Things that have made me smile this week…and MORE rain!

It might seem a little odd to some of you that I so frequently talk about the weather. That would probably mean that you live in a region that HAS weather.

In a typical year Los Angeles records 292 days of sunshine–a monotonous luxury. Not much to talk about.

But after five years of drought the skies opened up in December, and we’ve experienced a fairly steady train of storms, with the most powerful hovering over us right now.

We’ve been told to anticipate 3-5 inches of rain through tonight and into tomorrow, and with winds taking down trees and power lines, some local flooding and even airports delaying inbound and outbound flights, the first thing I think of is how much I miss my dad. He really enjoyed a good weather event!

He’d also have been my personal historian with this week’s  threat to the Oroville Dam.  My father worked for Southern California Edison, the primary electricity supply company for much of Southern California, and over his lifetime he’d followed many changes to California’s energy needs.

I definitely gained my interest in the California State Water Project (SWP) from listening to him from my earliest childhood.

The Oroville Dam, at 770 feet high, is the tallest dam in the United States and is responsible for hydroelectricity generation and the water supply for much of California. Severe damage to the spillway has resulted in major disruption to the households living in its path, including initial evacuation.

This video was captured early in the week. Subsequently, engineers have successfully averted disaster with impressive repair work, so for now all is satisfactory. I wonder what this little project will cost in repair and retrofitting?  Ka-CHING!

There is plenty in the news to keep me on the edge of my seat, but this week also brought some moments that made me smile.

Valentine’s Day was once again marked by a mysterious token! Oh how I wish I’d saved these little surprises over the years.


I wrote about my “secret admirer” HERE, but I’ll refresh the story. I am fairly sure I’ve been receiving these yearly unsigned valentines for more than a decade. It took me a couple of years to really catch on! One year it didn’t arrive and I found myself disappointed. It comes in a small envelope and I tend to think that one year it must have been lost in the mail. All I know is that at this point it puts a smile on my face!

And then an even bigger smile with a happy reunion!


Meet Haru, a part of our extended “family.” Our good friends at Pasadena Paws are Zena’s caregivers when we travel, and because she had such intense anxiety when she first came to us via rescue, we also send her out the door once a week for a strenuous pack walk. She gets so excited when either Megan or Jay arrive at the gate and take her out for a day of adventure with several of her close, furry friends.

On January 30th, Haru went missing when she escaped in fright following a traffic accident. A 20-pound female Shiba Inu, she is certainly distinctive! Yet she couldn’t be found! Knowing how much anyone would be frightened for their vulnerable, missing pet, I was so delighted–ecstatic really– when she was found hiding in someone’s garage not far from the original accident site, after eleven days!

If you love dogs you might really enjoy following Megan at Pasadena Paws Facebook  and Instagram, as well. You’ll love the photos! And if you pay close attention you might even find Miss Z with some of her friends!


Another thing that makes me smile…and thankful…

A good roof, a warm home and a fresh pile of library books!  That’s enough for me this weekend!

I’d better send this off–flickering lights are a sure sign we could lose power. A true weather event!