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In the garden, and RAIN!!!!

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020 7:48 AM

SIGNYM

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Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
SIG, great on the rain for your area.

Got a stretch of dry weather coming my way. Which will be nice.

Thank you Lady Sun!

Glad to hear your weather is dry, for change!

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020 8:20 AM

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You're notworried about it? At all?

Then why are you so touched by vapid chalk-written optimism?

In our neighborhood, when we chat with each other from a safe distance of ten feet with masks on we part with "stay safe!" Much more proactive, don't you think?

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No. I don't.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020 3:23 PM

BRENDA


Quote:

Originally posted by SIGNYM:
Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
SIG, great on the rain for your area.

Got a stretch of dry weather coming my way. Which will be nice.

Thank you Lady Sun!

Glad to hear your weather is dry, for change!

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Yup, suppose to last most of this week. News people joking with the weather lady that her Spring blouses are what is helping.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020 3:26 PM

BRENDA


Been out for my hour walk and brought back supper, a piece of pizza for lunch and a sandwich for something to nibble on later.

Eating out when I am out is getting hard. Trying to find something to keep my blood sugar levels level.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020 3:54 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 should probably put this is the recipes thread, but what the heck.

So, I've been doing somewhat large shopping trips, to minimize the number of my shopping trips overall. And, relative to what you've been going through, Brenda, since my favorite ma&pa diner is closed, and my alternatives are pizza delivery and ... uh ... pizza delivery ... I'm not eating out at all. So I've been doing more cooking in between my shopping.

I decided to nail down cream of mushroom soup, once and for all, to try and make mushroom soup as good as grandma used to make. I found a recipe that had over 300 reviews and nearly 5 stars, and made it to see how good could cream of mushroom soup be if I followed the recipe exactly. And, as they said in Jurassic Park, I spared no expense. Spared NO expense! I got the required 2 pounds of mushrooms (actually a bit more, to account for sorting, cleaning and trimming). There were enoki, cremini, button, baby bella, Chantrelle, shitake, boletus, paddy-straw mushrooms, (a lot of the variety came from a variety pack I found), plus I bought a fair bit of oyster mushrooms separately. And I was tasting as I was going, starting with gently browning mushrooms in 4T unsalted butter, Kerrygold to be specific. So far, so good. But when it was all done, I wasn't impressed. It wasn't nearly as mushroom-y as the soup I remember from home. And I think the problem was the onion and garlic the recipe called for. They sort of overwhelmed the mushroom flavor. And then the heavy cream was just too much. It puts a coating on the inside of your mouth that keeps you from tasting much.

So now I know for next time. Next time, I'll just put a small shallot (perhaps) in with the mushrooms, instead of a large onion and cloves of garlic, and instead of heavy cream I'll either use whole fat milk, or, if I want it to be richer, half-and-half.

Now on to the next part of the trial - seeing if it survives freezing!

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020 11:34 PM

BRENDA


Kiki, don't tell me things like that.

One thing I used to loooove was cream of mushroom soup but since milk and cream is out of my diet, I haven't eaten it in years.

I picked up some ground pork and a small can of plain tomato sauce. Just added some extra salt and pepper to the sauce and of course seasoned the meat. Had some of that for supper.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020 11:46 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.


Oh ... dear.

I'm so sorry for stepping on your unhappy situation!

If it's any consolation, I think even after I make my adjustments, it still won't be very enjoyable. I think my grandma used a special kind of mushroom that seems unavailable. And then she was a fantastic cook. AT BEST I can make acceptable food.

So my foray will be brief. I tried. I really did. But it didn't work out.


Can you eat beef, potatoes, and bell peppers and serrano chilies? I have a pretty tasty recipe for a beef, pepper, and potato stew that's pretty spicy but SOOooo tasty! The original recipe was beef, potatoes, and long green chilies. But long green chilies are a pain to cook because you have to remove the skin, because the skin just gets tougher and tougher the longer it cooks. But I found a combination of green bell peppers and green serrano chilies (or green jalapeƱos) tastes the same to me.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020 3:30 AM

BRENDA


It's okay Kiki.

You just mentioned something that you wanted to try and I just happened to use to love. Not your fault.

I eat beef and potatoes. Don't like bell peppers of any colour and never eaten a chili pepper in my life.

I'm a fair cook but with so many things I can't eat anymore it can be a chore.

