Every day is Easter here at the Oaktown Egg Ranch.  Four hens of four different varieties = four eggs, each one a different color, nearly every single day.  Apparently having a stronger sense of aesthetics than you might think, the hens neatly arrange their eggs like this^^ in the nest area or ovarium or whatever chicken ranchers call it.

Pretty girls!


Chicken Condo

Chicken Condo on the right, tool shed on the left, raised planting beds in the center.  I helped build the shed when Lee first bought this place three years ago, but the planting beds and the coop were entirely his babies.  Lee has a PhD in molecular genetics but used to frame houses for a living just like I did, so building a house for his chickens wasn't no kinda thang for him. 

We've been eating home-grown lettuce and greens for a couple weeks now. 

So have the squirrels

The plum tree behind the coop was shading out the planting beds and giving the chickens Seasonal Affective Disorder, so I pruned it with a Milwaukee Sawz-All last week.

I then rendered the limbs into cordwood for the fire pit with a 24" Fiskars medium duty machete, which, if you're in the market for a good machete, is worth every bit of the $19.95 it costs at Home Despot. Kee-yi n stuff. 

The tree and the coop both looked way better once that was done.


This being the Bay Area, whenever I take Matilda for a walk we see something beautiful even though we kinda live in the hood. 

Right up the hill is a yard that is entirely landscaped in succulents, and how bad-ass is that?

Common houseplants grow to the size of pick-up trucks out here, it's like the Lost World of Roraima or something.  And, on the property just to the right of the monstroid curb geranium in this shot, I'll be building another shed like Lee's next week.  

All of which is pretty cool, especially when I think back on how four months ago Tildy and I were living in this^^ Honda Civic. 


all images ©2017 by nanatehay except "squirrel raider" courtesy of lee smith

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Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on April 16, 2017 at 6:41am

Chickens do NOT lay Easter eggs!  Bunnies do.  Bunnies also make for one fine Hasenpfeffer because, frankly, they only work one day a year and will never be missed.

Comment by Phyllis on April 16, 2017 at 9:37am

I startled a bunny in my yard when I went out to feed the squirrels this morning. I'm hoping it's the mama buns from the clutch I uncovered while mowing yesterday. Of course it poured down rain this morning so the spot was thoroughly soaked when I went out to put a chair over it. I hope they're okay.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on April 16, 2017 at 9:41am

Appropriate greetings to one and all for the Holy Days.  R&L

Comment by nanatehay on April 16, 2017 at 11:53am

Hi all. I'm at Mi Pueblo getting jalapenos for the pickled carrots we're having with our ham and, Lee's request, some marshmallow Peeps so we can bite their heads off for Zombie Jesus or whichever deity it is you bite Peeps's heads off for. Mi Pueblo is a fun store because it looks like maybe a month or so ago it was a normal, whitebread Safeway until General Carlos Santana and his army stormed it and bayoneted Davy Crockett, John Wayne and Randy Travis right in front of the express lane then randomly replaced about half the English signage with Spanglish signage and swapped out the potatoes in the produce department with nopales and chayote squash. Viva Santana!


Comment by nanatehay on April 16, 2017 at 1:19pm

General Santana and his army, trippin' their balls off right before storming Safeway - 

Comment by nanatehay on April 16, 2017 at 1:45pm

And here is notorious Texican General Joplin in another pivotal moment in musico-military history. About 3:30 in to the clip, a camera pans out to the audience and you can see Mama Cass sitting there with an expression of stunned disbelief on her face as Janis forever demolished every stereotype of how a little white girl *should* behave on stage - 

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on April 16, 2017 at 2:08pm

I heard it was all over as soon as Generalissimo Gerardo and the Mariachi Brigade laid claim to the depilatory cream aisle.

Comment by nanatehay on April 16, 2017 at 2:16pm

Chickens do too lay chocolate eggs, Amy, but they're only fertile if incubated by a rabbit just as the Salmon of Capistrano turgidly inseminates all those swallows behind the belfry when magically migrating Monarch butterflies Return the Lemmings to their ancestral stomping grounds at the bottom of a cliff just outside Reykjavik. At that exact moment, all those common, mundane chocolate eggs easily purchased at Walgreens for $5.99 a dozen are alchemically transformed by the Power of Belief into Cthulhu's Testicles. 

ia! ia! ia!

Comment by nanatehay on April 16, 2017 at 2:40pm

Es verdad, things got a little dicey there in the depilatory aisle, but then Corporal Nana Tehay and his Faux Navajo Brigade rallied the Tijuana del Norte Control Machete Fusiliers and occupied the high ground overlooking the Pan y Caned Tuna aisle.

Comment by nanatehay on April 16, 2017 at 3:15pm

@Monkey - I've planted those Russian sunflowers before, but it was back in Kansas so they never grew  to their full sequoia potential. I was first exposed to the crazy Land of the Lost gargantuan houseplants out here when, randomly walking miles and miles through SF neighborhoods around the hospital and, later, over in Bernal Heights and the Mission District, I started noticing stuff like 6 foot tall impatiens with trunks thicker than my thigh growing out of cracks in the sidewalk. People often told me during that period how dangerous it was to go walking at night in, say, Golden Gate Park, but i think I was pretty much praying somebody would try fucking with me on one of my hikes.


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