Thursday, September 18, 2014
We've Been Robbed
We Were Robbed
This was some week.
It all started on Monday.
I left for physical therapy. Steve left an hour later. Feeling really hopeful and GREAT-decided to
stop and get the pets some needed food-all by myself.
Got home and I was just about to open the garage door and
did a double take: it was opened.
My first thought was, “LOL, Steve’s always asking me if I
closed the door and look who did it!”
I pulled in, closed the door and went to go let myself
in. The door was closed, but the lock
Now I wondered what would Steve was doing that made him
forget to do both? Then the light was on in the laundry room and the doors were
opened, cleaning products all over the ground!
Pepper and Lucky ran to me.
That wasn’t anything unusual. I put my stuff down on the washer and then
wondered why the hall lights were on?
Looked left-why were the office lights on? Looked straight ahead-(still not getting it)
linen closets were opened and towels on the floor.
Turned right, walked to the living area and LIGHTS FINALLY
WENT OFF IN MY HEAD!
Our big TV was gone!
I went to the office: TV gone, Steve’s laptop and tablet gone! Went to the storage room-everything was all
over the floor. Looked in the boys
room-oh good, TV still on the wall. Went
to our bedroom-ransacked!
TV, all of my jewelry, Steve’s watches and they stole the
safe that was bolted into the wall!
I FREAKED! Okay, that
was a pretty tame definition of how I reacted.
Called 911 on one phone, Steve on the other. Screamed, cried and shook. They went through our clothes!
You can only imagine the rest of the day!
Oh wait, you can’t-BECAUSE THERE’S MORE! Once I stopped hyperventilating I let Lucky
out-she went to a spot in the yard and stared and barked. Went over and OH GOOD, BECAUSE THE DAY HAD
BEEN SO DARN GREAT UP UNTIL THIS POINT-A RATTLESNAKE!
Our friends came over and he along with Alex killed the huge
thing-my girlfriend and I could hear the rattle from inside!
Everyone left. We went straight
to the bank, the insurance company and started calling all the appropriate
agencies. The safe had our passports,
emergency cash, emergency credit cards and both of our birthstone custom
rings. I hate to say-they also got
anything nice we had jewelry-wise. Some
very, very sentimental pieces.
They didn’t want my 7 year old computer. But they took my Minolta camera and the 3
lenses that went with it.
Steve found the point of entry was the boys’ bedroom
window. Totaled not only the window but
the frame. They also damaged our new
dining room table and the front door.
Obviously the wall in the closet that they left holes in when they sawed
out the safe.
We were on the phones until 11 at night and took up the
calls at 7 a.m. the next day.
Needless to say-we didn’t sleep. Pepper held my head all night, Lucky couldn’t
get close enough to me.
And then I realized:
NO FREAKIN’ DANCING WITH THE STARS FOR ME!
This is all I have to say on this entire debacle.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Autumn's Almost Here
Can you feel a nip in the air? I can't. But I can see the difference in the produce department!
Friday, September 12, 2014
Sick as a Dog
A Mother Always Knows
Honestly, it doesn’t matter if you’re a mom of a human or
4-footed child-a mom knows when their child isn’t well.
This week is was on puppy Lucky. Poor dear, her eyes looked a bit bleary, she
would ask to go out and then just stare at us.
Uh oh, I thought to myself.
Usually when we go for our morning walk, she can hardly wait to leave
her “mark” on the entrance to the pocket park and then several more times as we
round out to the beginning of our walk.
This time she picked up the hind legs (yes, she does it 2-legged) but
nothing happened. And this went on the
Except for the last half mile where she asked me to carry
Something was not good here.
Then we had another storm and she went 13 hours before “going”. How could a 6 pound dog not go for 13
Tuesday-she seemed more than spooked. So I called and made her an appointment with
our wonderful vet, Dr. Kristin Young. (I
tell everyone her name because this is the most fantastic vet I’ve ever encountered!) We went in the next afternoon.
While Steve wasn’t even going to say “let’s just watch her”,
he wasn’t thrilled about another bill.
But we both think of Pepper and Lucky as our babies and there was no
question that we were going.
