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In the garden, and RAIN!!!!

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017 8:40 PM

SIGNYM

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I'm imagining the glorious sound of rain on the roof. But tomorrow, it's anticipated to be 95 F, or more.

Well, happy b'day and Merry Xmas to me!

My frig broke. OMG, what a nightmare, as I had JUST gone out grocery shopping and the frig and freezer were pretty full. The repair guy promised to show up on Friday ... the day that I discovered it was all warm, and I thought that was a pretty sweet deal. Too bad he pulled a no-call no-show. So I've been stuffing the frig/freezer with about $30 worth of dry ice and cooking everything in the frig. Then the repair guy said on Monday that it would take $980 and two weeks for a repair.

WHAT?

Not sure I believe him, but not about to wait ANOTHER couple of days for a "second opinion" because it's an old frig anyway. So I boogied out with hubby to the nearest Sears, got a great "going out of business" price in a frig, used my "10% off" coupon that the repair guy gave me, charged the frig on my Sears card to get free delivery, and am expecting the new beast tomorrow.

Still, I better go out and buy more dry ice! The last dish from this frig is Moroccan chicken tonight.



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Wednesday, November 22, 2017 10:40 PM

SIGNYM

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The Beast has arrived. An extra 10 CuFt! It JUST fit, but we couldn't fit a cigarette paper between the countertops on either side and the frig! Hubby had a hammer and chisel at hand, ready to chop off the bullnose edging just in case, but the installer managed to squeak it in!

Since 99+% of our meals are prepared at home, mostly from scratch, our old frig used to be really stuffed after each weekly shopping, and really empty at the end of the week, so I think we'll have just enough room to use but not enough room to waste.

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Thursday, November 23, 2017 2:08 AM

OONJERAH


Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
Alright Sig. Sounds like you are ready to go with everything.

I like cooking and with my seizure meds being sensitive to certain foods, I do most of my own to. However I hate clean up.



For that reason, I always wanted to hire Felix Unger to be my roommate.


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Friday, November 24, 2017 10:34 AM

SIGNYM

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Quote:

For that reason, I always wanted to hire Felix Unger to be my roommate. - OONJ
HAHAHAHA!!!! Only if I could have all of the help without all of the nagging!

Man, we just haven't had good luck with our Freon devices lately! On the hottest T-day on record, our AC crapped out. Good grief!





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Friday, November 24, 2017 7:58 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
However I hate clean up.

When I had a doggy, she would lick up everything I dripped or dropped on the floor. I never worried about a dirty floor!




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Monday, November 27, 2017 5:47 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.



"Cool weather hits Southern California after record-breaking Thanksgiving heat"

Usually by this time of year we've had at least one good rainfall. I suspect we're going to go through November without. Record-breaking heat, and no rain.

Damn.




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Monday, November 27, 2017 9:07 PM

OONJERAH



Sierra foothills at Hwy 50:
  Last few days, we've had our fair share of rain and then some.

  I've hoped the other CA counties got some, too.

  I also looked for a report on how high our CA reservoirs are,
but found it not.


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Wednesday, December 6, 2017 2:18 PM

SIGNYM

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However I am chief cook and bottle washer as my dad used to say.
Wow. My dad said that, too. I guess that must have been part of "dad" culture, which apparently stretched from coast to coast and south to north!

Well, in the garden and NO RAIN. NO RAIN. And still more NO RAIN. Usually, by this time of year we've had at least ONE good rainfall!

Strong Santa Ana winds (40-55 mph gusts) are propelling fires here in SoCal. The one closest to me is still far away, but ... selfishly ... the first thing I thought of was that the evacuation zone is only a mile (or less) away from my favorite CA-native nursery Theodore Payne. I have a gift card from my co-workers, which I got when I retired recently, but I've been so busy I haven't had a chance to spend it yet! From my extremely selfish POV, I hope the nursery survives.

Zero pct containment, winds to continue thru Friday afternoon. Thousands evacuated, hundreds of structures destroyed.



This is a "la Nina" year, which means cold water off the coast of CA. And unlike last year, where we still had a persistent remnant of The Blob of very warm water off the coast, which lofted a lot of moisture into the air and led to record rainfall in central and norther CA and at least normal rainfall in So Cal, this year the coastal water really IS la-Nina cold. Typically, that means colder drier weather, and so far it's been tru to form.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017 5:18 PM

SIGNYM

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It's funny how a random phrase or a glimpse of something or a fragment of song can bring back memories. I'd forgotten that until you brought it up, but it brought back a pang of memory from when I was a child and life was simple.

I'm far away from the fire, and the wind is blowing the smoke away from us. Here. it's chilly at night but warming up during the day. I got a bunch of "Christmas" lima bean seeds from a neighbor; I don't know how well they grow in the winter but I planted them and they sprouted, so today I tied them up to their stakes. If all goes well, they'll take over from there and twine their way up.

Also, my saffron crocus is sprouting. This is my third try, so I guess three times' the charm!

