At certain periods it becomes the dearest ambition of a man to keep a faithful record of his performances in a book; and he dashes at this work with an enthusiasm that imposes on him the notion that keeping a journal is the veriest pastime in the world, and the pleasantest. But if he only lives twenty-one days, he will find out that only those rare natures that are made up of pluck, endurance, devotion to duty for duty’s sake, and invincible determination, may hope to venture upon so tremendous an enterprise as the keeping of a journal and not sustain a shameful defeat.
- The Innocents Abroad

If you wish to inflict a heartless and malignant punishment upon a young person, pledge him to keep a journal a year.
- The Innocents Abroad


Mark twain, timeless again. How did he know about blogging?


And So I have to apologize for being such a slacker blogger.

Still with renewed enthusiasm, I’ll fill everyone in on the latest news:

After much blood, sweat and tears (literally) I bought a new house! They said it couldn’t be done, but I did it.

Here were my requirements:

Closer to work, meaning within biking distance

Large Backyard, meaning enough land to hopefully grow all my fruits and vegetables.

Closer to my parents, now they have no excuse not to visit.

and a guest room or two for visitors.

and of course an awesome kitchen for all the cooking I do.


And Yes I was able to find something in my price range!! So what that it doesn’t have a functioning heater,  it’s summer. And so what that it needs plenty of other “fixing up”. I feel incredibly like Mr Blandings






But I also feel incredibly blessed, because I’ve already started some seeds, and they have sprouted quickly, and are waiting for me to build some raised beds to transplant them into.

Here are a few photos, but as I progress, I’ll update

I’m starting with bean, carrots, onions, chives, kabocha, and pumpkin. I hope I’m not too late for the pumpkins, but why not try. I’ll put leafy greens and more in asap.




The front has a beautiful old Sycamore.







There are two artist sheds in the back. This one is the one on the right. It’s well made, and this one I’m using to start my seedlings. But it could also be a yoga/meditation room.






This one I’m told is very poorly made and I’ll tear it down at some point.






And there is a beautiful winding path that leads up to the sheds. I think it would make a great flowing stream some day.

I can but dream, right?  Check out aquascape’s web site

And last is the kitchen. It’s small, but very functional for now and lots of potential






Although I love that old stove, It had some major issues, and not at all energy efficient, so I had to let is go, and bought a new one from my favorite range company

American range. Electric starter, made locally (no extra carbon shipping this 400 lb. baby from overseas) and I bought one that was slightly scratched, so the price was very fair. Still I had to rent a pick up truck, drive to Pacoima, tie it down securely, drive it back, and watch with amazement while the plumbers carried it inside, and hooked it up.


No wonder I haven’t been able to blog

More soon, including photos of the raised beds, sprouts and who know what else.