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December I0, 2014 My Thoughts by Michele Harvey Services Little People ,I 2'li ,1 ,,ave e,s o, ranoc,,,orenmy one ,s 0rown a n0 ,,v,n0 o u, o, sta,e ,-.e,r mother..,ep-,,aoo.te, an,,, never ha.,a c,o e 17:':* .......... ..... ! relationship. Because of our lack of closeness, I seldom spent time I. Complete Fa~~~"~ ,~-J"~-r-- -'--~.~rL~~'t~l~ ~' Haold K ~ck-MD with her 3 children as they grew up. I. Monthly" Cardiology Blake A W lie DO These days I am enjoying my second set of grandchildren very . . y , much. My son Thomas lives next to us with his 3 children, ages 3, 4, . .... / N ..... I Dzgltal X-ray Lab Services wi,h c ..... , M,,,c,J, and 5. These happy, little people bring a lot of joy into my life. I Daily Borrelzo Pharmacv D elivery k Commu. nityHealth .. When they know I m coming their way, they burst out of their house '. ". - > . 2',',';,o7:L%i72:,'" Behavioral Health (Smart are) giggling and chattering. Though they have battles between them, the I '~!~ FtnancialAssist .... Available, problems seldom show up when I m with them. Often when I drive Monday-Friday 8-5 pm 760-765-1223 home from work, at least one of them runs to my car and gives me a hug as soon as I open my door. I have yet to have a moment to use a ' Julian Clinic phrase that my Mom used from time to time. She sometimes said to Specialists I one of her 7 grandchildren "Go tell your mother that she's calling you." I Cardiology, Joseph Schwartz, Md Tuesdays I drive to Ramona to deliver copies of The Julian News I Women's Health, Unneetha Pruitt, Cnp, Obgyn to retailers in Ramona. Thomas and the boys often go with me. We usually leave at the same time each week, so if they are ready to go, they run to my house and knock on my front door. When I open it, Nate, I Please Call For Appointment 760-765-1223 the 4 year old tells me that "It's time to deliver newspapers." This past ~~)intmenL week I witnessed a typical converstion between young brothers. Nate jmlan Lnlropracnc _ J,,s, C()me said "Okay." Ronnie said "Don'! talk to me." Nate said "Okay." Then 1455 Hollow Glen Road ~ ......... s,,,,,~,,,,,~ ' Ronnie said "Don't talk to me. They repeated this 5 times before OFFICE IIOURS: Monday 6:30-8am .pl ' { /3h..I,, I intervened, telling Nate not to talk to Ronnie. It reminded me of a Tues & Thurs 8am-Noon a,id 2pm-6pm t....I Jr E/,y scene in an episode of the TV series M*A*S*H*. n.J. told Hawkeye Fridays 8am - Noon I [ $30e O0 760-765-3456' ' that he always had to get in the last word. Hawkeye then said liNeI Now Availahh, I ~,~ Aiso Available B don't." Cert(fiedAnimal g~l~, 35165 Highway :ii i Twice each month we all drive to our San Diego County library A,fiu.,'a,,v parking lot where we volunteer for Feed ng America. Once again I " ]1"1 . OFFICE HOURS: Me \,v.... ........... Sunshine Su STEVEN BURGARD, CMT CERTIFIED MASSAGE THERAPIST TUESDAY 8,: THURSDAY BY APPOINTMENT PHONE: (760) 765- 1576 2216 MAIN STREET, JULIAN STEVEN BURGARD306@GMAIL.COM CERTIFICATE# 55390 MEMBER ID# 1067091 Veterans %-- Sharing With // ' /J f-'%-U !iiilii!i!!i!! ........... Mrs. Younce's and Mrs. Cirillo's kiddos made Christmas cards for Vets who are in the hospital and are unable to be home with their families hear the knock on my front door. When I open it, 4 year old Nate and his 3 year old. brother Ronnie tell me that "It's time to Feed America." This is just like newspaper delivery day. I look forward to these knocks on my door from my little people. Aryana, my 5 year old granddaughter is in early start kindergarten at Julian Elementary School. My husband, known to the grandchildren as Grandpa Mike, drives Aryana to school each day. Together they read the road signs, (five, five, fifty-five. Two, five, twenty-five.) They count to 100 in English, they count to ten in Spanish andAryana sings most of the way to school. She is nearly always in a good mood when they drive to school. However, if she sees cows she likes the drive even more. Ronnie is what I call my little parrot. He seldom forgets what people say to him and he pays attention to things that are said in his presence. Until I had daily conversations with Ronnie, I wouldn't have imagined a 3 year old, wishing me a safe drive or a good day at work. When he discovered that I made pies for their Thanksgiving dinner, Ronnie thanked me for the entire family, one by one. "Thank you Grandma for making me pies. Thank you Grandma for making pies for Nate. Thank you Grandma for making pies for Big Thomas. (His name for my son.)" This went on until the entire family was named. Nate has his own logic. When we are on our way to Ramona, he likes to say where he would like to eat lunch. His way of telling us is 'Tve decided we should go to..." usually McDonald's or Jack in the Box. Ronnie's way of saying where he wants to eat lunch is to say something like "1 like chicken!" Nate puts a lot of thought into the things he says. Ronnie tends to be more spontaneous. This causes problems when they both want to express themselves at the same time. The kinds of problems that come about give their dad and me plenty to laugh at. My mother was in many ways the perfect doting Grandma. She was strict about behavior and also lenient about snacks. When I had given birth to my son Robert, Mom picked my daughter up from school each day for a week or so. Before coming home, they went grocery shopping and stopped at Baskin Robbins for an ice cream cone. Ice cream 5 days a week. Dawnelle had a real shock when Grandma quit picking her up from school. Mom didn't stop for ice cream, not even once. Though I love them and dote on them in my own