Sunday, January 22, 2017

Rain, Rain, and More Rain in Paso Robles

No More Drought Right Here, Right Now


It seems it's been raining for days now. When it's not raining, it's getting ready to rain. The cloud formations are beautiful. Below, the sun is just peeking through a cloud. 

Rain, Rain, and More Rain in Paso Robles, January 2017

Below is a path to the river through Larry Moore Park between storms. 

Rain, Rain, and More Rain in Paso Robles, January 2017

I shot this from my back porch during the rain today. This used to be my dead lawn when I stopped watering it during the drought. I've never seen such puddles there before this year. 

Rain, Rain, and More Rain in Paso Robles, January 2017

I taped this video at the same time I took the photo above. I turned the sound way down because a very noisy vehicle went by while I was shooting this. 



After I shot the video, we ate lunch. Then the sun came back out again for a few minutes before the sky went gray again. It has been raining off and off since then. More rain is expected during the next two days. 

Preserve the Memory of a Full Atascadero Lake and Salinas River



Local Lake Levels and the River are Rising Again


I haven't been out to take my own photos of the local lakes yet, but this video shows how the level of Atascadero Lake has come up since I took pictures during the drought. You can see those photos in the related posts below for comparison. I was happy to see the island surrounded by water again. 


I have been out to see the Salinas River flowing and I took lots of photos. Here are a few. 

Salinas River Overflowing Banks, January 9, 2017

Finally a River View from this  Bench Again

Rain, Rain, and More Rain
Looking North Toward Veterans Memorial Bridge

Although I miss the sun, we will see it soon again. Meanwhile,  I'm thankful for the rain that is filling our lakes and the river again and watering our oaks, street trees, and landscaping. We won't need to water again for weeks. 

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Emerging for Provisions After Confinement with Flu

My First Day Out Since I Got the Flu Two Weeks Ago

There's nothing like your first day out in the world again after being inside sick for a couple of weeks. My flu came on fast after my husband got it. It's my first case of any virus lasting more than three days in over twenty years. I decided I was strong enough to emerge today, and I did need to shop. Off I went to Smart and Final. 


You can see by the clouds that rain was likely. It was in the forecast, which is why I wanted to get home early. Fortunately, it did not rain while I was out or even the rest of the day. The rain will probably start again after I'm in bed tonight. Meanwhile, you can see the rain clouds waiting to dump their load, and you can see how green the hills across Golden Hill Road are across from the Smart and Final parking lot.



If You Are Unfortunate Enough to Get the Flu

If you begin to cough or get other flu symptoms such as aching muscles, I suggest you get to a doctor quickly before it's too late to get Tamiflu treatment. My husband, who got to the Emergency Room at Twin Cities Hospital the first day, got the Tamiflu and he never got as sick as I did. By the time I came down with the flu the next day, no one was well enough to drive me so I self-medicated. Here's what my flu looked like, stage by stage, what helped, and what didn't. 

Comparing Treatment at Twin Cities Emergency Room and MedPost Urgent Care


Twin Cities Emergency Room


My husband was treated at the Twin Cities Emergency Room. The minute we got there he was given a mask to keep him from spreading his germs to others. I filled out his paperwork, and he was into a room within five minutes.



 He stayed in that room for about three hours while they took his vital signs, swabbed his nose to see what virus he had, and X-rayed his chest to see if any bacteria were present. It was determined he had Influenza A. They sent him home with a prescription for Tamiflu and a cough medicine. Because it was pouring rain and the pharmacies were all closed, the doctor gave him the morning dose of Tamiflu so that I wouldn't have to get the prescription filled until afternoon the next day. 

Although we had to stay at the ER for a long time, my husband was kept comfortable and isolated from other patients, and so was I. Medical personnel were careful to keep contagious people isolated. Medical personnel filled out all but the most basic paperwork and entered any important information into their computers. If you get the flu and can't see your own doctor immediately, I highly recommend the Twin Cities Emergency Room.  

MedPost Urgent Care on First and Vine


My experience when I went to MedPost a week later was not as positive. When I walked in I was almost well, but needed medical advice on the one symptom that remained troubling. The waiting room was crowded and almost every person there was coughing. I put on a mask I found in the box on the registration counter, but no one else had put one one. They were all coughing into a hand or sleeve. I also noticed people using tablets. I didn't understand why until one was returned to the counter and it was passed to me. 