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Friday, December 8, 2017 10:20 PM

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Anybody here ever have an ant problem before?

They seemed to set up camp outside my house in early spring and have no migrated indoors for the winter. I've lived here 6 years and they were never a problem before the insane wet spring we had that turned my back yard into marshland for a few weeks.

There's quite a few solutions to this problem that you can buy at Home Depot, but I was wondering if anybody has ever used any of them before and has some advice.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Saturday, December 9, 2017 10:11 PM

OONJERAH


The ants in my yard, tho fairly numerous, have stayed outside.
I think they used to come in years ago ... not remembering.
  Now the house is full of Pholcidae ... those small, slender, long-legged spiders.
I know: sounds really disgusting unless you find buggy creatures interesting.
The Pholcidae efficiently control flies, mosquitoes, anything that flies in here ...
and they usually control other spiders. One time, I did find a black widow in the
cupboard, had to remove her myself.
One friend referred to them as my pets; & I sometimes treat them that way.

Needless to say, when I have guests, they prefer to visit on the patio.

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Saturday, December 9, 2017 10:20 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK

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Quote:

Originally posted by Oonjerah:
The ants in my yard, tho fairly numerous, have stayed outside.
I think they used to come in years ago ... not remembering.
  Now the house is full of Pholcidae ... those small, slender, long-legged spiders.
I know: sounds really disgusting unless you find buggy creatures interesting.
The Pholcidae efficiently control flies, mosquitoes, anything that flies in here ...
and they usually control other spiders. One time, I did find a black widow in the
cupboard, had to remove her myself.
One friend referred to them as my pets; & I sometimes treat them that way.

Needless to say, when I have guests, they prefer to visit on the patio.

... oooOO}{OOooo ...



LOL...

I get cha. My "basement" part of my tri-level home is the part that I haven't rehabbed yet. I'd really rather have a generac to make sure it shouldn't flood again before I put all that time and money into it. I've got a nice dirty crawl space down there too.

Until the ants came in, the only bugs I ever had in my house were spiders. Smaller unthreatening ones that are probably similar to the Pholcidae you've got, and larger somewhat terrifying looking ones called Wolf Spiders. (They're pretty fascinating, and pretty much harmless to humans).

I've always left them alone since they stayed in the basement where nobody ever goes and they seemed to be paying the rent until I fixed the place up and got the Orkin man to come around.

They've killed a TON of ants around the floor of the perimeter of the house though since late spring, and because of that they started multiplying andmigrating upward. So I've been killing ants and spiders now. It's a rather large problem I'm dealing with. I don't think a spray bottle of Raid is going to cut it for me unfortunately.

Anybody ever try those ant traps where the ants don't die right away and they carry the poison back to their colonies?

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Saturday, December 9, 2017 11:34 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


The ants we have around here are Argentinian imports, which are known for creating 'supercolonies'. iirc, a supercolony has taken over the Iberian peninsula.

Generally they get worse and worse as the year progresses starting out in spring, until winter rain (if we get any) drowns them out. But some of my coworkers have issues with rising soil water forcing ants into the home when it first starts to rain.

Ants are either 'protein eaters' or 'sugar eaters', in terms of what attracts them to bait, or so I've read. Argentinian ants are 'protein eaters', but it's hard to make bait out of protein. It's much easier to get rid of 'sugar eaters' because everything dissolves in water, and you can't separate the bait from the poison.

The poison in this case is ordinary boric acid dissolved in water, which, as the idea goes, the foragers take back to the colony with the bait, and eventually it kills the queen.

In any case, there are recipes online to make boric acid poison, and mix it with sugar water bait. Argentinian ants just laughed at it - and they ignored the bits of tuna that I mashed up with boric acid solution.

Long story to get to what didn't work, but if you have a different kind of ant, OR you find a way to do things better, you may have better luck.




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Sunday, December 10, 2017 2:50 PM

SIGNYM

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Maybe if you mix it with butter or peanut butter

Quote:

Homemade Ant Killer With Boric Acid

... Types of Ants

Boric acid ant killers aren't effective against all species of ant. They work best against ants that are a nuisance in your home, such as the Argentine ant, the Pharoah ant and the odorous house ant. These ants are small and usually black or reddish-black, often called sugar ants. Other ants that normally stay outdoors, such as harvester ants or fire ants, aren't as receptive to boric acid ant baits.
What to Mix

Some ants have a sweet tooth while others are more likely to seek out fats and grease. Mix your boric acid with a couple of different foods to find out which one draws the most ants before you settle on your recipe. You can dissolve sugar in water, use jelly or honey, or use peanut butter or regular butter. Mixing 1 teaspoon of boric acid with 1 cup of the food makes a 2 percent solution. If you're using sugar water, add about 8 teaspoons to 1 cup of water, then add 1 teaspoon of boric acid. If the ants aren't attracted to your baits as well as you'd like, reduce the boric acid to 1/2 teaspoon per 1 cup for a 1 percent solution. Clearly label any leftover bait you store ...


http://homeguides.sfgate.com/homemade-ant-killer-boric-acid-74569.html


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Sunday, December 10, 2017 3:08 PM

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It's hard to tell what my ants are, not being an expert in the field. They certainly do seem to like sugar though. I left a bowl of cereal out that I had eaten before bed the other night and when I woke up there were a hundred of them in the bowl!

