Yes, I confess. I go to the thrift store most every Saturday. It’s the thrill of the hunt that lures me in. What treasure can I find that used to be another’s trash? There is a certain sense of satisfaction when I rescue something and give it new life. Like my most recent project – a candlestick topiary. This unique planting is simple yet elegant and only cost $3.00 to create.
Oh Baby, it’s hot outside! Summer in the Central Valley of California typically means day after day after day of 95 degree + heat. (Right now we are in the middle of a 10-day 103 – 107 degree stretch!) No wind, no rain…just heat. Errands, gardening, and outdoor chores are done very early in the morning or well after the sun goes down (good landscape lighting helps with the latter). If we can help it, we don’t go out during the day except for the short foray from the air-conditioned house to the air-conditioned car to get to the next air-conditioned building. In short, we adapt to our environment. And we humans are not the only ones to do this. [Read more…]