Most of the time we were in California we were at my mom’s house in Atwater. My mom loves to garden. She is well known in her circle for her flowers and fruit trees. Above is just one of her many irises in bloom. Irises are lovely but so short lived! The flowers are gone before you know it. She spends a lot of time taking care of them for those fleeting moments of beauty.
Just a day after we left California my mom was outside watering her plants when she tripped over the garden hose and fell down, breaking her wrist. Luckily it’s not a bad break and she has a removable cast and can still drive and do light weight things around the house. This does NOT include picking up the cat who is just too heavy for that!
Speaking of gardening, the King of Gardening in her local area has to be John E. We went to see his garden for the first time last year, and went again this year with a different group of relatives. It was earlier in the growing season than last year, but there were still ripe cherries and oranges and lemons and peaches. Yum! (My mom took these photos, except for the one of her, which I took.)
John, funny enough, also has a bicycle collection. He also rides a unicycle, which he only started learning after he retired.
Besides hanging out at Mom’s, and going to John’s, and visiting with relatives (thanks K & J for dinner!), we didn’t do much in Atwater. There isn’t much to do in Atwater. But you can sure grow things!