I could leave a bowl that had chili in it out all night though and they won't touch it.

But, I've left out a TV dinner container and they were all about that. It was turkey/gravy with peas and mashed potatoes. (And god knows what else they put in those).

They're all really tiny black ants. I've never seen a large one in my house. Never seen any winged ones either. Just tiny black ones.... hundreds, probably thousands of them.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Sunday, December 10, 2017 3:12 PM

SIGNYM

I believe in solving problems, not sharing them.


Selfishly happy to say that my favorite CA native nursery, Theodore Payne, http://theodorepayne.org/ was spared the ravages of wildfire. Even tho the flames came within about a half-mile, there was a ridge between the fire and the nursery and the winds were blowing in the right (or wrong, depending on where you were!) direction.



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Monday, December 18, 2017 12:51 AM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


I still wish you could send it here. I'd be more than happy to send you some of our relentless, unbroken sunshine and dry air in exchange.

sigh




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Monday, December 18, 2017 2:44 AM

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I can't tell if you're being a dick or if you truly are a gloomy day enthusiast, Kiki.

Sounds like paradise to me.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Monday, December 18, 2017 1:39 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


I like an environment with at least some green growing things. Gloomy, rainy days are the payment you make for green growing things. It's a trade-off. Aside from which, prolonged drought is killing the trees. Can you say WILDLAND FIRE? And, as I've learned from the news, "too urban to burn" is now a myth.

The graph below was last year. But since we've had no rain since June, they didn't update it. Generally, by this time of year we'd have around 4" already (blue trace). But we've had none, and there's none in sight.








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Monday, December 18, 2017 8:34 PM

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Quote:

Originally posted by 1kiki:
I like an environment with at least some green growing things. Gloomy, rainy days are the payment you make for green growing things. It's a trade-off. Aside from which, prolonged drought is killing the trees. Can you say WILDLAND FIRE? And, as I've learned from the news, "too urban to burn" is now a myth.



Yeah... I thought about that after I posted. It's just typically not something anybody around me ever says... and now that my mom and stepdad moved down to Arizona it's something they playfully brag about now that they're living it. They had just come back up for a week and the tail end of their stay it snowed a bit and they couldn't wait to get back down to the warm dry air.

My mom kind of needs it with her MS. If it was just a matter of trying to get away from Illinois taxes they would have moved to Indiana and stayed close to family. She doesn't do well at all in the humidity up here though.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017 1:15 AM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


Hey 6

I'm sorry to hear about your mom's MS. And nothing to do with anything, I hope your job is going well.




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Tuesday, December 19, 2017 1:16 AM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


Hi Brenda!

I think green is easier to walk through. So, as the song goes "and may all your Christmases be ... green"




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Tuesday, December 19, 2017 8:29 AM

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Quote:

Originally posted by 1kiki:
Hey 6

I'm sorry to hear about your mom's MS. And nothing to do with anything, I hope your job is going well.



Thanks Kiki.

She's actually one of the "Lucky Ones", as far as MS goes.

My friend Kim's mom was in a motorized wheelchair for as long as I've known her. I guess my mom had it for about 10 years before she was diagnosed. Finally figured it out when she lost sensation in her legs and fell down the stairs about 12 or so years back. At least she had really good health insurance back then and they put her on some experimental shots that would have cost $50k/yr without the insurance. She's actually in "remission" now, but she doesn't get around all that great. At least she's still walking though all these years later. Only rarely does she ever need a cane. :)

It kind of sucks they're so far away since my relationship with my Mom and Step-Dad is probably better now than it ever was, even when I was a young teenager. But I'm happy she doesn't have to deal with the humidity up here, and it's also good knowing she won't be slipping on any ice either.

They showed me pics of the mountain range view they get right out of their back door. I've never seen a mountain in real life before. Looks pretty amazing.



The job is actually going pretty well. Sure, I wish it paid more and there were benefits, but it pays the bills for now and it's getting me out of my house and I don't feel at all agorophobic anymore. I'm actually getting some of my assertiveness back as well, which is a nice feeling. 2 weeks ago I got them to give me Christmas off. Everyone gets Christmas Eve off, but since I don't have kids and my mom and step dad moved away that means nothing to me. Christmas night we always get together at my Dad's house and all 4 of my brothers will be there. I haven't seen the ones that live in Baltimore or L.A. since last Christmas. They know I bust my ass there and show up 15-20 minutes early everyday, so they accommodated me.

