I met up with my long time sweetest friend Melissa who had a baby named Benjamin! I love when my friends have babies because selfishly, I get more time with them. They get to stop working for 12 weeks and I get to hang out with them.
That day, nanny was watching little Ben and we headed to neighborhood North Italia in Arcadia. Have you been?
It’s so cute. Last time I went was with her and our “E” in Club MED (Melissa, Emily, Diana) over Labor Day in 2012:
I should have taken one of Mel in her cute little yoga gear.
The manager of North Italia sent us over Zucca Chips on the house. “Yum!” is the description, and yum! they are indeed.
Mel ordered the Fonduta, I ordered an Italian Farm Salad and added grilled chicken for extra protein.
I think I need to serve my salads on a cutting board from now on.
It was one of our last meals outside before the 120 degree kicks in. Don’t feel sorry for us, we’ve had the loveliest winter in the 60’s to 70s and sunny.
Sorry I should have taken more photos at the restaurant but we were in deep conversation. But since you like photos, I will also add some home photos – because what happened when I returned from lunch was, irrigation!
What is that you ask? Some older homes in Phoenix have this, because we live on a place where it used to be farm property – a citrus grove! So the best way to water is to flood your yard. Water only costs $100 a year. We save way more money without having to use sprinklers.
How does it work you ask?
First, there’s an irrigation line which has a hole in your yard that has a lid. There are guys who come around during your water schedule and they open up the top. They also drive around to make sure no one else has theirs open so the pressure will come out on your property.
Like a river, it flows to our backyard.
How often does this happen? Twice a month in the spring and summer, and once a month in the winter. Winter time is when people seed winter rye (because our heat is so hot the grass just dies! Our summer grass really is bermuda, a weed. Womp womp). So when that happens, we use our sprinklers if we have them and water the winter rye seeds, as irrigation would just move them and we’d have issues.
Once winter rye is established then irrigation which goes once a month is just fine. Sporadic touches of the sprinklers on a schedule helps keep it green.
Our backyard becomes a neighborhood bar for the birds. They start looking for worms.
And, there you go.
I know this is a bit interesting, er, strange. The plants and trees get a deep soak, they do this because in the groves, that’s how trees like it, deep water to really soak in. This was an interesting concept for me being a California girl.
Diana Elizabeth decided to make cloth napkins before of North Italia, they had cute black and white gingham ones – they have since changed but she loved the idea!