Saturday, September 08, 2018

I'm REALLY sad

These old TV shows are like comfort food for me right now and I won't gain weight (unless I am snacking on comfort food while I watch.)

On Amazon I found it and I am at episode 4.

It really does take my mind away and off of what is going on around me.

What are some of your favorite "comfort-type" tv shows from the past?

See I'm SAD

Friday, September 07, 2018

When will it STOP?

I am trying not to get depressed, but everything around me is just that - DEPRESSING. We have another fire - there was the Carr Fire, nearest me - then a few miles north is the Herz fire and just the other day, another fire; 33 miles from my doorstep, the Delta fire. I'm not a person who cusses, but what the F--K is going on? I also just heard of another fire in the Trinity mountains, west of me in Hyampon.

Our air quality is at an all-time low. At this moment, schools are having to close.

It's dark at times, in the middle of the day. It's so bad, even with the AC and my air purifier, I am starting to smell smoke inside my home. Next, I will have to wear a mask inside!

One good thing I'll post later about was our trip to Alabama! That was a week of beautiful, unseasonably low humidity. We had a wonderful time with family. AND we could sit out on the porch and breath in all that nice clean country air.

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Our New Norm.

I talked to my friend on the phone and that lifted my spirits. She lives south of me, nearer to Sacramento and they are being slammed with smoke from the Mendocino Fires west of her. Just the smoke but they've got it pretty bad as well. So she perfectly understood how gloomy it's been with the ash and all.

I am so looking forward to my visit with my brother in Alabama. A totally different part of the country which to us, is practically like a different country. They all have pretty thick southern accents; the women talk so fast, I can't understand them. I think they think I am hard of hearing because I am always asking them to repeat.

But they are the best people. Good folk - Genuinely nice. They are the types that would give you the shirt off their backs or their last dollar. I really HOPE they decide to come out here next summer. That was the plan. I'd go back one more time, but they have to come to California to stay with me. We talked about that and my sister-in-law said she did not want to come during the summer. Heck, I don't blame her. It's getting to be, that our summers are unpredictable. Jerry said this is our new norm. That means you don't want to "summer in California" anymore.

It is a combination of a lot of things. I'm an old tree-hugger from way back. LOVE trees and forests. When I lived in San Francisco, I really believed that logging was bad and that are forests needed to just be forests without management. Then I moved up here - and slowly I started to see first hand, how forest management would be good and how logging does thin the forest if it is done responsibly and it can be done. When we've been out camping and hiking the forest, we've seen all the dead wood laying all around - and we knew it was just kindling for the next fire. Heck, they won't even let you go in and cut down the fallen wood. In some areas, you need a permit. It has just become so unmanageable. Plus of course, add in the changing of our climate and also the thinking of our Cal Fire and forest service. Jerry likes to boast about our surplus - yeah but it came at a price. He took from other departments and funded others to make it look as if we have a surplus. My son went to college and took forest fire technology and was basically told, you won't get a job because of cutting the budget. So he quit. Now they do not have enough, in the forestry industry. Many are old and fat and waiting for their retirement.

We also don't have enough police in town. That was definitely one of the reasons the Governor called in the California National Guard. They are here indefinitely.

Just like any death or tragedy, you go through five stages. I believe we may just be starting to enter into the anger stage.

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