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Volume V #253
May 8, 2013
What kind of name is Jerusha? When I looked it up it says, “possessed or married”. Since you are single, does this mean you are possessed? If you are actually married, you should stop saying you’re single. However, if you are indeed, possessed, you should probably not be giving out advice to others.
Sincerely, Zadok, Downieville
I am sure you understand my salutation and it will even be more clearer if you add Zadok to it. I have no idea why you think my name is any of your business. However just to clarify a few things I will tell you I was named after Jerusha Hale, she was the wife of Abner Hale, a Missionary in Hawaii. While Abner was known for wreaking havoc with the native Hawaiians with his religious zeal, Jerusha, like me, was known as a Saint and a heroine and was very kind, gentle and sweet. James Michener wrote about her and Abner in his historical novel, Hawaii. If you read it, you will understand she was a wonderful person and so I am named after that Jerusha. I think you should rethink your judgmental attitude. I believe Zadok is a masculine name, well you can just forget about me being interested in you, if you are single and had that in mind.
Volume V #252
May 1, 2013
Mother’s Day is quickly approaching. What do I get my mom for Mother’s Day?
She has bad allergies, so nothing scented – everything has to be hypoallergenic – soap, lotion, candles. She doesn’t drink wine, so that’s out. Her kitchen is overflowing with stuff already, so there’s no room for new kitchen gadgets. There’s no spas in her area for a gift certificate. She already owns a ton of jewelry and she doesn’t wear the jewelry I’ve given her before. Except for one ring. She does, on occasion, wear the Swarovski ring I gave her. I guess that was a good one. She’s a petite lady, so clothing is hard to buy, same goes for shoes. She has these tiny size 5 feet. She can be very picky too. She’s not really into books. She does like to watch movies though. But, it’s so hard because she owns some dvds already and I don’t know which movies she already owns. Store gift cards can be difficult too. There aren’t the big chain stores where she lives. She doesn’t care for online gift cards because she doesn’t feel comfortable with online shopping. Which I think is weird. I love to shop online. I mean, really, who doesn’t? It’s just so convenient. For that matter, she’s just not a high-tech gadget sort of person, so I guess that’s out too. She likes to garden, but already has tons of gardening things and I don’t know how to buy that stuff any way. Your ideas would be most welcome.
Vicki, Los Gatos
If you had used your last name your mother might have figured out that she was the mother mentioned here and realized there may be a little something off in her response to your generous gifts. I did notice that you did not mention anything about spending time with your mother. Do you visit her, or go on cruises with her, she might like that. Your time is a gift that only you can give. You might think about giving her a Mom’s day. This is a day where your Mom gets to decide what to do and the son (of course in your case it would be daughter) does whatever Mom wants for a whole day whether it be upgrading computers, or going shopping or out to eat, whatever the Mother needs or wants. The other high ticket item is for the son (or in your case the daughter) would allow the mother to hold his hand for a number of minutes or at least no less than 45 seconds. Both of these items are known to be received with great pleasure from a Mom known to me. Meanwhile I see you get pleasure in bragging about the gifts you think are so wonderful. I would suggest there be a little less me (you) in the gift giving and a little more…. well something, I can’t really think of a good end to that sentence. If in fact you can’t think of anything your dear Mother would enjoy I suggest you think about giving to someone else on Mother’s Day, like maybe a sister or maybe a beloved aunt, there are more mothers than just your mother, maybe you should think about that. Anyhow, hope this has been helpful. You can mail things to me c/o Sierra County Prospect, POB 53, Downieville, CA 95936.
P.S. Maybe your Mom drinks beer…
May 1, 2013
My cat keeps me up at night. What do I do??
Regards, Sleep-deprived in Truckee
What kind of dumb question is that? There are lots of things you can do. Put the cat in it’s own bedroom. Buy a nicer bed for the cat. Move to a two bedroom place if you only have one bedroom. Give the cat whatever makes her/him happy. Maybe the cat needs more food. Have you bought cat toys? Does the cat have a companion? Maybe another cat or some mice. Maybe your sleep habits need changing. Wear ear plugs, of course if there is a fire and you can’t hear the smoke alarm that could be a problem. Or if you slept with a pillow over your head it might decrease your oxygen level which could affect the cats health if you were not there to feed him/her. Well I don’t know. Just stop whining.
PS: I know Sleep Deprived is not your real name.
Volume V # 251
April 24, 2013
I just came back from a family reunion (of sorts). My family is loud and embarrassing. We talk over each other, we fight over who pays for what, and they keep telling me I’m the adopted one.
