Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Cold Snap




Wouldn't you know it - as soon as we plant our almond and cherry tree, we finally get a hard freeze? We don't get these that often. Supposed to get down to like 26 tonight. Oh well, what can we do? I heard the California Almond Growers use sprinklers - and some of the local nurseries are recommending Christmas lights. That won't work for us - we just packed everything away and to the back of our storage in the garage.

We need to be more on the ball next time.

There needs to be a law that garden places can't sell deciduous trees when there still is the possibility of a freeze. Although that would cost them in profits here in California, when one week it's 80 and then next it's a hard free. Perhaps some time for a guarantee for if the weather should change within 10 days of your purchase? That would work. Yeah, for some they say we already have too many laws. I'm not thinking political here- I'm thinking like a concerned gardener.

I crack myself up at times, when I caught myself saying to the husband,

"I can't wait for this winter to end."

REALLY? We've had a beautiful Spring this past winter! So I get a little cold and I've had it. Not really. If it had stayed cold without any peekaboo spring, I could cope better. Like last year, it rained and rained and rained.

I miss the rain.







Sunday, February 18, 2018

Too close for comfort

This week we had some excitement in my neighborhood. My "other" next door neighbor, had their truck stolen right from the driveway. She had posted it on Next Door and I was shocked. According to her, Mark had locked it. These were not just regular "tweakers" out to steal a car. They were professional and had the tools, to make the job easier. They did find the truck the next day; arrested the driver who was somewhat innocent. The truck had been given to him, by the thief. The driver just played dumb. Come to find out, the car thief had a record of 11 cars stolen. This truck was his 12th!



I live in a good area - nice neighborhood. Lately, we have been hearing of car theft as well as homes being broken into. The Shasta County Sherriff just busted a chop shop in the area on Friday. All the people knew what was going on there; took the sheriff too long to actually make some arrests.

Our problem is we do not have adequate law enforcement. Our city police are under-staffed as well as the county PLUS our jail is crowded. We need more beds.  California has decriminalized many former felonies, so what happens, are they arrest them, and then they go back on to the street. Most of them never see a day in court. 

Crime is UP in my county. Honestly, I don't notice it too much, like the locals because I grew up in the crowded San Francisco bay area. There's crime there all the time - it's part of living in an urban area. 

One time my husband was walking our dog in an industrial area next to the SF Bay and he witnessed someone getting killed in the back of a car. Thank GOD, they did not see him as he sheltered himself and our dog behind a building and some bushes. They dragged the dead guy out of the car, stuffed him in the trunk of another vehicle and drove off, probably to be fitted for cement shoes and a swim in the bay. After the coast was clear, he ran over to a car auction place and called the police. They came out and sure enough, there were empty gun shells and blood. Police told my husband, that he was more than fortunate they did not see him. We never heard anything more about it - not even in the newspaper because as the police said,

  " you'd be surprised how much this happens." 

We had no idea! Street smarts are something you have to have, living in an urban area. You also cannot be afraid. I refused to live in fear. I just knew where to go; what to look for etc. NEVER had an issue. 

So when we moved up here and the locals started saying how bad it was - it was coming from their own perspective. They never used to have to lock their vehicles or their homes. They could go out at night and no problems. Back then, there was not an opiate epidemic as there is now; in urban and rural areas of California. Comes to reason, they have to steal to get their drugs. 

So the husband is diligent in locking everything up - we park our van in my newly clean and organized garage and if and when we get a 2nd vehicle, we'll park it where we used to park our 34-foot motorhome; behind a locked security gate.



I still like it here - When I am out driving around, it feels like I am on vacation. I can't get over the natural beauty that is here. It would have to get real bad for me to consider leaving. 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Anniversaries




Among other things, my husband surprised me with a flowering cherry tree; something I have been wanting forever! In fact a few days ago, when we bought our little almond tree, I asked the gal at the nursery to show me some flowering cherry. I had no clue, that my husband had been saving for this tree. I opted for the almond tree which is what he really wanted. It pays to give in now and then.

2/16/2010  Oregon


Seems every anniversary for us is different. One year we drove up to Washington State and down the Oregon coast. Stayed at a hotel with a beautiful beach view and that night we were so tired, we ate at Taco Bell, in the car staring at a garbage bin near the drive-thru. We thought it was funny.

More Oregon

Ocean view out our window



One year money was tight - had both our sons living with us and they had no jobs. So we had hotdogs at Costco and went to the $1 movies. I believe we spent $6.00 on our anniversary evening.

It's actually those types of anniversaries for me, that are the most memorable,

So what did we do this year? Besides planting the cherry tree, we cleaned out our garage! It was fun. We cranked up the music and together we sorted and organized our stuff -  and talked and looked through boxes of memories - made a huge donation pile and an even bigger dump pile. Afterwards, we went to our favorite Italian restaurant and crashed when we got home.

I can honestly say, I love my clean organized garage! Oh, and I love my husband, too! <wink>


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