I’ve had my hands in the garden this week and it feels great. The baby squirrels that have emerged from the nests near our back fence are getting bigger. Today for the first time, I saw them climbing trees. Joseph said he heard a plop in the pool from the upstairs window only to see one struggling to get out of the water. I’m happy to report, the baby made his way out.
The bees, on the other hand, are becoming a nuisance. Hundreds of them descend on the spa during the hours when people are most likely to swim. I have tried looking at them unkindly and waving my arms while saying, “Shoo! Shoo!”, but neither strategy has been successful as of yet.
I had a bee friendly company out to take a look at them and they employed the rather bold problem-solving technique of scratching their chins and saying, “hmmmm.”
Strangely that attempt fell short as well.
We’ll have to resort to more aggressive methods I suppose. I’ll keep you posted.
#14, Watch one Annenberg Series Lecture each week, 22/52
I watched Michael Nichols lecture titled, “Lions, Elephants, & Giants“.
Michael discusses the horrors of poaching and his passion for elephants is contagious. He believes elephants are as sentient as humans and he tells moving stories about their family groups. He also shares his photographs of lions and giant trees.
I took a number of pictures at UCLA when visiting campus with my daughter. Here’s a few of them.
#211, Listen to a Weekly Podcast, 22/52
I listened to a podcast called, Embedded, where reporters take a story from the news and dig deeper. In this case, they traveled to the Sudan and stayed with Doctors Without Borders to find out what the lives of the doctors are like.
#127, Perform a Weekly Random Act of Kindness, 21/52
This week my husband was describing a long list of chores and errands he had to accomplish on Saturday. One of them was to get the Honda, our house car, washed and gassed up. While he was out, I ran the car to the car wash and gas station. It felt good to take something off his list.
#119, Attempt a new recipe each week, 18/52
I made a recipe for a carne asada marinade from The Latin Kitchen. I marinated the meat for about 3 hours and it was great. Next time, I will marinate it overnight for even more flavor. I forgot to take a picture which is unfortunate because even the marinade is beautiful with all the sliced oranges, cilantro, and spices.
I grilled the meat on a hot grill for a short time. It made great tacos which I served with black beans and tropical fruit.
#21, Try a new restaurant each week, 22/52
When my daughter and I were at UCLA stocking up on UCLA wear, we decided to eat lunch in Westwood. We went to Frida’s Mexican Cuisine.
I had chilequiles.
To be completely decadent and to fortify us for the many, many steps at UCLA, we shared the dessert plate too.