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My name is Rachel, I live in California, I'm 40, married for 15 years to Sean and have two dogs. My hobbies are my dogs Leo & Ferny, hiking, exploring, enjoying life.

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These Canyons are Full of Ghosts ~ Emmett C. Harder
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January 31, 2005

Breakfast Casserole

By special request :)

Breakfast Casserole
1/2 bag 32oz Frozen Potatoes OBrien
1/2 lb fried, cut bacon or ham
1/2 c diced onions
1/2 of a green onion, diced
1/2 lb diced cheddar cheese
6 eggs
1/2 c milk
1/2 tsp dry mustard
salt and pepper to taste

Layer first 5 ingredients in 5 qt crockpot. Mix the egg, milk, dry mustard, salt and pepper. Pour over top of layered crockpot. Top with a bit more cheese. Spray Pam or similiar around the edges of the crockpot so it doesn't bake on. Cook in crockpot at low for 10 to 12 hours.

You can leave off the dry mustard if you like.

Enjoy! Feeds 1/2 an army ;)

Solo Under Desk

He thinks he fits. :|

January 21, 2005

For Adri and Candace

This one's for my neices. Adri, Candace - have Grandma help you with this one:

With your left foot, draw a circle in the air like how the clock turns.

With your left hand, draw a "6" in the air.

Which way does your foot go when you draw the 6 with your hand?


Blueberry Muffins

I lost my favorite blue berry muffin recipe. But then I remembered I posted it online. Here it is again :)

Blueberry Muffins

2 1/2 c all-purpose flour
1 c sugar
1 c buttermilk (or milk minus 1 T, plus 1 T vinegar)
1/4 pound butter (I used 1/2 c)
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 c fresh or frozen blueberries, rinsed and drained.

Sift ingredients together in a large bowl. Make a well, add buttermilk, eggs and butter which has been melted and browned slightly. Mix well. Fold in blueberries. Fill well-greased muffin tins half full and bake at 400 F for 20 minutes. Serve warm. Yields about 18 muffins.

I've got an interview!!!

I finally have another interview!! This time with the local library. So wish me luck! Going to be there Friday January the 28th at 10am *happy dance*

January 17, 2005

Martin Luther King, Jr Day

That's a mouthful! Happy holiday!

January 14, 2005

Song of Happiness

When I was young - and I'm not even sure how young I was... maybe 7? 6? I learned a song in school. It was called The Song of Happiness sung in a native tongue. I don't even know what language it was. And it was a never ending song. A song I could sing over and over until I was done. Even now, I *still* sing this song! Here it is:

Hi yo hi yo ip si ni yah,
Hi yo hi yo ip si ni yah,
Hi yo hi yo ip si ni yah,
Hi yo hi yo ip si ni yah,
Ip si ni yah!

January 13, 2005

The Sun Comes Out

The sun is finally coming out. It appeared yesterday :) All the roads off the mountain were closed for two days. But it gave some time for clean up.

They are slowly reopening. Some (like 18 to Lucerne Valley) will be closed for some time. And the mail will finally be coming in, like groceries to the stores.

Arrowhead now has recorded 65" of rain for the season. I don't know what the storm total was. But I was watching from when it was 40" to 65".

January 12, 2005

Lake Arrowhead on the way to being full

Lake Arrowhead is about 5 feet below full. YAY!!!

January 11, 2005

Grass Valley Dam

The dam is overflowing and what a lot of rain!!

I think the lake is full for the time being:

Overflow from the dam:

January 10, 2005

Road Closures

Know before you go! Everything is going fast.

January 09, 2005

More weather

Wow. We're getting about 1/2 inch of rain an hour.
Lake Arrowhead Weather Station

Floods, Stuck Cars, and Scanners

Wow. This is one heck of a storm. Yesterday about 100 cars got stranded between Snow Valley and Big Bear Dam. Today, I'm hearing that Valley of Enchantment's mobile home park is being washed away. And *everywhere* I keep hearing the worst is yet to come. Tonight the snow level is supposed to drop to 4,000 ft (about 1300 ft lower than us)

Friend's are being flooded in their homes. One's basement, another has water seeping up her bottom floor. Luckily we haven't had a single drop come inside. Quite amusing since the two leaks I *know* of aren't leaking. I figure they've been healed ;) (wood swelled?) One dog doesn't want to come inside (Solo) and the other doesn't want to go out (Leo). And drum drum drum on the roof goes the rain.

I have been able to find a couple neat things though. Sean wrote me a program to have up-to-date weather alerts. And I have found a little something else for weather. Plus there is a local scanner online.

We're pretty well hunkered down with plenty food and everything buttoned up around. Everything outside (including vehicles) have been brought in (actually months ago). Water is all flowing away from the house not INTO it. (yikes) I'm going stir crazy wanting to be out in it HA.

I'm waiting to watch my favorite program on tv this evening : Extreme Makeover Home Edition :D

January 08, 2005

Solo's Birthday!

Had to do an entry for today. Today SoloDancer is 6 years old :) Happy Birthday little guy!!

January 07, 2005

Snow and Rains

Of Biblical proportions? It's amazing! 20" of precipitation due over several days. It started to snow early Friday. And wouldn't you know it we HAD to get to town to mail a package. So off we went!

Grass Valley Lake. It had frozen the day before. Then it snowed on top. Neat effect!

The road through Agua Fria on our way to Blue Jay.

January 06, 2005

Kind of sad

I'm not sure if this is "personal" or "local mountains" related. But it *is* an observation of mine. And I am a bit saddened over it.

It seems like people have become so bitter and angry lately. I'm quite saddened by it. I love these mountains and communities. That being said, it feels like as soon as you get one bitter minded person in the mix, the whole place goes to hell in complaining and whining.

I am finding that I am happier putting these discussions out of my line of sight. At least for while. Maybe it's just cabin fever on their part? Maybe people really are mean spirited. Who's to say? I just know I don't want to become like that. I tend to mimic what's around me, so leaving 'pity parties' are my best path.

It's so sad though. People come here because of the way it is. Then the first thing they want to do is change it. And bitch about what they already knew. YES. IT SNOWS HERE. And all the rest. Bah. I'm getting bitter. I'm going for a walk.

January 05, 2005

Hike to Splinter's Cabin

Here are some pictures from the Splinter's Cabin hike. It was a very nice hike. I'm thinking of doing it again once the weather turns warm. Probably springtime. When the wild iris are in bloom.

Burned out tree on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Moon rising between trees.

January 04, 2005


Leo is incredibly cute. I love this picture of him. I can just see him with rainbow colored fairy wings. :D

January 03, 2005

Happy New Year!!

Here's to a safe and happy 2005!

During the last two weeks of 2004 several sad things happened. Of course, first and foremost being the tsunami and earthquake. As of today, I believe the count is 150,000 killed.

On a more personal note, my mobo fried so I was offline during the repair of my computer.

The day after that happened I broke a tooth :yikes:

The day after that I swore to stay in bed with the covers over my head. Instead, I went to the post office and got two fantastic things. First, a great card from my mom. THANKS MOM!!!!! :HUGS: And the other piece of mail was notificiation I was placed into the eligibility list in the first score range (95-100%) for a "Library Page" opening at my local library. WOOT!

Another web site concerning the Mountain Communities of the San Bernardino mountains. Thank you for visiting :o)

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