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What to do with an unruly bougainvillea?  Strap it to a trellis. What to do if you don’t have a trellis?  Build one! To keep the bougainvillea from falling into the fish pond, Carrie built us a trellis.  And she let me dig the holes for the concrete footings. Carrie translated this sketch into the […]

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Here is Paul chasing a squirrel up a tree.  Squirrel was caught in the new cat head bird feeder.

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If your fascination with vampires inspires a trip to the Red Cross to donate blood, are you just a fang away from becoming a vampire?   Carrie and I have always been drawn to any and all vampire movies and TV shows.  The darker and more conflicted the vampires are, the better.  Vampires attempting to […]

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Earlier this month, for the first time in my life, I had cryosurgery!  It’s less exiting than it may sound.  No futuristic sci-fi suspended animation frozen cryostasis; just cryosurgery, the Dermatologist spraying a spot on my face with liquid nitrogen.  Doctors have been removing unwanted growths from my body for almost 50 years, so if […]

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This dragonfly enjoys the bug hunting afforded by our ponds.  Here he is pausing between strafing runs.

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Carrie was in the Studio and I was nearby washing fishpond filters.  When I stopped spraying the hose, I heard an unfamiliar buzzing and looked up to see bees, lots and lots of bees, swarming in the pepper tree only 12 feet or so over my head.     I summoned Carrie.  We crouched on […]

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Carrie has planted this year’s garden which included setting out newly sprouted plants as well as starting many from seed.  I think we have at least one of every herb and vegetable that will grow in Southern California. Carrie has followed previous years’ successful “Four-Square” farming approach in the garden layout. The beds are made […]

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Hawks and falcons visit our backyard regularly.  Usually they come to drink from and bathe in the birdbath.  Today Carrie watched one having lunch. We have a couple of birdfeeders and bird baths that attract the usual suspects: wrens, finches, jays, doves, starlings, etc.  When the hawks or falcons arrive, everyone else leaves and stays […]

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We just bought a new car via the internet and then tracked it like a big Amazon package from England to the US. What a great, albeit slow (54 days), way to buy a car, especially for a couple of Geeks like us. I became convinced I wanted a new MINI Cooper “S”. I love […]

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We just settled into our spot at the Long Beach Blues Festival when we heard our neighbors chide Paul for having me work on “homework” at the festival. Misinterpreting our relationship, perhaps due to the 20 year difference in our age being exaggerated by Paul’s looking older than he is and my looking younger, they […]