Category Archives: south OC

Snake Bite Kit = Cell Phone

Just back from a pleasant mom’s night out. I went to a rattlesnake talk at The Reserve at Ranch Mission Viejo in San Juan Capistrano. Steve Bledsoe (and Noah Anderson), two avocational herpetologists, gave an excellent presentation tonight. I got … Continue reading

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Cow-Calf Combo

Last week Christian and I joined a few friends on a whale watching boat tour out of Dana Point Harbor. I’ve always considered whale-watching to a bit of a touristy thing, because after all I have seen whales feeding just … Continue reading

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Grunion Run 2011 or How I Found Myself on the Beach at Midnight Chasing Fish

It’s grunion season. Grunion are little silvery fish who like to ride high tides up the sand, mate, lay eggs, and then flop back into the sea. We happen to live near beaches where this happens. Since the grunion like … Continue reading

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I Swear I’m Not Controlling…

Well, maybe I am.* Here’s my suggested schedule for when my brother and sister visit next week. But truly, these are suggestions and totally up for revision and spontaneity. It’s just that I find it reassuring to work with even … Continue reading

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I Heart Earthroots

So, after that last laundry list of chores I posted, my sister expressed sisterly exasperation about 1) my lack of posting and 2) my current limited range of topics. Sorry, All, life’s been getting in the way. I’m still here … Continue reading

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Under the Oaks

This sounds like a perfect place for somebody I might know. It’s a guest house on the property of a woman I like very much. There are chickens. It feels like it’s in the woods. It’s the kind of place … Continue reading

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Dirt Under My Fingernails

This last Friday Christian and I participated in a monthly gleaning hosted by the local Irvine homeschooling group – where we went out for two hours and helped harvest, or in this case plant, food in the Incredible Edible Park. … Continue reading

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Another birthday train ride…

Aiden turned six on Monday – and he wanted the same train adventure that his sister had had for her birthday the previous month. We took the same Amtrak line south from Irvine, but stopped in Solana Beach for pizza … Continue reading

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Save the Date!

We’re getting ready for our annual World Breastfeeding Week Family Picnic. I’m in charge of the vendors. This is the meetup description I posted for my attachment parenting meetup group. YOU ARE INVITED! COME AND HAVE FUN WITH US! August … Continue reading

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Breaking News

[The strike lasted three days. Here is an article at the oc register recapping what happened and what was tentatively resolved.] The teachers’ union of Capo Unified has officially announced a teacher strike starting tomorrow. An email from the principal … Continue reading

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