Really cool hearing a Spritualized song on Ted Lasso.

Our first grosbeak sighting! This is a Black-headed Grosbeak. It is eating our cultivated California native grapes.

I see Instagram is phasing me out as a user with their future requirement for date of birth. I can hardly trust anybody with that Personally Identifiable Information these days and certainly NOT FaceBook. Hope more people switch to

If you live in California, please vote no on the recall of Governor Newsom. There’s literally no good reason to upend State government right NOW. Things are as good as they can be under the circumstances – frankly, better than I expected. He’s made mistakes but nothing fireable.

Mockingbirds enjoying our grapes (these cultivated California native grapes are for the birds!).

Mockingbirds love our cultivated native grapes 🥰 It’s the best seeing them swallow a large grape whole. We’ve seen at least five in our backyard. They mostly get along. We have a kind of neutral zone

Mockingbird sitting on a grapevine

Homegrown Fantasia nectarines are amazing, even when still firm. Hope I can keep the tree that’s been planted for 1-year safe from beetles. 🌱

Still many small earthquakes occurring south of Black Butte mountain on the Mendocino NF. Impressive M3.7 today AND a M2.7 on the same @raspishake seismograph.

On 7/31, six small <= M3.0 quakes ocurred on the Mendocino NF near Rocky Basin Creek. All within hours of each other. The last cluster was 7/24-7/25. Total of 12 tremors so far. I don’t know of mapped nearby faults. Fascinating. Here’s the 7/31 M3.0 quake from my @raspishake. RaspberryShake RS 20210731 20210731 MNF Rocky Ridge Quakes

My @raspishake captured the M8.2 Alaska earthquake. And then some. Wow.

So there’s been a cluster of small shallow quakes in a central part of the Mendocino National Forest the last couple of days and this is the largest so far. Hmmm. Recorded on my @raspishake

We started pickling two almost full pint jars of Santa Fe peppers today. Turns out they’re not great for hot sauce as their flesh is pretty thin and they’re very seedy.

yellow to red sliced santa fe peppers, in a jar, ready for pickling brine.a close up of santa fe peppers, in a jar.

We made our first batch of hot sauce the other weekend. Two pounds worth of home grown peppers made about 32 oz of sauce (we like a sauce that is thicker and doesn’t dribble off things). So good. 🌱

frozen home grown peppers in ziplock bagsweighed peppersroasted peppersbottles and jarred peppers.

It’s our first smoky day of the summer. The automatic air filtration device agrees with a bright LED and maximum power.

We have harvested around 6 pounds of peppers and there’s probably another pound on our plants. They were no longer setting fruit in our heat so we’ve stopped irrigating them. I think the peppers will be fine as the plants will care for them until they’re sucked dry.🌱

multitudes of ripening thai pepperstwo santa fe plants that died for no reason. multicolor peppers are fine.dead pepper plants with still good peppers

I love fixing cracked main drip line tubing and a bad pressure regulator seal in 100°F weather. I took this as an opportunity to remove previous temporary fixes and an unnecessary valve.

the old leaky tubingthe repaired not leaky tubing

M5.1 earthquake south of Eureka, CA registered nicely on my RaspberryShake @raspishake though I definitely didn’t feel it (was asleep).

seismic infohelicorder of M5.1 earthquake

As far as I can find my county has a paltry 40% of its population fully vaccinated. That is very sad. So though I’m vaccinated, I’m still running errands masked. I don’t want mild COVID or to give it a chance to evolve.

So many ripe Serranos & other varieties. This is hands down our best year for peppers. It has taken many years of trial and error to get here. Hot sauce here we come! (Yes, we are eating some fresh). Oh and it’s fig season!🌱

red ripe serrano peppers on a planta pile of ripe peppers of various kindsripe figs

Volunteer sunflower from this morning. It took advantage of an emitter and I’m a sucker for known flowering volunteers 🌱

Wow big seismic signal from near Tahoe and also the Central Valley‽ Recorded by my #RaspberryShake @raspishake #ShakeNet mobile app. I didn’t feel it. ☹️

Edible garden update: we continue to harvest lots of red & ripe peppers for hot sauce. The tomatoes are basically done for the season at 195 tomatoes weighing in at 34 pounds. We froze most. And finally, our figs are starting to ripen and we’re on nectarine watch 2021🌱

Had a really good Independence Day fried chicken with a slaw based on real garlic aioli & ripe red Santa Fe peppers.

fried chicken on a baking sheet with slaw to the side (slaw has ripe red Santa Fe pepper slices).

I like Sierra Nevada’s Summer Break. Citrusy as expected and not too hoppy. It’s very refreshing. Just don’t expect a lot of complexity (it is a solid drinkable beer!).

The Annie Cat hoping neighbors don’t ruin her sleepy time with obnoxious fireworks this July 4.