Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Things that 'hide'

We've all have had it happen...

You go to the closet, and look for your favorite coat... hmmmmmmmmmm not there... did I leave it in the car... nope... hmmmmm oh well, I don't 'need' the coat, a sweatshirt will do...

Its getting almost COLD here in So. Cal... (almost) and I hadn't been able to find either my long coat, that zips, (a light gray quilted coat that I picked up 25 years ago at J C Penney Catalog for next to nothing as I worked there) or the dark gray coat that my daughter helped me pick out last winter, when she(and I) said that I really really needed to retire the pea coat that I had gotten 10 years ago, as the lining was shredded...

Saturday I went to J C Penneys over in Redlands, as I had heard that
they were having a SALE sale. Womens coats for under $100.00 This coat, called to me, and kept calling... and the price was excellent!

Last night I was going through some stuff in the living room... that I am in the process of saying - this stays... this goes... this a maybe to stay... not sure... and found both of the coats that had been mia...

Some how the line from Little Bo Peep comes to mind... leave them alone and they'll come home... Thank you my 'old' favorite coats for coming home!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Last night I was waiting for the bus, which was due at 7:30 (ish)... had a young woman say to me... "aren't you afraid to be out alone at night"... I replied 'ummmmmmmmmm no'... her quote was "I am... I admire you being elderly and not being afraid to be out after dark" and I said to her... 'I walk with attitude, if I walk as if I am afraid of my shadow, then yes I am going to get harassed, if I walk with confidence, then people generally leave me alone... besides, I am short, and can reach the knee caps quickly... those who hassle me, will have to deal with me, with my kids, and with their own karma"

We talked further, and I found out that she is 38. I am 57... she is 19 years younger than I am, and 8 years older than my daughter... but to her, because of my 'looks' I probably look like I am 10 or 20 years older... I find it interesting having gotten the "this is an unsafe neighborhood' chat from several folks in the last few weeks, that if you are 20 something, or 30 something, it is o.k. to be out after dark... (which is coming at 5:30 ish now...) but of you are 40 something, 50 something, 60 something... you should be home - inside - safe with the doors locked...

Why is it that after a certain age, we discourage activity, and we act as if folk are frail, and may be taken advantage of if they are out after a certain time of night... I have had less problems in the last 5 years (knock on wood) than I have in the 15 before that... and most of the problems, have been from people breaking into my house when I wasn't home... I have had a bag stolen twice, once from a person who as I was waiting for a bus, who did a snatch and run... and once from 2 people who double teamed me, and split up as they were walking past me... (there is a reason that I wear a backpack...) and those two incidents happened more than 10 years ago...

If we wrap ourselves in fear, than we will always be afraid... I don't want to be afraid!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Back in July, I learned how to do a knitted pattern called entrelac... basically it looks like a basket weave... and it is a good challenge!

A few month later I found out that a friend of mine was going to have boy number 3, and I went shopping for yarns...

This is what I came up with!

Friday, August 21, 2009


This week has been hard for me... harder than I thought that it would be! I found out Saturday night that a close friend of mine had had a stroke, and that he was being kept in a medically induced coma, to keep him 'calm'... It was decided to take him off of life support on Tuesday, and we were given one time, then another time and then a third time that the family was going to remove the life support... I've a feeling that the family was overwhelmed by the outpouring of love for him.... If I had been able to get up to where he was, I would have been there... however it is probably better that I wasn't able to... There was always the hope that he would wake up, slap a nurse on the rear and say... let me get dressed, I have a faire to build... however that was not to be,. On Tuesday, he decided to continue the sleep and passed on shortly after 10 p.m. pac. time. Jerry I will very much miss you, but I know that you are still there, just out of sight, and holding my hand while I am dealing with drilling a hole, to set a screw or the like. I can only hope that an inth of what you tried to teach sunk in! Brightest blessing to you my friend, I look forward to seeing you on the other side!

Today, the circle of life continues... Phil and Cassandra have Baby Boy number 3 (he hasn't been named yet... ) born at approx. 10:30 a.m. 7 lbs 3 ozs 18 inches long... Brightest blessings to you wee boyo, I look forward to holding you!

