Dirt du jour had that perfect tidbit on the daily wake up.
|Fruit salad is even more delicious when displayed on handcrafted pottery|
The tomato crop is rather late. Only the grape-style minis clustered red before independence day. Lanky, I ran lengths of tie-wire to the eave above where they rambled and tied them up to a height even with my eyeballs.
|The green coated wire is the world's cheapest tomato trellis|
We are expecting grapes any moment
Unless the local residents beat us to them.
|Grape vine, agapanthus and birdfeeder. A chain-link fence disappears.|
Not that we mind the competition from the birds. Squirrels, possums, raccoons- now those critters conjure different emotions. Although not as evil as what I think of Mr. Coyote- who has been stalking the neighborhood for the past few weeks. He's gotten way toooo comfortable wandering about all hours of the day and night, nosing around places he doesn't belong, doing things which might be natural, are still anti-social.
|Lavender, Santa Barbara Daisy, Aeonium 'Kiwi' and Rosa 'Joey' re-define this 'hell-stip' into a friendly welcome|
We got very lucky the last time the Chihuahua went nose to nose with the Coyote. A moment's hesitation by the young male had Gerry in hot pursuit with a nasty sharp-edged shovel. I don't expect Mother Nature to cut us a break like that again. Worse- what if his next nose to nose is with a young child?
Diamond Bar is in the news for not so flattering reasons. A Ponzi scheme where three local ladies used the Armstong PTA to meet victims, making the parent's organization as much a victim as the regular folks. Not that this is apparent from headlines written to rope in readers. Then there is the alleged illegal "hostess bar" set up in our residential by someone overstaying a tourist visa.
These headlines remind us that my city is not heaven. However, this community is still as good a place to live as the world holds.
The knowledgeable remind us the coyotes were here first. The wise understand that when peaceful co-existence is threatened, it is right to put human life first.