Monday, July 25, 2016

Raising the flag

Patriotic mailbox

Tonight's drive through the back streets of Downey was all about discovering new examples of yard art. This home had many examples, of which only a few show here. But what caught my eye was the patriotic mailbox. Whether the little red flag is up or down, this flag is always raised.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

This old house


I like that Downey still has old homes like this one. Built in 1906, it has such character. It is always my hope that older, historic homes like this one will be maintained. Somehow it feels like it adds dimension to our city to have preserved some of these homes.

The City of Downey website talks about turn-of-the-century Downey as the center of business and social life of the area. I wonder what it would have felt like to walk in the neighborhood back then.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Forever home

Petsmart adoptions

This little fellow (the puppy, not the boy) found his new forever home today, courtesy of Cathey's K9 Rescue and PetSmart.

Petsmart adoptionsCathey's K9 Rescue has been finding forever homes for lost, surrendered, or abandoned dogs since 2003. Since that time, they've found new homes for over 30,000 dogs.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Improved outdoor dining

La Barca patio

Several years ago, several of us tried out La Barca Grill and Cantina's new outside patio for dinner (see Outdoor dining). Dinner was good, but the ambience of the outdoor patio, right next to busy Paramount Blvd., wasn't very appealing.

But that's all changed now, with the addition of a covering and some really cool landscaping. Even unfinished, I wanted to go sit in this area just to enjoy my surroundings. I can hardly wait to try it again!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Lemonade stand


When my wife and I got home from our evening walk in downtown Downey, we were greeted by this flyer on our front door. The neighbor's two boys are having a lemonade stand tomorrow, Friday, in their front yard. You have to admire their industriousness.


Time passes so quickly and children grow so fast. We have watched these two handsome young men grow up. It is such fun but, "Don't blink."

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Always in bloom


I work in my garden a lot during the spring to get a variety of blooms during the spring and summer. Most of my plants are currently either already done blooming or they are coming to the end of their blooming cycle. That's why I love finding a plant that just keeps on blooming during the year.

DSC_0618As I go on one of my many different trails through Downey, this bush I almost never see without some yellow flowers showing. Beautiful!

What are your favorite blooms?

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Plant your own garden


This yard made me smile. Initially I thought about drought tolerance, but there is such a fun explosion of color here. And there is something to be said for immediate gratification. No waiting for a bloom...instant flower, instant color.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Sunset skyline

Los Angeles skyline

Well, it wasn't the clearest of skies tonight, but it's always fun to see the sun reflected in the LA skyline.