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I was tired from doing a lot today. Forgot about the eclipse and went to lie down soon as Jayden got home. Dangit. Wanted to see the cool shadows :-(
I have applications in with two agencies that provide help with move in deposits. If I'm approved, I have to provide a signed lease & they write a check to the landlord or property management company. Problem is, both have backlogged applications & limited funds, so I don't know if there'll be help when I need it. *crosses fingers*
I hope one of them can come through. Good luck! - Anika
Thank you! Need is so great right now, charities & non profits are stretched really thin. Housing specialists are calling it a housing crisis. Crisis is a bad word :-( - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
*crosses fingers* - vicster: full-bodied
Rooting for you. - Steele Lawman
*crosses fingers* - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
I have some pork shoulder, cut in nice big stew chunks. I also have a bottle of hard cider. And red onion & carrots. What kind of greens would you throw in that pot? Anything else?
Salt, garlic - probably as whole peeled cloves, cumin? Also, I'd use at least one umami "cheat", whether that's fish sauce or anchovies or miso paste. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
I dunno much about stewing with greens, so my instinct would be to cook em separately. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
I would use spinach or mustard greens. I like stewing with mustard greens cut into strips, the best. I sauteed or roast them first. - Anika
Potatoes! :") - Jenny H. from Android
I would love potatoes in there, but I'll be serving it with rice or noodles, that's enough carbs. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I do have fish sauce. I have spinach, but there's a few dollars to pick up something different. Mustards sound good, I really like them with pork. Should pick up a piece of garlic too, don't have any fresh in the house. Plan to season with my house mix, which is black & red pepper, garlic powder, paprika, celery seed. Fish sauce is salty, prolly won't need to add much salt. Also a lil prepared mustard, I'm out of mustard powder. Maybe a pinch of ginger... - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Another option would be to mix in fresh greens just before you serve. They'll preserve their flavor and texture and make a nice contrast with the stew. Chopped mustard, kale or bok choy. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Yes, thin greens would get thrown on top near the end of cooking, to wilt & soak up flavor but not stewed into strings :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Bok choy is kind of my go to green, I buy/cook it more than any other. It's possible I go with that again :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I'm making this stove top, thought about the slow cooker but nah, not this time. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I was much more concerned about SARS and h1n1 (which actually put my kid in the ICU) than I am about ebola. And it's possible there are no longer any cases of ebola in the US. I hope folx are done panicking now.
I hope so too. The fact the all of Duncan's friends and family are now past the incubation period with no new cases should be seen as a very positive sign. - Stephen Mack
Daisy's especially bothered by her incision, zooming around the room because she can't scratch her belly. So here comes Jayden playing the Green Hill Zone music from the Sonic games and we laughed hella hard at poor Daisy's expense.
Because he has every song from every part of every Sonic game on his phone, OF COURSE. Also the TV cartoon theme song. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
There are six of them. Five are parents. They are discussing how weaponized ebola is being used to scare the public into accepting "the vaccine agenda" so the government can control black people and other groups through vaccines that aren't what the doctors say they are. Oh, and it's already being done, with the flu vaccine.
These people have children :-( - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Yikes! - Anne Bouey
Oh great, guess who just got his flu vaccine today. - Steele Lawman
Good grief. As a Bay Area scientist I follow on Twitter said: RT @mbeisen if you really want to protect Americans from viral infections, ban travel to highly unvaccinated Marin County, CA - Spidra Webster
The government's gonna mind control you in the mind, Steele! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I'd like to see those unvaccinated Marinites quarantined, actually, throughout the entire school year. Dipshits. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
99.5% certainty that Violet will be moving in with my daddy in Folsom CA <3 <3
To my friends who have helped pass on my need to rehome Violet and Daisy, if you like you can update their status to spayed and microchipped :-D
Last week I saw a Facebook post from badrap.org about an upcoming spay/neuter event, and even tho I have chihuahuas not pit bulls, I texted them to ask if they had spots open for us. They texted back that pitties come first, but depending on turnout they might be able to help.
So I got a text at noon saying Bring em down & me, Jayden, Daisy & Violet were there in 15 minutes! And not only are Violet & Daisy getting free spays, but full vaxx & microchips!!! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
And a few leads on dog friendly housing and rehoming Daisy & Violet <3 - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
That's wonderful news! - Anne Bouey
I was crying like a sap because I was so overwhelmed by the generosity - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Oh, that's awesome. - Anika
They were some of the last dogs operated on so when we went to pick them up, the tents & tables & stuff was getting packed up, and one of the ladies brought me a tub of gumbo & a tub of collards, leftover from their lunch from a local soul food joint. Bonus score! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Oh, that's great! - Jennifer Dittrich from FFHound!
I hope your housing will work out! - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
<3 - Janet from FFHound!
It’s a great day in Oakland! (at Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline Park) - http://starmama30.tumblr.com/post...
