Meet Delane Rineer. A survivor. A mother of three. A committed girlfriend. A daughter. A strong, young, beautiful woman fighting her own battle right here in our town. For the last year we have followed her journey and kept in touch with her and her family. Cancer knows no age, no gender, no race. It strikes so many, too many, every single day. Delane is a wonderful reason why giving up the fight should never be an option. We asked her to share her story with us. We wish her the very best in the New Year! In her own words she tells us her battle with the beast.
Survivor...what does that mean to me? Well it means a lot. It isn't just a show on television for me, it is real life. On November 13, 2012 I was diagnosed with Cervical Cancer. It was by far the hardest day of my life. I had a hysterectomy to remove the cancer and sure enough, I received biopsy results from my oncologist after surgery stating that the cancer was in my lymph nodes as well. Not the news I wanted to hear. I was told I was going to need to have chemotherapy and radiation.
So it began. The list was getting longer and longer as each day passed. I just wanted to hear good news and all I heard was nothing but bad news. Issues kept popping up from infection, blood transfusions, vomiting, nausea, fevers, multiple surgeries, pain, lack of sleep, more pain, kidney issues, many trips to the ER, many rides via ambulance. It just kept coming and I just kept fighting. I have to say that I don't know where I would be if my boyfriend Milton wasn't here holding my hand and pushing me to fight harder. This man had to watch his father pass away from cancer as a young child and then had to watch me go through the battle as well. I told myself I would never give up and I didn't.
My children were worried sick about me. They're so young and shouldn't have to worry about anything at all. The kids and Milton were the reason I kept fighting. I would think of all of them and tell myself fight for them, fight hard, stay positive, and keep pushing forward. One bump turned into two bumps, two bumps turned into four bumps and so on. One month healing time turned into 8 months of off and on issues. It was a nightmare. I was being pushed around in a wheelchair because I could barely walk. I was in bed for so long that I lost almost all the muscle in my legs.
In less than a year, I lost over 70 pounds. I didn't even look like the same person. When things did start to look better I had to fight to be normal again. At first I could barely walk down the hallway on my own. Not sure if my life would always be this way. Would I have to have someone always help me do the normal things? Well I have something wonderful to tell you folks. I'm getting stronger and stronger as each day passes. Even though I still have a few small hurdles left in front of me, I won't ever stop fighting and I will never give up! Cancer has made me open my eyes and appreciate things more. It's shown me that I have a lot to live for and I don't plan on going anywhere any time soon. Hopefully sharing my story will help others going through the battle and help them see that there isn't always a bad end result battling cancer. Fight hard. Fight to Live. Remember always PMA All Day! (Positive Mental Attitude)~Delane Rineer
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Photos are so beloved that to lose them would crush a person. Many people keep them just on their computer, but doing that can be especially dangerous. Hard drives fail all the time, and losing all your pictures would be heartbreaking.
In a worst case scenario, you always want to have backups elsewhere. While backing them up on an external hard drive is a fine backup, here are some tools that will backup your photos online for offsite backup. Offsite backup gives you that extra layer of protection, so you can keep your memories around forever.
Picasa and Picasa Web Albums
(Free: Mac, Windows, Linux)
Picasa is not a backup service, but a way to simply and easily backup and manage your photos. Run by Google, Picasa allows you to backup your photos, for free, online, to Picasa Web Albums.
With Google’s Picasa, you can upload 1 gb of your photos, for free, online, to Picasa Web Albums. Picasa Web Albums is an excellent service that has great sharing capabilities and allows for collaborative albums. One of my favorite things about this service is that it integrates wonderfully with Google Contacts for facial recognition. If 1gb is not enough, you can purchase more storage.
With recently updated pricing, you can purchase 20 GB ($5.00 USD per year), 80 GB ($20.00 USD per year), 200 GB ($50.00 USD per year), 400 GB ($100.00 USD per year), and 1 TB ($256.00 USD per year) and, if you need even more, 2 TB ($512.00 USD per year), 4 TB ($1,024.00 USD per year), 8 TB ($2,048.00 USD per year), and 16 TB ($4,096.00 USD per year). Because of this recently updated pricing, I have purchased storage (80 gb) and am happy with the purchase.
(Included in purchase of computer, Mac only)
I include iPhoto, software to manage and organize your photos on your Mac, for one simple reason. It does a fabulous job providing easy to upload spots for your photos. In fact, in two clicks, you can upload to your Flickr, Facebook, MobileMe or send photos in an email. But Picasa has a trick iPhoto doesn’t: upload to Blogspot, a tool that may be helpful for bloggers. Be careful not to delete albums from the Flickr list, doing so will delete it from Flickr as well. If you are nervous about this, you can always use the Flickr Uploadr.