My dad was a good cook and baker. He used to bake bread when I was in elementary school. He'd start after I go to school and it would be finished by the time I and my brother got home. Oh, it smelled and tasted soooo good.















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Wednesday, April 8, 2020 4:22 AM

SIGNYM

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Quote:

BRENDA:
SIG, great on the rain for your area.
Got a stretch of dry weather coming my way. Which will be nice.

SIGNY: Thank you Lady Sun!
Glad to hear your weather is dry, for change!

BRENDA: Yup, suppose to last most of this week. News people joking with the weather lady that her Spring blouses are what is helping.

Hey, tell the weather lady to keep on keeping on! Yanno, whatever it takes to keep the sun smiling down on you!

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020 4:29 AM

SIGNYM

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KIKI, was that a recipe from the Moosewood Inn restaurant?

I had mushroom soup back when I could taste, and I thought it was yummy. If you haven't tried it, I can post it online.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020 5:52 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.


No, it was some online recipe website - allrecipes I think - by some famous chef I never heard of.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020 1:00 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.


ETA - if you could post your mushroom soup recipe somewhere, I'd appreciate it!

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020 1:02 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.


Storm by storm, we're inching our way up closer to normal rainfall.



Thank you Great Spirits and Lady Rain.


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Wednesday, April 8, 2020 1:06 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.


Though NoCal and especially OR and western WA are still sadly dry. I hope they get extra rain to help out the plants, especially the trees, and rescue them from the various pine bark beetles, or it could be a really bad fire season coming up.


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Wednesday, April 8, 2020 3:43 PM

BRENDA


Quote:

Originally posted by SIGNYM:
Quote:

BRENDA:
SIG, great on the rain for your area.
Got a stretch of dry weather coming my way. Which will be nice.

SIGNY: Thank you Lady Sun!
Glad to hear your weather is dry, for change!

BRENDA: Yup, suppose to last most of this week. News people joking with the weather lady that her Spring blouses are what is helping.

Hey, tell the weather lady to keep on keeping on! Yanno, whatever it takes to keep the sun smiling down on you!

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They are telling her that.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020 3:46 PM

BRENDA


Forgot to mention when I was in my local grocery store yesterday the firing alarm started pinging. The person making the announcement about it was too close to the microphone and was hard to understand. Finally what the person was saying came through enough for me to understand them.

Some idjit decided to smoke near the smoke alarm and set it off.

A lady wearing a mask asked me what was going on and I told her and she said, "As long as they aren't locking us in." and went about her business and I finished mine.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020 5:42 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 don't think I've EVER been in a store when the fire alarm went off! I wouldn't even know what it might sound like.

Fire alarms going off - that seems to follow you around!


Just kidding. Still ... you've had more than your share lately.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020 11:55 PM

BRENDA


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Originally posted by 1KIKI:
I don't think I've EVER been in a store when the fire alarm went off! I wouldn't even know what it might sound like.

Fire alarms going off - that seems to follow you around!


Just kidding. Still ... you've had more than your share lately.



The one for the whole mall this grocery store is in makes a pinging sound as I mentioned in my post.

It does sort of seem like that.

Happens in this mall every so often. Most people ignore it because it is someone being stupid.

Over the last year since I moved, I have.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020 11:58 PM

BRENDA


Also in his briefing today Preimer John Horgan has added one more thing to his essential services list. Just for this weekend. The Easter Bunny has been declared an essential service. BUT the Easter Bunny must follow Dr. Bonnie Henry's guidelines on social distancing when delivering eggs and of course washing his paws.

Something to put the children of BC at ease and I am sure the rest of the country has followed suit. Including the Prime Minister.

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Thursday, April 9, 2020 10:44 PM

SIGNYM

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Well, I think this last storm system might have brought us up to normal rainfall. They were predicting about 0.4" each day for two days, a break, and just shy of 1" on the fourth day, but I've been checking my "rain gage" and we had almost 1.5" on the first day, a little over 1" on the second day and ... as I look out the window, about 1.5" today. That will total up to somewhere in the realm of 4" or possibly a little more.

Not much snowpack, but we sure did get rain!

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Thursday, April 9, 2020 10:45 PM

SIGNYM

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Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
Also in his briefing today Preimer John Horgan has added one more thing to his essential services list. Just for this weekend. The Easter Bunny has been declared an essential service. BUT the Easter Bunny must follow Dr. Bonnie Henry's guidelines on social distancing when delivering eggs and of course washing his paws.