way, I don't stop for snacks for my own grandchildren, unless they have been exceptionally good for longer than expected. Rather than snacks, when we go to Ramona, their dad and I treat good behavior by letting them choose 2 toys at Ramona's Food and Clothes Closet. This thrift store on Main Street in Ramona has a shallow bin filled with cheap toys. At 19 cents each, we can afford to reward their good behavior with 2 toys. These toys often keep the boys occupied through most of our day trip. Mom was such a good Grandma that she reserved my children during football season. My husband (since deceased) and I had season tickets for the Charger games. In early June my Mom asked if she could watch the children for us while we were at the games. Though my birthday is in November, one year she gave me a new television in August for my birthday. She didn't like watching the Charger games on our television each week while caring for the children, so she made sure that our TV was up to her standards. The new one had richer color. This past week we received about 2" of rain. Thomas told me that the boys had a wonderful time splashing in all the puddles they could find in our yard. At one point Nate took his rubber boot off and poured out what seemed like a quart of water. Thomas asked him if he had water in his other boot. Nate wiggled his toes, and then said "Yes." I remember a time, well over 20 years ago when Thomas and his brother Robert played in the snow in our yard. When my boys and their friends got wet and cold, they wrung out the liners of their snow boots, threw their wet clothes in my dryer and drank a cup of hot cocoa. When they were warm and dry, they threw on their clothes and boots and rushed outside to have more fun. Like father, like sons. I have so much fun hanging out with my little people. I don't have the patience to spend as much time with them as my mother would have, yet I enjoy all the time I can hav.e with them. I love living next door to my little people. These are my thoughts The Spats ' by Jeff Pickerin I [HAPPYAI,I,IVI AI II II /'reYou\ --=" I IHAPWNRTHDAYANDI I1~- II l, NEXTYEAR. ) ~1 I \ t~ CH~Cr~A~; J I1~, .- II "-.--,~ ~1 I III II I,~ '~~11!~ ~?11~,, ~-~~1 Adult Holiday Crafts At The Library Come make lovely and fun cards and gift cardholders (photo right). This craft will be led my Mary Morgan who is an extraordinary card maker. This will be held on Thursday, December 11 at 2:30 pm in the library's community room. All materials will be supplied including unique paper, stamp, ink and embellishments to create unique, one of a kind designs for your holiday cards. As Mary's gift to you, she will stay as long as you need to complete your card-making - within library hours. If you have not come to one of the card making sessions, this is a valuable opportunity for you! The Julian News 5 i~ 92036 WE 8690A - Safely Hydroplaning is big in Eastern Carolina (or, for those of you who may not be clued in to Eastern Carolina terminology, Eastern North Carolina along the coast) because, well, there's always a lot of water. With an average rainfall of 54 inches a year what can you expect? Hydroplaning isn't something we talk about a lot in Southern California. For one thing, our average rainfall even when we get it is much lower. For another, most of our roads aren't fiat and water runs off pretty fast although...sometimes...not fast enough. So those of us who live in Southern California might well ask, "What in heaven's name is hydroplaning?" Well, go to the source, Wikipedia which calls it (unlike in East Carolina) "aquaplaning": "Aquaplaning occurs when a tire encounters more water than it can dissipate. Water pressure in front of the wheel forces a wedge of water under -the leading edge of the tire, cauNng it to lift from the road. The tire then skates on a sheet of water with little, if any, direct road contact, and loss of control results. If multiple tires aquaplane, the vehicle may lose directional control and slide until it either collides with an obstacle, or slows enough that one or more tires contact the road again and friction is regained." A few weeks ago, headed toward San Diego in an unusual drizzle, we were going down the long grade on 67 into Lakeside when, quelle horreur, there was a car with its nose in the median rail. On our side of the road. Blocki'ng our lane. Fortunately, there was no one in the other lane because when we stepped on the brake we felt nothing but slippery slither underneath. We were SLIDING down the miserable grade. BUT, reverting to Lessons Learned in East Carolina we automatically took the old heavy foot off of the brake and thought, "OMG, we're, hydroplaning. In California. Has anything stranger ever happened?" The car slid but slowed enough that the water no longer formed that little surfboard under the wheels and we drove more slowly thereafter, at least for half a minute. Therefore and with (maybe if we're lucky) snow season coming up, let us pass along Lessons Learned in East Carolina and Bucharest (which is almost as foreign as Down County in East Carolina but not quite but had lots of snow and ice): 1. If the road is wet and you suddenly feel you are on ice skates,. take your foot off the gas. Do NOT step on the brake. Let the car slow by itself. If you happen to be heading dowward on a very steep grade, pray. 2. If you are in snow or mud and your car starts to slide, note where the rear end is going and TURN TOWARD IT. Keep the old foot NEAR or ON the gas, hovering above it if downhill, medium pressure if on the level, heavy if up. Do NOT brake. safely and enjoy the weather. Let's hope we have a lot of it.