May already

We had a 4.5 earthquake at 4:50 this morning. I didn’t feel it even tho that’s pretty strong.  But the dogs both barked so I’m sure it woke them.

It has been a crazy month or 2. Lisa got married (eloped), we’ve had lots of company, quick trip to Arizona, some kind of event almost every weekend and I had a quiet birthday. To even things out my mom has been in the hospital for almost a month recovering from a surgery and I’ve been sick for weeks. Probably caught something from the hospital 😛

So there’s lots going on even tho I don’t write much.  Things are not going to slow down for a while so maybe it was good I slept so soundly.  There’s a wedding reception to plan!


Our biggest storm of the year is just starting. There are evacuation warnings in all the old burn areas north of us. We, however, are in good shape. The rain is actually a soft, warm and very welcomed thing for us. It reminds me of summer afternoon rains in New England. Everything smells clean and fresh. Our water-saving landscaped front yard is loving it and blooming beautifully.

Wild Parrots

We have wild parrots here. They go around in huge flocks and are incredibly loud. Today I happened upon a tree full and took this awful picture.  They were all eating seeds off the tree, it sounded like the tree was rattling and cracking. Local legend says that a pet store in Pasadena burned down in the 60’s and a few parrots escaped.  Our climate is perfect for these birds and they not only survived but they flourished. We now have thousands of wild, really loud, very pretty parrots almost in every town around here. The 2nd picture is not mine but it’s a nice one that shows what they look like.