Something to put the children of BC at ease and I am sure the rest of the country has followed suit. Including the Prime Minister.

That's cute. And a good idea.

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Thursday, April 9, 2020 11:31 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.


Signy - I had to empty my ball jar rain gauge right before the new storm because I thought it might overflow. But I got a bit over 3.25" before I did. Since then I got just about 3/4" so far with this new storm.

My total this year isn't nearly as much as usual. Usually I get +50% to +100% of what flatlanders get. This year it's only on par. But I'm not complaining! It was looking to be a disastrously dry year, and now it's only going to be merely skimpy for my area.

After such a dry winter, with this late rain I can feel the trees wriggling their roots in relief and shaking their twigs in delight and going AAHhhhhhhh.

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Thursday, April 9, 2020 11:33 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've brought up this idea before but I think it's a good one. If the Sierras can't count on the snowpack anymore to store precipitation, maybe they can (re?)introduce beavers.

ETA: I just looked it up and beavers did used to be native to the Sierras.

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Thursday, April 9, 2020 11:39 PM

BRENDA


Quote:

Originally posted by SIGNYM:
Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
Also in his briefing today Preimer John Horgan has added one more thing to his essential services list. Just for this weekend. The Easter Bunny has been declared an essential service. BUT the Easter Bunny must follow Dr. Bonnie Henry's guidelines on social distancing when delivering eggs and of course washing his paws.

Something to put the children of BC at ease and I am sure the rest of the country has followed suit. Including the Prime Minister.

That's cute. And a good idea.

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It is cute and it gives the younger children some sense of normalcy since they can't visit their friends and such.

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Friday, April 10, 2020 3:37 AM

BRENDA


My boss and her husband are going to be so bored this weekend. No camping for them. All provincial parks are closed. Best they will be able to do is maybe go walking through Stanley Park.

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Friday, April 10, 2020 3:21 PM

SIGNYM

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Even the parks and beaches here are closed. Bummer!

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Friday, April 10, 2020 3:26 PM

SIGNYM

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Heard from sis that they got snow ... SNOW ... yesterday and the day before. SNOW! Just a light dusting, not a continuous blanket, but still....!


*****

At this end, the (probable) last storm system of the year has propelled me to indoor work. Yesterday dear daughter and I cleand the living and diningroom. Not exactly the level of a spring cleaning, (I remember my mom's spring cleaning; it was her first day off from work when she could open the windows and air out the house without freezing us to death! It was quite thorough!) but much better than we usually do. Today, I have paperwork to do.

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Friday, April 10, 2020 3:54 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.


Hey Signy - between this most recent multi-day storm and the multi-day storm before this one, how much rain do you think you got?

It looks like I might have gotten about 1.25" in this storm so far (I might get some more tonight so I'm not dumping my ball jar rain gauge just yet!), and in the previous storm I got about 3.25"

So, so far, this month about 4.5". !!

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Friday, April 10, 2020 5:57 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 think the stores are crowded because people are doing Easter Sunday grocery shopping and maybe even some late Easter basket candy shopping.

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Friday, April 10, 2020 11:35 PM

BRENDA


Stayed in today so that means things piled up a little bit. Tomorrow is laundry day then I will have to go out and get a walk in along with a little grocery shopping.

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Saturday, April 11, 2020 5:15 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.


So ... no more rain since my last measurement yesterday. That means this month will probably stand at 4.25" in my ball-jar rain gauge.

The last 7-8 years I've been estimating rainfall in ball-jar rain gauges. But until this lack of rain started, I used to estimate it in my trash-can rain gauge. It wasn't unusual for a storm to drop a foot or 2 of rain at a time. Now I'm measuring scant inches.

So this is the drought record April 7, 2020. I'll check it again to see if the recent storms did anything helpful.



Annnnnnnnnnnnnd ... nothing to do with anything - but I went and bought 2 different kinds of beer for Flemish beef stew - a stout and an IPA since I wanted the IPA's hops' bitterness and the depth of a stout. Which left me with some extra beer, that I'll certainly drink! And when I tasted them yesterday to see how well they might do in the stew, I discovered that beer gives a faster buzz than wine even though it's lower in alcohol! Who knew? I thought - when I used to go for sushi - that the sake was so potent because it's warmed, and that might truly help it along. But I think some of the punch in both beer and sake comes from the carbonation.