Yesterday I realized that I was out of blood pressure medication, which has been 'sorta' helping but not really... I went to the clinic that I go to... during the day, it is a regular clinic and in the evenings its is an urgent care clinic... good and bad I am one of the working poor... I work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-F the fact that they will take me in at the urgent care clinic is fantastic! I can take care of minor stuff (like sinus infections, or tonsillitis and scold me for not having a better handle on the blood pressure... I have to say that one of the things that prodded me to take care of this is losing Jerry... Jerry took care of himself (as far as I knew) he was vegetarian, watched his weight, didn't eat saturated fat ect... and yea I want to live a fruitful life I want to make it to "official" senior status, I want to see Megan, Shawna, and Rhiannon happy, and in healthy relationships... and yea someday when they are ready I want to hold my grandbabies... to do that I have to have a Dr. / P.A. who will listen, and work with me on getting the medications that she wants me to take... and hear me when I say... ummmmmmm the reaction to this one was fuzziness - the reaction to that one was increased heart rate ect... I think I have found that... Here is hoping!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Monday, July 13, 2009

Lots 'o stuffies...

I've learned a new knitting pattern... hurray...
Entrelac... It is an interesting one to do... and enjoyable to watch grow!!

Happy Belated 4th... I'm glad that I live here in the United States... where I still have 'freedom of speech'! This pix is the underside of a C17, that did a flyby over the University of Redlands... where some friends and I went for Picnic in the park, and the 4th of July fireworks show that is put on there every year!

This past weekend, I played 'superwoman' (again)... I moved a 'new to me' refrigerator from outside, to inside... bit at a time, it was taken in... it is now inside my kitchen, humming along noisily... but humming! My old 'new to me' fridge which was probably 30ish years old, decided that after 14 or 15 years of living in my kitchen that it didn't want to keep the refrigerator part cold... cool, but not cold... I'm a HUGE believer in keeping food out of the danger zone... below 40, or above 140, (f) in between is inviting food poisoning, and that is not a fun thing to have! I have a scar from stem to stern (navel to sternum) because of it... My friend Stephanie found this one on Craigs list... for a very good price... and delivered it for me too! I remembered the adage that I learned from years ago of push don't pull... and got it inside... and situated! I now have to get the other one out...

Yes I am nuts!

Finally I leave you with a bit of the booms from the 4th... the show was great!

Friday, June 05, 2009


This past Wednesday, one of my biggest fears 'rained' down on me...

I have three HUGE fears:

1) Lightening/thunder
1) Fire
1) Spiders

All are equal... none are more equal than the others...

That said, Wednesday, I woke up to the sound dripping and in my sleep fog couldn't tell if it was inside or outside... inside didn't make any sense, but hey, I was still mostly asleep. I got up, turned on the morning news so I could see what the weather was going to be, got dressed, grabbed an umbrella and headed for work. Around 9 or so, I started seeing little flashes of lightening, which made me jump, not much, but some... then a friend called me and asked if I knew of any fires on my side of the mountian. When I went outside, I saw the smoke from a fire that was about a couple of miles up the hill from the San Manuel Reservation. Yep, caused by a lightenign strike.

Wednesday afternoon/early evening I had caught the bus headed home, and there were 'bigger' forks of lightening striking... which I could sort of ignore, on the bus... but when I got off of the bus, and was waiting for the connecting one to take me home, there were more and more and... more... it seemed as if they were within a perimiter of 3 to 10 miles... and unfortunately I was outside, under a bus shelter. The scared little girl part of me was fighting very hard to come out...

another day I will wax eloquent about my fear of fire, and of spiders...

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Warning - Rantatude ahead...

Yesterday when I was on the bus, the driver pulled over and said "there is a pregnant woman... can someone please give her a seat? The bus will stay parked until she is seated." 3, count 'em 3 woman yep WOMEN got up and offered her their seats... what the hell... I was totally dumbfounded 30+ men, 30+ women, and 3 women offered her a seat...

