Monday, December 14, 2009
I was very impressed that our town did come out on such a dreary day to support the great efforts by those that participated in the parade. It's times like that when I know that I have made a good choice in making Pomona my home.....well, sort of anyways.
As soon as I hear the tap, tap of hammers I'll know I'm getting close to HOME again.
ps...great to finally meet the Goddess of Pomona!!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tomorrow at 4:30 in the Council Chambers the children that raised money and awareness through their lemonade stand this past summer for the fire victims on Garey will be recognized by the City.
They are awesome and if you can make it....we would love to see you. Hey Ren! Bring your cameras!
Who has driven down Holt or Mission lately and seen the disgusting amount of hand painted signs hammered into living trees? Signs harking store vendors wares or foot massages? And sandwich boards are just plain out of control. What the hell is that all about?
Now I do know that we have a Code Enforcement Dept...or thought we had. And I'm very aware that i now possess one of the biggest eye sores in Pomona, but I'm working on it. What twists my last nerve is when they hammer signs into trees. Just plain ignorant and uneducated. What can we do?? Anyone care to raise their hands on this one??
Where's George?? Kinda like trying to find Waldo. Come out and play George!! I feel so alone out here.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
It pleases me that Pomona is doing this.
Can you believe that Thanksgiving is almost here??? Anyone got any great Thanksgiving recipes to share??
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Yesterday I had a chance to run into him at our stupid, stupid polling place for distrist 1. Who the hell is the monkey at that key board that changed our polling site from the Baptist Church to someplace down a dead end street in an apartment complex that has a locked gate (and yes people had to wait for someone to unlock it at times). There was NO, NO parking. Not only that...there were no flags at the end of the street indicating that there was a polling place near by. The only indication that there might be a polling place around were all the signs for Rothman and Perlman lining both sides of the street. Hey...isn't there something about not having those signs so close to a polling site??? Hmmmmm.
In any event, I ran into George and ranted on him. No argument there. So a call to the LA registrar's office is in the loop. Waiting for a reply as to what idiot made that decision. I really think that it just might have impacted voting in District 1. Ya think?
Just another reason for me to have a bad day. I love to vote and love my right to vote. Why does someone have to mess with that??
So for me the bright spot yesterday was running into George. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. At least I knew I had a council man when he was on the board. I HEART YOU GEORGE HUNTER...please come back!!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
I am 1/2 Latina. My first language was not English. But because I was educated by my immigrant grandparents that I must obey laws, I today have a valid driver's license, my car is insured and registered. My passengers are buckled up and if they are littles, they are in the car seat. I also understand that if I drink and drive...I just might be breaking the law. So guess what? I don't drink and drive. How do I know all of this?? Because I'm just a raving beauty? Awww...that would be a no. I do believe that I know all of this, because I was educated to these very important facts. At a very early age education has been an important part of life for me.
These rules that we live by are necessary for our survival. They are in place for all who want to take advantage of this wonderful society we call America. It matters not what color our skin, our choice of religion, or language that we speak. What does matter to me is that we have a system in place to protect me and my family. A system in place that is there to protect you and yours.
We will achieve nothing by waving warning placards or making videos. If any group feels so strong that checkpoints are there only to discriminate against certain ethnic populations, perhaps all that strong energy could be channeled in a more positive way. Educate, reach out and educate. The more you educate about our legislated laws, the less in jeopardy they will place themselves.
Get one of the churches to have a table or booth at the checkpoints for those that find themselves without transportation home and provide that transportation for them.
When I clean up my property the morning after one of these checkpoints and I see the beer bottles that have been flung up against my fence, and find drugs in my bushes...I do get really mad. But I also find comfort in knowing that just maybe that person or persons did not continue on their way that night and harm someone or someones child.
Wednesday was a little enlightening for me. I really liked what Adrienne Konigar-Macklin had to say. She seemed to be right on her game as well as Hank Mollet. I like Hank. I introduced myself after the meeing and had a chance to chat with him in the parking lot for a while.
Absent from the meeting was Robert Torres and also Jason Rothman. I would have liked to hear what they had to say. I would also like to know since they are Pomona kids, what schools they attended.
One of the questions asked that evening of the candidates is the issue of the achievement gap within our district. Y'all know how I feel about this issue. I am so totally not impressed with a candidate that states that parents should be given more opportunity to send their children to other schools. Let's not take care of the problem...let's just do more busing. Wake up Wong.
