I was trying to be clever with the title. :) Today I thought It'd be fun to share with you all what's growing in my garden.. My hibiscus as well as several other perennials are blooming. The plumeria have tiny buds. I planted very few new edibles since we'll be moving to Kauai in late July, but I couldn't resist a few favorites....
Just one new tomato plant. It's a bush variety that I planted in a container. We've had a good amount of May Gray and June Gloom. Not much sunshine in San Diego lately. So, the tomato plant is off to a slow start. I hope summer gets here soon!
I'm not sure what this pretty yellow flowers is. To the right is some basil and pineapple sage. We love basil so I planted two. Pineapple sage smells heavenly, it's great in iced tea and is supposed to help with anxiety and stress. It's a perennial that produces cute little red flowers that attract humming birds and butterflies. What's not love about pineapple sage?!
Above is one of last year's cherry tomato plants. I can't believe it's still making tomatoes! I thought it was done a couple months ago but, I'm not complaining.
And my neighbor's cat. He spends an awful lot of time in our backyard sleeping and terrorizing lizards. I'm going to miss him.
Aloha and thanks for reading my diary!
Sometimes 7 lanes in each direction just isn't enough. This past weekend all six of us went on a marathon road trip up to northern California,This was the 405 on our way home. We were so happy to get out of the car in San Diego!
It was a quick trip, we spent less than 20 hours at our destination. But, we had a great visit and checked a few items off our California "bucket list".
Dinner at one of my husband's favorite restaurants....he has happy memories from this place. The fried chicken was awesome, tasty and crisp, not greasy. It was really good Chinese food. Needless to say the kids loved it. Check!
We brought home two bottles of the very best chocolate milk in California. Check!
A few items checked off the list and a nice visit to nor cal...weekend well spent!
Aloha and thanks for reading my diary!
With all the rain we've had in San Diego this winter, we think we'll be seeing a lot less artificial turf...LOL! We spotted this green vehicle parked down in Mission Bay.
Best wishes for a great weekend all!
We've had a beautiful start to our spring here in San Diego! The last couple of days have been brilliantly sunny with some rain here and there. My visiting nephew even went to the beach yesterday and swam in the water! Brrrr.....he was fine though! Northern California boy is used to chilly water.
The perfect mix of rain and sunshine makes for happy flowers in the yard.
Of course spring brings lots of these guys too...snails! We got plenty of them. Here my daughter tries to feed her new pet snail one of the last of my garden tomatoes. Beware snails....we"re cool until you find my Plumeria.
Here's a quick pic of the plumeria I've been talking about. It just doesn't want to give up on summer! It's blurry, but in the background is our neighbor's Christmas decorations!
Aloha and mele Kalikimaka!
We're having a heat wave in December! But, I'm not complaining! I had intentions of working on my gingerbread house today but, the weather was just too beautiful to be inside. So, instead I put on my swimsuit, slathered on some sunscreen and soaked up the sunshine.
The plumeria I wrote about a couple weeks ago is still blooming! It must've known this warm weather was coming. I'll snap a photo of it and share it with you soon.
Here's a photo of my crazy bird of paradise.....
It bloomed upside down! Seems like my plumeria isn't the only one confussed.
Thanks for reading my diary!
We carved a pineapple this year as well as a few pumpkins. Lots of spooky fun going on here!
You'll enjoy carving a pineapple...they have so much personality with their crazy hair! I tried to make our pineapple appear joyful, with a big toothy grin.. They're easy to carve, Here's a few photos to give you some ideas on how to make your own...
Best wishes everyone for a safe and happy Halloween!
Be happy if you were not in San Diego this week. It's been insanely hot! On Monday our temperature got up to 104F! Isn't that crazy?! According to Accuweather that's 25 degrees above the historical average! And what made it even worse was that it was super windy! They call them Santa Ana winds. It's hot wind blowing east from the desert. It was so strange seeing and feeling the wind blow the wrong direction and the wrong temperature. It felt like a hair dyer blowing on you. No Bueno San Diego.
The photo above was taken INSIDE my house. That's right friends, we have no A/C. Homes in our neighborhood do not have air conditioning. I would say that most homes in San Diego are without it. The only people that I know who have A/C live on the eastern side of San Diego, where it's usually warmer.
Some of our friends and family said "go to the beach". Sadly, the beach was hot too. The hottest areas this week were along the coast. It's not fun to go to the beach when it's 100 and the wind is blowing. Icky.
No more complaining. Gotta keep my aloha.
We did have some beautiful sunsets this week.
We had an exciting and quite loud weekend! The Blue Angels were in town. They performed at the Miramar Air Show at the Marine base just a few miles from our home. It was so much fun to watch their flying acrobatic moves! I look forward to them every year. On Thursday (their practice day in San Diego) they fly directly over our house causing our windows to rattle!
The Blues' McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornets are former fleet aircraft that are nearly combat-ready. Just switched out the aircraft gun with the smoke oil tank that makes the pretty colors during shows.
These guys are so fast that they're difficult to photograph. Just about the time you hear them....they're gone! They fly up to 700 miles per hour at a show! Just as crazy is that they can slow the jet down to just 120mph!
A question that I had was how close do the Blue Angels fly to each other....it looks like they're nearly touching. And they nearly do. After checking the Blue Angels' website I confirmed that they fly as close as 18 inches apart!
Here's a quote from US Marine Major Dusty Cook...
"We advertise 18 inches, but I've seen how close they get," says Cook. Cook flies "Fat Albert," the C-130 cargo plane that supports the Blues.
But he's ridden shotgun in the F/A 18s many times.
"Sometimes it's about six inches apart," he says. "And they're pretty good, They're pretty stable."
What happens if those wings get too close? What if they accidentally touch? Cook says don't worry about Blue Angels careening out of control.
"Touching planes is all right," he says. "I mean, you don't want it to happen. Swapping paint is a terrible day. However, it can happen and everything can be fine. You just spread the formation apart and continue on."
OK.....I'd still take a ride if I could.
Have a good week All!
Thanks for reading!
PS I took these photos from our front yard...it was quite a show!
It's been very rainy and chilly in San Diego! It's hard to complain about the weather here...so I won't :) But, geez we got a ton of rain this week!
We're trying to start this new year out right, so when the sun peaked out this weekend...we headed to the beach! At 64F we didn't frolic in the waves, though we saw a few brave keiki splashing about. And plenty of surfers in full suits.
We had lunch at our favorite pizza joint, Filippi's Pizza Grotto in Imperial Beach. Imperial Beach is about as south as it gets in California. It's a little beach town south of San Diego, Just a couple miles down the road from Coronado. After a delicious meal we decided to take a walk down the pier. It felt so nice to feel the ocean breeze and see the sun glistening on the Pacific! It was almost warm :)
Best wishes to you for a "warm" day no mater where you are! Aloha!