Just tonight I had to tell them that I could only work one of the days this weekend that they added to my schedule without asking me too. I already volunteered a few months ago to give my disabled brother a place to crash most of the days he's in town, and had the schedule all worked out with my other brother until they did that. He's the one who's alcoholism was 10 times as destructive as my own, and most of the family doesn't want him staying at their place much or at all unfortunately. It's not that i don't trust him... he's been sober for 3 or so years now. It's just that I don't want him to have to walk on eggshells all day while I'm sleeping and then I'm gone all night. I don't get to see him much, and it will be cool that he's around for a week or so.



A few people have been fired since I started, and 3 others have given their notice. They're scrambling right now. One of them was the team lead of the overnights. I'm thinking there's a pretty good chance they might ask me if I want it. I figure if they make it worth my while I'll take it. Finger's crossed.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Thursday, December 21, 2017 1:32 PM

SIGNYM

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Yesterday was cloudy and cold, but no predicted rain. But on the tail end of the disturbance that made the weather so threatening, we had a small rain band come thru. Went in the store to do grocery shopping and when I got out again there was water running in the street gutters, puddles on the sidewalk, and my (leaking) windshield had leaked- which it only does with wind-driven rain.

So, there it was: an unexpected reprieve of much-needed water from the sky. Although the official rainfall was 0.01" (at the airport) I estimate that we got 0.1". It doesn't sound like much, but when you haven't seen rain for over 10 months, it's a lot!

I had JUST sown a bunch of CA poppy and cosmos seeds and watered the property twice; so this additional water will give all the seeds a great start- I hope! In a few months, I should have a yard-full of pink, white, purple, orange, butter-yellow, and rose-colored flowers.

KIKI, if you see this .... we live in the flatlands, and you live nearer the foothills I believe. If anyone gets rain, it should be you. Did you get any?

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Thursday, December 28, 2017 8:42 PM

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uggggggh... more freakin snow. I see the plows out right now.

Hope the little engine that could feels like making it to work and back tonight. She barely wanted to start after work on Wednesday morning.


Really looking forward to next week when it stops dipping in the low single digits at night. My car can't take much more of this, and I'm getting tired of having 3 layers of clothes on inside my house all day and night.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Friday, December 29, 2017 1:52 AM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


I've had a few times in my life like that. I really hate snow ... except I know it's how you pay to have green the rest of the year.




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Friday, December 29, 2017 7:36 AM

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Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
I hear ya Jack.

The place I live in is like an ice box. Hot water bottle in bed for my knees for starters. Then move it around to warm things up general. Sleep with the blankets over my head.



Man... that sucks Brenda. I thought I was the only one that did that to myself. Even with the low temps, my last elec/gas bill was about $140, but that was all before the cold hit. I think my ancient furnace is going off 2-3 times as much now, so my next bill should be well over $200 bucks. It sucks getting that $400-500 2 week paycheck only to piss half of it away on the heat when it's so freaking cold in the house.... but at least I'm making money to pay it this year instead of just draining what's left of my savings.


My car made it home tonight.... I think I'm going to buy a burner phone in case of emergencies. The tires aren't great, it doesn't start so well in this cold, and I'm dumping a quart of oil every 60 miles or so.

I don't want to pay some mechanic to rape me on it, so I'm gambling and just putting oil in it for now until it warms up and I can watch some youtube videos and fix it myself.

Quote:

Originally posted by 1kiki:
I've had a few times in my life like that. I really hate snow ... except I know it's how you pay to have green the rest of the year.



I'll trade you. Green is overrated.

The only thing I like about the cold is that it kills the bugs every year and we don't end up with monster sized ones like they do in the Bayou.

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Friday, December 29, 2017 11:38 AM

SIGNYM

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My blood sure has thinned! We didn't turn the heat on until a week ago, and I thought it was COLD ... but it was still 55 deg F in the house. I can't imagine how I'd do in really cold weather anymore. I used to love snow ... I'd prolly hate it now.

This time it looks like the midwest got the "polar vortex". Thanks to global climate shift, the jet stream is taking bigger loops south and bigger loops north, dragging arctic air farther south and warm air farther north, and staying remarkably persistent .... for weeks and weeks at a time, instead of precessing from west to east over the course of a week or so, like it used to. That's why we've had record highs over the past few days, and you're having record lows.

It looks like a change in the weather is coming in a week or so for you SIX. I wish it were better news for everyone: it's really hard to sleep well when you're cold.





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Friday, December 29, 2017 1:19 PM

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I'm sleeping fine... plenty of covers. It's just everything else that sucks right now. Gonna be -7 on New Years Eve and New Years day.... Looks like I'm going to get that really expensive energy bill a month or two early this year.

Here's hoping for a reasonable January. And that my car starts the next few days.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Saturday, December 30, 2017 7:48 AM

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Our snow isn't going to melt at all for the foreseeable future. :(

My car started fine today though, even though it wasn't any warmer. I just went out at lunch time and ran it for about 10-15 minutes and it seems like that did the trick.

I LOVE coming home and it's freaking freezing though. I'm actually pretty happy about the work situation right now. Even though I'm part time, they aren't scheduling me like I am. Got 4 days this week and next week and my first 5 day week after that. I don't mind working so much when it's a hell of a lot warmer in the store than in my home.