Ms. Konigar-Macklin introduced me to Maria Garcia who is a liason between the district and parent leads who pass on important information to other parents at their school. Ms. Garcia attached a schedule for H1N1 free vaccinations that are being given at the Bunny Clinc. The clinic is located at 200 E. 7th Street in Pomona. Vaccines will be provided during the regular clinic hours of Tuesdays 1:30-6:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 1:30-3:30 p.m. I do hope we can get this information out to as many as need be.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Throwing the responsiblility back into the laps of parents as to motivating their children when upwards to 50% of them haven't even finished high school themselves is insane. Pomona school rankings & API Scores The education ship in our district is sinking folks. How can we help these kids when the teachers and parents need so much help themselves.
I suck at math and I have a college degree. So how do I help with Algebra?? The last time I studied for Algebra and Geometry was to cram for the CBEST and I prayed through the whole thing. Our kids are getting Algebra in 7th grade now. Lucky for Lizzie that she was able to get tutoring every morning last year from her Algebra teacher. But, she had to get up extra early for the whole year and get to school an hour early every day. God Bless Mr. Tim over at Lorbeer. Last week she got her progress report and there was an A+ in Algebra.
Credit recovery programs are helpful, but this is after the fact. If we can't take care of these kids on the elementary/middle school levels, they are certain to be candidates for a credit recovery program once they start to fail on the high school level because we have let them down.
What I want to hear is how we can get Lincoln, Lopez, Kingsley, Madison, etc. which all have ranks of 1, 2 or 3 up to the rank of Decker (rank 8) and Ranch Hills Elementary with a rank of 10. How do schools here in MY neighborhood such as Palomares Middle school (rank 1) get to the level of Lorbeer Middle school with a rank of 10. How do we get Garey HS (rank 3), Ganesha (rank 2) with Diamond Ranch which has a rank of 9 and is also listed along with Village Academy as one of the top 500 high schools in the United States. What can we do for the parents of these kids that have to struggle in this depressed economy, so that they can motivate their children? What do we do for the kids that want to attend these higher ranking schools but can't get lucky enough in the lottery? And why do we have to even think about busing them when we should able to offer them the same opportunity here in our neighborhood. Do we just keep handing out bandaids when they start dropping out??
I know the state is out of money and that our schools have been stripped naked. It was very painful to watch really great teachers having to fear for their jobs earlier this year. I wish I had a wand to wave over the whole place...because I really feel deeply about our children and that they should each and every one of them be entitled to a very rich education. My hat is off to all our teachers that have had their hands tied by this sorry state of affairs we are living with in California.
So candidates....let's put some meat into this. Dazzle me. The Diva needs to be dazzled.
The event was not without note. One of the vendors had some valuable jewelry stolen. My concern being that the same person that helped themselves was also going to tour the houses. Let's hope all went well. What a sleazy thing to do.
There's a big smile on my face as the construction of my little shed nears completion. A place where I can actually once again have a space of my own to work. Being a true Yankee, I bartered the Pomona Queen necklace that I had made for Sunday to Dawn, who in turn is going to fill my window boxes full of herbs and wonderful stuff. Color me sooooo happy.
I didn't have a chance to blog after that rain last week, but meant too (the road to hell being paved with.....) I opened the trailer door to find that I now had beach front property!! Visions of cabanas with women reclining in chaise lounges wearing big floppy hats and sipping drinks with tiny umbrellas danced in my head. I considered it do-able until the next day when the whole damn thing dried up. Pomona Beach was such a loverly little dream. I think that when the dozers arrive, they had better not leave me alone with one....Pomona Beach....hmmmmmmm.
If y'all happen to be driving through Diamond Bar and are at the corner of Golden Springs and Diamond Bar Blvd...and if you happen to glance up at the Lorbeer bulletin board...yes that is my Elizabeth who made student of the week again. That girl does make me proud considering that all she was able to salvage from the fire was her Bible, her green violin, her journal and her teddy bear. Awwwww sweet youth.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Today is the Herb Fest and although there is much work to do here, I'll be popping through the fence.
As for the projects here...that grand old cottage is finally gone. In it's place will be an equally charming cottage, but without the wonderfulness that the 1887 cottage had. I'm trying to be very positive here! There's just only so much one can do when you can't replace that which was irreplaceable
Any day now one should be able to see some positive flow around here. Perhaps even the sound of a hammer or too. All in good time. There are just so many hoops to jump through...and someone keeps holding them higher. Lend me a ladder for the next one...lost mine in the fire.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Something exciting to add...the knitting group is starting up again! We will have a Sunday late afternoon barbeque and then a knit along here at "Camp Pomona" at the rear of 823 N. Garey. Anyone wanting to join in, just bring along some yarn and needles...or your latest project. This is the first time the group has been together since the fire. Nice to get back to something called "normal"?
