Color Me Happy

5 A.M. Monday 2/20/2017

Can you tell I stayed up all night and watched my DVD of Pretty Woman? (I was referring to my choice of titles for this post) Love that movie for escaping to. Earlier, Nubber’s guys left to go buy parts for the 60+ year old gravity furnace. While she waited, I got Nubbers to help me clear a few things to the trash. She even volunteered that if I called, she’d come over and help me get rid of more stuff since walking with my arms full is no longer an option with my knees. At least she’s brighter than the bulk of “helpers” I get from 24Hr. Homecare. Just don’t want her to “pay herself” by raising my rent!

 

A Week at Greyhouse Journal

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As you age, touch typing after a long hospital/nursing-home stay is tough. Like now, I tried to type a paragraph and wound up erasing it far more easily. Anyways, it’s (good grief, having to forefinger-type AND  look at the keys sucks big-time) going to be a post that spans several days…sorry.

Friday and Saturday were long miserable gray, rainy days. I’m watching The Crown on Netflix. It’s a series!!! Award winning even! Who knew? I’m really enjoying it.

The furnace in this rental house croaked on Wednesday. Today (2/18/17) it was finally sunny in the afternoon…how nice! Warmth…but short lived. Of course the cheap-ass landlord and property manager have not called a furnace repair company yet.  Nubs, the property manager went out after dinner tonight and bought a huge portable heater (I’m sure she figured this would alleviate the need to replace the 65+ year old gravity furnace.)

One very large problem, it was really big and powerful. Where the heck would it fit and not start something nearby on fire or melt something? So I have no heat again for the night and it’s supposed to be about 50F or less tonight in this rental with no insulation.

She said she’ll go tomorrow, return the huge heater and get me a tiny one like my own.  Again she seems to think this will be a lasting solution. Good grief. She probably thinks since it’s “almost spring”, no problem.

And Eric wonders why I call him vs. her when there’s a problem with this rental. Only catch is that I’m going to be freezing for more nights to come and it’s the weekend so I can’t even call the city and ask what the “rules” for a livable dwelling are. Again, good grief!

2/19/17 It’s Sunday morning and still no solution. Nubbers said she’ll be getting a smaller heater for the bedroom this A.M. but no luck for Nubbers finding a furnace company yet!!!

I haven’t gotten any sleep for five nights because it’s been so cold (if you live in the Northeast, you can stop laughing now). In 2 days the night temps will fall into the low 40’s! So for this 600 square foot ice box of a rental I pay $2100+/month!

It’s now Sunday afternoon and no heater plus no news of a furnace repair company.

Well, she just saved herself by showing up at 12:20 P.M. with a (not too) big electric heater which I had her put in the kitchen, yay! Lightweight too. She even took the info on the furnace survice I found, shock of shocks!

It’s now President’s Day and @ 9 AM Nubbers was here ’cause “her guys” were due to arrive and fix the furnace. Supposedly they know how, we’ll see. As always they wanted to use my vacuum to clean out the furnace box.

Help & Theft

I originally was reluctant to hire any kind of help until I met a worker from the company “24Hr. Homecare” located in Encino (818-385-0227…DO NOT CALL THEM), CA. Huntington Hospital called them when I was released from 4 weeks of intensive car4e after emergency surgery took 5″ of necrotic colon out of me. It had become twisted.

Long story, short…I had no one to take me home. So someone there knew of this service. I got a great person, Brittany who is not remotely representative of the slimebags they employ.

I have been finding things missing in my house such as DVDs and so on. Objects easily stashed in a tote or purse. Tonight I checked on the French knife set I bought for my niece’s wedding that I had stored in the silverware drawer (still in it’s original box!) and found it gone!

So the takeaway is DO NOT EVER HIRE THIS COMPANY to help you…NO MATTER WHAT!!!!!!

Getting old SUCKS.

Nursing Home…

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too funny…   Heaven only knows what was.

sitting here and listening to re-runs of Fraisier and totally enjoying the Seattle rain,

Now I forgot what I was writing about …:(

it wasn’t worth remembering, I guess, as my mom would say. Miss her dearly.

Probably the radical amount of rain we (LA) have had.

But it’s like this every 5 yrs. or so…it’s just that no one remembers and of course the NEWS is in heaven since there’s something to report about…aka drought.

