Liz Writes Life 11-14-17

Nov. 14, 2017

Li z Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Finally, I planted 50 garlic cloves last Saturday. The soil was moist and made for easy digging.

Saturday afternoon was so nice that I also decided to transplant iris. I had previously dug holes and watered them last week, before shutting-off the outside water. Unfortunately, several iris tubers needed to be divided and so I ended-up digging a few more holes and planted about 12.

It was starting to get dark, when I realized that I had purchased hyacinth bulbs over a month ago. Oops, now I need to decide where to put them! And get them planted before Thanksgiving. I’ve been told bulbs need to go in the ground before the end of November.

The garden looks nice after Jack cleaned it up. I do need to clean-up more morning glory vines from the fence; and several flower beds of dead amaranth, cosmos and four o’clocks then add some manure to improve the soil. The pretty sunny-yellow mum that my daughter-in-law gave me is still blooming and a huge patch of short, white alyssum has made it through the frosts.

The eight green flat-head cabbages are doing well. Four have some very large heads growing, so we will see how long they make it before I harvest them or it gets really cold.


Last week, I wrote up the Etna Veterans Parade with appreciation for all who participated or helped make it a success. I want to add a big “thank you” to Duane Eastlick for bringing a port-a-potty to the Etna High School for participants that staged up there. Also Heather Ford and Tim Grenvik provided great help and support. And lastly – Thank you to all U.S. military veterans and soldiers for your service!

Film Festival

This Friday night, The REC in Fort Jones is hosting “Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival”. This is a collection of 22 short films from 12 different countries designed to engage, provoke and inspire. The screenings will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the director Michael Harrington. Tickets are $7 per person and are available in advance or at the door. Refreshments will be available. The Film Festival starts at 7 p.m. on Nov. 17th.


This month, the day for the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting has been changed from Thursday to Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. It will still be held at the Fort Jones Community Center at 7 p.m.


September was preparedness month and I didn’t mention it once. So, today I will try to inspire you (and me) to do more than “think” about being prepared for short or long disasters. Water is the # 1 basic item you need. Figure one gallon per person per day for at least a week. Yep! Four more gallons per day if you want to flush your toilet twice!

Believe it or not, I have a 72-hour backpack survival kit. I even know where it is. But, I haven’t checked its contents in at least three or four years. My bad! I am sure the peanut butter needs to be replaced with a new jar, along with granola bars, trail mix, dried fruit and several cans of baked beans and or jerky. (I don’t even remember what all is in there.) A gallon of fresh water should be beside it or at least two linters of plastic soda bottles filled with water. Tie a piece of baling twine around the neck of each and you can carry them hanging off your shoulders around the back of your neck.

Non-melting candy and gum, a can of juice and a freeze-dried dinner pouch would also be nice.

It is easy for this backpack to get full quickly, but flashlights should have fresh batteries, there should be change of clothing, some kind of blanket, plastic garbage bags and or plastic sheet. Also water-proof matches, pocket knife, can opener, duct tape and some rope.

Each family member should have their own backpack, even little children ages three or four can carry a small bag of their own things. A pack of cards, book, pen and paper, a special small toy would also help pass the tedious time, depending on the type of evacuation.

An additional bag should have First Aid supplies, toiletries (roll of toilet paper – remove the center tube to easily flatten — and put into a zip-lock bag), cleaning supplies of soap or mini hand sanitizer, medications and prescription meds.

A water-proof container should be ready with legal documents, insurance policies, vaccination papers, cash, credit card, pre-paid phone cards and emergency numbers to call.

I hope to shelter in place – ha, ha – famous last words. But, it is important to have canned soup, canned beans, macaroni, spaghetti, beans, rice, canned or frozen meats, potatoes, dried milk and other dried or freeze-dried dinners on your shelves. Figure at least a month’s worth, if not three months. Be sure to rotate your food storage. And store food that you like to eat. Again, have 20 gallons of water or more.

Your car needs to have a 72-hour kit with several flashlights with extra batteries, 12-hour light sticks, blankets, water purification tablets and water bottles (remember they may freeze so pour a bit out). Also, car chains, a shovel, extra coats and gloves.

There truly is a need to talk with your family about an emergency plan. Decide an out-of-town emergency contact of a specific relative or family friend. Have phone numbers on a hard copy note pad as well as in your cell phone. Remember cell phones can stop working, so have some landline phone numbers. Choose a meeting place for several different types of disasters – one local and one out-of-town.

There’s lots of info on emergency preparedness on the internet. Read up on it, but more importantly – do something! Good luck!

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Check out her website Liz or call her at 530-467-3515.

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