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Days 301 & 302 - Catching Up on Gratitude
Monday, September 28, 2015      12 comments

As I watch the Lunar Eclipse travel across the sky, I am filled with wonder at the majesty of creation, and how all the celestial bodies choreograph their dance across the skies. My list of gratitudes is short, but large this week... .... Read more
300 Days of Awesome
Saturday, September 26, 2015      19 comments

I joined SparkPeople last November 17 at a period in my life when I had never felt more down about myself. I was close to my heaviest weight in my life, had recovered successfully from a serious accident with 3 major surgeries, and had no job or... Read more
Day 299 - Amazing
Friday, September 25, 2015      10 comments

There is something about reaching a milestone (or in the case, coming close) that is uplifting and terrifying all at the same time. Today was remarkable for a number of reasons. This morning I attended the "Judge's Breakfast" at the Main St... Read more
Day 298 - I CAN
Wednesday, September 23, 2015      9 comments

Thanks to everyone for all your comments over my blog post yesterday. I suspect that we will go back to Angel's sometime. It will take a while to get over our experience last night. We were less upset about the slow service (our community is in ... Read more
Day 297 - Angel's Rock House
Wednesday, September 23, 2015      15 comments

Some friends invited us to go to Angel's Rock House in Finley, California, for dinner. It's a local Mexican restaurant that has always been a favorite. Good food, reasonable prices, nice service. When we arrived at 7pm, the place was full o... Read more
Day 296 - Injurious
Tuesday, September 22, 2015      12 comments

My student services technician Carol slammed her finger in the drawer of her safe (which looks like a standard file cabinet, except for all the insulation). Of course it was the middle finger! Well, she was in a lot of pain, but thankfully the i... Read more
Day 295 - Sunday, Full of Thanks
Sunday, September 20, 2015      10 comments

As you can imagine, the Valley Fire has been at the top of the list of conversation topics this week. It was a bit overwhelming at times, but we all banded together and got through the worst of it. Communities are starting to get back to normal ... Read more
Days 293 & 294 - When life hands you lemons...
Saturday, September 19, 2015      8 comments

We have had the most delightful time with our displaced houseguests, with conversation, lovely dinners, and exception bonding as we cope with the stress of having our community disrupted by a natural disaster. Some of the touching stories w... Read more
Days 291 & 292 - New Friends
Friday, September 18, 2015      9 comments

One of our culinary instructors, Ann-Marie, and her husband Randy, are staying with us until they are allowed back in their house (without electricity, there's not much they can do at home). We are enjoying their company very much, and feel like... Read more
Day 290 - Healing
Wednesday, September 16, 2015      14 comments

There is a connection that happens within a community when a tragedy occurs. The Valley Fire has been a serious impact for our county, and our community has banded together in amazing ways. The local Moose Lodge has turned into a campground for ... Read more
Day 289 - The Valley Fire
Tuesday, September 15, 2015      9 comments

Here is a link to the latest news on the Valley Fire: cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/inci
fo?incident_id=1226 The fire is up to 62,000 acres, with hundreds of homes destroyed. My boss found out toda... Read more
Day 288 - A Different Kind of Gratitude
Sunday, September 13, 2015      14 comments

Today has been an emotional day, forcing us to think about what is really important in life, and how we should cope when a situation occurs that turns our world upside down. I'm still filled with gratitude, but it is taking on a different f... Read more
Day 287 - When You Think There's a Break
Saturday, September 12, 2015      12 comments

There is a new fire that has erupted in Lake County. This one may become the biggest fire yet. It's closer to population, including my boss's neighborhood, so I hope and pray that the firefighters are able to get this one under control quickly. ... Read more
Days 285 & 286 - Hello Friends
Saturday, September 12, 2015      13 comments

A very long and busy week is over. It is late and I don't have the energy to write a long blog tonight. I miss you all, and hope to post something tomorrow from Sacramento while I'm staying with my parents. Lots to cover, but I will need energy ... Read more
Day 284 - Potluck
Thursday, September 10, 2015      12 comments

We had a potluck today for Leanne, my financial aid technician, whose last day is Friday. She's going back to the Marysville campus for a new job in the security department. I'm happy for her, but we will miss her expertise and dedication to he... Read more

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