Last night I stopped at a local fast food place, and got some totally not good for me junk food... as I am eating, the manager tells one of the workers to do the dining room, sweep, and clean the yellow strips at the bottoms of the tables... the young woman (any where between 18 and 21) starts whining... I'm going to have to sit on the floor... do you know how long its going to take me... I'm not going to finish til 10 p.m. ... The manager tells her - the sooner you start the sooner you finish... she continues to whine... in my direction - sorta... the straw for me - "I'm gonna get swine flu from this"... I told her - "ya know, I know 10 people who would love to have your job"... she said, "well I like my job... its just... germs - ya know"... and I said "again, I know 10 people who would love the job, and not complain about the work" If you have a job... I'm not saying you can't complain, because I do it... sometimes too much... but remember there are 10 people out there that will happily take over the job for you...


A friends grand-daughter was killed on Monday, the circumstances are suspicious at best... she was in a relationship that was abusive, and had not shown up for work on Friday of last week, and calls to her home, and cell went unanswered... on Monday Police say that she sat on the Caltrain tracks just north of the San Antonio station in Mountain View and was struck and killed by a southbound train at 11:30 a.m. If you are in a relationship where the person is isolating you from your family or your friends, If s/he is hitting you, then telling you it is because of how you are... if you didn't do "x" they wouldn't hit you... please consider what s/he is doing, and maybe take 2 steps back and look at the relationship from a different perspective... no person regardless of how much you think you love them, or how much they say the love you is worth dying over.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Back in January my daughter asked me to knit her a hoodie... (again) I've been hesitant about it, as I wasn't sure about a pattern, and wasn't sure if she would like what I had knitted... her 1 request to not do was a hoodie like I had knitted for myself last year... (Interweave knits Central Park Hoodie) she also asked for some design features that I wasn't sure about making... I am a good knitter, but I need a pattern as a jumping off place...

I finally settled on a color of yarn, after hearing "make it a surprise"... "don't want to know"... In February, one of my favorite magazines came out with a sweater that was "it". In March, there were 3 different 'fittings, and this past Saturday evening, I got to give it to her... Her comment was 'freaking awesome'...

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Promises made... part the 2nd

ring ring

Looking at the caller id... (xyz company)

"Hi this is Michael... from xyz company... I understand that your not happy right now... I've contacted the manager of your route driver and someone should be out either today, or tomorrow at the latest"

'pardon me for being skeptical, but I went through this last year, and the year before... '

"Well we are trying a different training with everyone, to make sure that our people keep you happy"

'if the route driver doesn't come out as "promised" is there a direct line to speak with you?'

"If you call call the 800 number..."

(yea... uh huh...)

and... part the 3rd

shortly after that conversation ended, the route driver came in...

Promises Made...

promises not kept...

Monday the soda machine at work decided to eat my $$...

I call XYZ soda company... "someone will contact you by this time tomorrow..."

'will they call or come to the office'


Yesterday... surprise surprise surprise (NOT)... no contact... so I call XYZ soda company again... and again explain, that I'm the building in front, not the building in back...

Today, the building mate comes in and says... the XYZ company is in back... sigh

also turns out that the parent company has been calling (to no avail) about their machine eating $$

Hey Mr. Polar Bear... I really do like the product... but your reps have to not make promises that can't be kept by your sales persons!

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

On a different note...

A couple of weeks ago I learned how to do 'stranded' or two color knitting...

This is what I am currently working on... I took a pattern that I saw on knitty and am doing the color work into a smallish bag, one that is large enough to hold a business card type wallet, (approx. 2 1/2 x 3 inches) an ipod or mp3 player, a cell-phone, and small ring of keys...

The fun part with this too, is that in addition to doing the color work, I am also doing it on 2 circulars!!

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

What I have to say to you is this...

If I stay past 5 p.m... I will be fired...

(and my thought is this... can you afford to pay me... oh lets see... $5,000 a month because you asked me to stay just a 'few minutes' to close a ticket... no... aw gee)

What I want to say to you is this...


The scale house hours are

Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

I have been requested several times to “stay for just a few minutes extra” over the last several months… I have been reluctant about charging any thing, as I didn’t want to continue a bad habit that was started before I came to the scale house.

