IMG_3536Got home this morning around 11:30. Travel is always fun, but also tiring. You want to see everyone and spend quality time, but that time always seems to go so fast. I specifically went to California to see Rhiann’s (my niece) debut as Sister Bertha in “Getting to Know the Sound of Music”. Basically, the shorter version for youth theater. It was really quite good! But I also wanted to visit family and friends as much as possible. Three days went by quickly (I don’t count the travel days), and saw me take in the food at Point Loma Seafoods with my folks, The Maincourse Restaurant with my friends Ray, Tony, Candace and Nat, the final event of San Diego’s Beer Week and Guild Fest at The Lodge at Torrey Pines (one of the most authentic Craftsman style hotels I’ve ever seen) with Bernadette, John, Ralph, and my brother – Timm, as well as the main event that I wanted to attend in the first place with my family; now, all of a sudden, I’m back! As my mind is still trying to catch up to my body, I’m thinking I’ll just do a simple post/report on my visit to Trumper’s Honey and Fruit Shack. Continue reading

where in the world?

IMG_3532So, I’m on travel this weekend. Can you guess where I am??? This was taken yesterday at lunch. Point Loma Seafoods in Point Loma San Diego. It was a gorgeous day. No wind and around 78°. Lovely. It felt so good to have some air with a bit of moisture in it. Then we went up to Ramona, where my folks live. The weather there is almost exactly the same as at home. Today, at 3:30 p.m., it is 75° in Ramona and windy from Santa Ana. At home the high was 72° with winds most of the day. Both in Ramona and at home the winds are dying down. Kind of interesting to me that the weather is so similar at this time of year. Continue reading

what we like

summer into fallAs with every season, there are things we like and things that aren’t our most favorite, in regards to Fall.  If you spend any time on Social Media, you know that there are memes galore extolling the virtues of all things pumpkin spice. I am here to tell you – I don’t necessarily buy into that craze. I don’t like pumpkin spice lattes, nor pumpkin spice English muffins, nor pumpkin spice cheese cake. On the other hand, I have always enjoyed pumpkin bread, pumpkin pancakes (a Halloween tradition in my family), and cold pumpkin pie for breakfast. Recently, I added Culver’s Pumpkin Shake to my fall list, because it was amazingly delicious and is made with actual pumpkin. Other than that, the craze is falling flat with me. What other things crop up for us in the fall? Likes? Dislikes? Continue reading

weekend joy

bring on thew eekendI’m not exactly sure why, but the week has just seemed to drag along. I think we’re both happy it is finally Friday. Somewhere this week, I  picked up a cold – I think Sue may have one too. We’ve just been not quite up to par lately. Also, I’ve been having to spend more time at work lately, and Sue has been having to do everything by herself. I mostly have made it home in time to help with the putting to bed, but that’s not a lot.  Continue reading

happy halloween

f3e80d1e7363e2ffdd988de469eb73bc“When hinges creak in doorless chambers, and strange and frightening sounds echo through the halls. Whenever candle lights flicker where the air is deathly still — that is the time when ghosts are present, practicing their terror with ghoulish delight!” That is the beginning narration in Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion ride; did you recognize it? It wasn’t until I was in my 30’s that I started being able to go through the ride with my eyes open… I still have difficulties – it’s scary! Well, we don’t have much cause to be scared here, unless it has to do with rattle snakes, scorpions, or some spiders -the three scary s’s – but I thought I should at least try for a Halloween themed post today. Shall we take a quick tour of the halloween farm? “There are several prominent ghosts who have retired here from creepy old crypts all over the world. Actually, we have 999 happy haunts here — but there’s room for 1,000. Any volunteers? (Bwahahahaha) If you insist on lagging behind, you may not need to volunteer. And now, a carriage approaches to take you into the boundless realm of the supernatural.Take your loved ones by the hand, please, and kindly watch your step.”  Continue reading

maintenance rocks

maintenanceAs the days grow shorter and the egg production begins to decline, people have been asking, “Well, what else is there for you to do?” I think I say this a great deal in the blog – or I used to; there is never an end to what needs to be done on the farm. We do a heck of a lot of maintenance, all the time – but especially during the slower months.  After the fall and winter maintenance, then comes Spring cleaning… just like in your home. Continue reading

freedom is scary

FreedomI don’t know how you felt when you were a teenager and had just received your driver’s license, but when that happened for me, I was scared. I think I may have been an odd kid, but I really didn’t want to get my license. Yes, it was going to be good to be able to drive myself to choir, and youth group, and play rehearsals so my folks wouldn’t have to schlep me around all the time, but I was honestly afraid of driving. Don’t get me wrong, I was a fine driver, my dad taught me well and I had driven many things on the farm – drove a Caterpillar tractor starting at 9 – but not on public roads!  You can hurt people!!!! Driving is a form of freedom, but it is also a major responsibility. I was scared, but I did have the courage to use my newly given freedom. I think maybe that fear made me a better driver; I certainly wasn’t cavalier about it —- until much later. Freedom is scary.  Continue reading

wet stuff

let it rainThe last few days we’ve been experiencing some of the wet, clear, cool stuff that falls down from the sky, i.e.: rain. We may have had more rain over the last few weeks than we had all Monsoon season. Please understand, I am not complaining. We will take the rain whenever we can get it. It saves on us watering, helps us to recharge the aquifer, and allows us to see how our rain catchments are working.  It also helps to keep things a bit more green – even during the winter – and therefore, less of a fire hazard; however, it does make for more mowing/weed whacking work. Continue reading

shorter days

Tempus_Fugit_1024x1024The days are getting shorter and shorter as we get closer to the winter solstice. For those of you outside of Arizona, you may not know that we do not observe Daylight Savings Time, so we never change our clocks. That also means that for 1/2 of the year we have the same time as my folks, and our friends, in California. This November, California will be voting on whether to continue to adhere to Daylight Savings or not. If that passes, then we will always be an hour ahead of California. Interesting times.  Continue reading