Irish Spring in Southern California

So it’s been raining in Southern California.  Maybe you heard about it.  Rain in Southern California is sort of a rare thing, particularly in the past several years.  But not this year.  During the latest rainstorm over the past weekend Kongo measured 7 inches in his Home Depot bucket in the back yard, a fairly accurate rain gauge by any standard.  That’s like almost a whole year’s worth of rain in a single weekend.  And that was just one of the storms that have washed over the area since the beginning of year courtesy of the “Pineapple Express” or what…

Adobe Monkey

Kongo visited Reyes Adobe in Agoura Hills this week with #1 granddaughter’s fourth grade class.  The Reyes Adobe house, built in 1850, was originally part of the Rancho Las Virgenes (still an exit on U.S. 101) Spanish land grant.  After the Mexican War and the Treaty of Guadalupe in 1848 the United States recognized the original land claims — sort of.  A descendant of the original grantee, Maria Antonia Machado de Reyes was eventually granted about 8,000 acres after several petitions to the government. Kongo found this fascinating because Mrs. Kongo’s maiden name is Machado and the ever calculating monkey was…