

 Well, I tried to save THIS bee: she was in a spider's web and I removed her (the spider was PISSED). She crawled a bit...but then she keeled over. I don't know if it was the stress or if the spider injected her with venom, or what. Boo!
RIP, bee girl!

Monday, September 14, 2020

Come and Knock on Our Door

Soooo happy to have a beer (and some tots!) here again...this is one of our favorite "beer joints"!

(The title of the post and name of the establishment is a reference to "Three's Company," BTW...)

Friday, September 11, 2020

Magic Trick

 This dove appears to know how to do a magic trick: "The Disappearing Dove Head."
Now you see it.
Abracadabra! Now you don't!
Now you do! Presto!

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Summer Sweetly Scented

The second bloom of summer is happening...they are so delicately fragrant.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020


 In these strange times, one finds fun where one can...we found it by going to the South Bay Drive-In (since 1958) to see a filmed concert by Metallica. Pandemica!
I am not a heavy metal fan, really, but I do really like Metallica (I mean, who doesn't?!).

We came, we saw, we (B.) got the t-shirt.

It was a new (and fun) experience!

Tuesday, September 8, 2020


 This is what it looks like when there is a huge wildfire burning in your sad.
 Weird red/orange light coming in the windows...
Even today the sun still looks weird.

Monday, September 7, 2020

Labor (Day) Reward

 B. and I "labored" today (he working on new gates/fencing, I doing yardwork), so we were extra happy to have our required ice cream (it's the law--well, our law) to have it on national holidays. We both had chocolate chip (so good--the vanilla ice cream is delicious and not just a boring vehicle for the chocolate chips). They currently can't put the ice cream in the cone and hand it to you, so this is what you get.
It is from our favorite ice cream purveyor, Niederfrank's, holding on since 1948.

Happy Labor Day!

Friday, September 4, 2020

Historical Landmark No. 1361

We're official! (So excited to have our plaque!)

Thursday, September 3, 2020


 Q: What do you do when you want to protect these beauties from the tree trimming going on on the other side of the fence?
A: You build a dahlia fort! (It worked well, though it was rather unnecessary as the trees were quickly and efficiently butchered by the "landscaper" next door--a travesty! Sigh.)

Wednesday, September 2, 2020


 The sweet doves love to nestle into the mulch and have a little rest.
And they tend to blend in...
For example, how many doves do you see here? (There are seven!)

Tuesday, September 1, 2020


 Such oddness...guess I never noticed before that cucumbers give up these tiny moisture bubbles when they are cut. Weird! (And cool!)