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Some of my favorite moments are the times when I can work our land with Thomas and then when I can talk with tourists who share childhood memories about lilacs and daffodils. Now that April has arrived, we find plenty of projects that need doing on our property. I begin by building compost bins. Take 4 wood pallets and stand them on end in a square. Line the inside walls with cardboard, then begin putting plants debris inside. I'm lazy about turning the compost. When my bin is full; I build another one and fill it too. In a year or two I turn the top items from one bin into the bottom of the next new bin. Underneath I find really good rich dirt to put in my flower and vegetable beds. Our daffodils are nearly all bloomed and faded. This is a good time to pinch off the spent blooms, but don't cut down the plants until they have completely died. Daffodil plants keep making new bulbs as long as the leaves are green. The pinched off blooms can be thrown into the compost, no messy piles for the raccoons and coyotes to paw through, just neat wooden bins to look at. Talking with Sally Snipes about the million or so daffodils that now grow in and around Julian is a treat in humility. Sally began planting daffodils in her father's memory. She tells me that no matter where her dad lived, he always planted beauty in his yard. Sally began the daffodil Project about 20 years ago in his memory, asking others to buy and plant daffodils. Today she says she isn't in charge of the Daffodil Project. She told me it's out of her hands. That's because her father, though he is long gone from this world, keeps it going. That's spring in Julian for sure. We've gotten enough rain recently to grow tall healthy grasses and weeds. Keeping a lawn healthy, means cutting it regularly. Cutting grass too short makes root growth, not top growth and cutting too seldom creates a yellow lawn. Cutting grass once every week or two, to a length of about 2 inches, helps to keep it good looking. Fertilizing with a weed killing grass fertilizer will also keep lawns healthy. If you haven't begun weed whacking your property, begin as soon as possible, before the weeds create seeds. Cutting green seeds doesn't keep them from sprouting into more weeds, so always try to whack those weeds down before they form seeds. Rake up the clippings and throw them into your compost bins. This keeps your yard looking neat and when we actually get some rain, it penetrates into the soil instead of sitting on top of dead grass and weeds. One year I raked all the fallen leaves from under my trees. That was not a good idea. Once spring came, I had a huge crop of weeds that wouldn't have grown if I'd left the leaves as a ground cover. Also,. flat leaves aren't as big a fire hazard as tall dry weeds. I know a person up here who lets his wild mustard flower before he digs them out of his yard. To my thinking, this is a very bad idea. Whether you cut your wild mustard down or dig it out, I can't imagine why you would wait until it flowers. If you don't want wild mustard in your yard, be ruthless. Cut it down when it's young. Remember that if you cut plants down before they form seeds, next year's crop of weeds should be less of a problem. During winter, trees and shrubs go dormant above ground and they grow roots. Come spring, they grow and grow. Be prepared to cut off low limbs that could be fire hazards and cut out any dead limbs that are so much easier to see when the ,ew green leaves show up on t.he live limbs. It's best to get a professional to do any tree work you need done on your property. Make sure that professional has adequate insurance. Here in Julian we have quite a few tree cutters and at least one Arborist. Look in the ads here in The Julian News. rve lived in these mountains long enough to remember when fire season lasted from June through October. Now fire season lasts year round and we all need to be vigilant in keeping our surroundings as fire safe as possible. Spring is a good time to get started on making our environment as safe as possible. Having yards that look like parks is much better than having yards that 10ok like they are full of fuel for fires. These are my thoughts. Julian Art Guild - Artist Of The Month Deb Behnke On Display Throughout April At the Julian Library Deb moved to Julian in 2011, transferring her working studio and gallery from Chicago. Here she is an active member of the Julian Arts Guild, the Friends of the Julian Library and volunteers at the California Wolf Center on Highway 79. Deb graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BS Degree in Fine Arts and French Literature and the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Master's Degree in Art Therapy. She worked for 24 years as a clinical art therapist in a community mental health center in Chicago, teaching part time in graduate art therapy programs in Chicago and now continues to serve her profession as chair of the art committee of the American Art Therapy Association. At the same time, Deb has always maintained her identity as an artist by working at home, in her studio, and in various classes and workshops. She has held positions in her profession in state and national art therapy organizations, and has made presentations in state and national art therapy conferences in the US and Canada. Here, Deb is the chair of the Julian Arts Guild exhibitions in 2013 and with the support and expertise of her colleagues hopes to make these events a continuing success. Deb's work in the Julian Library exhibits current photos from 2012, in Julian and from travels to the Banner Queen, Paris, New York City, New Jersey and Bandara, Texas. After the Library exhibit is finished many of the works will be displayed at Rabobank during the month of June, The Julian News 5 00.,mm EBT & tted Here Monday  Saturday 9 am - 6 pm Sunday 9 am 5 2117 8tee00t I 76o. 8=oo I Cleaning Service in by Tuesday. Back by Friday I Phone in Your Meat and Dell Ordem - No Waiting ,,.J Operation: Cuddly Cats Get Shots Every general knows that planning is half the battle. You make your plans and marshal your forces so all is in readiness before the first shot is fired. Battles are won or lost off as much as on the actual field itself. Thus it is in taking four cats to the vet for their annual shots. Somewhat overlooked in the literature is the initial decision to commit forces. This takes courage, the courage to take a chance, the courage to risk failure. In an act fraught with tension and expectation we called High Valley and made an appointment. Then it is necessary to marshal your resources. In our case it meant borrowing a fourth cat carrier from the Rikansruds then cunningly positioning the carriers the hightbefore in the laundry room where said cats are wont to eat dinner and breakfast. The cunning part was putting a small trail of cat treats into each one. Nixie got there first, ate all the treats and subsequently upchucked on one of the Persian rugs. Nixie likes to upchuck on the Persian rugs, sort of an aesthetic cleansing routine. For her, not the rugs. The next step is to make sure the Enemy is where you think the Enemy will be the night before the battle. It is hard to call cuddly purring cats Enemies but one has to put one's mind in the proper frame after all. In any case, they all came in for dinner whereupon signs were plastered on all the doors, "Don't let the cats out." Came the dawn. Breakfast for pussycats, check. Numbers there, check. Upend the cat carriers, check. Launch the Operation Cuddly Cat Shots! Every general will also tell you that all battle plans fall apart as soon as the fighting starts. Then you regroup. This is where brilliant generalship enters. Initially OCCS went exactly as planned. Scruffy Claws was caught, cuddled, and lowered hind feet first into the carrier. Draga was caught, cuddled with a bit more difficulty as she sensed something was awry, and lowered into cat carrier. Medics called and wounds dressed. Draga was and continued to be loud about her incarceration so, predictably, the other two disappeared under the queen sized bed. Our forces were too large (body) and too short (arm) to pursue so The Enemy was lured out with a string, Nixie into the cat carrier. Wipe blood off other hand. Second Enemy had marshaled intelligence and learned of that trick--reposition forces with Visiting Guest on other side of bed. Aha! One leg in reach, tug, capture. Two-Fer, older and wiser, knew she should resist. With difficulty one very wiggly cat was inserted into fourth cat carrier. There was a passing thought of dialing 911 but we are stoic up here in the Back Country and proceeded as originally planned. Twenty- five miles of constant complaint to Ramona then 25 miles of constant complaint back up the hill. Fortunately the vet dealt with getting them in and out of the carriers for their shots. Operation Cuddly Cat Shots successfully completed! Ah, the not- very-quiet acts of daily courage we all face ....