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 care 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!

falling-leaves
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.

B-day Week

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Had the nicest week here, weather-wise! Actually chilly. This is my birthday week so it was a real treat. On Friday, my birthday, I received the nicest present…rain. Lovely slow-falling, rain. It was so nice and grey all day, perfect weather for sleeping in. When you get beaming sun morn to night, you really learn to appreciate “May Gray”. So I gave myself the gift of sleeping as long as I wanted. Delicious!

My childhood friend, S, called to wish me happy B-day around 5 pm. And since I have a million rollover minutes, we talked for a good hour. My brother, Rusty, sent an email. He can be such a disappointment sometimes. But, whatever.

My dinner was a frozen Lean Cuisine Fettuccini Prima Vera. So, so. Kind of watery, fyi. Should have gone with the bag of salad I had in the fridge, but oh well. Had the salad today with grape tomatoes and Marie’s Chunky Blue Cheese dressing…mmm.

Found a strange link when looking for an image to put into this post. You can write your name or a friend’s on an assortment of Birthday cakes and send it to them. Not the cake, just the image, like this:

Or this:

This is a good thing since the odds of me baking a cake are zero. Lol!

To anyone else who had a birthday this last week, Happy Birthday to you!

Smoked Salmon Accompaniment

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This is what I serve with smoked salmon looks like. Usually I also have a dish of capers on the side.

Use whatever measurements you like.
1/2 mayo (the real stuff like Hellmans’s/Best Foods)
(Hellman’s is East coast and BF is West, who knows why?)
1/2 sour cream (I like Knudson’s)
About 3- 5 T. (+ or -) chopped fresh dill
About 1/4 – 1/3 c. (+ or -) finely minced red onion
1-5 T. capers (rinsed and drained of course) Amount depends on how many people you’re serving.

Mix everything except the capers together. You can alter proportions to taste as you like. Haven’t tried it with yogurt since I just love it this way.

Let sit in a covered container in the fridge for a few hours or overnight to meld. Serve with the salmon and capers on the side, so people can help themselves.

This is a versatile all around dip but is really good with smoked salmon. You could probably sub shallots for the red onion. It’s just I really like the taste of red onion and how it balances out the richness of the smoked salmon. It’s a very flexible recipe that the person who first introduced me to home smoking ages ago gave to me. Gosh, it must be over 20 years ago!