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Wordless Wednesday: The Ocean Begins at Your Feet

I met with Jeff Coffman from Clean Green Technology yesterday for an upcoming story I’m writing for OC Metro magazine.

I can’t wait to share all the exciting solutions they have for cleaning up our storm drains, and ultimately, our oceans.

In the meantime, I wanted to share my favorite quote from Jeff yesterday –

“The ocean begins at your feet.”

Which reminds me of this image that is on all the storm drains in my neighborhood.

Drains to Ocean Image

Because as much as good people like Jeff are devoting their lives to cleaning up our oceans, it ultimately depends on all of us.

“How inappropriate to call this planet earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.” – Arthur C. Clarke

Wordless Wednesday: Modjeska Canyon Hike

The weather was gorgeous this weekend. We grabbed the dogs and took a hike in Modjeska Canyon, just one of the awesome hiking trails here in Orange County, and one of the few that allows you to bring your dogs on the hike. (Just don’t forget to clean up after them.) 🙂

It was a great time with the family, and a nice way to work on one of my 2013 resolutions, get outside more. It’s going to be a great year!

Modjeska Canyon, Orange County, CA

Wordless Wednesday: Future Foods Farms

I had the opportunity to tour Future Foods Farms in Brea this week. I met Chef Adam and heard all about the sustainable aquaponic farming techniques he has pioneered. I could not be more impressed. This is truly the future of farming.

Lots of details coming in my March OC Metro article, but thought I’d share some of the pictures I took of their beautiful greens in the meantime.

Future Foods Farms

Cheers to healthy eating and the people who make it possible!

Wordless Wednesday: Winter Wonderland

From our recent mountain vacation. Feels far away from life here in Orange County, but it’s just a short drive to Lake Arrowhead. Miss it already. Hopefully we will be back soon.


Wordless Wednesday: Rancho Las Lomas

There is a place near where I live called Rancho Las Lomas. Home to many exotic birds and animals, including a bengal tiger and two white tigers.

It’s a private residence, open for private functions only, and host to weddings almost weekly. Occasionally though, it’s open to the public, like this past Sunday when they hosted “Christmas in the Cages”.

My favorite part though is the scenery – trees, little buildings, fountains, creeks.

Rancho Las Lomas

My sister actually took these pictures on my iPhone. She made me enjoy the moment in spite of the drizzly weather. She’s bossy like that.

If you ever get a chance to check it out, go. A unique hidden gem in Orange County.

Wordless Wednesday: Holiday Card Display

Every year I struggle with what to do with the holiday cards. Everyone has such great photos and I love seeing all the families grow. I want to display them all, but it always takes up so much room. Here is my solution for this year:

Holiday Card Display

I totally made this up! I didn’t even find it on Pinterest, which is pretty amazing.

The best thing is that I didn’t buy anything. I had this wreath and nowhere to put it.  Then, I wanted to use twine to tie the cards. But I didn’t have twine (I used it all to string up tomato plants that died because I kinda suck at growing things).

So I only had this leftover yarn from some school project. I think it was used as hair for our “famous dead person” report last year. Yeah, we had to make a puppet of a dead person – so anyway… I had this wreath I didn’t know what to do with and leftover string from dead-person hair, and I made this.

And I kind of love it.

Of course, our card is not there because, although I do pride myself on holiday decorating, holiday card preparation and mailing – not really my specialty.

So there you go. One more idea for how to display your holiday cards. Now I can “pin it”. Nice!

Hope your holidays are merry and bright!

Wordless Wednesday: Perspective

On my drive to vote yesterday, I pulled over to snap this photo.

This drive (back in Trabuco Canyon) is simply stunning.

Pausing to enjoy it helped ease the stress and anxiety I was feeling.

It also reminded me that no matter who or what we vote for, we all have similar reasons to vote. We vote for freedom. We vote for democracy. We vote because we have hope (for a better future, a better planet, a better world for our children). Our definitions of what that world looks like may be different, but the feeling of hope is not.

You can choose to see the rays of sunshine finding their way through the trees, or you can choose to focus on the shadows.

Either way, both of them always have been, and always will be there.

I choose the light.

Wordless Wednesday: Gratitude

There is a hike I do regularly in an OC wilderness park called Whiting Ranch. At the top of the climb, there is a place called four corners. I always stop there and take in the view.

And then I say a little prayer of gratitude, for the day, the weather, the place where I live and most of all, legs strong enough to make the climb and enjoy this view.

Two legs to take me up here (no matter how thin, thick, muscled, wrinkled or tan) is a thing I normally take for granted, but every once in a while, I think it’s important to just stop and appreciate them. And be grateful.

Wordless Wednesday: ABC Green Home

The ABC (Affordable, Buildable, Certified) Green Home was unveiled to the press today at the OC Great Park.

I got to preview this one-of-a-kind home and it’s a beauty.

For the full story, check out my post over at

Happy Wednesday!

Wordless Wednesday: Bring on Fall

I was in a Fall kind of mood yesterday, so I got to decorating the house and baking pumpkin bread.

The fact that is was 85 degrees outside did not deter me.

I’m going with the “if you build it they will come” theory on Fall weather. Just looked at the forecast for the rest of the week. It’s not working out so well.