Moving Day

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Here’s a photo of some loose hibiscus tea brewing in the window to celebrate moving day. Any Given Sundry is morphing into Any Given Sundry Too because I used up all the free space.

I’d appreciate very very much it if you could go there when you see a post.  That’s how it will get mapped and be searchable online. You can follow via WordPress, or sign up for email notification or click through when you see a post on Facebook, and you would be doing me a nice favor!

It’ll be my online home until I figure out the next step, if there is one. Knowing I was running out of space put a real crimp in my posting.

I’m going to try to post every day for the rest of June at least, to return to my old habit of a photo a day, which was a rich one. I’m going to Indiana for a couple of weeks so the posts will be 95% green. You will like it. Really, you will.

Thanks so much to my regular commenters, likers and readers!  You make this fun and un-lonely!

 

Lucky

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Nice find along the trail this morning. Wouldn’t have noticed it if a lizard hadn’t run into the clump of grass that had grown up through this.

Luckier for me than the horse that threw it near the top of Hydra’s mountain.

The Apricots Have Landed

Homegrown organic apricots and organic blueberries for breakfast this morning.  Our apricot tree doesn’t always produce due to the vagaries of weather here at 3100 feet on the cusp of the Mojave Desert, but when it does, it’s heaven!

The apricot tree was small and struggling, with a lot of bark damage when we moved in almost 16 years ago, but now it’s a lovely shade tree and this year I figured out how to stay ahead of the squirrels and we have a nice harvest.

I went out just about every day for the past couple of weeks and pulled off the fruit that would come loose in my hand pretty easily and finished ripening in boxes in the house. On Sunday I saw that the squirrels had had a bit of a party in the yard, so I got out the step ladder and picked everything I could reach. I dropped the fruit that was bird-damaged onto the lawn and let the squirrels and rabbits take them. They did!

Hope you have a good gardening season!

 

Outside In

ElDub stayed the night at our place after The Harmonistas played an assisted living home in Apple Valley. It broke up her looooong drive from Camarillo, and gave me an excuse to bring some of the flowers in from the yard.

The roses mostly came from our miniature pink rose in the front. There are also sprigs of rosemary, lavender flowers, sage flowers, and privet blooms.  Fun going around the yard snipping!

 

 

Totem

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The top, which will extend above the counter.

We use a 3 1/2 foot length of 1×2 threaded through our kitchen drawers to keep Dodger from opening them. Today I needed to rest and not run around.

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The weird middle.

Decided that if we have to have this in the kitchen, it should be colorful at least.

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The fanciful middle.

I’m a little obsessed with narrow lines.

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The reversible bottom.

This and laundry help me feel that this restful day wasn’t a wash.

What Shakes in Bakes

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One of my favorites from my visit to the Bakersfield Museum of Art yesterday. This is an untitled piece by Samuel Hyde Harris. He came from England and painted in California quite a bit.

The Bakersfield Art Museum has such interestingly curated exhibits. Sometimes you learn about the community as much as anything else. This was part of an exhibit of works collected by locals, Local Visions,  which included stories of how the owners found the art. One painting (not this one) was bought just across the Texas/Mexico border in 1957. The couple had crossed to buy $35 worth of booze, but came back with art work instead.

One of the most interesting exhibits was of art collected by East Bakersfield High School. Decades ago, a principal at the high school began a tradition that the senior class would donate 1-3 works of art to the high school as a parting gift. How amazing is that?!  They don’t say that the tradition continues today, unfortunately, but the school collected some wonderful work for a while.

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Sweet display of vintage kids’ clothing in the window at the old Woolworth’s building which is now an antiques mall.

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The shop across the street from the Woolworths featured some fun murals on the walls, including this one in the basement. There was also a mock theater display in one hall, with a set of silk curtains that led only to a wall inscribed with, “What made you look?”

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Hydra indulging in 100 year old ice cream at Dewar’s. One of the places we found years ago thanks to Huell Howser.

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The drive there and back was breathtakingly gorgeous!  Green hills, blue sky, even some rain. It was all good.