My thumb was fine before the weekend reunion, but then I ended up with a painful and swollen left thumb. Was this caused by my family?
The Adopted One
I can see you are troubled and easily embarrassed. This has nothing to do with you being adopted, you most likely were reminded you were adopted because another family member (maybe a sister) is jealous. After all adopted people have been chosen and are very special maybe even more special than a biological child where the family has no say in whom the siblings are, so if you are thinking your problems are because of this think again. Obviously there is something else wrong with you. It could be possible someone is bending your thumb as you sleep. Did you share your room with anyone (maybe a mother). At any rate if you can’t keep up with family chitchat maybe this is about you more than the family, have you thought about that? Otherwise why wouldn’t you use your name. I have no idea if you are a man or woman or married or single and that is annoying to me, and I don’t get annoyed easily. Good luck with your thumb.
Volume V # 250
April 10, 2013
Yesterday I was going to go to the movies. I didn’t because my friend was being a real jerk. Then he got mad at me because I didn’t go and called me a jerk. I am just wondering who the real jerk is. We were going to see Lincoln it is supposed to be a good movie and so I was wondering what to do.
Thanks, Joe Membray, Sierraville
First of all you don’t know me and so a proper salutation would have been in order instead of just “Hi”. You did not say how old you were and you do sound very young like maybe a teenager. The first thing you should do is develop some manners, ask your parents to help you with this. Meanwhile friends don’t call friends “jerks”, so it appears the friendship may be in question.
If in fact you are older than say 50 or 60 years then you really have no excuse. Unless you are married then talk to your wife. If you are not married, neither am I and I have not seen Lincoln either.
Volume V # 249
April 3, 2013
I have two nieces and they always tell me I am their favorite aunt. I really like to hear that but then they have some other aunt’s too. I am their father’s sister but their mother has sisters and I think they really like them. So do you think they tell their other aunts that they are their favorite aunts too or am I really the favorite aunt. And what about my grand niece and grand nephew should they be counted in this tally. I am not sure why I am asking you this, but I thought I would.
Sincerely, Beth Brown, Sierra City
Very interesting. Do you realize that your last name is the same as mine? I don’t know a lot of people with the same last name as me, with the exception of my mother, father, grandmother and grandfather and my brother. Oh and my sister-in-law and my nieces. So that is pretty amazing I would say as Brown is a fairly common name. Meanwhile I don’t know what to think about your issue. You must be fairly old if you have a grand niece and nephew. Well let me know what you find out.
Volume V #248
Thre is an Easter Egg hunt and the Easter Bunny comes to Downieville on Saturday and I was wondering if you were going to be there. I was thinking about coming over but I live in Verdi and didn’t know if it was okay for me to go to a Easter Bunny party in another town even though we are in the same county. Sierra County. Many people don’t realize that Verdi is in Sierra County because part of the town is in Washoe County in Nevada, which is another State. Anyhow if you are going to be there it would make the trip worthwhile if it is okay for me to go to the Easter Bunny party. I have a niece and nephew who would like to meet the Bunny.
Sincerely, Joseph Wilson, Verdi
I think it would be okay for you to attend the Easter egg hunt on Saturday in Downieville. The Downieville VFD puts the party on, boils all the eggs for the Bunny to hide and there is even some special golden eggs to find for a special prize. I know people from Sierra City and Alleghany come to the party so I am sure Verdi folks are welcome. I think I will be there, I usually am, but you should bring your niece and nephew regardless of me, I am sure they will have fun. Is your wife going to come with you or maybe you are single. I am single so will most likely be there by myself if I am there. Anyway have a Happy Easter.
Volume V #247
Well, here it is almost Spring. Does that make you happy? I think many people are looking forward to Spring, Summer and warmer weather. I know I am. I think you wrote a long time ago that you liked Winter and snow. I believe you even said you would be happy if it snowed all year long, do you still feel that way? It seems like it would make life more difficult. If there was snow all year long then how would you grow vegetables, or would we even be able to have apple trees, nevermind grow strawberries. It appears you may not have thought it through wanting it to snow all year long. Just thought I would bring this to your attention.
Sincerely, Robert Elbert, Sierra City
Normally I would call you Bob, if I felt you were someone who really cared about whether I thought of you as a friend or otherwise. Otherwise of course could mean closer than friend or just flat out enemy. I don’t have any enemies, as I am liked by most everyone. I suppose you must like my column or you wouldn’t mention what I wrote months ago, at any rate, it doesn’t matter, but to answer your question about vegetables and strawberries, I would use a greenhouse.