It'll be known at my 90 day evaluation that this isn't going to fly with me though. If they want me full time, they've got to pay the price. If they don't, that's fine with me too. I only signed up for 20-25 hours a week, and at this pay rate that's all I'm willing to work for them 3/4 of the year.



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Saturday, December 30, 2017 2:32 PM

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Yeah... I can make more money on my own during the warm months now that I'm not drinking, and even during the cold months I'm working on a project that I believe will be able to make me quite a bit through crowd funding once a few key pieces of phase one is complete. I can't do much on it when they've got me on 5 days though. That's not something they're regularly going to do though since there are limits to how many hours they can work a part timer on average in any 12 week stretch.

I'm okay with working as many as they'll give me at the moment though.

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Saturday, December 30, 2017 8:43 PM

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Yeah... I can make more money on my own during the warm months now that I'm not drinking, and even during the cold months I'm working on a project that I believe will be able to make me quite a bit through crowd funding once a few key pieces of phase one is complete. I can't do much on it when they've got me on 5 days though. That's not something they're regularly going to do though since there are limits to how many hours they can work a part timer on average in any 12 week stretch.

I'm okay with working as many as they'll give me at the moment though.

Do Right, Be Right. :)



I hope your project works out.

One of these days I will get back to trying to find a publisher for my book. I just get lazy and when I get hit with a round of depression I just plain don't want to do anything because I don't care.



Thanks. :)

I can empathize. I only have two modes myself 100mph or 0. It's easy enough to blame it on alcohol, but I think that was only the symptom. I'm not saying that I'm not an alcoholic, but it was sure easy to stop when I finally put my mind to it. I practically live on coffee now in place of it.

I said about 7 years ago that this project was something I would never work on again because it consumed my life. That's not hyperbole. I put a good 5 of my prime years into it, and it was only a hobby thing back then.

I've learned to embrace it though. I really enjoy working on it. In hindsight, when I've seen the depths that I can go to when I'm not keeping myself busy I think I'm better off with it in my life. I just need to learn to have some sort of balance in my life.

I hope you can do the same and get that book published. :)

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Sunday, December 31, 2017 8:04 AM

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Thanks.

I've been fortunate enough not to get sucked into alcohol for many reasons or smoking of anything either.

The depression made itself known after my mom died. Tried to deal with it then but it didn't work. Had to deal with it after my guy died as I found I wasn't thinking straight. So about 3years worth of counselling and now I can handle it. It comes and goes. Holidays are bad or when I hear that someone's had a baby. That's still a bitter pill for me because I was not fortunate enough to have had kids.

I have several sites plugged into my favourites on publishers in Canada and agents. I was straightening out my list for them a while ago and I will go back to it.



My old man seems to think I have depression. I tell him that I'm not sad, and he tells me that you don't need to be to have depression. He's not a doctor, but he read some psychology stuff when my youngest brother was diagnosed with some pretty severe OCD stuff in High School. Maybe he's right... I dunno. Sure as hell ain't going to pay a doctor to tell me what they think I have, especially since I don't want to take any pharmaceuticals of any kind.

I'm an advocate for smoking pot, but I realize that it effects different people in different ways, so I wouldn't personally recommend it to anybody for the first time myself. I know that I'm better on it. The entire time I worked both of my really good jobs I was using practically every day. All I ever do is a few hits a day after work when I use it. Currently I'm not messing with it at all until the laws change. I'm still holding out hope that I luck into a semi-decent job and I don't want to have to worry about passing the drug test.

Do what you need to, to get back into doing what you love doing. If you're anything like me at all then idle hands truly are the devil's playground. Quitting drinking was huge, but it still took about 6 months for me to really get the ball rolling in my life again. Spending all of that time at my parents house helping them move and get ready for the move really helped out a lot. I really didn't want to get a job until after the winter with my car, but I decided stop making excuses and to strike while the iron was hot. My agoraphobia and social anxiety was at bay and I didn't want to risk slipping back into that before working my first job in 2 1/2 years.

I just checked my schedule today and it changed again... lol. They've got me working 5 nights a week this week and the next two weeks. My manager told me that when the listing for the recently vacated team lead position is posted he'll let me know. He's got to work 7 nights a week until he gets that filled. I'm considering it, but not very heavily right now. Not only would it need to pay at least $4/hr more than what I currently make for me to obligate myself to 5-6 nights a week, but I'd have to be confident that it was a stepping stone to some real money sometime in the relatively near future too. I wouldn't be happy working 5-6 nights a week for that for very long. Otherwise, I'm completely copacetic working 2-3 nights a week at what I make until I find something better, or hopefully that project that I'm working on really takes off. :)


Sorry that you didn't have any kids and it's a sore spot for you. You probably read about my history on that, but I'm over it at this point. Near-40-year-old me is happy not having any real obligations or full-time relationships. Sorry about the passing of those close to you too. I'm glad you're finding ways to cope.


