let me be the first to tell you that it takes an enormous amount of time to paint a tiny house. i think hector is 25% finished. i could be annoyed, and i have been, but now i’m letting the chaos fill my sails. in out in out in out. breathe.
this morning i went on a drive-about through my hood, looking at the garage door inspiration that presented itself.
i’m going to go out on a limb here and make a wild guess that these are not the kind of garages you have in your neighborhood.
i need to have a new door built. my current one is exactly 94 years old and it looks every year of it.
it’s needed to be replaced since 2002 when i moved in, but i’ve been procrastinating. it’s a long time to put something off, i know. maybe this time i’ll really do it.
i think i’ll go back to the double door style that moss cottage of old used to have. before a dump truck wiped out my garage and it was replaced in the 70’s. wait. that means my door is only 45 years old. it was a real mickey-mouse job whoever did it. there are rather large gaps on the side where dust blows in when the santa anas get to blowing.
i drove over to el alisal the old charles lummis home. after reading about him in the library book, i was keen to learn more. which is why i started reading this:
when i woke up this morning, i got the bright idea to go read the book in front of the stone and adobe hacienda he built in 1895.
it doesn’t open until 10 on weekends so i just poked around admiring many of the shrubs and trees that sprawled through and over the chain link fence.
in 1885 charles lummis moved to california from the east to take a job at the LA times.
he accepted the offer and packed his belongings. then he decided that he would walk from ohio to california. the first outfit lummis wore on his trip was a pair of knickers, a flannel shirt, tomato-red socks, low-cut street shoes, and a canvas coat with 23 pockets, which he filled with odds and ends picked up along the way. including gold nuggets, deer antlers, tobacco, pretty rocks and rattlesnake skins.
when i read those lines in the library book i knew i was going to need to know much more about this flamboyant character, writer, poet, historian, and womanizer. by the way he was also the LA city librarian for 5 years.
let’s get on with my morning romp, shall we?
as luck would have it, i drove by ponderosa cactus on avenue 64 just as they were opening the doors. they’ve been in the neighborhood since 2016 and just today i paid them a visit for the very first time. there’s nothing like a long drawn out paint job that puts one in the mood for cactus shopping.
a thoroughly enjoyable visit and i picked up a couple of things for my back patio. if you’re in LA and you like cactus, you’ll want to visit.
here’s what’s happening in my garden.
the variety of bougainvillea below is torch glow. it’s an upright form that doesn’t climb. but it is sort of trying to spread across the lane next to my house.
here are the 2 specimens i picked up at ponderosa cactus.
2 posts in less than a week! are you reeling from shock?
okay. time to get ready for hector in the morning. drape sheets and tablecloths over everything, climb into bed and read. thanks for the comments on my last post. it’s good to know you’re still popping over from time to time to check up on me. xo
see you soon.