Death by Mountain Lion

People ask me if I’m afraid to live with my kids out in the woods with all the dangers. Aren't I afraid of mountain lions? I guess people don’t stop to think how much more danger they put their kids in by driving them to soccer practice. In fact, nobody, not one single person, has … Continue reading Death by Mountain Lion

Let’s Talk Turkey: Raising a Wild Turkey Poult

This most sweetest thing entered our lives by surprise, and just as quickly left it. The other evening, our neighbor, Sandy, showed up with a wild turkey chick. She told us that her dog had turned up with it in his mouth, and since she knew we loved wildlife, figured we'd know what to do … Continue reading Let’s Talk Turkey: Raising a Wild Turkey Poult

How to Build a Better Mousetrap. (I don’t have the answer.)

Okay, so it's not all birds and flowers and springtime over here. In the interest of sharing a more honest picture of life out in the sticks, I figured you ought to know about our mouse situation. The cold weather over the winter prompted some yet-to-be-identified field mouse species to seek refuge in our RV. … Continue reading How to Build a Better Mousetrap. (I don’t have the answer.)

For Instant Spring, Just Add Water

It's spring everywhere! After a drought, the few bursts of rain have brought everything to life. For instant spring, just add water. The creek is flowing. The ponds are full. Mallards are paired up. Garter snakes are mating. California newts are laying their egg sacs. Pacific Toads are slugging their way to the pond. Pacific … Continue reading For Instant Spring, Just Add Water

Our New Neighbors

Work on The Shouthouse 3.0 continues. Update coming soon, including why version 2.0 didn't work, either. In the mean time, I wanted to share some exciting (for us, anyway) shots we captured with our infrared camera. A representative from the Felidae Conservation Fund came out to help us find the best location for our camera. … Continue reading Our New Neighbors

Ode to Giovanni

Sing in me, Muse, and tell the story of that boy, skilled in ways not measured by tests; that lifter of rocks and low spirits; who reads not books, but hearts; Giovanni The Gentle-Hearted. Giovanni of the Trees. Giovanni The Fleet of Foot. Giovanni Who Watches the Bees. Giovanni The Agile. Giovanni, Savior of Spiders. … Continue reading Ode to Giovanni