(Free (100 mb monthly), Web)
Previously mentioned, and one of my current choices, Flickr is one of the leading photo storage sites. It boasts an impressive community of highly dedicated users who jump at the slightest change of their beloved service, guest passes to let friends and family take a look at a specific album (something that Picasa Web Albums similarly does as well), and a slightly different type of storage limit.
While Picasa Web Albums puts a cap at 1 gb for free for life, Flickr allows you to upload 100 mb each month, making a growing total. The catch- you can only see the past 200 photos you have uploaded.
(Free, hosting account necessary, Web)
This one is a recently discovered favorite of mine. While I had to forgo the one-click install in favor of an easy clean install, I was able to set up uploading photos through FTP. In a couple of clicks, I had my entire photo library going up to my domain. If you have a hosting account with unlimited storage, and don’t think that your host will get upset with you, go for it. Just be warned, some will not like this.
(Free (2 gb), Mac, Windows, Linux)
Mozy backs up your entire computer, and any hard drives connected to it. It is amazing for backing up large amounts of data, although be forewarned, it takes a long time for the initial backup. For free, you get 2 gb, but soon you will find yourself wanting unlimited storage, a moderate $54.99 a year.
(Free (2 gb), Mac, Windows, Linux)
Dropbox is a nice touch for those with small photo collections, many computers and an urge for being on the safe side. Dropbox, not exclusively for your photos, syncs your files to other computers and to the cloud, for backups. In addition, Dropbox allows you to share a folder, potentially of your photos, with others. A handy feature. Dropbox is free for 2 gb and if you find you need more, you can get 50 gb for $9.99 per month, or 100 gb for $19.99 per month.
What I Use
Every single one of these services. My photos are backed up in several places, letting me rest easy. For others that want in addition to backup onsite, I suggest looking into a Drobo, which I have not used, but heard great things about. I have also recently made the switch from Flickr to Picasa Web Albums, mainly because of the price ($5 cheaper in my case), syncing of facial recognition, and the sanctity of having everything in one place.
The Menifee Police Department wishes residents a safe and relaxing holiday season.
This short list of safety tips is meant to remind residents to drive safely and reduce the risk of crime during the holidays.
· Slow down, drive safely and do not use cell phones while driving.
· Obey all traffic laws. Do not block intersections or run red lights. Increased traffic patrol will be ticketing for these offenses.
· Be aware of pedestrians as many people are out and about this time of year.
· There's also less daylight which means more nighttime driving is required and pedestrians are less visible. Drive slowly through parking lots and check twice before backing out of parking spaces.
· Park in well lit areas and be aware of your surroundings.
· Put packages in your trunk where they are not visible through car windows.
· Prevent credit card fraud and identity theft. Do not give any personal information to unknown or unsolicited sales people. Telephone sales scams increase during the holiday season.
· If you plan to donate money this season, be sure you donate to legitimate organizations.
· Set a timer to turn lights on inside and outside your home if you will be traveling this holiday season. Ask a neighbor to keep an eye on your home and to pick up newspapers and any flyers delivered to your house.
The Police Department has set up patrols in crowded shopping areas for additional safety during the holiday season. However,everyone must be aware and do his/her part to prevent crime.
It is safe to say that most of us are not plumbers, so any additional knowledge that we can grasp tends to go a long way. Most of us who own older homes are starting to deal with a serious issue that can’t just be swept under the rug. Leaks! Whether they’re in your slab, your walls, or anywhere else there’s a chance that your older home (or possibly even new home) has or will experience some sort of slab or wall leak at some point.
Some of you might have already experienced multiple leaks already and the thought of repiping your home could quickly become a reality. Now, prior to going through with the repipe you are going to be asked a question that will affect the next 10, 20, maybe even 50 years of your life! Would you like your home repiped in pex or copper piping?
Most of us are already familiar with copper due to most of our homes already being plumbed with copper, but even today it is very common to find someone who has no idea what pex piping is. If this is you than know that you’re not alone. Pex is basically nothing more than cross-linked polyethylene. In case that still went over your head (and I don’t blame you) polyethylene is basically a plastic that we all use on a daily basis. Polyethylene is the plastic of choice when it comes to milk containers, sandwich bags, car covers, squeeze bottles, etc. Basically, it’s a multi purpose plastic. Copper is much more common and, for lack of a better term, it is the metal that our pennies are made out of.
Most of us are old fashioned and are not a fan of change and for that reason alone most people would choose copper, however, lets start to compare the differences. For most people their sole reason for choosing copper is due to their belief that a metal will be more durable than a plastic. Although that may be true in some occasions one can be surprised when it comes to plumbing. Pex has a few advantages in the sense that it does not scale nor lose its material integrity or strength due to the chlorines in the water.
