I think what I am enjoying most, kb, is the 'layers of information' thing. All observations have been undertaken diligently, but also, for years, rather haphazardly.
Now -- third generation of the family/thirteenth plum season just finishing -- the steady accumulation of 'layers' allows us to often put newer bits of info into the right slot.
And just for fun: This is not Tooshtoosh. This is Eric with Alpha and Omega. The fig tree is there, but this photo is so old that the fence in the backyard is still there. They've been down to the dam for a swim.