This is a house in Silver Lake. It sits about a quarter of the way up one of the hills that rise above Glendale Boulevard. It is one of two houses on its lot, the one in the back is a smaller bungalow style house. There is a long driveway that runs the length of the property with a small carport at the end. There are colorful resin gnomes in the flower garden at the front of the house and some plastic pink flamingos which are rigged with small low voltage light bulbs that illuminate them at dusk and shut off around midnight. The house in the back was built around 1926 and the house in the front was built in around 1937. Over the years, many people have inhabited the two houses. Each has left his or her mark on the property, often by planting something in the yard. Most of what has been planted in the yard and other planted areas around the house still remains and there is almost no unpaved area around the house that does not contain some sort of plant. Some of the plants were put there intentionally, some grew up as a result of seeds left by birds and squirrels, and some don’t actually have roots on the property but are invading from the five neighbor’s yards. During the height of the growing season, it can be almost a full-time job keeping the plants under control; and, often, control is lost toward the end of the season and only regained as cooler weather sets in and the plants slow down a bit. There is an apple tree near the side door, a fig tree on the west side at the end of the front porch, a lemon tree outside the dining room window, an avocado tree and an apricot tree along the driveway, and two guava trees and a cumquat tree along the bungalow and a small strawberry patch right next to the gardenia bush at the front of the house. The squirrels eat all of the avocados, some of the guavas, a few of the apples, but none of the cumquats. The birds eat most of the figs. Carol eats most of the strawberries.