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I have a soft spot in my heart for Minnesota…
and I have family in South Dakota,
and I used to live in North Dakota…
so I really like living in California! LOL

Here’s some Minnesota humor a friend in Minnesota sent.


Government surveyors came to Ole’s farm in the fall
and asked if they could do some surveying.
Ole agreed and Lena even served them a nice meal at noon time.
The next spring, the two surveyors stopped by and told Ole,
“Because you were so kind to us, we wanted to give you this bad news in person
instead of by letter.
Ole replied, “What’s the bad news?
The surveyors stated,
“Well, after our work we discovered your farm is not in Minnesota,
but is actually in South Dakota !”
Ole looked at Lena and said,
“That’s the best news I have heard in a long time,
why I just told Lena this morning,
I don’t think I can take another winter in Minnesota.”




I almost cut my hair

I’ve been toying with cutting my hair on and off for a half year.  Last week a cousin in Germany sent me a photo of our great grandfather on my mother’s side. I’d never met him as he died a couple of years before I was born.  Looking at the photo…. I decided I finally was ready to cut my hair…. for better or for worse.


‘Almost Cut My Hair’
~Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young~


Almost cut my hair
It happened just the other day
It’s gettin’ kind of long
I could’ve said it was in my way

But I didn’t and I wonder why
I feel like letting my freak flag fly
And I feel like I owe it, to someone

Must be because I had the flu for Christmas
And I’m not feeling up to par
It increases my paranoia
Like looking in my mirror and seeing a police car

But I’m not giving in an inch to fear
çause I’ve promised myself this year
I feel like I owe it, to someone

When I finally get myself together
I’m gonna get down in that sunny southern weather

And find a place inside to laugh,
Separate the wheat from the chaff
I feel …
Like I owe it, to someone, yeah

The Mayor's Place

We aren’t an incorporated town… we don’t have a mayor…
but we do have a Mayor’s Place… a local bar and grill


It’s a nice facade, interesting, whimsical…. cute-ish

Laetitia development Feb 2010

   We have a commercial landowner nearby who is proposing developing their property in a way that makes most of us worry about the local water supply and traffic concerns. Since the land in question changed hands twelve years ago, they have switched from dry land bean/hay farming with no inputs of water, to a wine-growing vineyard operation with thousands of acres now under irrigation. As the owner drills wells and makes his millions, he is slowly draining the water level, causing some dismay among nearby people who have had their wells go dry.  A coalition of locals has been formed to fight this unwise expansion that threatens to displace many families when their wells go dry. Here is their latest letter.


Hello Neighbors,


I know that many of you are following the recent news stories about the Caltrans proposal to block the five crossings on Highway 101 between the Thompson/Los Berros exit and the Traffic Way exit in Arroyo Grande. Click here to see the recent article in the Adobe Press.



Your NiHA Steering Committee met last week to form a stance on this proposal and to draft a letter to Caltrans. Keep in mind that one of our concerns is that if the freeway crossing opposite of the Laetitia winery is closed, it will give Laetitia an arguing point to force all access to their winery and proposed housing development through the Thompson/Sheehy/Dana Foothill/ULBR entrance. This is not good, since, as you know, our roads cannot handle this heavy traffic. The Laetitia housing development alone calls for and an added 1,000 vehicle trips per day through our little country roads!


I have attached the letter that was sent today to Caltrans, SCAC, and Katcho Achadjian. I hope you will take the time to read it.


I would encourage all of you to write a similar letter expressing your concerns to:

Matt Fowler


50 Higuera Street

SLO, CA 93401


Jay H.

The Nipomo Hills Alliance



PS: With all the rain we have had this season, you might expect Los Berros creek to be running. Right?

Wrong. As it passes Laetitia, it flowed for only two days, and has been dry ever since.


Also…do you have neighbors that would like to keep informed on this email list? If so, please let me know of their address.



Hippie Love-Van

A Blast From the Past

Colorful, interesting.
Memories of another time



January Showers bring February Flowers

  We had what is to us a large amount of rainfall in January.
  Sometimes nature gives to us with one hand and takes with another…. in this case we were given bounty both times… first with the heavy rainfall coming in long and slow, not causing great erosion problems or run-off… for the most part, it came slow enough to soak into the ground. But it seems the last five weeks have given us more rainy days than not.  And now, the next month after, we finally got a week-long break in the weather. We used it here to get caught up on our cactus harvesting and fill back-orders, some of which had waited for a couple of weeks for their cactus leaves.  The warmth brought swelling in the buds of the fruit trees which will soon burst forth with blossoms.  It also stimulated the flowering of many of the native forbes and flowers. The manzanitas are blooming, and the fragrant ceanothus (California Lilac) is in full bloom with the many shades of blues the various bushes carry.   We took a little walk through the hills with neighbors, and took some photos of blooming flowers.