Volume V #246
Many times you have mentioned that you are single and you ask some of your male readers if they are single and then tell them that you are so I wonder if that means you are looking to not be single and want to meet someone to possibly date or have a relationship with, is that true?
I have a friend who is single and I thought maybe you would be perfect for him, that is if you were interested in meeting someone, I don’t really know, but if you are and let me know then maybe we could arrange a meeting. Maybe we could double date, if you know someone that might like to meet me, what do you think?
Sincerely, Pat Williams, Indian Valley
I don’t understand why you think I am running a dating service here. Do you realize how long your first sentence is? It takes up the whole paragraph. The other thing is your name is Pat, what is that suppose to mean? Is it Patrick or Patricia, am I suppose to find you a man or a woman. Which really doesn’t matter because as I said I am not running a dating service. If you in fact are a Patrick then that means you are single if you are looking for a date. So why wouldn’t you just ask me. I can’t believe you this is so ridiculous. I have no idea what’s true as your sentence just runs on.
Volume V #245
Would you please help me. My husband wants me to cook dinner every night and he never offers to make dinner. I do not think this is right as many of my friends tell me their husbands often make meals for them. I have told Harold this and he says they are probably pansies. I think he means the husbands who cook dinner for their wives are not really manly. I told him I would think much more of him if he was nicer to me but he doesn’t seem to understand. I don’t know what to do. Do you?
Sincerely, Mary Beth Maroney, Alleghany
Dear Mary Beth:
I am not sure what to tell you. You realize I am not married so don’t have this problem. If I was married I most likely would cook dinner, but maybe not. It would be nice to have someone else cook dinner on occasion. I don’t cook too much, just now and then. I like to microwave a lot, I don’t know if that is cooking. Have you microwaved stuff for him? Maybe your cooking is just to good. Gosh what a dilemma, well anyhow, try the microwave thing and see what happens.
Volume V #244
February 20, 2013
You used to be Ask Jerusha weren’t you? How come you changed it? I liked it when we could ask you questions. Now I feel as if we are not suppose to ask anything. It is not a good feeling. I wish you would go back to allowing people to Ask.
Jim Capus, Alleghany
You might notice that people do ask stuff. Obviously feeling as though you can’t ask, didn’t stop you from asking, did it. So I am not sure what your point is, you must have a lot of time on your hands. Maybe your wife can explain it for you. If you are not married you can write again.
P.S. Did you notice what it says above my picture?
Volume V # 243
February 13, 2013
Many times over the years my better half has asked me what I would like for a present for my birthday or Christmas or Chanukah or Mother’s Day. I have always told him I would like a Platinum ring with diamonds and emeralds and he always laughs. I don’t know why he laughs. Platinum, diamonds and emeralds are all very expensive but they are also an investment. Platinum is now over $1,700 an ounce, valued more than gold is an ounce. It is a good investment. It won’t devalue, well it might, but then it will gain again just like gold has. Did I mention I was allergic to gold, it makes my fingers turn black and I get a rash around my neck and my ears get all weird. I have allergies that I can’t control. I would love to have some jewelry that I can wear all the time without having an allergic outbreak. So I was just wondering what you think about this. I really hope you can help me.
Sincerely, Mirabelle Glazelle
Your letter is very interesting. I did not know platinum was valued by the ounce like gold. One learns something new every day. There was one real issue that caused me consternation in your letter. Do you really expect to get both Christmas and Chanukah presents? That appears to be very greedy of you. I would think you would have the good sense to choose one or the other, expecting gifts for both holidays does not speak well for you. You should rethink why you do that. If indeed you can justify celebrating both days and receiving presents for both, please let me know as I would be interested. Thank you.
Volume V # 242
February 6, 2013
This is the 4th letter I have sent to you. I don’t understand why you won’t answer my question. It seems to me you would realize that I have to have an answer or I wouldn’t keep writing to you. Why won’t you answer? You have answered many letters that are not as important as my question and I am getting tired of writing to you. I am thinking that you are just ignoring me and I want to know why. Meanwhile please answer my question as it is really important. Thank you for your help.
Sincerely, Jimmy Wolsen, Pike
Where have you been sending your letters? If you send them to P.O. Box 53, Downieville, CA 95936 I will get them. If you send them to firstname.lastname@example.org I will get it. I have no explanation as to why I received the above letter and none of your others. Are you sure you wrote them? You sound a little confused. I rarely and only occasionally get confused myself. So now that I have answered your question I hope you are satisfied.