Dr. Young said she wasn’t worried about it being anything
catastrophic (bladder cancer, etc.) she said she could have a bladder
stone. At the very least, an
infection. So with that she pried her
off of me and out of my shirt and took her to the back to take her temperature
and an x-ray.
Thank goodness-she didn’t have the bladder stone, but she
was running a fever (hence the bleary eyes and being too tired to complete our
walk on her own) and it was decided she had a doggie version of a UTI.
This I expected-but what I didn’t expect was the rest of the
diagnosis! Even though we hadn’t given
Lucky any more food and the two of us had been able to walk in the early
morning again, she looked a tad “puffy”.
What was that “puff” you ask? No-we had her neutered and the only male dog
she’s around also has been “fixed”. No,
our little Chihuahua was horribly constipated!
That may be way TMI for you all, but it’s something all of
you pet parents out there should consider!
The “cure”? I’m to put in ¼
teaspoon of either psyillium or Metamucil in with her wet food in the
I don’t know if you care or want to know the “outcome” of
this, but outside of my starting VERY intensive physical therapy (read that 6
hours with the therapist plus over 1-1/2 hours of exercising on my own) on my
frozen and damaged shoulder that has been my week.
And that is all on why Mothers Always Know.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
R Snyder has MS But it Doesn't Stop Him
check out this month's profile on Richard Snyder, starting on pg. 3.
A remarkable man who has MS and is inspiring so many others with his self-advocacy:
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Saturday, September 06, 2014
dreaming about peanut butter cups
I used to make peanut butter cups for Steve's lunches when we first were married. The recipe was tucked away into my notebook. Recently though the recipe is coming back into "style". Here's my updated and slightly healthier version:
Friday, September 05, 2014
Saving the PowerSaving the Power
Saving the Power
Our neighbors put in solar panels. It’s a big thing here in our area. My sister was part of a trial program in
Orange County, CA. Therefore, they didn’t pay for any of it! She’s loving being off the grid. Both my sister and our neighbors have large
Adam and Sam also have a large 2-story and
it’s costing a fortune to keep cool. All of our family are those annoying
people who actually get the a/c units checked and serviced once a year to make
sure nothing’s broken. It’s expensive
enough without finding out something’s wrong with our units that’s having us
use even more electricity!
Recently, Steve and I even took advantage
of having a company come out and do and energy evaluation of our home. We had decided we weren’t spending the $10
grand to put the solar panels on our roof, but we didn’t want to be paying
through the nose to sweat either.
Remember, Steve is always claiming I can
enjoy the fans but the thermostat has to stay at 82 during the day and then he
drops it down to 78 at night “for my sleeping comfort”. There’s an oxymoron if ever I heard one.
For some reason, while I ranted about this
ad nauseum in the great OC-it doesn’t bother me as much here. I’m pretty sure that the reason is due to the
110+ outside. Hey, suddenly after
letting Lucky out to do her business and then I walk back in-82 is practically
Back to the audit-the outcome was that
while we had done a lot on our own to “plug up” the escaping air-we had a long
way to go. It seems that all those
canned lights in most of the rooms and the fancy-schmancy surround sound
equipment were using a lot of energy! We
also had the microwave/fan, the dryer vents (which they cleaned for us), the
water heater itself and the various air ducts/returns and bathroom fans all
letting our a/c dollars float across the desert sky!
Then there was the insulation. The total estimate of getting everything
“sealed” up: $4,000.
We could be half-way to those solar
panels! About $500 would be covered with
rebates from our local electric company.
And they also paid the first $200 of $299 for the audit.
When all was said and done, we only did ½
the work. Couldn’t afford the rest. But even with that the estimated savings
would be ¼ ton. Turned out they did such
a good job that the “after” test showed they got it to ½ ton of air savings.
I’m not a technical person-but I’m
thinking that this is a good thing. Our
clothes are getting dryer faster. The
a/c unit isn’t going on as frequently and it’s nice to know that we’re
hopefully not going to have to dust as much.
I hate dusting.
On a completely different note-this past
week had my parents celebrating their 58th anniversary. We couldn’t be there and I know they won’t
see this, but it’s wonderful to know that longevity runs in the family.