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Saturday, April 11, 2020 5:38 PM

BRENDA


Laundry got done today, had a nice chat with my manager as she was helping someone else get their laundry done.

Then I went out for my walk and picked up some brussel sprouts, milk and cereal.

Also bought a small bag of potato chips. I don't do that very often. I bought a small bag of salt & vinegar chips on Wednesday. They were eaten over a 2 day period.

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Sunday, April 12, 2020 3:55 PM

BRENDA


Had 2 pigeons on my balcony a while ago cooing at each other and maybe doing other things. If you know what I mean. They left when they heard me.

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Sunday, April 12, 2020 9:08 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 last few weeks have been good for SoCal.

THANK YOU, Lady Rain!


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Sunday, April 12, 2020 10:03 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 bought 2 small chocolate Easter eggs and had them for Easter.

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Sunday, April 12, 2020 10:42 PM

SIGNYM

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We didn't do anything for Easter. Hubby is busy upgrading the PCs, I'm still reviewing legal docs. Yesterday dear daughter and I finally brought in her bookcase that we had sanded down last year, just to keep if from getting dustier; and moved a shelving unit which is our "mudroom" from one entryway to the other.

Not much fun, a lot of stress.



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Sunday, April 12, 2020 11:38 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'm very sorry to hear that, Signy. I hope things look up soon.

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Monday, April 13, 2020 12:57 AM

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Even if I wanted to visit family today, they're all pretty much terrified and staying indoors and not getting together with anybody, except for my brother who is so far away I didn't know if my car can make it. I forgot it was Easter until I called my grams up and she wished me happy Easter. Oh well.

Started working on the house again today. I'm tired of sitting around wasting time.

Figured the answer for finding the studs in the closet without destryoing the walls. It was right in front of me all this time. Without the baseboard on yet, I could put as many holes as I wanted to down there to find the centers of them, use my 6 foot level to mark upward and install the brackets. So all 4 brackets for the double layer on the left side are installed and level. I already had an 8' wooden pole, so that will be enough to make both of those poles as well as the one for the back of the closet. All I need to do is go to the store and buy an 8' length of 1"x12" pine for the shelving.

I'm considering doing what I did in the linen closet and making it look real nice by using a router to make a really nice looking edge and then staining the wood and putting a few coats of poly on them instead of just painting them white. I'll just have to figure out what color stain I used before so it all matches.

Hopefully this week I can finish that up, patch the brad nail holes on all the existing trim and paint everything again and whenever The Coomph panic is over I can get somebody over here to help me move all the furniture where it belongs and I'll finally have a functioning closet for the first time in 8 years.



Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Monday, April 13, 2020 3:33 AM

BRENDA


I didn't do anything today(Sunday) and tomorrow it will be supper by myself. Oh well. At least I won't have to listen to scripture from my boss and her husband and their son and his wife.

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Monday, April 13, 2020 3:26 PM

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Well... that was fun.

First time buying stuff today that wasn't food. I didn't know what I was expecting. Usually DIY stores are a real relaxing place for me and I really enjoy my time there. Today I had to swim through a sea of people wearing masks and looking at everyone else all paranoid.

Glad that's over...


I decided I'm going to really do the shelves up nice, so I bought all the boards I need as well as some stain and poly. It will take a bit more work and is a little more expensive than just using the primer and paint I already had, but the linen closet looks fantastic with that additional touch and the stained wood really pops with all the white trim and doors.

I got the sheet metal that I need to patch the roof too. Not looking forward to being up on that ladder with nobody holding it again, but now that it's getting warmer I'm running out of excuses not to do that.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Monday, April 13, 2020 4:09 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.


This is from an article in the LATimes about how wildlife is recently coming out of hiding in Yosemite.



I happen to know it's a juvenile bobcat, because juveniles have spots. And I know that because I saw one a few years ago at my former place of work here in SoCal. I was really confused about what I was seeing till I later described it to a coworker who knew more than me. (I thought it might be a bobcat, but it had spots, and that confused me. And he was born in Taiwan, too, so his knowledge wasn't long-term SoCal lore imbibed as he grew up. I wonder how he happened to find out.) It really looks like a housecat except a bit bigger, with oceles (white spots, like 'eyes') on the backs of its ears, and with a truly weather-ready coat.