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Who's that little guy that walks around in the comic strips with a cloud over this head?? The name escapes me. But I think that's what I've morphed into.
Mr. Wonderful had to take my car to the car doctor as the computer finally quit...too much smoke inhalation I suspect. (I'm sure you have seen me tooling around town in "Grace". The SUV with all the writing on it. ) At the same time he had the "Dali" taillight fixed and new wipers put on. Sometime during the 3 days that it took...someone ripped off my GPS...the nerve!! And of course, no one knows anything about it. So now if you see me driving aimlessly around town, just stop and point me in the right direction. I'm really harmless. WAAAAAAAAA!!
I've survived the Mitzie thing, and she is doing well. Barking once again...which is nice to hear. So Saturday I delved into making my "Pommes de Pomona Diva" out in the backyard inferno, trying to beat the raising heat level. Goddess of Garey had to sadly withdraw as she had duty at the Garden. I poured the potato dish into one of those aluminium pans and ran downtown to support the event being held at Tibi's. Feeling quite the accomplished person, I pulled up out front, opened the back hatch, and proceed to dump almost the whole pan onto 3rd street. WAAAAAAAAAAAAA! Managed to salvage about 1/4 which was still in the pan. It was nice to see that at least 6 others had brought in their dishes. A really unique presentation from the Pomona Bakery....Potato Lollipops.... you had to be there.
When the Goddess of Garey came to visit in the afternoon she brought the offering of a ticket to the Opera!!!! I was so elated! Of course I will go with you. So very excited. Until midnight, while the flu fairy came to visit me. Nasty. But Olympia did come by today and said that it was great. Bravo Fox!! I envy all that were able to attend. WAAAAAAAAAAA!
Thank Goodness that week is over!
Friday, August 28, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Mitzi is home and mending quite nicely. We thank Dr. Choi the dentist across the street for taking her to his vet in Glendora. He found her wrapped in a black plastic trash bag in his parking lot. She was all bloody and at first he thought she had been shot. Dr. Parks of West Foothill Animal Hospital said she had vicious dog bites that tore a huge hole in her side. She is lapping up the huge amount of attention that she's getting. Many stitches and a drain tube that will be removed this Saturday. Thank you all for the concern. Her dog tag was still on her and that's how we were able to get her back. Whoever did have her at least brought her back to her neighborhood.
Had an accident in front of the house this morning. No one was hurt in the 3 car accident but plenty shook up. After 10 minutes of waiting for the 911 response, I finally called the dispatch desk. Minutes later 2 officers glidded up on their shiny bikes...gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling all over. There has to be something wrong with my area and emergency response time. YA THINK?? Fred was last seen walking towards his empty lot, shaking his head and muttering "it must be in our water".
Speaking of the Van Allen's and The Garden. There seemed to be a fair amount of activity there this past Saturday for the Tomato Tasting. I went over and did some tasting...my fav was the Amana Orange tomato....yummy, yummy. I don't know if it came from Amy's Garden, so I'll find out tomorrow night at the Organic Marketplace in Claremont...at the Packing House. Hint..hint. Sorry John, no beer tasting for moi. So in my place, I'll be sending the Goddess of Garey Ave., Olympia. Please be mindful of her presence.
Starting back teaching on Thursday. (wwwww...remembering the autumn days of my childhood in New England. Crisp fall days, cider in the air. Dream on Pammy girl.) Anyone interested in knitting or crochet lessons?? Every Thursday morning at the Diamond Bar Center on Grand Ave., Diamond Bar. Older adult education through Mt. Sac. Everyone over 18 is welcome to enroll...all is free. You can enroll on line or just come and I'll do it for you.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
While attending the services, Larry had been trying to call me to let me know that our dog had been found. She was found in Glendora. A man called Larry (her tags were still on) and said that he saw someone throw her out of a car. He took the dog to a Vet nearby. She was in very bad shape. She had a large cut on her stomach and was pretty badly beaten up and in shock. The vet said that he thought he could save her and of course Larry told him to do what he could to save her. We will going up to bring her home today. Now this is where I cannot put into words the type of a creature that would treat a poor helpless animal like she was treated. I have great faith that one of these days someone is going to let me know who did this...and on that day I will pounce like a python on them. People like that are so stupid that they have to brag about things like this, and I have a deep deep feeling that this person lives locally. I will find you...maybe not today...but I will find you and when I do I will be happy to play fetch with you...my way. I am off to get my dog.
