Tuesday, April 30, 2013

12 hikes :: april :: Pierce College

popping back in to report on our hike... which almost escaped us once again!

a little bit of a cheat (maybe?) on this one. we hiked over to Pierce College today for their Annual Farm Walk. we are so lucky to have this campus nearby, with its great recreational facilities, its agricultural center, and its abundant wide-open spaces. while the space has been reduced in recent years, it still is a prize to have within walking distance of our home.



Pierce College
6201 Winnetka Ave
Los Angeles, 91356
Neighborhood: Woodland Hills

Proximity: 0 miles (we started from our front door!)
Hike length: 3 1/2 miles : from our front door to the gate to the Ag center is about 1 1/3 miles plus hiking around the Ag center...and home again!
Bonus features: chickens, and cows, and goats! oh my! (plus sheep shearing, horse shows, live music, and much more)
Tips: It is always hot for Farm Walk (bring water!). The rest of the year you can't explore the farm as much, but there are great trails through the campus - all pretty easy.

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reviews to follow... must beat mayday!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013



I need to write these things down...

K has declared that when she grows up she will be a mom with 3 kids and live on a ranch in California where she will train horses and care for sheep, goats, chickens and love birds. And she will own a 1000 inch plasma tv and eat in her own pizzeria.

E is still set on living in Paris.

I love 8 and 11. And am looking forward to 9 and 12 just around the corner.

They crowned D "Mr. Awesome-sauce". (And me "Mrs. Awesome-sauce" by default.)

On paper we have been married 14 years. It makes me very happy to type that.

K smuggled our new vintage typewriter (Hermes Rocket) to school in her backpack.


I've taken on a small contract with a great non-profit.

I'm so excited to be heading to England next month to see this, this, and this.

We found the sweetest little love bird who left us as quickly as she came.

I'm a World Book Night giver once again.

We are running another 5K this weekend.

Then heading to Farm Walk.

For the first time in 7 years I have not taken a position on a PTA board.

Balance is coming.

We are working on eating two vegetarian meals / week.

That black chicken keeps hiding her eggs around the yard. Everyone loves to hunt for them.

The daughter of an elderly neighbor we help quite a bit sent us the most beautiful thank you gifts.


I love my neighborhood public school.

The days are long but the years are short. Actually the days are even feeling short lately.

We are planning the summer. And it is awesome-sauce as well.

Next week is "Screen Free Week". I'm starting early.

See you in May!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

zoom went the week


that's all folks...

Sunday, April 07, 2013


it feels like the home stretch. and the calendar reflects it...


savoring the moments i can. lots of cut flowers. (from the garden and elsewhere.)


dreaming of an island summer...

spring planting

These are D's instructions on how to fold paper pots (circa 2009). We use them to start seedlings for our garden, and are busy folding them today.

how to fold a paper pot

We are a little late with planting this year - but I think we will make it. I've spent the last couple of weekends contemplating how to keep the chickens out of the raised beds. We have just run chicken wire around in the past - but it was looking a little shabby so I wanted to go with wattle - but would have to purchase the supplies. (Or wait for my friend John's tree to grow up again!) While D was thinning and trying to propagate our bamboo last weekend, he suggested I try a wattle-fashioned fence out of it. Here is what we have right now. I'm not exactly sure about it. But it was easy. And it was free. So we will see how it holds up.

raised beds

We've got tomatoes, zucchini, persian cucumbers in, and lettuce, basil, cilantro onions seeded. Also trying a go at luffa this year. We will start peppers, eggplant today. Peas and Beans to come... The girls also seeded their cut-flower garden last weekend. The chooks had a go at it, so time will tell.

Happy Spring.