Nothing but pleasant emotions with a view like this. I wish this were my backyard but so glad I had the presence of mind to take this photo. Hidden Lakes area, Lassen National Forest.

Overcome a poorly seasoned cast iron pan by cooking lots of fatty things like Guanciale.

The Annie Cat is not always relentless at being judgy. Sometimes she looks borderline benevolent.

Here’s some hope that our trio of Scrub Jays will eat our cultivated California native grapes.

Frosty garden grown hot peppers (from the freezer) about to become hot sauce. We harvest over the summer and freeze until ready.

In mid-2016 we discovered this graceful Silk Moth at Humboldt Redwoods State Park, CA.

I dislike Instagram’s new suggested posts. It is a new source of anxiety in that I might see something I try to avoid. Instagram is in solid FB territory now but is all I have to maintain connections with friends and family. Maybe it’s not worth it now.

This last week was insane and that is why I posted the Sourdough Dashi Scallion Pancakes twice for the August challenge. Is that cheating? Well, at least they were different photos. Also there is still a lot of Regina Spektor being played. And now Rilo Kiley.

VMware Fusion 12 Player

It is pretty awesome that VMware Fusion Player is replacing VMware Fusion Standard and Player is free for personal use. This is weird to me since I never expect a company to stop asking for money for great software. Now, it seems, I can upgrade VMware Fusion 11 Standard to VMware Fusion 12 Player for free and not miss anything. So weird! I guess VMWare wants to focus on business users and don’t want to cater to end-users like me. That would make sense as I will no longer be paying them money for their software. Well, this is pretty cool at this point in time.

This perch is pretty much The Annie Cat’s summer home during the day.

Sourdough Dashi Scallion Pancakes from last weekend had some serious crunch. A bit salty but very tasty. Perhaps use a bit less Dashi next time.

Wish I could change today’s cooler smokey summer day to a rainy winter day. The August Complex fires are insane.

Metallic ribbon and a fake bird of prey truly keeps the birds away from our figs.

Falafel on a grid.

This western milkweed bug stuffing itself into the eye of the Brown Turkey Fig is decidedly not cuddly and I do not like them ruining my figs! We actually cut into a fig the other day, decapitating a milkweed bug that got inside.

Likely the plume of the Doe Fire on the Mendocino National Forest.

Currently reading: The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin. I’ve had this book on library hold for months. The eBook finally became available in Libby (thanks to the public library)! 📚

Read Gideon the Ninth by Tamsym Muir. ★★★★☆

The novel meandered a bit but was thoroughly enjoyable. Its prose took a little bit to get used to. I look forward to reading the second book in this series. 📚

These Sourdough Dashi Scallion crepes were not stationary for long.

Unusual weather in NorCal but it is keeping daytime temps cooler than yesterday. The overnight low was about 80°. It is currently 81°. Lightning to the south and west of us (on the Mendocino NF).

The cultivated native plants likely needed some morning water for this California heatwave. It’s like a furnace vent out there.

The Annie Cat in silhouette.

Peppers among peppers. Nachos for dinner tonight. The red jalapeño and yellow wax peppers were home grown.

With the incoming heatwave in California, we will filter out direct sunlight to help keep these little avocado trees from scorching to death. Also: save the U.S. Postal Service. ✉️

West Point Light House on the Puget Sound. During a trip to visit friends Mid–2016.