The orange tree in my backyard looked dead. The neighbor to my right said it was a shame – that it used to grow wonderful navel oranges. The neighbor that lives directly behind me concurred.
But I saw small signs of growth (hope) despite the mass of dead, dry branches.
The tree was watered and fertilized.
It produced one lone orange which a squirrel or possum stole away with.
Right after the New Year though, I began to wonder and doubt. The tree wasn’t looking so good. Would it make it? If the tree wasn’t able to produce fruit – it might be better to cut it down – I could plant two new trees in its place.
Dr. Malibu was the first to notice the explosion of blossoms. Tiny flowers have filled the branches that are still alive. At dusk, the air is so sweetly perfumed by these blossoms that the scent lures you out to the backyard like a sirens song.
Then the bees came – roly, poly, big, fat bumble bees, loaded to the gills with pollen. Go bees go! As Dr. Malibu would say – they were down with the struggle!
We may have navel oranges yet! In the meantime, we’re enjoying the fragrance of hope!
It’s been a cold winter here in la la land. I’ve actually scraped frost off my windshield twice just recently but lately it feels like Spring!
The Daffodils are in full force. Every day another 10 or more of these floral rays of sunshine burst open. The freesia buds are forming and soon they will be following suite.
Look at the backyard! The weed infested dirt patch has been transformed into a lush, velvety green carpet. NO one loves it more than JD.
Well, Farmer Malibu does. He’s the one in charge back there.
Originally I had no plans to grow grass back there. With a brand new house, the yard was not on my short list. Dr. Malibu took over – roughing up the soil, amending it with manure and seeding the soil. After endless rounds of sweeping up tracked in dirt, I finally caved and had my friends over at The Sprinkler Tech come and install sprinklers. Plus I knew all this work would be for naught if the yard didn’t get regularly watered. I was also motivated by the addition of a few new roses.
Dr. Malibu did apply a retail brand weed and feed to the lawn but special precautions were made to ensure that JD didn’t get sick. Despite the instructions that say you can allow pets on the lawn a day after it’s applied and watered – JD waited a full week during a rainy period to ensure that everything was dissolved and absorbed into the soil.
Everything and everyone is now thriving. Going forward – the soil amendments will be organic as I don’t want to add more chemicals and disrupt the healthy eco system in my soil. The clay rich soil in my back yard has a very good worm population and I want to ensure those little guys are happy!
Speaking of worms – one of my birthday gifts was a worm farm! I’ve promised Judi Barker my first batch of worm poo –she is thrilled…
I’ve had some pretty amazing birthdays – one spent in Kauai, one at the Beverly Hills Hotel. This year was no different!
My birthday started when I walked into the kitchen that morning and saw Thing 2 making my latte – that’s when I remembered it was my birthday! I was gifted with a Starbucks gift card and a pink Kings shirt by Thing 1 and Thing 2. Wow! Presents from the kids! I feel special!
That evening, Dr. Malibu surprised me by inviting our friends over for our favorite themed dinner – Taco Night! He made his famous pulled pork tacos along with chicken with all the taco garnishments. Serious yum! I’m a professional – I go straight for the pulled pork. Ms. Carrie Stevens made a homemade cake with coffee and a whipped Jack Daniels frosting – true deliciousness from the Centerfold Chef herself!
The following night was spent with Buckcherry at the Viper room. Yeah – the Viper Room. That’s what I LOVE about LA - sometimes you get to see your favorite band close enough to feel their sweat (if you choose to stand up by the stage which I do not) If you don’t know – the Viper Room is a tiny venue (and it gets really hot in there – the sweat threat is real).
Buckcherry was kicking off their new album Confessions with 3 nights at the Viper. This is a band you need to see live and up close! You can feel the energy in the room ignite when Josh starts to sing! He’s up there dancing, prancing and screaming – the crowd adores him! Buckcherry rolled out a few of the new songs but played their hits – Crazy Bitch, Cocaine and Sorry.
Sharise Neil walked in and spotted half of my party wearing Pink Polka Dot dresses (the other half were men… Sharise is going to have to expand her line.)
Then we all went over to the Key Club and watched Lorraine Lewis from Femme Fatale kick off the night. Lorraine rocks! She’s the female equivalent to young Mick Jaggar! Not only is she an extraordinary woman – one of the key producers on Ex Wives of Rock currently running on Fuse, but she’s also really, really a nice lady.
Finally, finally, finally Kix played. I sang all the words to every song right along with the rest of the audience. There was a lot of Kix love in the room.
After the show, I was too exhilarated to be sad that the show was over, that this was the last night of the Key Club and that so much on the strip has changed. Right outside the Key Club doors – someone handed me a flyer – it brought me back to the days of Gazzarris. The Key Club is closing – rumors have it that Jay Z bought it and is turning it into a dance club. There was a lot of commemorating that night about the Sunset Strip and all the changes. The Key Club used to be Billboard Live which used to be Gazzarris – and that’s the venue I miss the most. I’m glad I got to be there. But there’s no turning back time. With every birthday – we all get a little older and we treasure our memories and our friendships even more.
This was a night I’ll never forget – I’m thankful I got to spend it with my friends and my favorite band.
I am getting the BEST birthday present!
Kix is playing for my birthday! This band rarely makes it out to the west coast. I’ve literally only seen them five times.
The first time I saw them was at the Country Club in Reseda. A college buddy said – “you gotta see this band”. It was love at first sight!
Then I saw them at either the Roxy or the Whiskey. I can’t remember because on my way out to Hollywood my car broke down in Beverly Hills. There’s nothing more special than knocking on the door of a total billionaires house asking to use the phone while you’re dressed like a total whore (This was the 80’s people – “mini skirts and see through shirts” and no cell phones) For Shame!
The next time was Exposure in Hollywood. I swear my BF Kat was with me but she doesn’t remember. I do remember going there though – on my own dime – spending that Girl Money.
The last time I saw them was at the House of Blues.
Someone should have told me Don’t Close Your Eyes.
Next time will be at the Key Club…. for my birthday.
You know how it is for your birthday, you want to do SOMETHING. But we’re past the age where you feel like you need to make a big deal out of one more pass around the sun. Plus, Dr. Malibu just had an epic party that will never be matched – so when Kix decided to play, for my birthday – it was set.
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!
Best Birthday Ever! Thank you Kix!