It turns out we all actually have tonight off at work. Whoopie! Since I don't drink anymore and don't want to be around everyone doing it, so I think I'm going to take my first night off in a while and just work on my project. I'll probably be around these parts at some point tonight. No sense in going back to a day schedule when I have to work again tomorrow.



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Sunday, December 31, 2017 9:08 PM

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Originally posted by Brenda:
I've heard of people using pot to treat seizures especially if they can't handle the seizure medications. And we do have medicinal pot laws in Canada. But I don't ever want to go that route.



I get it. Nobody would ever convince me that getting on pharmaceuticals would be a good thing either. All I can say is that it is not addictive. I'm pretty darn certain of that because of my addictive behavior and the several times I managed to cut everything else out of my life including coffee I was never able to quit smoking cigarettes. Weed was easier for me to give up than booze, and probably even easier than coffee too.

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Oh yeah. My mom, my dad and my guy and my friends know that a bored Brenda is not a good thing. *L* That's why a friend's mom got me a membership in my local seniors centre when I turned 50. She figured that I could find something to do there. And it has helped along with a small part time job. I'm reading again and I do write a little bit again. So I am not in too bad of shape.


I'm a little worried about that myself when I get older, as in too old to really work. I've never really found a lot of enjoyment in socializing. I mean... I did a lot of it in my youth, but I was heavily intoxicated then. I just never saw the draw of being sober and just hanging out with people. I enjoy spending time with family, but about once a week is enough for me. I've recently started talking with an old friend on the phone a couple of times and we talk about how we should get together... I keep thinking to myself "but what would we do"?

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I know. My 1 day a week got screwed up with Christmas and so I will be working this Thursday afternoon. But that is good and I have other errands to run which will be easier now that the ruttin' snow is gone.


Man... enjoy that warm weather. The snow that's fallen here isn't going anywhere soon. I had to break down and turn up the heat in my house because my hands were cold and I don't want my pipes to freeze. At least next week the nights go back to lows in the 20's though.


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I always hoped that I would have 1 or 2 kids but my life didn't go that way. First the brain surgery and getting back on my feet after that then my mom had surgery and you look at the clock and think there's still time. Well by the time was right, I was too old for a host of reason. Over 50year old me would love the help I could maybe get from having more family around me. My folks were both older than everyone else's, so my dad went when I was 13 and my mom was cancer and I looked after her through it all. My Blair it was just one of those things. I am. Always working on things.


My brother who had the brain surgery is living that right now. He talks about kids too, but he's always talking about how he wants to get married. It kills me really. He's just so socially awkward, but he really is a nice guy, especially with quite a few years of sobriety under his belt. Sometimes I wish I could just trade places with him. I look at the two of us and think that we're both half-people. If you took the best halves of each of us and made one person, it would be pretty great.

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Glad you got tonight off. Don't know what I will do with myself this evening. Find something to watch on YouTube that is not quite right for New Years. *L*



YouTube is my favorite TV these days. I could watch any movies or TV shows I want with Kodi, but I find that 90% or more of my viewing time is on the Tube.

I slept all day. Now that I'm up, it's freezing in my house. Not sure if I'll go back to sleep, but I think I'm going to be under the covers most of the time from now until it's time to go to work tomorrow.

Happy New Year!

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Sunday, December 31, 2017 10:58 PM

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I know pot is not addictive but asthma runs in my family, so I stay away from smoking period. I'm fortunate to not have an addictive personality so the fact that I do have to take seizure medication while not something I like, I have no major problems with. But with that medication I stick to the none narcotic drugs. I know when my body has reached its tolerance level for caffeine and I cut down on it for a week or so until it clears out of my body then I go back to it.



Really, you wouldn't smoke all that much if you did. When I do smoke, it's probably about the amount of 1 or 2 cigarettes worth a day, maximum. But like I said, I wouldn't try to get somebody to smoke for their first time. It does effect people differently, and with your history it may be wildly different. I would only suggest that if you ever do try it to just use a little hitter bat and take a single tiny puff and see what it does for you. My first time my friends got me super high and I literally freaked out. It's strange in that you'll never get as high as you did that first time, and that's actually a good thing. I've never heard of a pot smoker trying to chase that first high.

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I hear ya Jack. I've never been big on people even when I was a kid, teenager and young adult. I had and have a small group of friends that I talk to on Facebook and see in RL. We have lunch and coffee and talk. But that's about it for now. People I see at the senior's centre are okay for a couple of hours but then I reach my limit and that's okay by me.


Yeah... It's too bad that nobody I know really likes talking on the phone much. I actually like doing that. My grandma who died of cancer a few years back liked it. I miss her.

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It won't be that warm. But the sun will be out and walking will be alright. My landlady has heat upstairs but I am cold where I am. My hands are starting to hurt because of it.


Yeah... I don't even really go outside unless I have to for work right now. Good for my lungs since I don't smoke in the house. It's a shame you can't do anything about your situation. I take it you don't live in Illionis or Wisconsin? It would be pretty easy to create trouble for your landlady if you did.


