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Five Things Friday

Kayaking the Los Angeles River

The five little things that made my week…

1. It was a chilly 48°F at sunrise, but there I was, paddling the Los Angeles River like it was a balmy day! (Or pretend-paddling is more like it, since the river is closed to boating in winter.) Thank you to the awesome crew at Zoom-Zoom magazine (Mazda’s official publication) for asking me to be a part of their upcoming story about LA River restoration efforts, which will include an interview about my volunteer work at Rio de Los Angeles State Park. I’ll post more details when the issue is released! (If you missed my post on kayaking the river a couple of years ago, you can read it here.)

Infant model

2. A few weeks ago on a whim, I sent some pictures of Gemma to a modeling agency. They signed her up and two auditions later, she booked her first job! It was so fun to be in the studio this week and see her and all the other babies in action. (Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed any personal photography since the shoot involved prototypes for next year’s toys.)

Family Christmas cards

3. Speaking of all these pictures… I’m very impressed with the quality of the cards from Minted. We just ordered our first family Christmas cards and I’m excited to start assembling them this weekend. (With a pot of mulled wine simmering on the woodstove, of course. Ahhh, holidays!) Watch for a great giveaway on the blog starting on Monday!

New mini jars from Ball

4. I’m loving these new mini jars from Ball! They’re half the size of half-pint jars (seen on the right for comparison) and so perfect for spice storage.

Volunteer tomato plant

5. We reuse our rinse water from the kitchen on various container plants around the garden, and lo and behold, we now have a tomato plant growing in one of them! Not sure what to do about it yet, but it’s strange to see it growing so well the past few weeks despite some unseasonably cold weather.

Linda Ly About Author

I'm a plant lover, passionate road-tripper, and cookbook author whose expert advice and bestselling books have been featured in TIME, Outside, HGTV, and Food & Wine. The No-Waste Vegetable Cookbook is my latest book. Garden Betty is where I write about modern homesteading, farm-to-table cooking, and outdoor adventuring — all that encompass a life well-lived outdoors. After all, the secret to a good life is... Read more »


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    Silly Little Sheep
    December 2, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    I have a spare tomato plant as well. I use compost from the garden in the pots for indoor plants – and yes, an accidental tomato has sprouted! I have no idea what variety it is so I don’t know how big it will grow but it makes me very happy when I look at it 🙂

    Your Christmas card looks lovely!

    • Linda Ly of Garden Betty
      Linda Ly of Garden Betty
      December 3, 2016 at 6:13 pm

      I’m tempted to transplant the tomato in the ground and let it keep growing, just so I can see what variety it is!


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