November 12, 2018

FIRE 2 + UPDATE


Map: CAL Fire, via ABC10
           
·       I haven’t heard from my Friend Bobbie this morning.  She has hundreds of friends waiting for a call or message.  The list of notes on her Facebook site is growing.  She lives right in the middle of that map.
·       My friend Katy, who lives in Comptche CA writes, and I post with permission:
·       “How to help make sure you survive when you live in a rural area tips…#! Is your house number clearly marked on your access road to you property so fireman can find you? #2 can a fire truck drive down your driveway and TURN AROUND…if it can’t you need to widen out your driveway and parking area #3 if you have a water tank or water storage make sure a fire engine can hook into it…this usually involves an stanchion and a chain holding an adapter of some kind so the fire truck can suck up the tank’s water…all three of these ideas help firefighters defend your home…
·       Katy again: Hi there…when I DID think we were going to loose the house in a wildfire I took photo albums, cash, computer and a good bottle of Scotch…what I forgot was my paper address book (it’s not on computer) My car was loaded and ready to exit, but off to the side of the road so fire trucks could access the road…they did moments later. Daughter got home, loaded her stuff and the family photos in the hallway and her dad’s white Birkenstock work shoes for his nursing job…a uniform could be replaced, white Birk’s would have been harder. We’re assembling a 3 day  emergency supplies barrel (30 gallon) ex-olive container…water filter, food, blankets, radio/flashlights/batteries, food enough to carry a family 3 days after an earthquake sheltering in place. We’re also turning the church basement into a 30 person shelter with generator, food, water, fuel, radios, first aid supplies while organizing the community. Our daughter is in charge of the phone tree for east Comptche Valley and has a radio to communicate with the fire department. County sheriff told the community to figure on 2 weeks before we’d get outside help. Luckily we have doctors and health professionals who live here. Given wildfires I’m inclined to have my cash in a glass jar buried in the yard as having it in a barrel that could melt would be no good. When Tassajara Hot Springs above Carmel thought they were going to loose everything in a fire they wrapped up all their sacred texts and dug a hole in their biggest lawn and buried everything there underground…luckily they stopped their fire too…Katy
·       Two stories from the back country of California thanks to Katy.
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Nov. 13:
Bobbie is still home now with Calabasas and Hidden Hills being evacuated.  I love her, but she doesn't remember we are all out here worrying about her.  101 has reopened but the road through Topanga is still closed.  
George is ignoring his empty stomach by playing computer games.  I need to feed me before we head to surgery.  It's going to be an interesting day.
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  • Himself:  His queue looks really good today.  Tomorrow he is off work, and probably will take a few more sick days too.  He’s to get up every 45 minutes, walk, and do leg lifts and ankle exercises.
  • Myself:  Today: Laundry, cleaning, bank, grocery shopping for what I can carry up the stairs to feed him.
  • Reading:  Nothing.  The ugliness of the last book put me on hold.
  • Gratitude’s:  The heater.  It was 40 outside this morning.



November 11, 2018

VETERANS DAY


           
I thought for a few moments that the fire might reach Bobbies home.  No, it is now burning five miles from her home where they stopped it.  The fire itself is only 10% contained and part of that containment is just down Topanga Canyon. 

This morning, we are going to stop by Dale’s grave and that of George's parents.  Dust them off a little.  Later we are going to get his hair cut…all of it.  I’ve talked with both kids, who love Bobbie, and talked with Bobbie too.  The day is beautiful here, and we are off to enjoy it.

November 10, 2018

FIRES

 
           
This is the CAL Fire map, here, of the 9 am fire perimeters for the LA fire.  My friend Bobbie lives just out of the purple area to the right of that beige road from the 101 to the sea.  She tells me that they are ready to evacuate if they have to.  The biggest problem is that her next show is all crated and ready to go in the garage.   All I can hope is that she calls someone to come and pick it up today.

She lives high in the mountains on a dead end street.  Years ago, I suggested she keep an emergency kit near the front door in case of fires.  She thanked me yesterday.  If they were told to evacuate she had one more thing to grab, and Geoff was bringing two guitars and his computer. 

I often wondered what I would do in a situation like this.  George, of course.  Then bottom line, I would save the family pictures.  They are all scanned up and backed up on two computers.  If I could save meds, clothes, jewelry, and some of the family paintings, I would do that too.

What would you do if you were told to evacuate?  What would you save?



November 8, 2018

LARYNGITIS



           
Alice in Memoryland has been suffering from laryngitis.  She writes not just of the verbal silences she is suffering, but also of the mental silences her husband suffers. He has Alzheimer’s, and he is still living at home.  Lately they have been arguing over x=x or x=y.

