Friday, November 29, 2013


 "less than 20% of aluminum pet food cans are recycled each year, according to recycling industry sources (compared to 54% of aluminum beverage cans). A recent survey confirms that only half of all cat owners recycle cans on a regular basis.

Recycling one 3-oz. aluminum cat food can saves enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for more than 2 hours, while recycling a 5.5-oz. can saves enough energy to power a 30-inch (95w) TV for more than 2 hours. In addition, recycling aluminum cans saves 95% of the energy used to make cans from virgin materials."


what more can I say?  Please recycle!!


I am so looking forward to getting into gardening year-round in San Diego! I've learned some basics of permaculture from SeaHeart, here in Waldport, and have now discovered that YouTube features many videos by Bill Mollison, an amazing man who originated the concept of permaculture:

A great introduction and so inspirational!:   "Bill Mollison -   Global Gardener 1 In the tropics"   

Dry land permaculture (Totally relevant to the San Diego County area, especially the eastern portions of the county)  

....and this video includes an interesting contrast between two subdivisions in Davis, California – one built to incorporate permaculture, and the other a typical American subdivision:

"Bill Mollison - In Grave Danger of Falling Food"
"Published on Jul 11, 2012
In this introductory video to permaculture, Bill Mollison, the movement's co-founder, takes the viewer through the history and developments of the movement. With startlingly laconic humour and insight he deconstructs the modern agribusiness and the "modern plague" : manicured ornamental lawns. In this video he offers an antidote, which is an antidote to both our currently unsustainable practices and our unsustainable culture. Both of these have to change and adapt. Permanently."

Hope you enjoy these as much as I do!

Thursday, November 28, 2013


Today's the day we especially  get to think of all the blessings in our lives,  and I have a lot to be thankful for!  Loving family and friends (2-legged and 4-legged),  exciting plans for our new life in San Diego and a sunny, warm day here in Waldport! 

Meanwhile, we've discovered a wonderful new teacher on the Internet, Joe Dispenza,  who  is able to explain  "how life really works"  in a clear, easy to understand manner.... science/quantum physics meets spirituality....and here's an introductory video by him:

Sunday, November 17, 2013


My friends Morry and Joni introduced me to this organization via a calendar that featured photos of an assortment of unique, adorable, handbuilt "Little Free Libraries".  It's a movement that is sweeping the US, and even the world, hosted by people who love books, sharing ideas and "building community".

"Resembling large birdhouses, the Little Free Libraries are weatherproof cabinets with a couple of dozen books inside. Borrow one, read it, bring it back, or bring another. It’s the charm of yard art, the wonder of a message in a bottle, sprinkled with the spell cast by a deft writer." - Michelle Hiskey

Please check it out at .  News stories on these wonderful little libraries can be enjoyed at

Is there one in your community?   When we get settled in San Diego, I love to start one in our new community!