   Spring is right around the corner!




Van Nuys Treehouse

Tree house


Tree house

  I was in Van Nuys a couple of years ago and took this photos of a treehouse.

  I’ve never built a treehouse… I think they’re cool and interesting, and I enjoy building things…. but I don’t want to put nails and screws into a living tree. It’s not good for the tree, and one day when the tree has grown around it, someone (like me) might cut into the nail with a chainsaw when the tree is dead. Metal in trees is real bad for a chain blade, and it might snap causing injury.   But still, I am fascinated with treehouses, and tend to photograph them when I see them.



  In nature it is the margin areas that are the most productive….. land animals need food from the open areas that grow it well… but they also need cover and housing in the brushy areas that don’t grow the best browse. Margins and borders are very important in human civilization also… it is the borders that mix the attributes and characteristics of two peoples into one amalgam… in agriculture we call this ‘Hybrid Vigor’. The inculcation of new germ-plasm… new DNA makes a species and a population stronger and more resistant to disease…. the blend of cultures makes for a stronger culture that has thrown off some aspects not conducive to modern life, yet retains a sense of wonder and awe in both cultures…

   Afro-Celtic Sound System is a band that incorporates African rhythms, Celtic singing and instruments and Mid Eastern sounds into a strong mix…  haunting… ethereal…. hard to pin down.. enigmatic. I love it.

  One of their songs that I like best is Ionen…. I don’t ‘get’ the lyrics, but I like the sound.

My Sweet Annette



Happy Valentine’s Day!

I thought I’d trot out an old tune about love!



 ‘My Sweet Annette’
~Drive-By Truckers~

Me and my Annette, we was as fond as we could be
We was set to marry in October ’33
I set my sights on courtin’ her, as fine as she could be
I never ever noticed her best friend Marilee
Took a job at the saw mill and I bought my girl a ring,
Had a pre-wedding party, close friends and family
Everything was fine, eatin homemade ice cream
I swear I never noticed maid of honor, Marilee

My Sweet Annette was left standing at the alter

Marilee was taken ill, it was several miles from home
Back then it wasnt fittin’ for a girl to leave alone
Sweet Annette, she asked me to walk her to the door
As innocent as children back before the war

My Sweet Annette was left standing at the alter

Lord have mercy for what we done,
Lord have mercy when two people get along
Neither one of us had done anything like that you see
By the next sunset, I had eloped with Marilee

And my Sweet Annette was left standing at the alter.



‘The Water is Wide’ is an old Irish tune that’s several hundred years old
Yeah, few can say it like the Irish


The water is wide, I can’t cross oer
Neither have I the wings to fly
Give me a boat that can carry two
And both shall row, my love and I
Oh love is gentle
and love is kind
the sweetest flower
when first it’s new

but love grows old
and waxes cold
and fades away
like morning dew

There is a ship and she sails the sea
She’s loaded deep as deep can be
But not as deep as the love I’m in
I know not how I sink or swim

I leaned my back against an oak
Thinking it was a trusty tree
But first it bent and then it broke
So did my love prove false to me

Oh love be handsome and love be kind
Bright as a jewel when first it is new
But love grows old and waxes cold
And fades away like the morning dew

I sowed the seeds of love.
I sowed them in the springtime,
Gathered them up in the morning so soon
While small birds sweetly sing.

My garden was planted well
With flowers everywhere.
I had not the liberty to choose for myself
The flower I held so dear.

Now, the willow tree may twist
And the willow tree may twine.
I wish I was lying in that young woman’s arms
That once held this heart of mine.

When cockle shells turn silver bells
Then will my love come back to me
When roses bloom in winter’s gloom
Then will my love return to me

The water is wide, I cannot get oer.
Neither have I the wings to fly
Give me a boat that can carry two
And both shall row, my love and I.



Skunk Spray Antidote

Here is a Skunk Spray Antidote I got from Paul Krebaum

   In a plastic bucket, mix well the following ingredients:
   1 quart of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
   1/4 cup of baking soda
   1 to 2 teaspoons liquid soap

   for very large pets one quart of tepid tap water may be added to enable complete coverage.

   Wash pet promptly and thoroughly, work the solution deep into the fur. Let your nose guide you, leave the solution on about 5 minutes or until the odor is gone. Some heavily oiled areas may require a “rinse and repeat” washing.

  We’ve always used tomato juice… with just chihuahuas that need it, we don’t require but a small can. Tomato juice works pretty well… although just like someone hurting your feelings… there is still some lingering reminder even after you do all you can to remove the offense.


   Here’s some photos of our skunk on the porch… another skunk on the wall to remind the outdoors skunk to be nice…. and our Chihuahua Whitey in his tomato bath… he’s not too happy.