Countryside of Life; it’s Turkey Time

Countryside of Life; it’s Turkey Time

When I was a child my mom always raised chickens and was an avid gardener. Besides helping make dad’s paycheck stretch, she also wanted us kids to know where our food came from. The eggs, meat, and produce that came from her efforts did just that. One year we added a pair of white turkeys […]

The Countryside of Life; more chick on chicken talk

The Countryside of Life; more chick on chicken talk

Chickens are eco-friendly. They give us eggs, meat, fertilizer, eat bugs, food scraps, weeds, entertain us and so much more. Raising a backyard flock teaches us life lessons, especially children through the feeding and care of them. Myself and my children, and now grandkids, have many fond memories of watching eggs hatch, enjoying the new […]

Did a Storm Damage Your Tree?

ANZA – Winter storms cause tremendous stress and severe damage to trees in the urban forest. Snapped or downed trees should be removed, but what about a tree that only suffers minor damage? How can a homeowner tell if a tree is safe enough to keep? Assessing the damage Minor damage – with only the […]

The Countryside of Life

The Countryside of Life

Living out in the country, our thoughts turn to the possibilities of raising our own food, getting close to our ancestral roots, close to nature and closer to our own food source.  Some in the valley have been more successful than others at this. Experimenting with raising what feeds us and makes a ranch a home. […]

Nonprofit offers easy to follow earthquake tips

The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes offers the following easy and affordable earthquake safety tips for residents. Look Up 1. Support ceiling fans and light pendants with bracing wire secured to a screw eye embedded at least an inch into the ceiling joist. Look Around Secure hanging artwork and furniture with these easy and affordable steps.  […]

Get your holiday tree home safely

Get your holiday tree home safely

Nothing says “It’s the holidays!” like tying a tree to the top of your car and driving it around town before placing it in a bucket of water in your living room for a couple of months. Ah, Christmas! Here are a few tips on selecting, securing and setting up a Christmas tree in your […]

Growing up in Anza: Bringing down the barn

Growing up in Anza: Bringing down the barn

Kathie Beale Writer On Nov. 8 of this year, the old barn at the old Kellogg Ranch was brought down to the ground. Though I am very saddened by this, I know with the demolition there will be a birth of a new barn. Change is good and new growth brings new beginnings. That is […]