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Old 11-18-2016, 09:15 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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Do people in other parts of the country say that it "smells like snow"?
Just wondering.
Yep. I learned very well growing up in Chicago what snow 'smells' like. It's pretty distinctive. And I can sometimes tell when it's snowing in our nearby mountains, depending on the direction of the wind.

 
Old 11-18-2016, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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Wow for snow! Whiteout conditions, travel not advised. Sure glad I made a bunch of chili!
 
Old 11-18-2016, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Wow for snow! Whiteout conditions, travel not advised. Sure glad I made a bunch of chili!

Yikes! It was so cold in Los Angeles this morning that I put on a T-shirt under my long-sleeve painting shirt when I headed out early (7 a.m.) to do some exterior painting. Normally more that one layer on top makes me too hot when I am working outdoors.
 
Old 11-18-2016, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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We should all count our blessings.

I learned at lunch time today that a fourth grade boy whom I know is in the hospital waiting for a heart transplant! What a shock. A fourth grader would be eight or nine years old! The kid seemed completely normal when I talked to him at school a few weeks ago, but of course there could have been some heart abnormality all along that one would not notice upon casual contact.


My heart goes out to the young patient, to his parents, and to his older brother who is in the seventh grade. I'll speak to the older brother tomorrow.
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ER,
My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
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Mine too, ER. Such a sad thing.
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I have received additional information about the nine-year-old since writing my post on the previous page. The problem only surfaced in September of this year and it was thought that it could be controlled with more conservative measures. But now he will have to remain hospitalized until such time as he can received a new heart. It boggles my mind what that family must be going through. I could post a link here which contains a description plus updates, but don't think it would be appropriate because it identifies the boy and his parents by name. (The link was written for people who know the family personally).
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I taught public school for several years and the toughest part was the emotional toll. It can be devastating. People have no idea.
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ER This is sad news. It's so horrible when children are faced with this kind of medical problem. Please keep us informed.

Thanks to all who responded. This is just tearing me up, thinking about that boy and his family, and realizing that there is no guarantee of a favorable outcome. The older brother, a 7th grader, is the one I really "know" - the one with the heart condition I know only superficially, and the parents I do not know. Those two kids are the nicest kids imaginable.


Yesterday I put ten fifty-dollar bills in a card and gave it to the 7th grader to deliver to his parents. They have a "Go Fund Me" (or some similar name) in connection with their son's hospitalization, but I have no idea how that works. The father is a fire fighter, so that would mean the family has medical insurance, but I imagine there are many incidental expenses which may not be covered.


I took the older boy aside and told him I imagine there isn't much to feel thankful for at this Thanksgiving time. But I suggested two things:
1. He can be thankful for modern medical care. I explained that when I was his age, there was no such thing as heart surgery.
2. He can be thankful that he has a loving family. I pointed out that not everyone has that.


I don't really know the best way to support him, but perhaps each person who shows real caring for him will be helpful. I have put in an inquiry to the parents through in intermediary, a teacher at the younger boy's elementary school, to see whether they would give permission for me to take the older one to some point of interest such as the battleship U.S.S. Iowa or the Petersen Automotive Museum, which would be of interest at his age (and which are interesting to me at my age!). I said he could invite one or two friends to go.


Yes, I'll report any significant development.
 
Old 11-18-2016, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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Yikes! It was so cold in Los Angeles this morning that I put on a T-shirt under my long-sleeve painting shirt when I headed out early (7 a.m.) to do some exterior painting. Normally more that one layer on top makes me too hot when I am working outdoors.
Thanks, Escort. Just what I needed to hear, lol. Thankfully I have a lot of yarn & plenty of crocheting projects to keep me busy. I just don't get into it when it's nice out.

Us cold weather folks look forward to days like this. At least those of us who are retired & don't have go outside if we don't want to.
 
Old 11-18-2016, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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Yesterday I put ten fifty-dollar bills in a card and gave it to the 7th grader to deliver to his parents. They have a "Go Fund Me" (or some similar name) in connection with their son's hospitalization, but I have no idea how that works. The father is a fire fighter, so that would mean the family has medical insurance, but I imagine there are many incidental expenses which may not be covered.


I took the older boy aside and told him I imagine there isn't much to feel thankful for at this Thanksgiving time. But I suggested two things:
1. He can be thankful for modern medical care. I explained that when I was his age, there was no such thing as heart surgery.
2. He can be thankful that he has a loving family. I pointed out that not everyone has that.


I don't really know the best way to support him, but perhaps each person who shows real caring for him will be helpful. I have put in an inquiry to the parents through in intermediary, a teacher at the younger boy's elementary school, to see whether they would give permission for me to take the older one to some point of interest such as the battleship U.S.S. Iowa or the Petersen Automotive Museum, which would be of interest at his age (and which are interesting to me at my age!). I said he could invite one or two friends to go.


Yes, I'll report any significant development.
ER - What you did was absolutely fantastic! The parents will be overwhelmed with your kindness.
 
Old 11-18-2016, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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ER, thank you for being you. Keep us informed.
 
Old 11-21-2016, 08:24 AM
 
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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The cold front affected FL, it was 45 when I got up but will warm up to 71 this afternoon. There's been no rain for a couple of weeks and it's very dry and with super low humidity, so there is a red flag warning out until this evening. November is the driest month here. I got spoiled with the daily thunderstorms of summer and no watering of plants.

I've been harvesting my Meyer lemon tree, freezing juice, drying zest, adding lemon to water and using them up. I'll make several batches of lemon curd with the last ones ripening up for Christmas gifts along with some salted preserved lemons.

I haven't made the salted preserved lemons before, they are great for all sorts of recipes, along with the usual tangines, curries etc. Scrubbed lemons, sterilized jars, sea salt and that's it. The lemons are sliced, salted, squished into the jar with a pestle and shaken every day for a week, ready in a month and are good for a long time. The other grands from England will be here for Christmas and will love this as a gift, they make a lot of mid eastern dishes.

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With Dad's recent passing and Mom in assisted living now, I've found staying busy, physically, has helped me with coping. We're flying out to see Mom and the place where she is in early December, I've only seen pictures my sister has sent. Her dementia seems worse since Dad passed and it probably is with the stress, but we are also seeing her without Dad as a filter. Hard times but not unexpected.

Abundant sunshine and the grandkids decorating our lanai slider are great mood elevators. I'm thankful for both right now.
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Old 11-25-2016, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Central NY
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I just finished reading an article in the Syracuse.com website. It was about Ruth Gruber who passed away this month at age 105.

What an inspiration she was and it makes me realize how I have done nothing notable in my entire 74 years. Ruth was a journalist way back when who covered stories about the Jewish people during WWII and how she helped 95 Jewish refugees relocate to NY state. They were sheltered in Oswego, NY. After the war, 85 became citizens and the rest went back to Europe.

What hit me the hardest was the article mentioned prior to Ms. Gruber's rescue, many ships from Europe came to America full of refugees fleeing concentration camps and certain death only to be turned away to return to Europe and certain death.

I could not help but think of what may be our "new" policy on immigration. Will we be sending them away only to return to homeland and certain death? I hope not.
 
Old 11-26-2016, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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As the year draws to a close I realize how much has happened this past year, in the nation, in the world, and personally. The older I get the more very little if anything makes any sense. Those who suffer, the numbers are growing all while one tiny portion lives in utter luxury. Any of us who can do something like ER has done for one family should not hesitate, do it. A far greater portion of the world population needs love and support.
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