It’s a great day in Oakland! (at Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline Park)
Nice place! I went a few weeks ago hoping to see pelicans but there were only seagulls :) - Amit Patel
We've seen gulls, a couple birds I think might be plovers? and a coot :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
When we're on the other side of the water, where we walk our dogs, we see a larger variety of birds. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Now that the owner is selling this property, I will have to deal with prospective buyers coming into our flat & I do not have the right to refuse them as long as I'm given notice. The landlord or realtor must accompany them, but still. Don't want strangers walking thru my place! Hopefully there won't be much interest in the property before we move.
Almost feel like inviting all the kids on the block to come hang out when a walk thru is scheduled. lol. Wanna legally intrude on my privacy? Fine. Have a lil chaos while you're at it. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Ate two pieces of pizza & fell asleep in the recliner. Woke up with dogs lying on me. They were comfy. I was not. Now I'm in bed but wide awake. Something's backwards here...
One of the problems I have is that I put our birth certificates and our social security cards together in a safe place, so safe I haven't been able to find them in more than 2 years.
That's been plenty of time to replace them, but of course I haven't & now I have to scramble to get them all so I can apply for the last 2 bedroom unit at a certain bldg. Arghh Queen of the Last Minute ain't such a heady title. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I will have to catch BART & MUNI to get mine in San Francisco, Jayden's is just down by Lake Merritt. I should do both Monday, huh? One long adventure on public transportation. Lord I hope my leg's able to stand it (har har). - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I hope your health holds out and that they can turn around the paperwork for you fast enough. - Spidra Webster
Birth certificates cost hella much now. $25 for SF county, $30 for Alameda. Dang. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Website says SF office averages 20 min wait for documents, and I know Oakland office is near the same. A fraction of the travel time :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
& even if someone else gets that particular unit before I can gather everything I need, it's pretty vital stuff so it wouldn't be a waste of a day. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I was in a similar situation a few years ago. the SS cards was the worst. We were in the office for nearly 5 hours! I hope you can get it all done in one day. - Anika
Prolly have to go to SSA Tuesday, lol that'll be too much for one day for me! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I'm going to begin packing this weekend. I was going to start with kitchen stuff we don't need but I'ma start with my bedroom closet, which serves as our linen closet/coat closet/supply closet, lol. It's the most likely culprit to be hiding those documents, so maybe I'll come across them before Monday, that'd be awesome. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Fingers crossed! - Spidra Webster
Thanks! :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
St. Anthony is pretty good at finding things. I already offered up a donation if he helps you find them fast. #neverhurts - Janet
That's good to know, thank you honey! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
One of the greatest tips I can give to anyone packing for a move: Wrap your breakables in the fabrics things you own. It's faster packing than using newspaper, takes up less space overall, and your stuff won't be all dirty when you unpack. Example: Wrapping dishes & nicknacks in towels, curtains, & t-shirts. ;) - April Russo
Almost the only places that accept dogs & section 8 are large complexes often replacing post-war public housing, in not-great neighborhoods that are becoming gentrified. I've pretty much given up on finding a house or duplex so I'm mostly focused on these large developments.
How does one live around hundreds of people & get peace? Music, voices, kids, cars, that's a lotta stuff going on outside your windows & on the other side of your walls. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Some of the properties really are beautiful & well maintained and a couple even have dishwashers! I've always wanted one. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
But all those people, dang. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Some of em have interest lists that I got my email & phone # on but they don't have high turnover rates. Might not have units available by my moving deadline. That must mean people like living there. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
This morning I looked at a shabby 4plex near my current neighborhood. Only the outside. The grounds are pretty filthy, there are kids toys outside the 3 occupied units, and this tells me the current tenants probably aren't great neighbors.
Then I checked out a 100+ unit complex in West Oakland that's new & clean. A uniformed woman was cleaning up the sidewalk outside & I stopped to talk with her, ask her her impression of the property & neighbors. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Left a msg at the leasing office for the W Oakland one. I haven't lived in anything larger than a 4plex since the 80s. But I've also never lived anywhere newer than a maybe 30 year old building. These are less than 8 years old, and supposedly built green. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Sounds promising. Keeping my fingers crossed for you. ♡ - Anne Bouey
Does anyone know of FREE online resources for rental listings that are not craigslist or government?
I don't see much that appears in your budget but this group on FB would be a good place to post what you're looking for and see if people have suggestions. https://www.facebook.com/groups... - Spidra Webster
Is there a FB page for your area? I live in a smaller town but people are always posting local houses and apartments for rent. - Trish R
You are in Oakland though. My bad :( - Janet
The local humane society had this on their website. http://www.myapartmentmap.com/pet_fri... - Heather
Spidra, a friend of mine is an admin of that group, as I found out when she approved my join request :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I hope someone there is able to hook you up. - Spidra Webster
Looks like it's all shared housing, which section 8 doesn't allow. But I'm searching everywhere, even though there's really nothing. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
That's why I'd make a post to the group. Tell people what you're looking for and they can keep their eyes out for you or may already know of something. - Spidra Webster
I don't know. I will say that Padmapper theoretically pulls from multiple sources besides CL but in my limited experience the non-CL postings had a much higher frequency of seeming shady or bogus. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
Yeah I have saved text I'm posting everywhere, even where I doubt there'll be any results. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Do you have Nextdoor.com? - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
Found this when I was searching on Section 8. Don't know if the rentals I'm seeing are, though. One is a $1,200 in Richmond, another is a $1,300 in Oakland. http://www.crpmrealty.com/rental-... - Spidra Webster
This place seems free to look. It has filters for dogs and for Section 8. http://www.walkscore.com/apartme... - Spidra Webster
Thank you! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I'm so traumatized by so many awful things happening in my life at once. I can't even think about my 25 years old earthquake stories, let alone put them into words. I can't even watch or read any of the retrospectives that are everywhere this week.
