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Hometown: Texas
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Current location: Liberal household in the BLUE State of Arizona
Member since: Mon Dec 21, 2020, 05:17 PM
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About Me

Hi. My hubby and I are born and raised in N. Texas. Retired now in Arizona, we both post under this username. (He is the wordy one). Daily reading here for many years. We love DU and the diversified group of folks. We finally decided to join the discussion. Oh, and the song Harvest Moon by Neil Young is "our song". We thought it made a fitting handle.

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Harvest Moon by Neil Young

Mrs. Moon and I thought we would post up this song in celebration of our name change. Formerly LazySusanNot we are now HarvestMoon. It's "our song" but we are willing to share. Enjoy!


Are you one of several million under a "Boil Order" for your drinking water?

I talked to my Octogenarian folks this morning in N. Texas. They are doing much better. They are under a new boil order for their water supply and my Dad is not sure what to do during or after it ends. A quick DuckDuckGo search on "what to do during and after a boil order" brought up a lot good info. I recommend doing your own search to see if there is specific information that pertains to your area or your circumstances. I thought this "heads up" warning might help somebody out there.

There’s a lot to do both during and specific steps to take after the boil order ends. This post is not intended to cover any of that. It is more to make people aware of potential health hazards when drinking water supplies have been disrupted. The CDC has published guidelines on their website.

Boil Water Advisory

"If your local health authorities issue a boil water advisory, you should use bottled water or boil tap water because your community’s water is, or could be, contaminated with germs that can make you sick."

"Advisories may include information about preparing food, beverages, or ice; dishwashing; and hygiene, such as brushing teeth and bathing. Standard recommendations usually include this advice:"

(More at Link)

Tips for surviving inside your cold house

My family and several friends live in the Dallas Ft. Worth, Texas area. Watching a WFAA TV News feed this morning they had a short interview with Chrystal Smith from the local American Red Cross. She offered a few tips for conserving heat energy inside your home. Thought this might help someone out there in the extreme chill this AM.

(1) Shut all doors in your home and place towels under each door to conserve heat energy
(2) Wear loose fitting clothing and lots of layers
(3) All people in one room

She also said that several Warming Centers had been opened providing cots, blankets, water and snacks. Check your County Website or with the American Red Cross for more information.

These are just 3 tips that can help and I'm sure there are more. Hoping others hear have helpful and practical suggestions or experience to share. Also, check on elderly neighbors and others who may need assistance right now. Many are without power or heat trying to get through this dangerous and historical weather event.

EDITED TO ADD:I posted this today for 2 reasons. First was to make ideas and suggestions available to those who could immediately put them to work. It did that.

Second was to get ideas on this subject for my afternoon phone call today with my Senior parents in DFW. They are doing fine and are safe tonight!

I thank everyone who responded. Another fine example of the kind and resourceful people here on DU. If these types of posts (from this one and others) have helped even one person be a little warmer, or a little less afraid or even just a little bit safer, then it has been worth everyone’s effort!
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EDIT 2: Here's another link to a similar and helpful thread by Peacetrain earlier today. Thank You!:

Good ideas to share with all the DU'er's stuck in the freeze zone.
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CO poisoning is entirely preventable. Protect yourself and your family by learning the symptoms of CO poisoning and how to prevent it.

“Never run a motor vehicle, generator, pressure washer, or any gasoline-powered engine less than 20 feet from an open window, door, or vent where exhaust can vent into an enclosed area.”

“Never use a charcoal grill, hibachi, lantern, or portable camping stove inside a home, tent, or camper.”

“Never run a generator, pressure washer, or any gasoline-powered engine inside a basement, garage, or other enclosed structure, even if the doors or windows are open.”

More at link:

Another link at the CDC to their "Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Website" with more information.
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There were LOTS of Posts in the last couple of days (not referenced here) with helpful info and experiences from other DU'er's. Search them out and stay warm out there!

Officials pleasantly surprised when DHHS NDMS team shows up to help vaccinate Pinal County Arizona

Feb 8th update from the Pinal County, Arizona Public Health Website

“Pinal County Public Health was pleasantly surprised when 9 Federal professionals along with their Deputy Commander arrived in Pinal County last night from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, National Disaster Medical System (NDMS).”

“They brought a compliment of physicians, paramedics, registered nurses and pharmacists whose mission is to assist our county with vaccination efforts. The federal team was up and running today - vaccinating with public health and some of our community partners. We are not sure how long they will be with our teams. Before you ask…they do not bring vaccines with them – they serve strictly as vaccinators. We are extremely grateful for their service here in Pinal County.”


I’ve been checking our County Health Website several times a day to see if we can set appointments for our vaccinations. Saw this update from the Pinal County Public Health site for Feb. 8th talking about the arrival of a Federal DHHS, NDMS team to assist with vaccinations in our County. Roll-out has been slow here like other places. Glad to see that President Biden and his very capable team are on it. This is what the Covid Response should have looked like from the beginning!