Volume V #241
January 30, 2013
Do you feed the birds or the squirrels? I see all kinds of information about how to make your bird feeder squirrel proof. Do you think that works? This is such a dilemma for me as I have both squirrels and bluejays and other winter snowbirds in my yard and they all want food and I feel bad if I don’t let the squirrels eat too. I live in Downieville and I heard that Clint Eastwood might come for Gold Rush Days on Labor Day weekend and that the Yuba Theatre is going to have one of his pictures playing that weekend. Have you heard that? It would be so exciting if Clint Eastwood came to an original gold rush town like Downieville. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.
Sincerely, Patty Shedwod, Downieville
You realize, of course, that you asked two questions that have nothing to do with each other. If you are serious about the bird and squirrel problem, one would think you would stick to one problem at a time. Although Clint Eastwood coming to Downieville certainly isn’t a problem, it would be exciting, so I have to agree with you. I keep thinking he was in Cat Ballou, but he wasn’t, that was Lee Marvin. Anyhow you should put plenty of food out so both the squirrels and the birds can eat. Winter is tough on those critters and they need our help. I wonder where the Chipmunks are.
Volume V #240
January 23, 2013
I notice that you only print one letter a week. Why is that? Do you get more than one or do you just pick out the best? Some of the letters you get are really dumb and I wonder why you even bother answering them. If the letter you answer is the best one then you must be getting some really weird letters. Anyhow, I was just wondering, I don’t have any real problems in my life to discuss but if I did I would certainly write to you as you are very compassionate.
Sincerely, Valerie Whitcomb, Verdi
I am so happy that you think I am compassionate, not everyone would agree with you. Sometimes it is difficult to answer letters compassionately because the writer writes really dumb stuff. I get lots of letters and find myself picking a letter at random. If a letter is really personal and needs serious thought I will answer it privately as I don’t want anyone to worry when they write to me that their personal business becomes public. So, I am looking forward to you having some difficulty in life so that I can help you.
Volume V # 237
January 16, 2013
Did you go to the Burning Tree Fest in Downieville? I think I saw you there, but you looked a lot older, was that you? I was wearing a vest and ball cap and was by myself. When I went to have a hot dog, they were already out of them, but someone said that you had brought the Tofu dogs to share and so I had one of them. It was pretty good, it didn’t taste like a real hot dog but with mustard and a bun and cooked over the fire, I might not have known it was tofu if I didn’t know it was tofu. Anyhow I tried to talk to you, but you were always busy taking pictures and talking to other people. Well, you were if that was you, which is my question, was that you?
Sincerely, Peter Samuels, Sierra County
Well I was at the Burning Tree Fest and it was really fun. I expect we will have a burning tree fest next year too, and maybe every year as they use to do it in the old days. I don’t remember the old days, I just hear people talking about it. I didn’t notice any young men in vest or ball cap at the Fest. I imagine if you thought I was older you must be younger. I wonder exactly what your idea of “older” is…. it is a little disconcerting for someone who does not even know me to think the “older” woman at the Burning Tree Fest was me. I don’t think you deserve an answer. Maybe next year you might think about being less rude.
P.S. Were you alone because you are single?
Volume V #236
I noticed in your new picture there are some little boys. Are they your brothers? They can’t be your children as you repeatedly say that you are single and appear to flirt with any male that writes to you. So who are these boys, maybe your nephews. They are very good looking and actually appear to look a lot like you. So can you let me know the real scoop on this please?
Sincerely, Bill Jenkins, Sierra City
It is possible they are my sons as I may have been married once. Just because I am single now doesn’t mean I wasn’t married at some point in my life. Although you have recognized they are very handsome, I will say they are exceptionally smart and very wonderful sons and brought wonderful daughter-in-laws and wonderful grandsons into my life. Of course this makes me older than you probably thought, but you didn’t mention whether you were married or how old you were, anyhow it really isn’t any of your business and you shouldn’t be asking personal questions unless you are single too.
Volume V # 235 1/2/2013
This past year has been unfortunate for many of us. Some of us have lost loved ones and good friends, Others have had a close call with the Grim Reaper. In this New Year perhaps we should have a special appreciation of our loved ones and good friends. Let us hope the new year helps us enjoy our remaining loved ones and good friends. What do you think?
Ebenezer Scrooge (I have learned and reformed)
I am sure your name is not Ebenezer Scrooge. I don’t have to tell you what I think. That is not a valid question. What do you mean “hope”? You either enjoy your remaining loved ones and good friends or you don’t. You don’t hope, you just do it.
P.S. My New Year Resolution was to be pleasant and nice at all times and not get irritated over petty issues…. well, thanks to you, I broke it already.