Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend 2012

Memorial Day 2012

What does it mean to you? For me it is thinking not only about the military forces who lost their lives but my own family members who have left too soon... and how their passing has re-adjusted my life path. I am not going to go into more of that but if you know the loss of my cousin who died at 42 from cancer, you what effect it had on the family. The first couple of months after she died, I sat on the couch kinda in a stupor and then decided to work for something bigger than me. I raised money for the American Stroke Association and completed the Huntington Beach marathon. Then I bought this house... I am not going to "blame" her for that as I have been a real estate junkie for years, but it was her death that pushed me to do it. Why wait any longer to do something you have dreamed about when you never know what will come next week or next year?

Now on to less thought provoking things... like my garden, the car show in Valley Springs and the view from my deck!

Let's start with the car show at the Valley Springs driving range. It had about 200 cars some were "classic" and some were modified. I love American hot rods and muscle cars.. don't get me wrong, European cars are nice but if you step on the gas and the engine noise makes me tingle.. that is my kind of car.

53 studebaker

my fav - shelby cobra

same shelby

engine that won it an award

another shelby

This guy built this platform on his motorcycle for his dog. Very clever!

My veggie garden is coming up really well... I have taken a different approach to the weeds this year. If you are not in the planting bed itself and you don't have stickers or are going to choke my plants you can stay. I am encouraging the Purslane because more people are interested in it.. and it turns out, it doesn't need any encouragement! It just grows like crazy. I am thinking about what to make with it when it starts getting big enough in a couple of weeks. (If you are interested in Purslane, email me at
Corn and a "volunteer" potato

Tallest of Nick's Sunflowers - if you look on the ground, that is purslane.

Tomatoes.. hard to see I know but I am eternally hopeful that they will do better than last year.
KC on the deck - enjoying the view with me. Ok she is trying to stay awake, but where is the story in that?

Rain clouds leaving the area on Sat afternoon.. this is the view from my deck and yes I spend a lot of time on it!

Same as above, just a different cloud

Sunset - Almost from my deck. I keep trying to capture the light as it hits my trees just before sunset, but the camera can't quite do it justice.
 Other things... mostly I spent the weekend weeding ... and the skunk cruised through again. I have a bachelor Quail living on my back hill by himself with a lady friend that comes to visit. You can't sleep past 6:30 because the roosters start crowing at about 4:30am... some people think live in the country is quiet! I laugh at that... I have roosters, turkeys, peacocks, squirrels, cows and of course dogs making all sorts of noise. But I like it... :)  Sometimes I think this house has been the only thing that has kept me sane for the last few years... my job is amazingly intense and so many people count on me. That I can feel my blood pressure going up and I want to just run away... and I do.. to MokeHill.


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