Wild bunny

This was supposed to go up yesterday for Easter, but I forgot. I happened to capture this little guy by zooming a lot before he hopped away (of course). This was taken in Sparks Nevada, which has a lot of these little cotton-tails and also a lot big jack rabbits.

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This time of year is also for taxes and planting our vegetable garden. One thing is not so nice, but the other is great. We planted two weeks early after looking at the long-term forecast and seeing it wouldn’t get too cold, so we have a good jump on it. It’s been raining like crazy, my husband roto-tilled in a lot of fertilizer, and the plants are growing really fast as a result.

We also now have a wood chipper for our palm branches and can turn them into a nourishing mulch which in turn provides food for the palm tree when you spread it around the base. The dried palm fronds make a golden brown mulch that’s pretty.

We also took the plunge and bought a compost barrel. You’d think we live on a farm rather than the suburbs, but this area (Silicon Valley) is incredible for growing things. It’s more a matter of getting control of the weeds than anything else. We don’t have a lawn any more, but lawns tame the weeds in some ways. Our neighbor’s lawns look amazing again after a brown year last year when our watering was curtailed, but we have gravel with plants and drip watering now. Lawns are in some ways easy and in other ways a lot of work. So is weed control in our vast areas of mulch, especially when you want to be organic. But I guess it’s a matter of what work you like to do. I don’t mind pulling up the weeds by hand as long as there aren’t too many, which we have managed because we used plastic as a barrier. Weeds grow on top of the plastic in the bit of soil that the mulch creates, and they grow through the drainage holes we punched, but those weeds come up easily. Weeding is my job. There are a lot of things only my husband can do, so I do the things I can do. Yard work is oddly enjoyable though!

You can look forward to some plant photos at some point and I have a surprise planned for you, but I have to wait for the rain to stop before I can do that. I have to tell you, it’s bizarre getting this much rain in California. In the mountains it looks like January. It’s starting to rain up there so maybe the snow will melt, but honestly, it’s not going to melt this summer. They are planning to keep the ski resort at Squaw open all summer, which is pretty exciting in some ways, but the locals are quite sick of snow. It’s feast or famine, I guess! Down here in the valley, there was some catastrophic flooding and California roads are a disaster. The legislature just wrote a bill to slap us with a 12 cents a gallon tax to fix the roads. That’s understandable, but the thing I don’t know is, where was the money for roads coming from before? Why is there a shortfall in funding for that? I’d like to know what money was spent before and if the storms caused a shortfall in funding, and if so, how long will we need that tax? I think the roads have been under-funded for some time. I’d like to know why. I have so many questions, but so far, no answers.

Well that’s it for this wandering post. Have a great week!

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6 thoughts on “Wild bunny

  1. sherijkennedyriverside

    Cute bunny! Awesome you can enjoy gardening so much. I like it, but just can’t spend the time and get all my writing things done too. So I do minimal maintenance and encourage the things that grow naturally along the river. Ah yes, road funding. In WA it seems they are forever adding taxes to our gas that never seem to take care of things enough. And now they added a toll on one of our floating bridges that has been there for years with no toll. I thought that was really wrong, since tolls have traditionally been put in place to reimburse a bridge immediately and then removed when it was paid for. Next they took what we had all paid for as HOV lanes to encourage carpooling and turned them into toll lanes. The people of the area had endured over a decade – in fact about 20 years of extreme construction delays while the ‘Carpool’ lanes and special entrance/exit overpasses to them were built. Then they took them away for the state to make money and –I’m sorry but– for the wealthiest people in our area to use as private highways for the rich. The tolls are high, and they happen to be in the most congested areas where the highest end homes in Seattle’s eastside are adjacent. Taking away those lanes and one whole bridge has made the traffic that much worse for the rest of us…and we paid so they could have that privilege. That one’s just wrong!

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    1. Nicci Post author

      Thanks, Sheri!

      That sucks much but I’m glad you took the time to articulate it here. We have to raise our voices against injustice. I researched how our California roads are funded​ and they’ve been chronically underfunded. Now fuel economy on cars has reduced the funding, which is really cool when you think about it.

      Encouraging things that grow naturally along the river. I love that.

      I finally had to reduce writing so much because it wasn’t fair to my husband to make him do all the yard work. I find it actually helps me with writing. I have to make choices, and I pitched out trying to promote through social media and excessive networking, but being outside, working work the land, breaking a sweat, accomplishing something, breathing clean air and, when working on the front, talking to neighbors, fuels me and my stories, especially as I daydream about the stories while working. But keep in mind I don’t have a day job.

      I hope your writing is going well.

      Great talking to you.

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      1. sherijkennedyriverside

        Yes, balancing everything is a bit tricky. We solve the issue by having a pretty low maintenance yard. Mostly just have to trim things back occasionally and get rid of the obnoxious weeds. We have moss instead of grass along the river and mostly gravel out front with a few riverstone-rimmed flowerbeds with easy bushes like rhododendrons and hydrangeas. Back yard has ivy and ferns and huge trees. Picking up sticks and leaves is the biggest chore, and as you say – it feels great to be out there. I try not to get too excited about taxes, funding etc. but the transportation stuff in my area really digs into me sometimes. Sorry to vent, but as you say, it’s important too call it out when things become poorly managed or unjust. Glad you’ve found some balance and are enjoying the outdoors!

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