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Oh, I thought I would get married to or at least have the father of the kids with me.


I thought that way when I was a kid. Hell... I even thought that way up until a few years ago. At this point I know that it wasn't meant to be. I like living alone. I think the only real reason I was ever in relationships at any point in my life was some selfish search for validation. That's nothing to build a lasting relationship on. I'm just finding other ways to fill my time and give myself purpose. Marriage ain't for everybody. I'm okay with that. It used to bother me, but it doesn't anymore.

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Well, since I can't get cable being in an illegal suite. I make do. I can find a few things that I like on YouTube, so that is what I do.


"Illegal suite"? Maybe that's throwing a wrench in getting your heat issues taken care of.

Since you do have access to cable TV, you might want to look into an Amazon Firestick with KODI.

https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Fire-TV-Stick-With-Alexa-Voice-Remote-St
reaming-Media-Player/dp/B00ZV9RDKK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1514779027&sr=8-1&keywords=firestick


If you'd be interested in this, I could walk you through how to set it up so you could stream countless movies and TV shows on it.

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Happy New Year Jack.



:)

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018 7:44 AM

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I don't know what a prescription would look like for a seizure disorder and as I said that is not for me. I will stick with the devil I know aka the anti-convulsive medications rather than the devil I don't know aka pot. But that's just me.



No worries. I don't get a kick-back for getting somebody started on it. It's probably smart, given your history. Like I said, I'm not the guy who gets people started smoking. I'm just a huge advocate for legalizing it for everybody who does use it.

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I like talking on the phone. I should be talking to a cousin of mine. Last time she wrote me a letter, she chewed me out. *L* Yeah, I miss an aunt of mine like that. My dad's oldest sister. She died of cancer over 10years ago.


Some of my favorite people are gone now... Cancer runs rampant in my mom's family. My dad's family isn't immune, but they've had a lot more luck.

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Think I've been pretty explicit that I don't live in the US. I live in British Columbia which is in Canada. I've tried all the legal ways to do something about her this year over the summer. Just had no luck with it.


Yeah, sorry. Brain fart. I'd love to give you some advice, but I don't have a clue about laws in your area, let alone Canada. Here in the states it's very different from state to state. Rent is quite a bit higher in Illinois and Wisconsin than it is in Indiana, for instance, but they are required by law to provide you with heat "free" of charge. You're on your own in Indiana. I prefer it that way, personally. If I was renting, I'd have the heat down really low and pocket that extra cash. When I rented in Illinois and Wisconsin I constantly had the heat up to 80 degrees just to try to get my money's worth.


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Right now I don't know where I am. I miss my guy still but am open to a new relationship if it happens. Kids aren't there unless I become a step-mother and marriage...I don't know. Blair, I would have done the whole thing for him but now I am back to what I felt like for years that I don't need a piece of paper.


Good luck if you go the step-kids route. Everything about my childhood was a blur of bad stuff after my parents got divorced. I know people who had a much better situation after an amicable divorce though. You'll definitely want to feel that out before rushing into anything you'll regret.

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It is and also this place is so badly built it isn't funny. There are holes starting to develop in the walls. The floor is shifting and just a whole host of things wrong.


I'm wondering if there is anything in Canada that is similar to "Section 8 housing" in the US? My brother would have been on a waiting list for decades if he stayed in the Chicagoland area, but he moved a couple hundred miles south and got into a beautiful apartment complex that is mostly for the elderly. I believe his monthly rent is somewhere around $200, with the heat included. You may want to talk to somebody and see what you're options are, if any. It wasn't an easy road to get my brother where he is now, in the S8 housing and on SSDI benefits, but after about 5 years he's being taken care of as he should be with his disabilities. I hate hearing how bad you have it. I wish I could do something to help.

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Can't order off of Amazon without a credit card and I don't have one.


When I get some time I'll see if there are any other options. KODI really is a beautiful thing, and the firestick is only 40 bucks. I could walk you through a few simple procedures and you'd be up and running in no time. You'd have access to tens of thousands of movies and tons of TV shows without having to pay for cable TV.

It won't heat your house, but it might take your mind off of how cold it is until the weather warms up. :)

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Can't order off of Amazon without a credit card and I don't have one.

There is an Amazon store card. www.amazon.com/storecard

I’ve got one and it says “cannot be used in any physical stores”, which means can’t use it anywhere but Amazon. Amazon really, really doesn't want you to buy from www.walmart.com with your Amazon card.

The Joss Whedon script for Serenity, where Wash lives, is Serenity-190pages.pdf at www.mediafire.com/folder/1uwh75oa407q8/Firefly

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018 5:50 AM

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That's a great idea SECOND.

*****

And, in rain-related news .... as in, not so far this year .... we're having the ever-receding rain forecast again this year. Highest-ever recorded heat waves (yanno, to match the polar vortex in the rest of the contiguous states!) along with no rain, and yet MORE no rain!

