Friday, April 25, 2014

I Am Woman Hear Me Roar

Chainsaw-FloozyArticle submitted by Jeannine Andre

Nice of Helen Reddy to belt that song out with such mountain moving power. I've sung it at the top of my lungs fully feeling the womanly strength she sings of. I've turned right around ½ hour later and crumpled into a ball of tears just trying to get a fence stake in. Truth be known, as women we have many strengths. The song evokes a fantasy that we can do anything from nurse the baby to build a barn, then put the little black dress on and be femininely sexy. Some women can.

Now don't get me wrong and get all militant feminist on me. This is not to say that men out do us ladies, but We are made differently from men. They would look silly in the black dress trying to nurse a baby after all. We do have strengths most men don't have.

Besides, I've chainsawed with men that I won't allow to touch my saw cuz they'll burn it up with ignorance (not being judgmental, just observation). Then there are the guys who helped me learn how to use mine...and I've got a lot still to learn.

I have a neighbor I check in on and bring flowers to once in awhile. She has dementia and she loves flowers. We have had the same exact conversation many times. I'll say something about needing to get some wood, or weed eat. She'll say, “oh, well don't you have a husband to take care of that for you? I respond “Roberta, I've tried those out and they don't work well for me. Short of the diamonds, I'm a regular Liz Taylor” We both crack up and she tells me about how wonderful her husband was. It makes us both happy....every time...

People tell me “you're so strong”. Well, in many ways I we all are. What they don't know is that sometimes, the sun is going down, it's getting late and cold and the one last cut into a branch I'm sawing binds and gets the saw stuck tight. I don't have the oomph after a day of hard work, or ever to lift the branch and no other saw except a hand saw at the top of the property in the shed. Sun's getting lower and a storm blowing in. What they don't know is that sometimes, times like this, I clench my fist at the sky, cuss like a drunken sailor with a hangnail (yes, Miss Jeannine can swear) and sob. Not today though. Today I sing through my work, and enjoy a warm fire, because like the song says, “I get by with a little help from my friends.”


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Today's Weather

Mariposa for today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: A 30 percent chance of showers after 11pm. Increasing clouds, with a low around 47. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north northeast after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
Mariposa topped out at 66.9 degrees yesterday at the Sierra Sun Times Weather Station.
Mariposa Friday Weather: Showers. High near 55. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Friday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.

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Thursday's Area Forecast
69- 79 Today:
Mostly sunny to sunny today with the high temps warming up five to six degrees
from yesterday's high temps. Most Area Weather Stations are reporting overnight temps in the 40's with the higher elevations in the 30's.

Yosemite Valley: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. East northeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming west in the morning. Tonight: Showers likely, mainly after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

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Funding helps school kitchens

Schools in California will compete for nearly $1.5 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to invest in new kitchen equipment. USDA says the grants will help schools to meet updated nutrition standards, citing a report that many school districts need help to update kitchen equipment. States will give priority to schools where half or more of the enrolled students are eligible for free or reduced-cost meals.


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Yolo County workers, including those employed by its cities, will soon pay less for their healthcare after the California Public Employees' Retirement System Board of Administration voted to move Yolo County from the Bay Area health plan region to the Sacramento region last week. The change will take effect next year and will cut premiums for public agencies in Yolo County by about 15 percent in 2015.
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Orders for Durable Goods Poured Into U.S. Factories in March
Orders for durable goods poured into American factories in March, setting up manufacturing as one of the central drivers of a rebound in economic growth during the second quarter. Bookings for goods meant to last at least three years increased 2.6 percent, the biggest gain since November, after rising 2.1 percent in the prior month, a Commerce Department report showed today in Washington. Orders excluding transportation equipment, which is often volatile, rose by the most in more than a year.
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Jobless Claims Rise More Than Forecast in U.S. Holiday Week
More Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week as the Easter holiday period made it more difficult to adjust the data for seasonal variations. Jobless claims increased by 24,000 to 329,000 in the week ended April 19, the most in a month, a Labor Department report showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 44 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for an increase to 315,000. The adjustment during spring holidays is hard to quantify from year to year, a Labor Department spokesman said as the figures were released to the press.
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Today's SST Poll

Reuters reports the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan may drop well below 10,000 - the minimum demanded by the U.S. military to train Afghan forces. Should the U.S. maintain 10,000 troops in Afghanistan, less than 10,000 or no troops?
U.S. should maintain 10,000 troops in Afghanistan - 30.3%
No troops in Afghanistan - 51.5%
U.S. should maintain less than 10,000 troops in Afghanistan - 15.2%
Not sure on the number of troops in Afghanistan - 3%

Total votes: 33
The voting for this poll has ended on: 23 Apr 2014 - 00:00

SST Poll - Yesterday's Poll Results

The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors have provided a response to the Grand Jury Investigative Report of the Human Services Department. Are you satisfied with their response?
No, I am not satisfied with their response - 84.2%
Not sure I am satisfied with their response - 2.6%
Yes, I am satisfied with their response - 13.2%

Total votes: 38
The voting for this poll has ended on: 12 Apr 2014 - 00:00

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