I woke up to a calm, sunny day today. No rain, no wind, no thunder...even the sidewalk was mostly dry, but there were branches and pine needles EVERYWHERE. Time to clean up and get ready for the next rain. The forecast has more rain tomorrow night!
In California, we have earthquakes for excitement. We rarely get (or are prepared for) "Weather" with a capital "W." But today we've seen what many are calling the worst storm in years. High winds have knocked down branches and even trees, and have left many without power. Streets and freeways are flooded.
Thankfully, all this rain continues to improve our current drought conditions. But even so, californiadrought.org reports that there are no quick fixes: "Despite these improvements, drought impacts on overdrafted groundwater basins, forests, and aquatic species in California are long term and will take multiple above-average precipitation years to be resolved."
"My mom is my biggest hero. There are four of us children and my mom dedicated herself to us. She worked hard at her job to give us a good life. She taught me the ethics of hard work, to get up early each day and dedicate myself to whatever I'm doing that day. I look up to her a lot and I appreciate everything she's done for us. When I have my down days, when I'm sad, she's there to talk me out of it. She brings cheer to me and makes me remember that there are bigger things to think about in life."
"My hero is my grandfather. Growing up as a toddler I remember my grandfather telling us stories. Then, as a teenager, I had so many issues, but he was the first person I would call and he would give me such good advice. Then he would talk to my parents to calm things down. My grandfather is 91 years old now and to this day I will still seek his wisdom when I need some advice.
"The stories he would tell us were about his growing up, his struggles in a small town in Senora, Mexico. One story I remember, I was about 8 years old when he told us, was about the mining town he lived in. He told us that local Indians would attack his town. They would take the women and kill the men. One time, during one of these raids, his aunt was taken away. For years they could not find her and so they thought she had died. But one day she came back. She came back though just to tell her family that she was okay and she was happy with this Indian. She left and they never saw her again. My grandfather is full of great stories like that."
A couple of days ago, Pam posted her view from the plane on our way home from Paris to Downey. Well, a little before getting to the Los Angeles area, I noticed this scene outside my window—it is the Colorado Rockies, covered in snow. It was an impressive sight.
“Although I deeply love oceans, deserts and other wild landscapes, it is only mountains that beckon me with that sort of painful magnetic pull to walk deeper and deeper into their beauty. They keep me continuously wanting to know more, feel more, see more.”
~ Victoria Erickson
This is a bridge over the Rio Hondo riverbed near Crawford Park. On this side, you can walk north next to the Rio Hondo Golf Club, as far as the I5 freeway. On the other side, you can walk to the John Anson Ford Park, where a gate allows access to the park. Either side provides a very pleasant evening walk. Or if you're more energetic, you can ride your bike north past Legg Lake, or south all the way to the ocean at Long Beach.
I like having a window seat when I fly, because I enjoy looking for landmarks that I recognize. It's especially fun trying to spot my home in Downey, but you have to sit on the left side of the plane to do that. Today, downtown Los Angeles was a welcome sight, letting me know that I am, indeed, back home.
We are still in Paris (about at the end of our trip). As we were walking across the square in front of Notre Dame de Paris, I realized that tons of people were standing in a sea of pigeons. Evidently it's a "thing" to call the pigeons to you (I mean to literally land all over you). It isn't something I would do, but it seemed to be attracting a wide group of people attempting it.