The woman at the desk handed me the tablet with no instructions. I wasn't sure what to do with it. She did not offer to explain or help. When I couldn't figure out how to clear the sample phone numbers to enter my own, she showed me the back button.   I am over seventy. 

Many people my age have never been confronted with using a tablet or any mobile device aside from a phone. I think when a person is already sick, weak, and possibly confused she should not be confronted with and expected to use unfamiliar technology. 

If this weren't enough, it seemed extremely unwise to pass the same tablet from patient to patient when almost everyone was coughing and contagious. The tablets were being touched and coughed on and then passed to the next sick person. The only protection offered, besides the unused masks, was a container of hand sanitizer to use after using the tablet. 

Unless you are young enough to feel comfortable with the tablet technology, I recommend you find some other urgent care center. It's possible that if I'd asked for help, the person behind the desk might have entered my information for me, but even when I seemed confused she did not offer to help. Later there was someone else at the other window who seemed more helpful, but it was too late for me by then. 

In all fairness, once I got called into a room the technician who took my vital signs was kind and helpful, as was the doctor. When I left I had a solution to the problem that had brought me in. Still, if I had to do it over, I'd go to Twin Cities, even if it is farther and takes longer to get in and out.  

It Felt Good To Get Out Today

I'm grateful I was strong enough to shop today and that the weather was kind to me. I'm grateful for all the rain we've had and will still get, but I'm glad it didn't rain on me. I will welcome it as a lullaby if it returns when I'm trying to sleep. 


Monday, January 9, 2017

Did National Clean Off Your Desk Day Slip By You, Too?

I Didn't Even Think about Cleaning My Desk Until Now


Today was actually a designated national day to clean up our desks. I've been so busy playing nurse to Hubby's flu today and picking up his prescriptions and walking by the river while I waited for them to be filled that I missed it. It's the end of the day and I'm too tired to clean that desk today. Maybe I'll do it when the flu has left our house. 

Did National Clean Up Your Desk Day Slip By You, Too?


Things I Need to Buy to Organize this Desk





Did You Remember to Clean Off Your Desk on January 9?


If you did, good for you. If you didn't, why not start now? Get some organizers to make all those essentials like tape, glue, pens, paper clips, postage stamps, file folders, important paper, bills, envelopes, etc. easy to find and grab. Maybe some of the suggestions above will get you started.

I find a bill organizer is essential if I don't want late fees. Amazon has many choices. If you click the one above, you will see them. Current also has a good selection, along with many other organizer types. You can see them here. You may find Current's items are even little cheaper, but the quality is just as good. It's all a matter of personal preference.

Let's try to get our desks cleaned off before this time next year.

Did National Clean Up Your Desk Day Slip By You, Too?


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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Where Did This Day Go?

The Day Has Disappeared

I don't know where it went. I know where the sun went, but my time seems to have just disappeared with it. 

Where Did This Day Go?

What Happened During Daylight?

I slept much too late and had barely finished breakfast by noon. The rain kept coming down, and that seemed to interfere with my efficiency. I had only gotten through a bit of my email when Hubby came in with a lot of online bill paying he wanted me to do. That seemed to take forever. 

By that time the rain had stopped and I was able to take a short walk to the mailbox without getting wet. Got to wave to a neighbor I met on the way who was also enjoying the bit of sun. 

By the time Hubby left on business it was time for dinner and I watched TV for an hour while I ate.  Right after the show the sun was almost down and I took these photos. Then I came back to attack the email.

Where Did This Day Go?


Three hours later I'm still trying to keep up with email and social media and online groups. Looks like another late night. I need a No Interruptions Day tomorrow, but I can't remember the last time I had one. 

What effect does a rainy day have on you?

Monday, January 2, 2017

Recap of 2016's Most Popular Posts Month by Month

These Are the Most Popular Posts of 2016

2016 has whizzed by. Because I started new blogs, I drastically cut the number of posts on this one. I was hoping that would allow me to provide more than just a photo and a few words in each post.

Since this is the day we are officially observing New Year's Day, I'm choosing today to recap the most popular posts from this blog during 2016. Most of these have more than one photo, but I only feature one from each here. Please follow the links under each photo to see the complete post with all photos and the words that explain them.