It was on the hill across the street, and I watched it successfully stalk and catch one of the many rabbits that also live there.

When you can see an animal as elusive as a bobcat, it's really exciting!

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Monday, April 13, 2020 5:10 PM

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That is exciting - how beautiful.

The rain has been fabulous here - after the grim start and the threat of de estate games bushfires. The gardens are green and full of produce - well or mine. Sadly not much time for veggie gardening this year which is sad because that would have been good.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020 1:36 PM

BRENDA


Out for my walk. Need to break up the day and see what I can see.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020 9:55 PM

1KIKI

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I got a return email from a friend who worked for me way back when!

She, her husband, and her family moved up from SoCal to Vancouver, BC and we were chatting by snail mail ... until pain and fatigue left me unable to do much more than work/ home/ sleep for a couple of years.

Anyway, I took a shot in the dark and emailed her last known address and wouldn't you know - she got it!

So now we're back in touch and I'm super happy!

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020 11:39 PM

BRENDA


Quote:

Originally posted by 1KIKI:
I got a return email from a friend who worked for me way back when!

She, her husband, and her family moved up from SoCal to Vancouver, BC and we were chatting by snail mail ... until pain and fatigue left me unable to do much more than work/ home/ sleep for a couple of years.

Anyway, I took a shot in the dark and emailed her last known address and wouldn't you know - she got it!

So now we're back in touch and I'm super happy!



Kiki, that is wonderful.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020 11:40 PM

BRENDA


Looks like our stretch of good weather is going to hopefully last until next Tuesday.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020 3:14 AM

SIGNYM

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Originally posted by MAGONSDAUGHTER:
That is exciting - how beautiful.

The rain has been fabulous here - after the grim start and the threat of de estate games bushfires. The gardens are green and full of produce - well or mine. Sadly not much time for veggie gardening this year which is sad because that would have been good.

Having a hard time getting to a veggie garden this year too ... buried in legalese.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020 3:21 AM

SIGNYM

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Originally posted by 1KIKI:
This is from an article in the LATimes about how wildlife is recently coming out of hiding in Yosemite.



I happen to know it's a juvenile bobcat, because juveniles have spots. And I know that because I saw one a few years ago at my former place of work here in SoCal. I was really confused about what I was seeing till I later described it to a coworker who knew more than me. (I thought it might be a bobcat, but it had spots, and that confused me. And he was born in Taiwan, too, so his knowledge wasn't long-term SoCal lore imbibed as he grew up. I wonder how he happened to find out.) It really looks like a housecat except a bit bigger, with oceles (white spots, like 'eyes') on the backs of its ears, and with a truly weather-ready coat.

It was on the hill across the street, and I watched it successfully stalk and catch one of the many rabbits that also live there.

When you can see an animal as elusive as a bobcat, it's really exciting!

The biggest threat to wildlife is people. The Exclusion Zone around Chernobyl has seen a resurgence of wildlife, despite the high levels of radioactive contamination.

There are many fewer planes in the sky. Many fewer cars on the road. Less hustle and bustle. Air quality is much better. Carbon dioxide emissions are lower. People are living the essential life right now: food, water, shelter. Not running off to work and to school and to the nearest restaurant for food because work has left them no time for their kids or for making dinner. No more buying fancy new cars. Empty shopping mall parking lots. Nature everywhere is breathing a sigh of relief.

I wonder if people will come out of this with an appreciation for what is essential and what isn't. I hope so. The mindless consumerism that some people engage in isn't good for them, their budgets, or the planet.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020 4:02 PM

BRENDA


First time I went out today with a lighter coat on. So that was good.

Decided to buy a banana to eat while I was out on my walk. Also got a coffee.

Picked up some small stuff like a dark chocolate bar to refill my chocolate stash for when I am sitting at my computer.

Did something dumb at my local grocery store. I climbed up on the shelves in the ice cream freezer to read a label on a box of ice cream. From standing on the floor I couldn't see if it was something I might have wanted. Well when I got up to look at it, it was. The last box of Magnum mini-bars which are vanilla ice cream covered in dark chocolate. Very tasty indeed.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020 6:58 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK

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Originally posted by Brenda:
Looks like our stretch of good weather is going to hopefully last until next Tuesday.



Lucky you. Woke up to 3 inches of snow today and it was still snowing. Going to drop to 25 degrees tonight.:(

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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