Summer is holding on firmly to Southern California. We are headed into record breaking heat early next week. This is the time of year when it is not uncommon to hear folks say, “This has got to be the last heat wave before it starts cooling down,” only to have to say it again in the next week. So, instead of cleaning out beds and turning soil, I cross my fingers and hope the winter squash vines hang on, make it through the heat long enough for the second batch to ripen. I worry that the seeds I planted in the four inch pots won’t stay moist enough and fail to germinate (I am already on my second try). As temperatures soared above 100 degrees a couple of weekends ago, I stayed closed up in my cool house and finally took on a small project that had nagged at me every time I pulled my seed (shoe)box out.