Saturday, June 28, 2008

And Heaven Continues

I'm still in my grungy clothes from this morning because I don't have to look presentable. It's just me and the dog hanging out. We went for a long walk this morning before it got too hot. He wore himself out digging for gophers while I did most of the walking. When we got back he hit the shower (hose) and I gave him a bath. He actually stood there and wanted me to keep going just to keep him cool I suppose. Then I started irrigating and noticed the windows were disgusting. I enjoy clean windows; so I took on the job. My dog had cooled down enough to have his late breakfast (roasted chicken & Eukanuba). Laundring rags and rugs went on while I puttered around the house. I know it's still housework; but I enjoy it so much more when I'm doing it at my pace and however I want. I never notice my neighbors cleaning their windows. I wonder if they ever do. How often to you clean your windows?

Friday, June 27, 2008

Home Alone

Ever get to have the entire house to yourself? Husband's gone. No kids around...just you and the animals to do or not do whatever you want. This is a rare and much loved treat. Somehow the house remains clean, the laundry doesn't pile up, and there's not a dirty dish in sight. Ah, heaven.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Local History

I'm interested in local, quirky history. Perhaps I'm getting old enough to where my memories are history. Old photos are most interesting even if there is no description. The local library and museum are sources for those photos; but their online collection is a bit limited. Flickr sometimes is another good source. I would like to know if anyone has suggestions of other sources for historical photos or local history (Kern County, California).

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


What's the best tomato to grow in a hot, dry climate? Something that tastes great and doesn't need tons of maintenance. Currently, I'm growing Health Kick, Sun King, and Brandi wine. Health Kick is kicking the competition to the curb. Although the fruit is small (not cherry like), I'm getting plenty of fruit setting once the weather screamed into the 100s. Brandi wine seems to be struggling. There's only a few tomatoes and the plant is very leggy. Maybe that's how it's supposed to be.

Anyway, I'm looking to get a couple more plants to last through the end of summer (October here - yuck) and would like any recommendations. Plus, I'm trying out this whole blogging thing. There's only room for improvement here.