I almost forgot to add that today is TOMATO DAY at The Garden. The Goddess Olympia should be there. If you don't know Olympia, please make it a point to meet her. An outstanding person and also one of the knitters. A dedicated Vegan who respects the fact that I am a carnivore and manages now to only roll her eyes half of the time. I miss my days of leaning out the cottage window and chatting it up while she was watering away in the garden. Those days shall return darling, trust me.
Off to bring Mitzie home...caio
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I want to share a most wonderful thing that has recently happened and maybe some read about it last weeks in DB. 20 wonderful children in La Verne, ages 3 to 15, organized and held a "Lemonade" stand last Saturday. They did this to raise funds for the 2 families that lost their homes in the fire on 7/ll.
Now kids today just don't get enough applause or recognition when they do something so wonderful. These super children raised over $1,000...can you imagine that? I have tears in my eyes again when I think of this awesome feat.
I have called both City Council offices in La Verne and also Pomona in hopes that someone will pick up the ball and perhaps recognize them for their superior act of kindness.
On a more somber note...our black Scottie is missing. And someone here has her. They called Larry, phone number was on her tag, asking for a reward...but before we could make arrangements to pick her up they hung up. It was a blocked number and therefore a deadend. I am devastated that someone would be so cruel and not return her. So...it is a breed of dog not often seen in these parts..so please keep eyes out for her..we miss her and need her back. This happened on 8/18 and we have never had a call back. She can't be far, as she had been in the yard 15 minutes earlier.
Monday, August 3, 2009
I knew that we were finally on the road to comeback when Larry jumped on one of the only things left, his riding mower and I saw him head off to tackle the front lawn. It really did my heart good.
Looks like tomorrow is move back to Garey Ave. day. Our gracious friends Patti and Robert Hayes have lent us "Ms. Opal"...a most divine 5th wheel trailer to live in during the rebuild. It looks like a long term "camp out" for moi.
Hopefully we can get a temporary fence up this weekend and I can get the dogs back home. I haven't had a chance to stop by and thank Johanna for coming to my rescue the night of the fire and keeping the girls for a few days. That was such a grand jesture. I cannot thank you enough. Just one of the many wonderful people that came to our rescue.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Yes, we have found my things that have been to precious to us....pictures, birth certificates, jewelry. But the most precious thing that I found in the fire is the heart and soul and love and unity of this wonderful city call Pomona.
You are all so precious to us and we thank you from the deepest part of our hearts. Thank you for being there for all of us, thank you for your hugs and tears, thank you for being the city I never want to leave.
I am so proud of you.
God Bless you all.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
3 dump truck loads from the house alone. I think we were able to salvage 5 or 6 pieces of furniture. I have advanced to the "numb" state as I walk through the empty house hopeful that the wood will dry nicely and and not swell further. We are amazed that so many pictures and bibles were saved...things that dated pre civil war. Larry is a descendant of Patrick Henry. I have the certificate from 1998 when the house was on the Heritage tour...a little wet around the edges.
During the years many alterations were done to the interior of the house and it's wonderful to see the pillars that were covered up when the sleep porch was enclosed. So through all of this there are bright moments.
Today the trees that were destroyed are coming down. The rest we are hopeful will survive.
Thank you Meg for mentioning the bureaus/dressers. We have piles of donated clothing and no where to put it. I am going to try to sort through some of it today.
When I look at the backyard, which will be totally baren when all the clean up is done, I would like to make the land available for a community garden. I would like that very much.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
The morning is the hardest when I wake up and realize that I cannot make a cup of coffee and sit at my computer overlooking the garden. There is no where I would rather be than Pomona.
The help is needed most at Dawn's right now with the plants. Saturday is our clean up day. We thank so much those that have brought clothes and food. We are telling everyone who wants to help to go to the Dawn's house next door in the back yard. Food and water to help the volunteers is very welcome. We love you all and ask to keep us all in your prayers.
Monday, July 13, 2009
We feel that the downstairs can be saved and the upstairs rebuilt. The cottage is a complete loss and everything behind it.
