Have compassion for your neighborhood birbs and borbs. They may help you relax a bit as you gaze at their theatrics.

Someday we’ll figure out how to make rice noodles right. Did a bunch of experiments today and almost got there. We just want perfect Drunken Noodles and Pad See Ew.

Hello, probably Spruce. Put on some good growth this year, yeah? You weren’t invited, you’re kind of a weed, but I like you anyway.

Got to make the rock rings around the citrus trees larger so drip emitters can be moved back for better root growth. Also may help with frost as the ground can now radiate heat up into the trees rather than be insulated by wood chips. Here’s before and after.

before expanding the rock ring around the mandarin.after expanding the rock ring around the mandarin tree.

Happy Lunar New Year 🧧

Sporg! A pipe to nowhere 😋

A cozy sleeping machine. Yeah she’s awake. She can sense when the camera comes out to give the stink eye.

Energy makes growing peppers & tomatoes in the winter possible. Got lots of jalapeños, serranos, santa fe, and a variety of tomatoe. We’ll transplant outdoors in mid to late March 🌱

Mud Creek, CA south of Mt. Shasta after a pretty intense debris flow in 2014. The deposits are muddy and full of variously sized rocks and other debris (such as entire trees).

Got a lot of hope for these little peppers and tomatoes! 🌱

For Sunday breakfast, my partner made rösti with Swiss cheese in the middle and a sunny-side up egg on top. For Sunday dinner, my partner made Mushroom Pot Pie. She’s the best.

plated mushroom pot pierösti with a sunnyside up egg

We’re craving Manzanita flower blooms in the front yard. Almost there… 🌱

Beef tenderloin filets getting the royal treatment of butter basting. Cooked to medium rare.

Our first front yard daffodil flower of 2021. Bloomed about two weeks later than last year (Jan 24, 2020). A small pollinator is already taking advantage! 💚 🌱

Apple Photos thinks eating campfire roasted marshmallows off a metal stick is a sport. I agree.

Pets are the best since they always find new unexpected ways to delight, unknowingly helping their stressed out humans!

Back in 2013 we half-heartedly grew corn. We got so excited over the seemingly nice looking ears of corn. We peeled back the layers of husk and silk… surprise! Hardly any kernels. Very poor pollination I guess. Never tried growing corn again.

Cats are pros at comfort.

Currently reading: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab 📚

I finished The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker. I’m sooo looking forward to the next book in this series. ★★★★★ 📚

A screensaver with the best most relaxing photos and a nice hot morning beverage to start the day.

Close up of a Meyer Lemon still on the tree. 😋

Tomato sprouts all day today! Peppers should be next. 🌱

Lemon grass is overwintering nicely. This time we dug up the plant to include roots. Last year we rooted a few stalks in water; here’s its progeny 👌 There’s another bunch of lemon grass outdoors. If it survives, that’ll be the second year overwintering outside in native soil. 🌱

lemon grass overwintering in a pot.

We have a lot of citrus in the backyard: mandarins, Meyer lemons, and Valencias. This means it is time for Alton Brown’s Acid Jellies! We don’t coat them with sugar at the end of the cook as we’ve found the sugar is too hydrophilic in humid winters & the jellies get… damp. 🌱