However, effective immediately, my rate for staying “a few minutes extra” will be $50.00 (Fifty dollars) per hour or portion there of. Example, if I stay for 10 minutes extra, the payment will be $50.00 if I stay for and hour and 10 minutes the payment will be $100.00, and so on. I also request that the payment be in cash, and paid at the time the service is rendered. I feel that this is only fair, as I am open and 98% of the time available for your company as well as others for 9 hours a day, Monday thru Thursday, and 8 ½ hours on Fridays. I generally do not take a lunch, and if I do go for lunch, it is going somewhere and getting it to go.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


has once again been made here in the Untied States of America. We have duly elected a new President, who was sworn in today. There was no question this time regarding the will of the people. There were no re-counts, no “hanging chads”, no interventions of Governors, or the courts deciding for us...

The following are ‘snippets’ of the speeches of the presidents of my life…

My “first” President was John Kennedy… His was the first inkling that I had about politics… the shock and dismay… how can we elect him, he’s (gasp) Catholic… but elect him ‘we’ did… and he said to us in 1961 “In your hands, my fellow citizens, more than mine, will rest the final success or failure of our course. Since this country was founded, each generation of Americans has been summoned to give testimony to its national loyalty. The graves of young Americans who answered the call to service surround the globe… And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man. “

My next President was Lyndon Johnson who was appointed after the assassination of John Kennedy… said to us in 1965 after being elected, “But you must look within your own hearts to the old promises and to the old dream. They will lead you best of all, for myself, I ask only, in the words of an ancient leader: "Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great?"

Then we had Richard Nixon for a term and a half… In his first inaugural speech in 1969, he stated “The greatest honor history can bestow is the title of peacemaker. This honor now beckons America—the chance to help lead the world at last out of the valley of turmoil, and onto that high ground of peace that man has dreamed of since the dawn of civilization. If we succeed, generations to come will say of us now living that we mastered our moment, that we helped make the world safe for mankind. This is our summons to greatness.”

In his second address in 1973, he stated “That is why today I offer no promise of a purely governmental solution for every problem. We have lived too long with that false promise. In trusting too much in government, we have asked of it more than it can deliver. This leads only to inflated expectations, to reduced individual effort, and to a disappointment and frustration that erode confidence both in what government can do and in what people can do. Government must learn to take less from people so that people can do more for themselves. Let us remember that America was built not by government, but by people—not by welfare, but by work—not by shirking responsibility, but by seeking responsibility. In our own lives, let each of us ask—not just what will government do for me, but what can I do for myself?” In 1974 he left office…

Gerald Ford was appointed in 1974 after Richard Nixon resigned, and rather than an inauguration, his statement after taking the oath was “My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.
Our Constitution works; our great Republic is a government of laws and not of men. Here the people rule. But there is a higher Power, by whatever name we honor Him, who ordains not only righteousness but love, not only justice but mercy.”

Jimmy Carter stated in 1977 “Within us, the people of the United States, there is evident a serious and purposeful rekindling of confidence. And I join in the hope that when my time as your President has ended, people might say this about our Nation:
—that we had remembered the words of Micah and renewed our search for humility, mercy, and justice;
—that we had torn down the barriers that separated those of different race and region and religion, and where there had been mistrust, built unity, with a respect for diversity;
—that we had found productive work for those able to perform it;
—that we had strengthened the American family, which is the basis of our society;
—that we had ensured respect for the law, and equal treatment under the law, for the weak and the powerful, for the rich and the poor;
—and that we had enabled our people to be proud of their own Government once again I would hope that the nations of the world might say that we had built a lasting peace, built not on weapons of war but on international policies which reflect our own most precious values. These are not just my goals, and they will not be my accomplishments, but the affirmation of our Nation's continuing moral strength and our belief in an undiminished, ever-expanding American dream.

