Yellopig Is Free

Or, Recreating A Life From Scratch

‘Tis the Season


Desert mistletoe (Phoradendron californicum) growing on a Chilean mesquite tree in my front yard. I took this picture only 2 days ago. When I showed it to a plant-nerd friend, he said it was weird, because it’s completely off-cycle. Like by six months!

The green parts of this plant are “poison”, and shouldn’t be eaten, but the ripe berries are sweet and good, if the plant is growing on mesquite. Not so good if growing on palo verdes or other trees. I cut a piece off (Rats! No golden sickle, so I had to use shears) for holiday decoration, and tasted the ripe (red) berry, and it was good. 🙂

In other news, here are last week’s tomatoes:


Yes, there are flowers too! But these other guys better hurry up!


The next week is expected to be freezy, so everything is covered up.

BUT! Today is the day the sunrise starts moving northward again — so light a candle against the dark and have hope in brighter days to come!


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4 thoughts on “‘Tis the Season

  1. solarbeez on said:

    Yes, the shortest day of the year is behind us…Hooray!

  2. solarbeez on said:

    I agree. I wonder why the year doesn’t start at the winter Solstice?

    • It doesn’t? O_o
      LOL, by MY calendar (which is the only one that counts, right?) the next ten days after the solstice are called “the dark time”, where I curl up in a corner with a blanket and try to remember what it’s like being warm… By the beginning of January, I’m bored enough to start moving again, heh.

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