However, only copper can be used outdoors due to pex being vulnerable to UV lighting which can cause it to become brittle and eventually rupture.
Now the topic that everyone can related to: cost! The pex pipe itself is in fact a lot cheaper than copper. Also, the installation of pex piping is simpler as well due to the plastic pipe being more flexible and using less fittings by being able to travel to direct routing points. The easier installation normally results in lower installation fees. Though the installation of copper is both more costly and methodical, copper is fire resistant and will remain standing in case your home ever catches fire.
Now, what is the X-factor? For pex piping it is rodents! On a hot day a rodent will do anything to get to water, including chewing through pex piping. If you’re located in an area that is prone to rodent infestation then pex piping might not be the best choice for you. If you’re thinking of going with copper remember that, unlike pex, copper collects and builds sediments in the water supply that can lead to a shortage of pressure at faucets and showers.
Neither copper nor pex are without its flaws and it is more of a matter of opinion as to which you choose to go with. Pex has a few distinct advantages over copper, but copper has been working just fine for the past few decades. If you’re someone who is thinking of repiping your home feel free to call Menifee Plumbing at (951) 679-0732 for more information or for an estimate with both types of piping.
Menifee residents are encouraged to shop and dine locally this holiday season. Not only will residents save driving time (and gas) by spending locally, the sales tax revenue generated from purchases stays in Menifee.
Sales tax revenue, which continues to increase as more retail outlets and restaurants come to Menifee, is a key contributor to the city's budget. It helps pay for things like police officers and fire fighters, parks, road maintenance and code enforcement.
Every dollar residents spend in Menifee helps pay for services the city provides," says Economic Development Director Jeff Wyman. "Residents have more retail and dining options in Menifee this holiday season, and we're encouraging folks to spend locally when possible."
Menifee celebrates arrival of Town Center Oak Tree
The Menifee community planted roots, literally, this week when a majestic 80-year-old California Live Oak tree was lifted by crane and guided into a large hole in the middle of what will become the Menifee Town Center.
The landmark Menifee Oak Tree was delivered to its new home on an over-sized flatbed truck. It was then hoisted by crane and planted in this huge 12 foot by 12 foot hole. The tree will eventually be the focal point of a round-about in the middle of the road going through Menifee Town Center.
The oak tree is a Menifee icon. It's included in the city seal, it's the basis for the city logo and now it's a landmar in the Town Center, a community meeting place under construction. Elected officials, developers and city staff attended a small Menifee Oak Tree planting ceremony to celebrate the arrival of this new landmark at the Menifee Town Center construction site located at Newport and Haun roads."The oak tree signifies strength, hardiness and endurance for our new city," Mayor Scott Mann mentioned in his remarks at the event.
Menifee Town Center is a 172 acre planned mixed-use development being built by Regent Properties. The Town Center will feature retail, dining and entertainment establishments, and possibly a movie theater, as well as housing. It also is the future home of Menifee City Hall, making this a central gathering place for the Menifee community.Work on Menifee Town Center is underway. The Santa Rosa Academy opened at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year, and utilities are in place for the rest of the development. Construction is set to begin on the main road this winter and the Town Center development is expected to be completed in spring 2014.
Lawyers have a tendency to overcomplicate certain situations. Whether it’s because lawyers try to think of every possible outcome or that society (and law for that matter) has become more complicated is open for debate. In the spirit of the holidays I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you a version of the “Night before Christmas” that has been floating around and was clearly written by a lawyer with too much time on their hands. I take no credit for the below version (and the author is unknown) but have been known to send it to another lawyer when they begin to take themselves too seriously. I hope you enjoy and I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday!
Twas the night before Christmas – Legally Speaking Whereas, on or about the night prior to Christmas, there did occur at a certain improved piece of real propert (hereinafter "the House") a general lack of stirring by all creatures therein, including, but not limited to a mouse.
A variety of foot apparel, e.g. stocking, socks, etc., had been affixed by and around the chimney in said House in the hope and/or belief that St. Nick a/k/a/ St. Nicholas a/k/a/ Santa Claus (hereinafter "Claus") would arrive at sometime thereafter.
The minor residents, i.e. the children, of the aforementioned House, were located in their individual beds and were engaged in nocturnal hallucinations, i.e. dreams, wherein vision of confectionery treats, including, but not limited to, candies, nuts and/or sugar plums, did dance, cavort and otherwise appear in said dreams.
Whereupon the party of the first part (sometimes hereinafter referred to as "I"), being the joint-owner in fee simple of the House with the parts of the second part (hereinafter "Mamma"), and said Mamma had retired for a sustained period of sleep. (At such time, the parties were clad in various forms of headgear, e.g. kerchief and cap.)
