Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Incredible (Book) Journey

So this showed up in the mail...

It was a book I had added to my Little Free Library, 
and had been sent from a public library a town over.

I put my address on the label so people could find their way back,
but it was nice that a book did.

And while I know this mailing stamp probably means
the package has been sent from a library...

... I'm choosing to believe it means it was sent to a library.

Because it was.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Garden Stalwarts

Do you know that in mild SoCal tomato plants can go around the bend
It's true!
We get frost rarely enough that tomatoes,
many of which are "tender perennials,"
 can just keep on chugging along.

Case in point:
this Costoluto.


It was a volunteer the summer of 2013,
but it's been reliably pumping out tomatoes ever since.

I counted about sixteen healthy tomatoes on its lanky stems,
including this bulbous beauty.

I also have a Black Krim that volunteered in a Topsy-Turvy last summer...

and it's also been reliably giving me super-tasty tomatoes.

So, my garden advice?

If something flourishes in your garden,
run with it.

Why fight your climate and try to grow struggling plants?

Saturday, September 13, 2014

What Time Is It (Almost)?

Guess what I bought at Trader Joe's today?


The first pumpkin of the season!

All you Halloween haters?
Need a little visit from Kevin Bacon,
so you can get that stick out of, well,  you know.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Another Request!

There's been another request with my Little Free Library!

Fortunately, both books were available for just
fifty cents each at my local 

for the third time,
I haven't had luck actually getting my patrons to pick up their books.

What's a library lady gotta do,
stake out the library with some surveillance gear?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

Garden Post!

How's the summer treating my garden?

The sunflowers are blooming!

Which is making the bees happy.

The zucchini is starting to pump out delicious green squashies...

... so is my favorite chocolate zucchini cake far behind?

The Sungolds are ripening...

... and are ready for pizzas, salads, or just snacking.

The basil is looking good, too!

Which means...


 what is that?

Well, it's homemade pesto.

I made it from an easy-peasy recipe found on Autostraddle;
the problem is the bright purple basil
which I THOUGHT would make a cool violet pesto
 instead ground up to a not-so-appetizing greenish-grey paste.

It tastes good, though!

So I'm just calling it an homage to a classic Disney dish.

Saturday, August 23, 2014


Look at these cuties!

They stopped off at my Little Free Library, 
found some books,
and dropped off some "bookworm" bookmarks.

Aren't they adorable?

This is why I do this!!