Chronicles of the #Californiadrought

We figured out how to get an interim read on our meter yesterday, so we don’t have to wait for our first bill since the restrictions started to see how effective our conservation efforts have been. We are on track!

Here is an article about California’s success in reducing residential water usage.

Our water restrictions are among the tightest in the state. Because of the way the calculation was done, our effective reduction was 70%. Well, we pretty much managed to do that, which amazed me.  (Our area, San Jose, is mentioned in the article as one of the top performers in the state.)

Like I mentioned before, we are very careful indoors so that we can use most of our allotment on plants. Here are two photos from our yard this morning.

Squash flower

This one is a little out of focus, but I wanted to show you the bumble bee who was feeding this morning.

Bumble bee in squash flower
Bumble bee in squash flower

I like that we are helping bees and humming birds with the garden and birds with the little opening in the pool cover.

Actually, we aren’t watering this particular agapanthus, which decided to grow in an invisible space between the outside patio and the screened patio. Agapanthus

Agapanthus 2

I hope you are enjoying your July so far. This is my favorite month of the year and not just because it is my birthday month. What is your favorite month of the year, and why?

Squash flower and zucchini pizza

Tonight we made two pizzas from the garden. They were amazing, and pretty.

Here is the squash flower pizza before and after baking.

Squash Flower Pizza 1

Squash Flower Pizza 2

Here’s a close up of those zucchini flowers.


It is an incredible joy to make something so delicious from the garden. We are using most of our water ration on the veggies and fruit trees, which makes indoor water use very challenging. Meals like this make all the water pinching worth it.

Here is the zucchini pizza, unfortunately after eating some! The photographer needed sustenance.


The zucchini pizza has olive oil brushed on it, then a layer of shaved Parmesan cheese, the thinly sliced zucchini, and sauteed onions. The crust is homemade using special pizza flower and adding Italian herbs and garlic powder.

Both pizzas were equally awesome.

Good night, and happy weekend!