I feel compelled to add this petition to my blog in order to help save a beautiful white Cross overlooking Spring Lake in Santa Rosa, California. Once my sister and I stood by the lake and painted the lake with the mountain and the white Cross on it. I still have my oil painting albeit unfinished. Little did I know the touching story behind it until now. Please read this about a boy, a friend and a Vet!
We are a Lake family. Tom and I raised our kids practically on Lake Sonoma, specifically the Yorty Creek recreational area. Every chance we could get we would hang out on the beach, by the lake with our kids and our dog. The kids grew up out there. We brought grandparents, cousins, friends, visitors. Everybody we were close to, had to come with us to the lake; where we played, swam, kayaked and picnicked for days on end.
Back on April of 2010 we were coming out of, I will say a mini-drought. I wrote a blog post with pictures of the lake under drought conditions, but was happy to report in the same post that there was plenty of water from the latest storms for our summer adventures by the water.
Not this year though. Never in 26 years have I seen the lake…empty. It’s dry, ugly, murky and pretty much looks like the dead sea. We walked along the dry, barren cliffs, kicking around dust and clods of dirt. Finding fresh water clams, of course dead. We were actually I think stunned, silent and just walking, each one of us in our own world of thoughts. Disoriented even, the landscape looked that different! Wondering what happened? Where was our beautiful lake? Where is the water? Why hasn’t it rained? Even the sporadic green bushes were gone. We tried fishing it to no avail. Weary hunters passed us by silently, looking like they too were disheartened by the whole day.
We are in a serious drought. I realized standing there, how we must never take our water for granted. How we need to thank God for it. How we really need to do a rain dance and pray for rain. This lake is our drinking supply and for our farming and wine industry. We have a fish hatchery connected to the lake and annual spawning, salmon runs. This year is really, bad. What will happen to us if we don’t get rain next year? I couldn’t bare to think past that… This is a depressing post, I know. But, the reality of it all is there and posted here for you to see.
Pancit! One of my first Filipino dishes I have ever had. My husband is of Filipino decent and his Mother and Lola would make us this for dinner. I love the lightness of the clear cellophane noodles and all the flavors that make up this delicious dish from a far away land.
1 pound pork, chicken or beef cubed
1 can vegetable soup
1 can of corn kernels
1/2 cup peas
1//2 cup sliced baby carrots
1 small bunch bok choy
1 green cayenne chili
1/8 cup soy sauce
1 package cellophane rice noodles
1 small red onion
1 garlic clove
1/4 cup rice vinegar
Pure sesame oil
Cracked black pepper
3 green onions diced
Sriracha aka Rooster Sauce (optional)
Pour olive oil in hot, large frying pan and stir fry meat until brown on both sides. Remove meat and add to pan; chopped garlic, onions and chili, stir fry until onions are translucent. Add corn, peas and chopped boy choy to stir fry. Add, meat to pan, stir fry and add soup, vinegar and sesame oil. Add soy sauce and black pepper to taste.
Boil cellophane noodles for three minutes, drain and add to stir fry, toss. Top with green onion and for me, Sriracha for more heat. Enjoy!