Happy Mother's Day!

vegetable and herb gardenMy mom has a green thumb--she loves nurturing things and encouraging them to grow. Last weekend she opened her backyard to the public as part of the fundraiser Mary Lou Heard Memorial Garden Tour and drew an enormous crowd of well over 500 visitors within eight hours.  FIVE HUNDRED PEOPLE (or more).  Five hundred people wanted to see her "floating vegetable garden" and array of drought-friendly California native greenery. She organized demonstrations of her mulching bin, gave away poppyseed pods, collected donation money on behalf of participating charities, and patiently answered endless questions about her warm and welcoming backyard.bird nest sculpture

Upon meeting my mom and seeing her garden, many of my friends say "Well, know we know where you get your creativity."  And it's true. I don't think my mom is what you'd call a traditional artist, but she is an enormous advocate of shaping your own world.  Don't like the state your garden is in?  Make it your own!  Don't like the looks of your career/attitude/lifestyle?  Take action, educate yourself, try to envision where certain seeds will grow best in the garden of your life, and then plant them there.  Tend to them and then try another place or different seeds if nothing happens.  Stay restless---because gardens need to be maintained and eventually replanted, as many things and people will require your attention in life, and someday much of what you are familiar with will come to an end, as well.

brilliant sunshine

Right  now my mom's backyard is classified by the National Wildlife Federation as an Certified Wildlife Habitat due to the environmental sustainability of the foliage she rears and the insects, birds, and small animals it attracts.  If you know me, you know I love animals and pets. I wonder where I get it from?

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I think some people feel a little useless when they get older and their children have found new interests and don't rely on them as much for anything.  But really, I still learn things from my parents and use skills and values that they taught me (both on purpose and accidentally!) every single day.  It's like now as an adult I see more of my mother in me than I ever have before, and I don't just mean when I look in the mirror!  I'm so thankful that she is who she is and was able to help me become who I am.

My mama!

Happy Mother's Day!

OC Humane Society (January)

trudySweet Trudy. I love this dog...she has a wee underbite.

polarLike many white cats, Polar is hard of hearing.

AxlePoor Axle, giving me the sad-eye

crunchy"Crunchy" tries to nab a toy

puppyThis pup didn't even have a name yet!

Double Stuff and Luie"Double Stuff" (like the oreo?) and Luie. Poor Luie was adopted and then returned to the shelter. How could they resist those huge eyes?

bearBear is a big, handsome tomcat

OC Humane Society: October

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The Orange County Humane Society is up to their ears in bunnies!  I can personally testify that once you realize they are NOT like cats or dogs, rabbits make for excellent pets; they are quiet, low-maintenance (compared to a dog), and excellent for folks living in apartments or other small living quarters.  Do your research, however---rabbits need space to run and rooms with open cables and wires need to be bunnyproofed!

img_6812The lonely Natasha

img_6688Harley, striking a pose

img_7168Mocha II

img_6920Candie's eyes really are that pretty!

img_6895Mamacita is a shy lover of all humans.

img_7034Saturn

img_6825Dewey the doxie; boy, did he ever work it for the camera!

img_7134Tango

OC Humane Society: September

YES!  Time for more furry faces from the OC Humane Society!

ochs-1016Mia has an adorable snaggletooth!

ochs-1177Tooti and her luminous eyes

ochs-1167The Humane Society has an unusual number of rabbits right now, likely due to bunnies bought as babies during the Easter season and promptly dumped during the summer as they grew bigger and their owners lost interest.  Look at those curious ears!

ochs-1122Poor Chloe II hates living in a noisy, scary shelter!

ochs-1172The OC Humane Society staff tells me that sadly, cats and rabbits with black coats are generally not as popular as their lighter-colored cousins :\

ochs-1075-copyDylin's picture makes me laugh. Sitting so pretty and so eager for a photo!

ochs-1209Costello the kitten

ochs-1140Pola and his heart-melting eyes

ochs-1148Sweet "Cherry"

ochs-1217-copy"OJ" has the same markings as my cat. So pretty!

ochs-1036-copyHannah. Doesn't she have a rockin' hairdo?

OC Humane Society - August

"Pound Song" from Lady & the Tramp

Summer's here and so are more friendly faces from the Orange County Humane Society shelter, just a block up Newland from the beach!  The Humane Society is now also showcasing some of their dogs, cats, and rabbits at the Strand on 5th and PCH during the Huntington Beach Tuesday night street fair every week.  Check them out!

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Bobby begs, "Please, pick me!"

VitaVita the curious cat!

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img_3986-copyThe sleek Elvira

simonPoor Simon was living the good life until his owner died and no one would take him in :(

tweedleThis is either Tweedledee or Tweedledum...hard to say--they're twins, after all!

FridaFrida prefers the two-legged view!

dashThe handsome Dash

myraMyra couldn't resist the kitty toy!

indigoIf you're going to end a post with a smile, there's no smilier face than Indigo's! She just loves life!

Orange County Humane Society June pet photos

Hooray! Luminaire Images is the official photographer for the Orange County Humane Society, and it's time for some pics of their June wards!

Mowgli and Baloo are BFF's and are hoping to be adopted together. It's actually rather smart...just when you think you can't resist the cuteness of one, the other will appear and overpower you in a hailstorm of Pitiful Puppy Eyes!

Freckles aspires to be an American Idol

Snoopy's photo is dying to be captioned.  I kind of want to put a little thought bubble above his head that reads, "You want me to do what?"

Pluto has the worst story I've ever heard---on top of being a stray at a shelter to begin with (which obviously is bad enough), she was recently adopted by an elderly woman who was in a car crash while driving Pluto home from the shelter! The woman was paralyzed from the waist down for the rest of her life, and poor traumatized Pluto is now back at the shelter because her new owner can't care for her after the wreck! I'm not making that up. Pluto needs somebody to show her that car rides can be fun again!

Jumper likes to stand on his hind legs. Not everyone figures out there are ways around being a foot tall!

The weird thing about Tahoe is that he looks and acts JUST like Charlie from All Dogs Go to Heaven. He's got the same friendly grin and floppy Don Bluth movement...no, seriously! So there you have it...if you ever wanted a dog like the one from that movie, Tahoe is at the shelter and waiting for you.

I accidentally called Jack "Toto" while photographing him, I hope he wasn't insulted.

"Give me your best puppy face! Good dogs!!"

"Too much puppyface! TOO MUCH!!" (Deena really knew how to work it, doesn't this just break your heart??)

Cats and kittens are 25% off this month at the OCHS shelter---it's not too late to pick up this sweetheart on the cheap!

Seal ("named after Heidi Klum's husband," I was told), is a little cross-eyed. Not that Seal-the-celeb is cross-eyed, too.

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You know how parents post a hundred BILLION pictures of their kids? Well, I don't have kids. But I have a cat, and I take a lot of pictures of him because he just is the darndest thing sometimes!! And he has these awesome huge golden eyes, kind of like an owl. If you're wondering what the heck is happening, I actually "trained" my cat Sidd when he was a kitten to climb onto my back and snuggle in my neck and ear when he was feeling purry, and tonight he decided to give a little of that same love to Matt. It's nice because it's kind of like a little massage.