January: Are Those Mushrooms in Your Yard Edible or Poisonous? © B. Radisavljevic
January: Are Those Mushrooms in Your Yard Edible or Poisonous? © B. Radisavljevic 

February: Hellie Blythe and the Pistachio Figures in Cigar Box Vignettes

March 2016:  Insects Love Spring Wildflowers

In April, these posts tied for first place, so I'm including both. Which would you vote for if you were breaking the tie?

April 29, 2016: York Mountain / Epoch Winery Barn Old and New

April 30, 2016: Zenaida Cellars Vineyards on the First Day of Spring



Moving on to May

May 2016: Elusive Sunsets with Clouds and No Rain



June 2016: Deer Again

July 2016: It's Black Widow Breeding Season


August 2016: Search for Big Sandy Wildlife Area through San Miguel's Back Roads

September 2016: Looking Up to Turkey Vultures

October 2016: Abandoned Gardens Are Sad

This next one was actually taken on October 30, but I'm counting it as November since it was more popular than the November winner and it's close enough.

November 2016: Photos of A Lasagna Sky

December 2016: Lemons in December that Survived Frost

I hope you enjoyed this tour through the most popular posts of 2016. It's always fun for me to look back and see which posts got the most views.

Which post would get your vote as the best for 2016?


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Sunday, January 1, 2017

My 2016 Photos of the Year

It's Theme Day and the Theme is Photo of the Year

City Daily Photo bloggers all post to the same theme on the first day of every month. This month we get to choose what we consider the best or favorite photo from our blog posts in 2016. I have chosen my favorite from one of my most popular posts -- Search for Big Sandy Wildlife Area through San Miguel's Back Roads

My 2016 Photo of the Year from Paso Robles in Photos
Horses in San Miguel on the Back Roads
I'm not sure why this is my favorite, but I think it's because the horses are relaxing together and they appear to be companions. They are also beautiful horses. 

My Favorite Photo from 2016 Not Published in This Blog

This photo was taken as we returned home from our holiday trip to visit friends and relatives in Southern California. We just happened to be looking for a rest stop in Ventura as the sun was about to set. I've always wanted to get a good shot of a sunset on a beach, and this was my opportunity. My husband parked by the beach at the end of Seaward Drive and I was able to get this shot. The peace of this sunset helped me keep calm as I spent an hour driving from Ventura through Santa Barbara in bumper to bumper traffic. I've never been so glad to get to Goleta in my life. Here's the photo.

My Personal Favorite 2016 Photo of the Year
Sunset on the Beach in Ventura, California


Which of my photos do you like best for 2016?



Saturday, December 31, 2016

Old Wives Tale Disproved this Afternoon

This Old Wives Tale Isn't True

When I was young Mom had a wringer washing machine and dryers hadn't been invented yet. Everyone hung their clothes on a line to dry, and that line was normally inside. When it was overcast and the sky was full of clouds, it might mean rain was coming, but maybe not. I grew up, after all, in Los Angeles County in "sunny California."

Old Wives Tale Disproved this Afternoon


So when the clothes were ready to hang, Mom would look up at the cloudy sky, as her mother had before her. Then she would say, "I can hang out the clothes. There's enough blue in the sky to make a Dutchman a pair of pants."  Today I scientifically proved that's not true. The photo above shows how the sky looked when I left to walk to my mailbox today. I didn't have any clothes to hang out, nor any line to hang them on. 

About halfway down the block, I stopped to take this photo. I'm sure glad I'd brought my camera bag. I'd brought it along to put my camera in when I had to use the key to open my mailbox. As it turned out, my camera might have been damaged without it. I took a few photos of the sky in different directions.

Old Wives Tale Disproved this Afternoon


About then I noticed that raindrops were falling on my head and all around me. It wasn't heavy rain, but I would not have wanted my clothes on the line. Now, an hour later, the sky is as blue as when I started my short walk.The blue had never left the sky at all. There is a slight breeze. There are still many clouds, but they are moving toward the northwest. The sun comes and goes. It will be down in three hours. 

If I had hung the laundry on the line, would it have dried today? I doubt it. But the sidewalk is dry again, at least for now. There's still a 5% chance of rain for the rest of the afternoon. The temperature has reached its high of 49 degrees. 

Old Wives Tale Disproved this Afternoon
Blue Sky with White Clouds, © B. Radisavljevic 


So, do you think if I'd had clothes to hang out when I left on my walk, they would have dried before dark?