We're trying to have fall here in Southern California. We heated up into three digit figures for a few days a week ago, then for several days we cooled off a bit before the temps went back up into the nineties Fahrenheit. Now we're dropping down into truly fall-like temps for us in the eighties or high seventies. Oh, for some rain!
Air quality here has been adversely affected by another influx of clouds with sky-filling dark smoke escaping northern California from a lightning induced wildfire which destroyed some of our prized redwood trees there. Some of our special treasured giant redwood trees have been wrapped in aluminum-based burn-resistant material to protect them, as noted by Sequoia and Kings National Parks in this CBS News report.
The latest bill signed by our Governor to address the housing crisis in California allows for single family homes to be converted into duplexes under certain circumstances.
Perhaps this could be an opportunity for some older people choosing to live in place to consider adding income producing housing on their property if they can meet any local requirements and those specified by the new state requirements. Maybe a family and their parents want separate living accommodations.
Already, additional living units such as little houses have been allowed to be added to single family residences in some situations. A multitude of YouTube videos feature just as many designs, sizes, and costs. Decide what features are wanted, such as all one floor plan, with minimal or no steps. Or an elevated roof can provide an upstairs, lofts, accessed by ladders and steps if that is desired. Proceed from what the need, including whatever the budget allows.
Homeowners must consider legal requirements which can vary in every community as this legal site, Nolo, explains for Californians. Everyone would want to check the laws and regulations in their city, state, country.
Last night (Friday) was unusual when my doorbell rang at 10:30 p.m. My outdoor sensor light was on, off, then on again before finally turning off as I reached my front door. There was no one there. I won't even speculate as to what that was about. Maybe young kids playing "doorbell ditch", or maybe not. Whatever! I continue to be pleased to have installed my security screen doors with this event occurring.
News just announced a big bucks lottery winner at a California liquor store that has had a number of winners through the years. That seems unusual to me as to why one store would have an inordinate number of winners when so many other businesses across the state never have any. Officials long ago eliminated any monkey business is occurring.
My day, Saturday, as I write this, seems almost over before it has started. For the first time in ages, I had an over-abundance of quality sleep last night. My sleep consisted of two broken intervals for a total of about six hours. I still felt sleepy when I awoke at an early but reasonable hour, but I decided to just close my eyes for a few more minutes. The next thing I knew I awakened at 2 pm. in the afternoon ... 2 p.m.! ? ... I never lie abed so late in the day.
Well, at least I must have finally had some truly deep sleep I've been concerned I might not be adequately having. That's important you know, as science studies have reported lack of such quality sleep has been associated with the development of dementia in older folks. They also say too much sleep isn't good for us either.
During that sleepy interlude I recall having a vivid color-filled dream which hasn't occurred for longer than I can remember.
That dream, however, I couldn't relate to anything. Generally, I have been able in the past to associate my dreams to something I've just seen, read, done, or someone I've ben immediately involved with or thinking about. Also, action in my dream, however far-fetched, I could interpret as reflecting my emotional state or feelings if nothing else, but not this time.
Actress Elizabeth Taylor and I, both quite young, had become good friends because I was supporting her desire to become a Little League baseball player, an idea which no one else in her life would accept. She shaved off all her hair, wore a baseball cap, dressed in a colorful baseball team uniform of pullover top with matching pants. We engaged with my direction in taking promotional photographs of her for which she enthusiastically posed in dramatic fashion showcasing her bald head, later with her cap on, then herself in various poses. How bizarre was all that!
There was no dialogue in my dream, just that video of action, but leaving me with positive feelings when I awoke, quite rested, to startlingly discover the incredibly late, to me, afternoon hour.
This is just a composite of one strange day or so for me. Hope I can get to sleep tonight after I publish this. I don't know which, if any, of these topics might be of interest to readers here, enough to warrant a comment, but have at it.