Here's hoping it's happening in other areas. Now all we need is more vaccine!
Posted by LazySusanNot | Tue Feb 9, 2021, 10:25 AM (0 replies)

Our Grandson's Message In A Bottle -True Story

I noticed a posting from yesterday by DU'er AmyStrange about “Girl Discovers Secret Door in her Bedroom and Opens It” where the girl found some hidden treasure with a little help from her dad. Cute story (thank you for posting!) and it reminded us of a similar experience we had with our 7-year-old Grandson, Ian and the really good day he had on the lake. Not wanting to hijack that thread with this story as a reply, we decided to post it separately. My “Mr. Not” has no formal training as a writer but he’s the better word monger of the two of us. It’s about time this story was written down for posterity instead of just living in our memories. So, I’m handing the keyboard over to him. He’s wordy. You have been warned!

In 2007 we were long-term-leasing a waterfront home in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area of N. Texas. The house was situated on a 1600 acre in-town recreation lake and was full of all kinds of boats for the weekend. We had planned a summer day full of wakeboarding, tubing and swimming in our son’s new Ski Nautique (way too expensive) wake boat. Sandwiches, chips and drinks (enough for 6 adults and 1 kid) were packed along with plenty of towels, SPF30, several different lip balms, our floating water weenies and a collection of carefully chosen music CD’s for the day.

We had been out there for a couple of hours riding around taking turns Wakeboarding when we decided it was time for a rest break and for our picnic lunch waiting in the ice chest. Our eldest son (Ian’s Dad) was driving the boat and pulled up, stopping out into the middle of the lake in the calmer water close to the damn. Sandwiches were handed out and drinks passed around. Suntan lotion was re-applied and the music was turned up. Some stayed in the boat. Some were floating on life jackets or water weenies next to the boat – and all enjoying the day, laughing, talking, eating and listening to good jams in our open-air living room.

At one point during an unexpected lull in the festivities our Grandson noticed something floating in the water about 30 feet away from the boat. My son turned the stereo off since this new discovery required our undivided attention. From my vantage point in the water it looked like a bottle with a cork in it bobbing up and down, drifting slowly toward the damn. Ian was already on it and jumped right in (life jacket on of course) to swim over and retrieve it. When he got it back to the boat, we discovered it was an old amber colored wine bottle with what looked like some kind of hand written message or rolled-up paper inside. Hmmm, we all wondered aloud, how often does one find a message in a bottle?

Everyone back in the boat by now to witness the find, we were excited to discover what was inside the bottle. We did not have a corkscrew on the boat but eventually got the cork out. When we did, out came a tightly rolled up piece of paper with a little red ribbon tied around the waist. As we unfurled it, you could tell the paper was really old and that whatever the note said with all this writing, had been put to paper long ago. The map was fairly large and had turned a sort of light tea colored brown with age. The edges of the paper were frayed looking too as if it had been partially burned at some point in its unknown and possibly even checkered past. As we gazed on it now though completely opened up, we realized what this find truly was. This was NOT a message in a bottle in the traditional sense. No, this was different. What we were looking at was the rarely if ever seen in history “Treasure Map In A Bottle”. Wow!

We knew this to be true because the words “Treasure Map” had been written at the top. Below those two important words was a hand drawn diagram of a small island situated on a much larger body of water somewhere, with numerous written instructions to guide the holder of the map to something. There was also a large X written in the middle of the paper with an arrow pointing to it marked “Treasure”. At first, we couldn’t figure out which body of water this might be until Ian’s Dad realized that this was actually a map of the lake we were on that very day. Ian thought about that new information and pointed out that the island on the map could be the small island we had passed earlier that morning and which was now only 5 minutes away by boat. (Again, what are the odds?)

We quickly finished lunch and headed for the island as fast as the boat would go, except for that one turn-around to retrieve that “luckily still floating” hat. Ian had carefully studied the map by this time and directed his Dad toward the southern shore where the map showed it was safest to land. Rocks and danger signs had been drawn on the map all around the island except for this one route. Whoever had drawn this all those years ago had been very meticulous in their detail. There was an awful lot to consider.

We pulled up on the beach in-line with the big tree as shown, got out of the boat and began to try and follow the specific instructions to reach the X marked on the spot. Let’s see, “from the water’s edge walk exactly 42 paces due North toward the large tree” (76 of Ian’s kid sized paces) “then walk 25 paces due East until you find the large white and gray rock on the ground”. Next, “turn and walk 13 more paces due South to the old log half buried in the sand”. After this final instruction there was a cryptic final sentence at the very bottom of the map which was written in all capital letters. Ian had read it out loud when he first noticed it earlier. It said “THIS IS WHERE YOU WILL FIND WHAT YOU ARE SEARCHING FOR”.

After carefully following the instructions over the next few minutes, we had finally arrived at the half-buried log shown on the map. Our Grandson got there first and since he had been the one to find the bottle, it was only fair that he should be the one to dig and try to see what might be buried down there. He found a proper stick and began digging the sand away from under the edge of that big ole log.

