I live in the San Fernando Valley in So. California.  My home is in a mobile home park in Canoga Park.  I have been here for 16 years and it suits me.  But there are unpleasant aspects to this type of home.  I will not go into them since most do not affect me. They are just annoying conditions that I have learned to live with.  However, one thing is very disturbing.  The occupants of this large area are warned to keep their possessions safe from thefts by drive-by crooks who take whatever isn’t locked up.

I have been a victim twice.  Shortly after I moved here I wanted to add something to the front of my home that would be attractive.  My late husband had given me a present of a LARGE vase-type vessel.  It was in the shape of a Greek urn.  He knew of my interest in all things Greek and this urn was 3’ tall.  I found some long-stemmed greens to fill it and which set it off.  When I moved here many years later I brought the urn with me.  I placed it in a corner of my small front yard.  Big mistake.  It disappeared one night never to be found.  It turns out I shouldn’t have left it outdoors at all.  Nothing  outside is safe.

That hurt, but this latest theft has really pissed me off.  Someone, or ones, took my ladder which was too large for my storage unit, so was propped against my back wall.  My home is on an outer side of the property and my tiny back yard has a fence separating the mobile home park from a little waterway that I always thought was the LA river, but it’s not.  I have not been able to identify it on any map.

The thieves may have climbed over the fence, or just walked back to where the ladder was, after noticing it.  Maybe while I was asleep, or gone. I don’t know when it happened.

In any case, I’m sitting here, mourning a loss that should have been prevented and I really should get back to doing something productive.  Thanks for reading.

You’re invited to join in my latest activity

My latest endeavor is participating in a craft fair organized by some of the residents of the Mobile Home Park where I have lived for 12 years, in Canoga Park, CA.  Some of the ladies in the park spend their free time creating beautiful things such as jewelry, clothing, home decor and Christmas items.  Our show is coming up next weekend on Nov. 8.

I am in the process of gathering together all the goodies I want to display at my table.  I will have many Christmas items such as a handmade ladies vest, several earrings I made, some I bought years P1560135ago, and a gorgeous necklace in red, green, & other beads on a silver chain.  Picture doesn’t do it justice. It glows with Christmas spirit.

I have been working to identify and price each item and in the process I thought it would be a good idea to inventory what I had and where I  kept it.  I found 146 necklaces that I had created but hadn’t sold.  I have at least 10 more up for sale this month on my Etsy shop.  That’s just a portion of what I have made, sold, or given away over the years.

And the earrings, OMG, the earrings!  When I have a few pieces that just don’t fit into a necklace or bracelet they become earrings.  I have some old beaded Christmas earrings up for sale that I made a long time ago.  It may sound strange, but I get pleasure from creating something that someone might enjoy wearing.

If you happen to live in my home town, Canoga Park, or the vicinity of the San Fernando Valley, CA., the show will be at 8811 Canoga Ave., Canoga Park on Nov. 8 from 9-3.  You won’t be disappointed at the variety of beautiful creations made by my talented neighbors.

Just in case you can’t make it to the show, you can view my creations at  Expired items can be renewed if you are interested.



Canoga Mobile Estates Holiday Craft Sale

P1560231Mark your calendars if you are a San Fernando Valley, CA resident.  November 8. Don’t miss this event.  The ladies showing items are extremely talented and creative.  They will be showing Christmas items as well as other handmade creations.  You will be sure to find treasures of all kinds.

Canoga Mobile Estates residents are getting a jump on the holidays with their Holiday Craft Show and Sale. It will be from 9am-3pm on November 8 at 8811 Canoga Ave., Canoga Park.

Watch the local papers and ad circulars for details. There will be several craftspeople there offering holiday and other items!

Come by and say “Hello”.  We will be happy to see you.


Endeavor snubbed the San Fernando Valley

If you live in the San Fernando Valley in California as I do and wanted to see the last flight of the Endeavor you would have had to leave the Valley and go to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, probably the closest place to get a glimpse of it.  It did not fly over even the smallest portion of the San Fernando Valley which, by the way, is quite large.  All those who live here and hoped to see the Endeavor drove up to the top of Topanga, which offered a wide view of the Valley, waited in vain for a sight, and were disappointed.  We weren’t even on the list.  According to Doug McIntire of the Daily News we are the Prince Harry of Los Angeles.

The Valleyites deserved a fly over – the main engines which propelled Endeavor into space were built in Canoga Park.  Several other companies and individuals in the Valley contributed to the invention and progress of human flight, but we got no flyby.  This hurts.  1.76 million Valley residents got the ultimate snub.

Secession was up for discussion several years ago, but failed to be adopted.  Maybe we should reconsider.