In fact, I'm more scattered & mentally exhausted than I've been in years. I can barely focus on anything, not even important stuff. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
:( *hugs* I hope you can stay strong. - LB put a spell on you. from Android
Courage, sister. - Corinne L
I'm sorry you're going through such a rough time. I hope your in-person network can help you shoulder some of the burden. Give yourself as many rest breaks and as much self-care as you think you can afford to. (((Starmama))) - Spidra Webster
I really don't have a network irl people either rely on me for help or get angry or distant when I panic. I'm so alone and I know I need to stfu & stop whining about my business on social media but it's either talk about it here or scream and cry by myself all day and night. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
The people you've helped before should be here for you now. I know it's not easy, but try not to panic as it usually saps you of the very will you need to cope. If a friend there is available, invite them to tea/coffee/whatever and ask them if they'll help you strategize. Let them know you need them now...not in a panicky way but in a calm honest way. Hopefully they'll be there for you... more... - Spidra Webster
There are Jewish organizations in the Bay Area that can help, I think. http://www.jfcs-eastbay.org/financi... http://www.oaklandsinai.org/emergen... And of course, there are non-sectarian organizations that may also have resources. So if you're having trouble getting your network to be supportive, you may be able to make an appt with someone from one of these orgs and... more... - Spidra Webster
Just checking in to say "hang in there" and don't feel you need to "stfu" - Steele Lawman
I'm so sorry that life is being so unkind to you, Starmama. You deserve better. And we're here for you. Don't feel bad about speaking your mind. *hug* - Jenny H. from Android
(((Hug))) - Marie
Stupid title of article asks, Is Reheated Pasta Less Fattening? But it's discussing blood glucose, not calories. Nevertheless, this is excellent news! http://m.bbc.com/news...
Fucked up how even though my income doesn't change, my portion of my subsidized rent goes up by about $20 -$30 EVERY YEAR. When I was talking to the realtor working with the owner to sell the property, she was surprised at the amount of rent I pay. She said all the tenants with section 8 that she'd worked with pay about $100.
I told her yeah, that's because they only earn - or only report - less than $1000 a month. By section 8 & other social services standards, my $1900 a month means I'm rich! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Dubee from my birthday superjoint compared to one from a regular joint. Me & Angie smoked that g thang all day yesterday & it’s still so much left. Wow. - http://starmama30.tumblr.com/post...
Dubee from my birthday superjoint compared to one from a regular joint. Me & Angie smoked that g thang all day yesterday & it’s still so much left. Wow.
KFC has fried green tomatoes. I tried one. It tasted exactly like it should have, but was so greasy it was twice as heavy as it ought to be. Too bad.
Driving around doing stuff, even with Angie driving, wore me the hell out yesterday. So much that my evening plans for cake & wine turned into going to bed at 7.
The Corinne rule of birthdays is: 1) Celebrate throughout your birthday month and 2) Celebrate while the Sun is in your zodiac sign. That gets you another 2 weeks, so take your time. :-D - Corinne L
But when I woke up at midnight & couldn't get back to sleep, I got to hear the short rainshower that passed thru. And while it still hurts, my leg is better this morning, so I have hope the worst of the pain is over. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
lol yeah it's still my birthday season :-D - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Is that rain I hear outside my window?! <3
I hope so! - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
Jealous! - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Lucky Three Seven for my birthday lunch (& dinner). Shared with my mom & play sister. Got my birthday lunch there last year, too. I wouldn't mind a bit making Filipino food my bday tradition <3
Happy birthday! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
BIRTHDAY BUMP - Spidra Webster
Happy Birthday! - Brent Schaus from iPhone
Perfect timing, eating the last of the gising gising now :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Happy birthday, Mandy! - Anne Bouey
Happppppyyyyyy Biiiiiirrrrrrrtttthhhhhdaaaayyyyyyy tooooooooooooooooo YOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUU! - vicster: full-bodied
Happy Birthday! - Greg GuitarBuster
Happy birthday! :-) - Maitani
Happy happy find your magic through the year - WarLord
Stupid dogs stole and ate an entire package of Hawaiian rolls!
Those rolls are irresistible! - Marie
I don't wanna see what Chihuahuas are like on a sugar high. - Spidra Webster
~* happy bluntday to me *~ - http://starmama30.tumblr.com/post...
~* happy bluntday to me *~
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