For some reason, the digging was relatively easy and after a couple of minutes, we heard the distinct “thud” of stick hitting metal at the bottom of the hole. Buried, about a foot down was a gray rusted metal box the size of a small loaf of bread. It also had a small padlock fastened through the hasp on the front of it. We couldn’t open it yet but when Ian shook the box for the first time, you could hear the rattling of coin and jingle inside. If it’s possible, his smile grew even bigger as he stood there looking around at all the adults.

His mom brushed off the sand from the box and went back to the boat to see if we had any tools to help remove the padlock. Luckily, I had my small set of bolt cutters in our boat toolbox that day (you never know when you might need em) and proceeded to cut off that lock. When we finally got it off and with all of us standing there waiting for the big reveal, it was finally time to open the box. We were standing in the bright sun and as the lid started to come up you could see the glint of precious metals and gemstones inside. Eureka! It was literally chocked-full of treasure!

There were over 100 coins of different denominations and sizes and from different countries around the world (especially Mexico and Canada). In addition to the coins, there were several different pieces of jewelry and loose colored gemstones throughout. Necklaces made with what looked like gold or silver chains of different types with dangling small charms or a cross. Finger rings and earrings and a bracelet. There were several items that looked like Military Service Medals made of gold or silver metal with colored ribbons attached. There were also several different colors of cat’s eye marbles along with a very old but strangely, “not rusted” 2-blade bone handled pocket knife.

These last items were a surprise. We speculated that in the old days, maybe pocket knives and marbles were more valuable than they are today. At the time, Ian and the rest of the observers thought that made sense. Later, Ian confided to me that he thought that the knife could have been placed there by the owner for a totally different reason. He surmised that the owner may have wanted to have a weapon inside the box in case he was ever made to divulge the location and was forced to dig up the treasure. He would have that knife secretly hidden inside so he could turn the tables on his captors - and win the day. We both thought that made a lot of sense and must have been the owners true reason for including the knife.

When we inventoried all the treasure later in the day, it ended up being quite a haul. We never came up with an accurate dollar figure as to value but felt it must be worth a large sum of money to whoever buried it. Questions arose. Why would they bury it here? How many years, decades or even centuries had this been here in that spot? Who were they? Were they pirates maybe? Are pirates real, Grandpa? How long had that bottle been floating around in the water and more importantly, why had they never returned to get the treasure? In short, it was a baffling mystery without any clear answers - as these things turn out to be sometimes.

We finished up on the island, treasure in hand and headed back out for the rest of our boating day. Toward the end of the day and almost a full tank of gas later, Ian finally passed out from that well known “too-much-kid-fun-exhaustion” factor. Sound asleep for the ride back to our dock, the box full of treasure sat next to his leg with his hand on top. We missed out on snapping a picture of that moment but it was indelibly etched into all our brains and our hearts forever.

The mystery of the message in a bottle remained just that until about 2 years later when I was confronted by the now savvier and much more worldly 9-year-old Ian. The unusual events of that day which were not even questioned at age 7 became nagging questions at age 9.

Ian: Grandpa, do you remember that Treasure Chest we found on the lake that time?

Grandpa: Sure.

Ian: Was that real or did you and Dad just make it all up?

Grandpa: Buddy, I thought you might ask me that someday so I’ll tell you the secret. It was all made up just for you, just for that day and just for your fun. We planned everything ahead of time and had it all set up early that morning so you could have that experience. Are you disappointed?

Ian: No, Grandpa it was really cool. I still have the Map and everything else that was in the box. I’m going to keep it till I get old.

Grandpa: That’s great Buddy. Maybe someday if you’re lucky enough to have a really great Grandson or Granddaughter just like you, you could do something fun like that for them.

As he thought about what I had said, I noticed the little contemplative grin he gets on his face sometimes, thinking about his very distant future as a Grandpa. In hindsight, that smile was almost as big as the one he had the day he found that box full of treasure.

He was 7 when he found the bottle in the water, 9 when he learned the real story and has now turned 19 as of this writing. Ian’s mom still has the Treasure Map and the pocket knife stored away but the rest has gone where all cheap costume jewelry and shiny metal trinkets eventually go, into the garage sale.

Our takeaway from that day is simple and only requires some pre-planning and effort: It is to actively work at creating fun and lasting memories with your kids and Grandkids - and to enjoy them while you can. They only stay puppies for a short time!

That memory has stayed with both of us from that one magical summer day on the lake. We hope it stuck with Ian too. We think it did. We still smile about it to this day, remembering - and on occasion, trying to stifle the lumps in our throats thinking about that bright, earnest little boy and the inevitable passage of time.
Posted by LazySusanNot | Sun Feb 7, 2021, 06:16 PM (6 replies)

I like it...

You've come up with the perfect bumper sticker.

Posted by LazySusanNot | Tue Feb 2, 2021, 12:04 AM (0 replies)
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