The lawn in our yarn was mowed that morning by Larry, but the vacant lot behind Dawn's and our house was at least 2 to 3 feet high with dried grass. It is a sad note.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Yes, we are very upset with the fire department. THOSE HOUSES COULD HAVE BEEN SAVED. Therein lies the tragedy. The deep grief in my heart is having to bury my pets that could have been saved. The children are fine, we are fine. Dawn and Fred are terrific. Those that brought food and clothes and shared in our tears are priceless friends and neighbors. And we all thank you.
We lost the cottage that our yarn shop was in that was built in 1887 and the roof and top floor of the main house is gone. We will know tomorrow whether or not we will be able to rebuild. Sadly Dawn's house has been red tagged. My heart is so sad for her and Fred. I have no idea what the Lord has in store for us, but my deep faith in Him is strong. We live in Pomona...and we have a hell of a town!!
Thank you all again for your prayers.
Friday, January 9, 2009
O.K. So I've been lazy and haven't written a thought lately. As my dear French Grandmere used to say, "If you haven't got anything good to say, then shut up". It always sounded better in French.
So here we are at last, 2009. What do we do with it? Gas prices are starting to climb again, 1/2 million jobs were lost in December, and I listened this morning with great anticipation to our very refined new President Elect. Is he or isn't he? Will he or won't he? Does he or doesn't he? Can he or can't he? My head hurts. But truly, it's so refreshing to listen to someone intelligent speak. (Is potato still spelled with an "e"?) I'm still trying to get over Bush with the "deer in the headlights" look on 9/11. Still, I'm just so damn hopeful, and I find this very scary at my age.
So with the kiddies back at school - oh, before I forget - High Five to our 2 Pomona High Schools as being among the top 500 High Schools in America. BRAVO!! That would be Valley View and Diamond Ranch. Makes your heart proud. The Daily Bulletin had a little mention last December. I would have headlined it, but then, that's me.
Almost forgot - so with the kiddies back in school I decided to treat myself to a quiet breakfast alone with my new iphone. I remembered seeing a little restaurant (looking very out of place) tucked into an industrial park on Holt. Although it was only a brief glance, I mentally noted it at the time. So little restaurant looking out of place, let's see what's up. Sweet surprise. Love, love, sweet surprises. New (last May) small and very friendly. Although advertised as a Walnut address, it's actually a Pomona business. This is the kind of place I would love to have down here much more locally situated. The kind of place I always envisioned on 2ND St. The menu is not big, but simple and direct. I had the Bacon, Spinach, Cheddar Omelet with Hash Browns. Great and wonderful - the coffee bar is the treat. One of the owners, Obie (charming, charming) brewed for me a carafe of Nicaraguan coffee. They carry blends from all of the world. I know it hurt when I added cream and sweetener, but that's the Diva for ya. This was more than I could eat - 1/2 would have served me well.
If you are looking for Chicken Fried Steak and Biscuits and Gravy - this ain't the place honey. They cater mostly to the Cal Poly Students and the businesses around, but I loved the atmosphere and the friendliness - that counts very high for me. So Obie and all - good luck, and I will see you again soon. The Sugar Rush Cafe rates 5 stars and you can visit their website at www.cafesugarrush.com
I have to make mention that I highly agree with the Goddess on the Pomona Post Office. What a joke. Now don't get me wrong, I love my postman. He's just great and friendly, but that post office staff over on Monterey needs a huge attitude adjustment. I doubt I have ever encountered a bigger bunch of miserable looking employees. (Oh great, they will stop my mail delivery now). The lines are longer than at the DMV and there is usually only 1 or 2 windows open at the busiest time of the day. And then someone who had toooooo much time on their hand, decided to move the drop off mail box off Monterey into the parking lot. An accident waiting to happen.
I ran in a couple of weeks ago (line was out into the lobby) and quickly discovered that the stamp machine that dispenses singles was out of order. Just then a man came out wheeling a cart with stamps and started to fill the other machine that only dispenses "sets". Since I only needed 1 lousy, miserable, single stamp - I asked if I could buy just one from him. I guess that was a "pay grade higher" because he pointed to the line that was now out the door, and said he just couldn't do that. Screw your long line. I drove down to the Fedex station near Starbucks and they were more than happy to sell me one stamp and to mail the letter for me. Yes, the Diva can get very irritated.
Anyone going to the grand opening of the Saturday night Farmers Market?? This just might be interesting.
Until next time,