The rain goddess ... such a tease. Like in the previous five-year record drought, there is rain in the forecast in the next three days ... nope, five days .... nope, it disappeared from the ten-day forecast. Then it reappears again in a week or two ... RAIN! A one-inch storm coming! Nope ... a half inch. Well, maybe a tenth. No, not coming at all.

As the storms approach, they thin out and evaporate. The Ridiculously Resilient Ridge looks like it's made a comeback.

I'm sure glad I ripped out my front lawn and most of the back lawn!

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018 6:11 AM

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Originally posted by Brenda:

Can't order off of Amazon without a credit card and I don't have one.

There is an Amazon store card. www.amazon.com/storecard

I’ve got one and it says “cannot be used in any physical stores”, which means can’t use it anywhere but Amazon. Amazon really, really doesn't want you to buy from www.walmart.com with your Amazon card.

The Joss Whedon script for Serenity, where Wash lives, is Serenity-190pages.pdf at www.mediafire.com/folder/1uwh75oa407q8/Firefly



Didn't know that Second.



Well... that's an option, if you can find a store card at a walmart near you.

I wouldn't be too worried about screwing anything up. As far as I know, you can't screw something up so bad on the firestick that you brick it with any of the methods I've used. They have a pretty fail-safe "factory reset" feature that will let you start from scratch.

When I first started using KODI, it was pretty complex. You couldn't do it directly from the stick itself. Without going into techy stuff, you needed to have a PC, your network and the stick, and download a bunch of programs and run some pretty mundane commands.

These days, you can do everything with the remote that comes with it. As long as you can connect the firstick to the same network that your computer is that you use to post messages here at fff.net, you can get everything up and running.

Let me know if you do this and you get one. I'd be happy to reset mine, and use one of the current youtube tutorials first to make sure everything is working, and then send you the link.

Oh yeah, it's so easy to do now that you can watch a video to get it done. :)


The only "problem" with it, is that it currently doesn't auto-update, so on occasion you'd have to reinstall KODI. This would just require finding a new video with new instructions on how to do it. I've only had to do this a few times in about 4 years. It's been my experience that with each update they've also made the process easier to do as well. Hopefully one of these days they make the program auto-update so you don't even have to do that anymore.

If this happens, you can always just ask and I could help you out again.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018 7:46 AM

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Thanks for the idea Jack.



No problem. :)

Let me know if you get one and we can have you up and running in no time. It's pretty great.

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Friday, January 5, 2018 6:51 AM

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Well... according to the forecasts ... should be raining here too, by next week. But I see that they're posting the "amazing disappearing rainstorm" again. Just yesterday, wunderground was predicting 1.4" of rain. Today, it's 0.9".

Please Dear Lady of the Rain, think of your plants and small creatures who depend so greatly on you!

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Holy crap. They extended the heat wave a few days. I'll actually have one of them off now so I can work on my snowblower. Yay.

40+ degrees for two days straight? I'll believe it when I see it.

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Friday, January 5, 2018 2:19 PM

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And meanwhile, in WNY ... minus 20 wind chill. Snow so cold it squeaks. Bombogenesis affecting the east coast.

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It was minus 20 last night by me with the windchill. Haven't had a reasonable temperature for the time of year here in almost 2 weeks. 2 more days of this crap and it should be over for a while.

Freezing my ass off inside my own house and my gas bill is going to be through the roof.

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Saturday, January 6, 2018 12:36 AM

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Maritimes? Like Newfoundland? PEI?

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Saturday, January 6, 2018 6:20 AM

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Hey, I feel pretty proud of myself that I figured out that much!

Checked in with my fav weather sites ... oh wow, that looks worse than the east coast USA. Hurricane-force winds followed by minus 40 C?? YIKES!

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Only one more night of this crap. Whoo Hooo!

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Monday, January 8, 2018 12:19 AM

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Read a local newspaper while I was out. Schools, roads, bridges closed in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Ferries between PEI and wherever won't be running either. There has been power outages. Police and such are saying if you don't have to go out, don't.



I think if I had one of those old stone houses that was well above storm-surge level, I'd be OK with a stack of firewood, a Franklin stove, and a cup of cocoa (or maybe a snifter of brandy) listening to the wind howl.



OTOH, this is probably what's happening right now




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Monday, January 8, 2018 12:46 AM

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Well, with all this talk of rain, it looks like we're finally going to get some!

Rain forecast starting tomorrow, predicted to be about 1.5" total over two days. I dropped the downspouts to direct the water into the gardens, set out my "rain gage", and tossed some CA poppy seeds into the abandoned lot across the street.

All we'd need is ten more storms like this and we'll be OK.



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Wednesday, January 10, 2018 7:47 AM

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Well, I brought in my little "rain gage" and took a measurement .... 2 - 15/16" ... hell, let's call it 3" of rain. Twice what the storm was predicted to produce. Wow. That's pretty damn good.

Altho I have to say ...it looks like 13 were killed in mudslides which occurred below the Thomas fire burn areas, which ultimately became the largest recorded fire in CA. Drought, fire, flood, mudslide, earthquake .... what's not to like about CA?

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