Last Night’s Masterpiece

rain soaked cactus

“You can never ignore a cactus in bloom.” ~ Albert Einstein

Albert was right.  I noticed the ceroid cactus blooms this morning while collecting my rain soaked watercolor paper from the garden. The passing shot taken with my mobile device is no Frans Lanting, but the result of the spontaneous act is, I think, worthy of a post.

© 2016, Theresa Mae Funk.  All rights reserved.

Smell the Jelly


We’ve been enjoying the Seedless Thompsons (also called Sultanas) since the middle part of June but the past few weeks of triple digit heat began to take its toll on the raisin cultivars. I decided to dedicate most of my weekend to the delectable chore of harvesting what remained on the twenty-something-year-old vine that grows in our yard.

Self Portrait

A reflective moment under the arbor was an opportune time for a self-portrait.

If our freezer would afford us the space to save twenty-four pounds of grapes, I may not have attempted the arduous process of making jelly.  It is trickier than I imagined and despite my good intentions and recipe, did not quite get the formula right.  Instead of jelly, we have a concoction that looks like syrup and tastes like honey.  Pancakes anyone?


© 2015, Theresa Mae Funk. All rights reserved.

The Garden’s Guard

My adoption of Stella two years ago through the Circle of Hope K-9 Rescue non-profit organization in Milan, Tennessee was a decision made after careful contemplation of the responsibility and financial obligation that pet ownership entails.   My want of a home and garden guard dog was a decision that I had contemplated for two years prior to the beginning of my search for her.  After a year of futile searching, I was convinced that abandoning my quest for a rescue puppy to adopt was most sensible, and I could get back to the dog-free lifestyle that I was accustomed to living.   I decided that I would look one last time on the Pet Website before putting the notion of adoption out of my head for good.  And that is when I found her:

baby stella

Being that California allows us to garden all year long, Stella is on daily guard duty.  She loves the climate and the work, and is thankful for the loving home we give her.  It’s true; I am in puppy love.   

Stella guard