George and I had one of those rather heated x=y discussions yesterday morning ourselves. 

“What happened to the two bags of laundry,” I asked.  “Where are the whites?”

“I took the green bag down,” he said.

“The blue bag had the whites in it,” I replied. 

“I put the whites in the dryer,” he said a little heatedly.  Then added, “You brought the blue bag up.” 

I didn’t remember bringing the blue bag up.  I didn’t even remember starting the whites.

I have moments like these.  I have no short term memory.  If something doesn’t’ make it through my filters, it doesn’t exist.  This day the laundry information didn’t make it into long term memory.

“If you are going to be that cranky over laundry,” I said after a long pause, “You are going to make a truly awful caretaker when I get older and remember nothing.”
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  • Himself:  Yesterday: Lots of cranky folks at work, and today more.  He had a great two day despite them.  Good doctor’s visit too.
  • Myself:  Took photos and enjoyed the visit.  I don’t remember going to this show at the Mingei either.
  • Reading:  ”The Little Colonel at Boarding School.”
  • Gratitude’s:  I was issued a “Friends of the San Diego Library’ apron today.




November 7, 2018

ORTS AND LOAVES

One of two book sorting areas.
           
·       Two days a week, I work three hour turns in a basement.  Yes, I am having a grand time.  No the dust isn’t getting to me.  I take enough allergy meds to sink a horse.  There are two rooms.  This basement is one, and the other is an old garage area as the entrance. 
·       Unfortunately, I confused one of the ladies yesterday.  It isn’t help when you end up confused.  I apologized then but will say more tomorrow.
·       My Childhood friend, DA, has called several times this week.  I know her son dials for her as I can hear him talking in the background.  How glorious to hear her voice just as it always has been.  How really sad she has dementia, but it is wonderful that her son and his wife are there to take care of her.
·       Himself:  He started work at 0530 this morning so he can get off work early for his preop.  There’s a lot of stuff he doesn’t know…I shall let the doc tell him what he can’t do.  LOL
·       Myself:  Book sale coming up on the 3rd Saturday.  The old Boss said she wasn’t selling cookbooks any more.  I’m told, that they suddenly have reappeared.
·       I’m pleased and not pleased about the election results.  Too many Trump supporters were elected.  The yelling and negativity will continue.  I shake my head sadly.
·       Working on a new area of my past.  Writing it out.  I certainly did have a checkered life and am very embarrassed by myself today.  You could say that I have a pretty boring life these days.

November 6, 2018

PLEASE VOTE !!


           
This election really matters.  Please go vote your convictions.  Yes, your vote counts

The Washington Post ran an opinion piece about why voters were and weren’t voting.  Click on: here to read the article.


·       My vote won’t matter,” says a young woman who won’t vote tomorrow.
·       America is bigger than politics, says another voter.
·       “I’m not voting.  There is no solid option,” says another.
·       “It’s especially important this year to vote,” says an old miner.
·       “I didn’t vote in the last election, and now I am paying for it,” says a young mother.

I voted.  I always vote.  Often other people’s vote overrides mine.  Not this time.  For me, as many of us do, I want a return to civility and manners.  I want a government that works for and with the people.  My husband wants a return to humanity instead of greed and lies.  I’ll take that too.

Please vote no matter your persuasion, your opinions, or the color of your vote.
Your vote does count.
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  • Himself:  Working really hard with difficult clients.
  • Myself:  Got the dentist to take a lot off that new partial.  Not right yet tho.  Counting days till I am back in the pool.
  • Reading:  Nothing at the moment.
  • Gratitude’s:  An awful lot today.



November 4, 2018

DAYS LIKE THIS


Last night we sat by the bay and watched the Volendam leave the harbor.  Today will be another time of total relaxation.  The Sunday morning news shows leave us comforted as they are designed to do.  And now we are hovering over our computers before heading out to see Margot with things for Zoe’s drama class.  We have magazines for Margot’s CP patients to train with too.

I flat out love days like this.
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  • Himself:  Picked up 5 bags of perfect books for the Rancho Bernardo store.  Shower, lunch, meeting.
  • Myself:  Ditto, then shower, fix all bandages, lunch, meeting
  • Re-Reading:  William H. Miller, “The Fabulous Interiors of the Great ocean liners.”
  • Gratitude’s:  G, seeing Margot, reading, sunshine and fogs.



FIRE 2 + UPDATE

Map: CAL Fire, via ABC10             ·        I haven’t heard from my Friend Bobbie this morning.   She has hundreds of friend...