Friday, February 28, 2014

Where Was This?

I wish this information existed when I went to college, either times.
Want total transparency in a blog?
How's this?
We still are struggling to pay off student loans for degrees in industries (partially our choice) that it does not pay. Does it help to get a job? Maybe. Maybe they are impressed that we finished, or that we are trained, but all in all, it doesn't lead to a lot of money.

This information is crucial for some people to know, BEFORE they get into debt for occupations that may, or may not, benefit from having that expensive education.

I am a great supporter of being educated, of learning new skills, but I don't necessarily think a big fancy degree is always the right choice. I know many jobs require them, being a medical doctor for example, but not everything does.

Pray hard, think upon it, if you can afford it, go for it, but if you need loans to make it through, consider all the factors first.

Being in debt really stinks, and it is hard to move on in life while you owe.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Never Fully Gone

A church that was once home for us, where my husband was a worship pastor and restored his faith in ministry work.... lost it's shepard last night.
We were no longer there when he came on board, but we did get to meet him, and hear him occasionally, but he loved that church and those people that are so important to us, and he made a difference in that community. He died last night after a struggle with the H1N1 'swine flu".

My dear friend, and also former Mountain View staff/attendee posted this on her face book:
Lori Doozleberry*:
"I try really hard not to bash my faith over the tops of people's heads. I want to love people the way my Savior loved them. But today I'm begging you--whether you go to church or don't, whether you believe in God or don't, whether you're Catholic or Mormon or Buddhist or Agnostic or an Evangelic Christian--please listen to this. Please. It was Pastor Charlie's last sermon. I had the privilege of being there to hear it. WE ALL DIE and you can't hide from that. DEATH WILL CATCH YOU. If I mean anything to you, anything at all, please listen to this. (Click on Eternity)"
I urge you to click and listen.
Death finds everyone.
It's just the way it is.

*Not her real name

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

So, about that weather...

Since I last wrote it has rained, and rained, and rained....
This is good of course, but not perfect.
It rained so much all at once that it created a  lot of run off, and not necessarily filling up wells and springs underground. The water table and all that. Also, the rain coming now is warm, so warm that it won't snow in the upper altitude, and will probably melt the snowpack that now exists from last weeks storms.

I am not saying this storm was was amazing, I am so thankful,
but we are still in drought conditions.
With out the slow melting deep snowpack there still isn't the "right" amount of water later for the rest of the year. It's complicated I guess.

Still praying for more rain, and a colder storm to snow up on those hills of ours.

Unfortunately trees are blooming early too.
Hopefully my fruit trees don't bloom now only to wither and die due to a freeze.
I am sure farmers all over the area are praying the same thing.

So should you if you like fruit.

I am tempted to plant lettuce and other crops now, but the weather is so wishy washy I don't want to waste the money and seeds.
Perhaps if I had a greenhouse. I have seen amazing ones built from re-claimed windows. Others made from simple PVC and clear plastic.

So many projects, so little time.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Weather, Yep, Seriously

I am going to take a moment to talk about the weather. I have read many a blog in the last few days regarding the weather and the extreme things going on. Mostly my blog friends in other parts of the country  have had it with snow and ice.
I can't blame them for their lamenting, this year has been brutal there.

Our weather, on the other hand, has been mild, and for the month of January was pretty much spring temperatures. 65 to 75 degrees? 50 at night? What is this? January 14th in southern California was 85, I know because I was there enjoying it. And 53 days without precipitation? Wow, unheard of in my area during these months.

And there in lies the problem.

We broke that dry spell with a cold front. The cold front allows the trapped moisture to fall...yay! Temps are almost normal right now, still a little warm during the day but dropping at night. We had some rain, and snow up the hill ...
but not enough. We are at perhaps 10-20% of the rainfall/snowpack needed. We need another 21+ inches by June. This is drought.

Perhaps this doesn't seem like an issue...but let's take a look at how it affects everyone.
Many people are selling off, or are talking about selling off, their livestock. They simply can't afford the water  it would take to keep the herds alive. This will drive say beef prices down temporarily as the market gets flooded with a surplus, but then, there will be a shortage, and the price will skyrocket. Did you know where a very large percentage of rice is grown? I will give you hint: It's northern California, and we have a serious drought, so guess what prices will go up at well? This is just a glimpse.

I know many of you might be freezing and buried in several feet of snow, but pray for this side of the US. We need rain and snow, and soon.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Someone's Birthday

I found this post sweet and honest and beautiful.
It's about the connections we create to those around us.