the Pineapple Express & Peanut Butter Play dough

A weather system nicknamed the Pineapple Express hit the west coast Wednesday night. School was canceled Thursday, and my cell phone pinged about a dozen times with flash flood, high wind, and pouring rain warnings. Sometime Wednesday night the power went out and stayed out for about 10 hours (?) possibly longer, coming back around … More the Pineapple Express & Peanut Butter Play dough

water-misappropriation problems resolved (we hope)

After a summer of being ignored as I reminding the children that California is having a drought and we need to leave the water off, I decided to solve the water-misappropriation problems once and for all and replace the faucet with one that has a removable “key” (or you can use a flat-head screwdriver in … More water-misappropriation problems resolved (we hope)

Asian Pears 2014

It is that time of year again, the Asian Pear tree is laden with fruit and I am torn between chucking it all in the green bin and doing something useful with it. There are already mounds of decaying pears laying in the jasmine, so I should probably start doing something about that, and with … More Asian Pears 2014

Rainy Day Crafting

It has been cold raining on and off the last few days, amazingly the kids have tired of playing in the mud in the yard, so I’ve had to search the internet for things to help keep them occupied. It is nearing Christmas and Oliver has preschool teachers who would prefer gifts that are “simple … More Rainy Day Crafting


It has been raining the last few days. Instead of arguing with the boys about playing inside, they’ve been bundled in their rain gear and sent out to play. Our yard has become a mud pit and experimental zone. See this dirt? It will be come mud, fabulous mud to be smeared ALL OVER the … More Mud!