May 2, 2015
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Street Fruit!

Our enjoyment of kumquat and loquat season has been substantially enhanced by the acquisition of a pole pruner. So much of the good fruit is out of reach, but now it’s in our grasp. West Los Angeles offers a wealth … Continue reading

March 8, 2015
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Welcome Oran!

Andy and I are very excited and relieved to welcome our new baby boy, Oran Rice, to our family. Born three weeks early on February 21, everyone was a little concerned about Oran’s small size (just 5 lb 4 oz), … Continue reading

January 1, 2015
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2014 In A Jar

2014 was also the third year I attempted canning (maybe the fourth)? The first year I canned I was inspired by an excess of produce on the verge of going bad after my brother’s wedding. I had time on my … Continue reading

November 8, 2014
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Beeswax Candles

The way the internet age enables us to dip into any craft for a short while is pretty incredible. Back in the summer I bought a huge chunk of industrial grade beeswax from a farmers market vendor in Gainesville. I … Continue reading