Category Archives: March 2010

a nasa plane in the backyard

Ok, so it wasn’t quite in the backyard, but pretty darn close. Mr WS and I were sitting in the backyard watching the first cat visit the Kitty Garden Room when I heard a very loud noise that sounded like a very large airplane. I turned around and a NASA plane was RIGHT THERE. It was flying very low and it flew RIGHT OVER our house, with a little chase jet accompanying it. Since I had my camera in my hand (taking kitty’s-first-visit photos) I got a few shots. Boy, you just never know what you’ll see in our little valley. Check this out:

Pretty cool, huh? It was most likely heading for the NASA facility a few miles from us. We see lots of different airplanes and jets all the time and never get tired of them. Once in a while one flies over our house, but I never have a camera handy. Today I did. Yeehaw!

kitty garden room

The saga of our Kitty Garden Room (aka Kitty Clubhouse) has begun… sort of. I went out and took the ‘before’ photos today and gave more thought about what to plant around the outside to make the former dog kennel appealing (read: hide the chain link ‘walls’). Since the vegetation around the outside has to be safe for cats to nibble, the list of possible plants is limited. A session with Google should give me some to consider. I also looked around the yard a bit to maybe come up with some ideas for improvements. It’s been neglected and, with the exception of a few spots, looks very bad. The general idea is to have gravel/stepping stone walkways bordered with garden nooks filled with pretty desert plants and garden statuary, making the back yard a pleasant  to hang out. But that’s another project. Starting work on the Kitty Garden Room is Priority #1 this year. Our four-footed angels really need a place to relax in the fresh air and sunshine, even if only a few hours at a time. This will be a long process – I’m thinking about three years before it looks like I want it to. Whew! I’m tired just thinking about all the work ahead.

I think I’ll go lay down and think about it some more.


Yes, it IS that bad. Oof, so much to do.

hollywood forever

Hollywood Forever is a very old cemetery in Los Angeles that we love. There are a lot of celebrities buried there (Johnny Ramone, Tyrone Power, Mel Blanc, Jayne Mansfield, Rudolph Valentino – to name a few), but their graves are just a bonus, as we enjoy the old headstones, crypts (little houses) and the statues the most. Oh yeah, and the ducks, geese, swans and peacocks. Critters are always a bonus. Hope you enjoy the photo tour.

Time to go now. Thank you for stopping by.