Suddenly, and without prior notice or warning, there did occur upon the unimproved real property adjacent and appurtent to said House, i.e. the lawn, a certain disruption of unknown nature, cause and/or circumstance. The party of the first part did immediately rush to a window in the House to investigate the cause of such disturbance.
At that time, the party of the first part did observe, with some degree of wonder and/or disbelief, a miniature sleigh (hereinafter the "Vehicle") being pulled and/or drawn very rapidly through the air by approximately eight (8) reindeer. The driver of the Vehicle appeared to be and in fact was, the previously referenced Claus.
Said Claus was providing specific direction, instruction and guidance to the approximately eight (8) reindeer and specifically identified the animal co-conspirators by name: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder and Blitzen (hereinafter the "Deer"). (Upon information and belief, it is further asserted that an additional co-conspirator named Rudolph may have been involved.)
The party of the first part witnessed Claus, the Vehicle and the Deer intentionally and willfully trespass upon the roofs of several residences located adjacent to and in the vicinity of the House, and noted that the Vehicle was heavily laden with packages, toys and other items of unknown origin or nature. Suddenly, without prior invitation or permission, either express or implied, the Vehicle arrived at the House, and Claus entered said House via the chimney.
Said Claus was clad in a red fur suit, which was partially covered with residue from the chimney, and he carried a large sack containing a portion of the aforementioned packages, toys, and other unknown items. He was smoking what appeared to be tobacco in a small pipe in blatant violation of local ordinances and health regulations.
Claus did not speak, but immediately began to fill the stocking of the minor children, which hung adjacent to the chimney, with toys and other small gifts. (Said items did not, however, constitute "gifts" to said minor pursuant to the applicable provisions of the U.S. Tax Code.) Upon completion of such task, Claus touched the side of his nose and flew, rose and/or ascended up the chimney of the House to the roof where the Vehicle and Deer waited and/or served as "lookouts." Claus immediately departed for an unknown destination.
However, prior to the departure of the Vehicle, Deer and Claus from said House, the party of the first part did hear Claus state and/or exclaim: "Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!" Or words to that effect.
Raxter Law, Jeremiah Raxter, Esq.
27851 Bradley Rd, Suite 145
Menifee, Ca 92586
The mere thought of cooking something slowly in the oven all day gets me excited!
This is my favorite type of cooking. I’m talking about cooking that is slow and that completely transforms food into something even more flavorful and delicious. This is comfort food kind of cooking. You need to love flavor and cooking for this — and you need to have a considerable amount of available time. This is what I love do — it’s cooking on the weekends!
Brisket is a tough cut of meat that needs hours to become tender. Once it does, brisket is incredibly delicious and it will melt-in-your-mouth.
My mom has been making brisket for as long as I can remember, and she always wings it. And she wings it perfectly! After years of interrogating her about her method (well, her method of winging it), I have come up with this scrumptious recipe.
While this Braised Brisket Stew is a brilliant addition to a Hanukkah or another holiday dinner, it’s also perfect for a super cozy, casual dinner party. Serve it over rice, pasta, mashed potatoes, or — my favorite way — with a thick, crusty, slice of roasted garlic bread.
Braised Brisket Stew
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Active Work Time: 20 minutes
Serving Size: Serves 4 to 6
· 1 (2-1/2-pound) brisket
· 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
· Olive oil for the pan
· 1 cup peeled Pearl onions
· 1 cup Peewee potatoes, washed, dried and cut in half
· 2 large carrots, peeled, and cut into 1/4-inch slices
· 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
· 1 cup beef stock
· 1/2 cup red wine
· Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F,and coat a large oven safe skillet (cast iron is perfect) -- or use a Dutch oven with olive oil.
Rub the brisket with the Worcestershire sauce, coating it evenly, and season both sides generously with salt and pepper.
Place the brisket, fat side up in the oil coated pan, and cover it with a fitted lid or heavy-duty foil. Place the brisket in the preheated oven for 6 hours.
Remove the brisket from the oven, and place it on a large plate. (Leave any juices in the pan.) Let the brisket cool slightly, and then use the back of a knife or a spoon to gently scrape off the fat and discard it.
Place the meat on a cutting board and cut it into thin (about 1/2-inch) slices -- against the grain! Set aside.
Turn the oven up to 300 degrees F.
Place the pan with the brisket juices on the stove over medium-high heat and add the onions. Once they're beginning to brown, add the potatoes and carrots. Cook the vegetables until they are all nicely browned, about 7 minutes.
Move the vegetables to the sides of the pan and use a large, flat-bottomed spatula to return the sliced brisket to the center of the pan.
Pour the stock and wine over the meat and vegetables and cover the pan. Place in the preheated oven and cook until the meat is extremely tender and the vegetables are soft, about 1 hour. Season generously with salt and pepper to taste.