January 2009

hailaltadena-0550hailaltadena-0533hailaltadena-0546hailaltadena-0544Heard it coming down last night and here’s what I found this morning…

Hail on the roof

Hail on the roof

Snowy Buddha

Snowy Buddha


Check out Monday’s panel. My pal Jim Fowler is moderating. Monday, Jan. 26, 7pm, Veteran’s Memorial Building, Culver City. http://www.iwosc.org

It’s funny where information can end up. In this case, a story about our local Altadena library landed on the website of the Contra Costa Times.

Wherever it’s printed, it’s a good event about author Linda Weaver Clarke teaching a series on writing your Family Legacy starting Feb. 5.

Check out TMobile’s PR effort in the UK. Why don’t we get this?? What a blast. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQ3d3KigPQM&feature=channel


My pal Susan wrote this piece for the LA Times featuring those of us with gardens that come with attachments — those of the former owner, or those of us still attached to our former gardens. Letting go isn’t easy. You’ll see my little house mentioned here because of its former owners. I’ve always felt that I am a caretaker of what has come before, yet I must make the changes I need to be happy, and in some cases, be a responsible neighbor. Our giant sycamore on the edge of our front yard, for example. One branch had fallen years ago into my former neighbor’s hedge. Now, the new neighbors, and friends, were expecting a baby. The tree leaned so far over their driveway the possibility was clearly there to have a serious accident. If a branch had fallen while they were in the driveway, or if the tree had fallen after one of our legendary rains and injured them, we wouldn’t have been able to live with ourselves. So, in October, instead of trimming the tree yet again, we decided to remove it. Painful to lose such a beautiful tree and its shade, but we couldn’t take a risk of injuring our neighbors.

Another change we made last year was to replace the small rose garden with a vegetable garden. We had tomatoes, lettuce, eggplant, and more. I will need to plant another rose or two because I do miss them, but I love being able to go out at dinner time and pick fresh produce. In fact, we’ll likely extend the vegetable patch to replace a portion of our lawn. We don’t use it much and it’s infinitely more satisfying and waterwise to grow something edible. The trick is to do all this and make sure the garden still compliments the house. In fact, right now I’d like to fill winter sparse veggie garden up with anything to make it look better!