Ronald Reagan in his first speech in 1981 said “You and I, as individuals, can, by borrowing, live beyond our means, but for only a limited period of time. Why, then, should we think that collectively, as a nation, we are not bound by that same limitation? We must act today in order to preserve tomorrow. And let there be no misunderstanding—we are going to begin to act, beginning today. The economic ills we suffer have come upon us over several decades. They will not go away in days, weeks, or months, but they will go away. They will go away because we, as Americans, have the capacity now, as we have had in the past, to do whatever needs to be done to preserve this last and greatest bastion of freedom.

Then in his second speech in 1985 said “We must simplify our tax system, make it more fair, and bring the rates down for all who work and earn. We must think anew and move with a new boldness, so every American who seeks work can find work; so the least among us shall have an equal chance to achieve the greatest things—to be heroes who heal our sick, feed the hungry, protect peace among nations, and leave this world a better place. The time has come for a new American emancipation—a great national drive to tear down economic barriers and liberate the spirit of enterprise in the most distressed areas of our country. My friends, together we can do this, and do it we must, so help me God.”

George H. W. Bush stated at his inauguration in 1989 “And so, there is much to do; and tomorrow the work begins. I do not mistrust the future; I do not fear what is ahead. For our problems are large, but our heart is larger. Our challenges are great, but our will is greater. And if our flaws are endless, God's love is truly boundless. Some see leadership as high drama, and the sound of trumpets calling, and sometimes it is that. But I see history as a book with many pages, and each day we fill a page with acts of hopefulness and meaning. The new breeze blows, a page turns, the story unfolds. And so today a chapter begins, a small and stately story of unity, diversity, and generosity—shared, and written, together.”

Bill Clinton, in 1993 said to us “Today we celebrate the mystery of American renewal. This ceremony is held in the depth of winter. But, by the words we speak and the faces we show the world, we force the spring. A spring reborn in the world's oldest democracy, that brings forth the vision and courage to reinvent America. When our founders boldly declared America's independence to the world and our purposes to the Almighty, they knew that America, to endure, would have to change. Not change for change's sake, but change to preserve America's ideals—life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness. Though we march to the music of our time, our mission is timeless. Each generation of Americans must define what it means to be an American.”

In 1989 he stated, “Now, for the third time, a new century is upon us, and another time to choose. We began the 19th century with a choice, to spread our nation from coast to coast. We began the 20th century with a choice, to harness the Industrial Revolution to our values of free enterprise, conservation, and human decency. Those choices made all the difference. At the dawn of the 21st century a free people must now choose to shape the forces of the Information Age and the global society, to unleash the limitless potential of all our people, and, yes, to form a more perfect union.”

George W. Bush in 2001 said to us “America has never been united by blood or birth or soil. We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds, lift us above our interests and teach us what it means to be citizens. Every child must be taught these principles. Every citizen must uphold them. And every immigrant, by embracing these ideals, makes our country more, not less, American.”

And then in 2005 said “When the Declaration of Independence was first read in public and the Liberty Bell was sounded in celebration, a witness said, “It rang as if it meant something.” In our time it means something still. America, in this young century, proclaims liberty throughout all the world, and to all the inhabitants thereof. Renewed in our strength—tested, but not weary—we are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom.”

Today, Barack Obama gave us these words… “In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted — for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life. For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.

For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn.

Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life.

They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace”

May the change that we asked for, be the change that we hoped for.

(I think it will be.)

Friday, January 09, 2009

Ground Shake!!

We had a ground shake here in So Cal last night...

The epicenter is approx 2 1/2 miles from my house...

Earthquake Details

Location34.107°N, 117.304°W
Depth14.1 km (8.8 miles)
  • 3 km (2 miles) SSW (202°) from San Bernardino, CA
  • 5 km (3 miles) NNE (19°) from Colton, CA
  • 7 km (4 miles) E (94°) from Rialto, CA
  • 87 km (54 miles) E (86°) from Los Angeles Civic Center, CA
Location Uncertaintyhorizontal +/- 0.2 km (0.1 miles); depth +/- 0.4 km (0.2 miles)
ParametersNph=132, Dmin=2 km, Rmss=0.28 sec, Gp= 18°,
M-type=moment magnitude (Mw), Version=S
Event IDci10370141
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