The 1940 Census is available for review, and I tracked down the occupants of our current home. The house was just 4 years old at that time, and was rented to a couple from San Francisco, Fenton and Belle. They were in their early fifties, he was a pharmacist, and they paid $48 a month […]Read more "Way back when"
I’m getting ready for the front yard picket fence to go in, and that means some of the plants are going to have to move. We had several box hedges along the sidewalk, which weren’t doing all that hot anyway, and there are two largish grass plants and some day lilies. We’ve generally favored plants […]Read more "Flora migration"
It took a while, but we now have a solution in place for the incomplete East Wall in the kitchen. There was this blank wall between the door on the left and the window, and since pretty much every other wall surface is put to use in here it needed something to do. I found […]Read more "It’s the little things"
Here’s the concept for the fence and trellis we plan to add to the front yard. Why the fence all of a sudden? We actually wanted to have a fence included in our front yard landscaping project a few years ago, but we were talked out of it, and convinced to use dwarf box hedges […]Read more "containment"
Every year at this time, the salvia out front (called Mexican Sage) goes a bit overboard. And here it goes again. The hummingbirds are having a field day. You can see the hummingbird-on-sage action real good from the living room window. The two Japanese Maples (again with the international plant name!) out front are stepping […]Read more "the sage of redwood city"
A couple of years ago I made a fence and arbor-ish gateway in the backyard. It separated one area of the backyard from another area of the backyard. You’re probably wondering, “for what purpose”. Couldn’t tell you. But it did give me something to do for a few weekends, and so in that respect it […]Read more "another way"
I have long desired to have a tool shed for the gardening stuff. My gardening tools were here and there in the garage, and that kind of bothered me. For a few years, I looked around for shed building plans or sheds I could just buy, but nothing seemed to fit. We might suppose that […]Read more "personal shed together"
The Letter had this great idea to use Google Maps street view and catalog all the Letter residences. I’m stealing this idea! And to make this even better for me, I can refer you to the first two locations cited in his post because I also lived there at exactly the same time. We’ll pick […]Read more "homes and haunts, mellowcat edition"
It was required that I obtain a new camera in advance of the Big Island trip. It’s the Lumix ZS8 . Here are a couple of recent snaps. First, we’ll test the close-up, which my other camera was no good at. This is a Douglas Iris – we’ve had this plant for years, and I think […]Read more "the new camera"
Researching a work thing the other day and I ran across a comment in some technical support site from a guy with similar question to my own. He indicated that he was looking for some guidance that would be in “laments terms”. I know how he feels. There was an article in the paper about […]Read more "that’s one way to put it"