Saturday, October 12, 2019

Wind and Fire - Must be Fall in California

Once again we are turning a wary eye to the paths of wildfires in our area and hoping others aren't affected by them as well. Signs of Fall if you live in California and the warm, fast, gusty winds are swirling. The first day of this year's winds was interesting due to the blow off of last year's fire residue from the hills near us. The air was brown, smelled like ash and it was really gritty. Add in lots of pine needles raining down. No fire for us so far but I've been thinking about potential evacuation routes just in case the closest one expands. Being near the coast does limit our options for leaving quickly along with the hordes of others who would be doing the same.

Also on our minds is the in progress bathroom remodel and whether or not the accent tile we picked will look good. Hubby has been concerned but finally decided it will look good. The good news is there were no surprise problems once the old shower was torn out! And the dog is coping pretty well with being confined to a back room as the workers are in an out the front door. I'm coping less well with having to be home half the time (we are splitting the being here time). 

I went to the farmer's market this morning especially because the hand weavers guild was having a sale and demonstrations. That wasn't a hit for me but there was a new to me vendor at the market selling specialty herb mixes and I got some to try and some to give. Also some luscious looking organic grapes, strawberries and yellow pepper. It really is so easy to go there on Saturday mornings - need to make it a priority.

A friend and I managed to cater the woman's club luncheon this past Thursday despite a distinct lack of enthusiasm of both of our parts. The lead for providing meals quit suddenly so we are all trying out different ways of feeding 30 people. We bought everything LOL.

Not much else going on in my life right now. What is happening in yours?







12 comments:

  1. Worrying about fires would be enough to keep me occupied. Can't be easy to face that possibility so often.

    Glad you are finding time for fun along with the stress of remodeling.

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  2. Those wildfires are dangerous business. Always better to be safe than sorry - at least that is the way I prepare for Hurricanes and they are equally destructive, but not nearly so often.

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  3. >>despite a distinct lack of enthusiasm of both of our parts<<

    Oh, my. I would have a TOTAL lack of enthusiasm. You could go the White House route (at least lately when entertaining college athletes). ;)

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    1. I like "The White House route"! We pretty much did a healthier version of that. Bought pulled pork and baked beans from local favorite restaurant. Bags of ready coleslaw plus dressing and little rolls for sliders. Purchased cupcakes decorated for Halloween. Actually it was a hit.

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    2. That is a GREAT menu to balance good food and ease of preparation. I'll have to remember it!

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  4. No fires in the Northeast, just slowly getting cooler. Hope you get some rain!

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    1. Unfortunately it won't rain in S California until winter. Bet the tree color is gorgeous in the NE.

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  5. Prepare, and then set worries about it aside. The one thing I am more cognizant about during our Santa Ana wind season, is where I hike. The remote wilderness areas around us are 'no go's' during this time of year. Instead, we R & R in more urban areas, and along our beaches, so not really a sacrifice. And I do love the sunsets and balmy evenings this time of year brings us.

    Hopefully your bathroom remodel continues to roll along smoothly, and I'm sure it will be absolutely beautiful when completed!

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  6. I am so ready for fire season to be over.

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  8. Hope you stay safe!!

    Just finished our Thanksgiving celebrations here. Now as our sons went back to their respective homes the house is very quiet.

    God bless.

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  9. Thankful that you are safe from the fires. Hope it remains that way. Can't imagine that tremendous worry every fall. Bless your heart. Glad the bathroom project is on track and coming along nicely. I am reminded that I haven't visited the farmer's market at all this season. Need to remedy that. I vote for pot luck for your large group gatherings. Easier on everyone!

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