The spacing on WordPress is nuts!

What the F is up w/this????

OK.

Issued by the National Weather Service
FLASH FLOOD WATCH FROM 7AM PST FRI UNTIL 11AM PST SAT …FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LOS ANGELES/OXNARD HAS ISSUED A * FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR LOS ANGELES, VENTURA, AND SOUTHERN SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES * FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING * PERIODS OF MODERATE TO HEAVY RAIN WITH RAINFALL RATES AT TIMES AROUND 1 INCH PER HOUR. OVERALL 2 TO 4 INCHES OF RAIN ARE EXPECTED ACROSS THE COAST AND VALLEYS WHILE 4 TO 8 INCHES ARE EXPECTED IN THE FOOTHILLS AND MOUNTAINS. HEAVIEST ALONG THE SOUTH FACING SLOPES FROM THE SANTA YNEZ RANGE EAST THROUGH THE SAN GABRIELS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… FLASH FLOODING AND DEBRIS FLOWS WILL BE A PARTICULAR THREAT IN AND BELOW THE RECENTLY BURNED AREAS. A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING.

 

we have a flash flood alert & I can barely type after 4 wks.+ in host & nurs. home

How are you doing?

Squirrels

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The blog world is alive with talk of autumn and recipes that go with it.

My signals of autumn are the thuds, heavy ca-thunks and scrambling across the roof at all hours of the day and night from the frisky fall-bound squirrels flying about prior to hibernation. The other clues are the cooling temps…Yay!

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Photo Source.

This may take some time. While I’ve been away WordPress has changed the whole look of a new post. Anyways, I do have a new post coming up on Senf Gerkins which I love. A reader found my posts from2012 and 2013 and wrote about her memories of Senfs.

I don’t can, but I’m going to post some recipes that I found in my various searches for the pickles, just in case anyone is interested.

The Fires Continue

Just a quick, little segue in your day. Sadly, fires still rage. Sorry, but msn is impossible to link to, so copy and paste. Tried to get a photo from their site of the devastation but, no luck. Again, sorry.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/officials-150-homes-burned-in-deadly-california-wildfire/ar-AAhBEME?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=mailsignout

Despite evacuations, an elderly couple died. I don’t know how soon it will get better. We’re in the high 90’s and going into the 100’s. Send good thoughts.

Pre-Hell

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Hi again after a nasty absence. For the next five days we’re looking at temps in the high 90’s and low 100’s. That. Is. Obscene. That’s a jump of almost 30 degrees!!!

After a lovely and wonderful Spring that I could kiss a god’s hand for, we are being lead into our future for the next five to six months…essentially HELL (yes, goal post, e, double hockey stick).

I dread this time of year. As you may know if you’ve been (thank you!) following me for the last years, California houses have NO insulation anywhere in them. So summer (which lasts till November) is utterly miserable.

Continued from June 1, 2016…

Well, time has passed, three weeks to be exact and last week was the start of our version of hell here in So Cal. Yesterday the temps which had ventured into the 100’s, hit 114F and the best one can do is just exist. It was so hot, that I didn’t do anything but lay in bed, on and off, in front of the window air conditioner. I didn’t get any sleep till about 2 am last night and then woke up at 6 am.

“Two Wildfires Near Los Angeles Explode Overnight, Hundreds Evacuated”

I had even postponed my grocery order due to the heat. Anyhow, I scheduled it for today. Little did I know that wildfires would break out in the next suburb and just two more away. I had left the window open last night in hopes of catching some cool air (at 1 am it was still 99F). Unfortunately the breeze shifted, causing the heavy plumes of smoke to settle in this part of the valley. I woke up to wretched, acrid smoke and a brilliant orange sunrise.

I can tell from the blackness of the smoke above us, that some structures may have been hit. I know that several areas were evacuated. Usually when it’s just forest and brush, the smoke is pretty much white to light gray. By contrast, the pall hanging over this area was very dark. The only good I can see is that the smoke cover may cut some of the heavy sunlight and thus perhaps heat. We’ll see. I read the areas burning, haven’t done so in over 35 years, making them major tinderboxes.

The one thing that always strikes me is the brilliant colors of sunrises and sunsets during these kind of smoke covered days. They look like they’ve been photoshopped to the max when they haven’t been touched. Funny how something beautiful can come from tragedy.