|Image from http.clipart.edigg.com|
So many things have changed since I last posted -- on December 31st of 2018! Most important among the changes is another new place to live. I moved in about 6 weeks ago, but I'm still unpacking things; I have almost all of my possessions out of my storage unit, however, and I need to get another bookcase or cabinet to hold my antique books and the dishes and silver that I inherited from my grandparents.
I am still working in the library at the school, and I'm also in charge of running the Rancho Day event for 4th grade, and assisting with the Tea Party section of the Colonial Day event for 5th grade, for both of which I wear historical dress, of course! Rancho Day for 2020 will be at the end of next month, and Colonial Day will be a few weeks later, in early to mid February. I need to get my costume in order for both events!
I walked in the Rose, White & Blue Parade in San Jose again, with
|Photo: Deborah Borlase.|
|Mary Todd Lincoln gown image |
from Brandon and Jen Bear.
|_Mona_Lisa_ by Leonardo da Vinci, ca. 1510|
(in the Louvre) from Wikimedia Commons
I am thankful that I haven't been injured, or had any property destroyed, by the flooding in the winter and spring over the past few years. It is normal, in the Santa Clara Valley, for the spring and winter rains to swell the river and the many creeks and streams; spring and winter flooding was once vital to the agricultural character of this area, and it created some of the most fertile soil in the world. In modern times, however, people have built closer and closer to the banks of those rivers and streams, attempted to change their course, and all sorts of "improvements" in order to enable more badly-panned construction, and this has resulted in dangerous flooding in many parts of Santa Clara County, to the point that property is destroyed and lives are endangered and even lost. The cities have implemented their own flood control plans, which have been successfull in most cases, but the flooding in recent years was too much. Luckily, nobody that I know suffered the loss of all of their property, or their life, but a few friends evacuated temporarily!
I am thankful that I was not injured, and didn't lose any property, because of the fires that covered so much of the state last year and the year before. Wildfires are very common during the summer and fall in California, because the rains stop in April, and everything gets very dry by the end of the summer, but last year's fires were excessive. There have been big fires before but it had been years since the last one, and the fires hadn't destroyed much of the Bay Area, so it was a shock that they destroyed so much. I have friends and former co-workers who had family vacation homes in the areas that were burned out, but thankfully, nobody that I know was injured or killed.
I am hoping to get back into posting here regularly; the place where I lived last year didn't have a very easily usable kitchen, and almost no space to sew, or store my fabric, so I made almost nothing last year. My new place has a small kitchen, and a nicely-sized living room with lots of light, so I hope to be able to make lots of things this year. I wish you all a most happy and healthy New Year!