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The terriblre fires devestate so many lives; my heart goes out to the people and property owners. The firefighters work so very hard under impossible conditions, heavy packs, high temperatures, ambiant heat and winds and losing ground hour after hour.
Thankfully, Fire Dist 8 has not been called out. The few volunteer firefighters mean each Dist supplies what personnel they can and holds back the rest in case of fires in the district. One of the fires north of us had only 11 volunteer firefights until the state and federal firefighters arrived with a plane, helicopter, and personnel.
The Gibbous moon and sun glow a brilliant red, day and night. Sunsets give a spectacular show.
Each night, the volunteers who are not on the fires scout out for flames. They are easier to see at night. The daytime smoke is so thick we can't see any new smoke. I thought I saw a smoke plume across the valley and it turned out to be smoke from the fires already known.
Everyone has burning eyes, runny noses, sore throats and raspy voices.
We now have 500 gallons of water in the greenhous fishtank and hoses strung all around the perimeter of the houses. We have a fire tender on the property that Laura drives when called out to a fire. Michelle and Jared (my granddaughter's partner) and Jacob (16 years old and taking Fire Science at school) both have training on how to use the water sparingly, effectively and efficiently. Larry, handicapped by polio serves as fire commissioner and supplier of equipment and refilling water tenders.. Zac serves as fighter and Laurie (my granddaughter) as provisions provider. She feeds and keep water buckets full for the firecrews as she cares for one-year old Brooklyn and my smaller great-grandchildren. Katelynn (14-years old) helps Laurie. The little ones act as go-fers. I serve as sous chef for Laurie.
This amazing family works as a team, at home, in the Fire District, and in the community. I am very proud of each one.
Thanks, Chris, for blowing rain our way! Sadly, it works as well as prayers. It is the thought that counts.
Thanks to the smoke, we've had some pretty sunsets recently.
Looks horrible, Joan! *Blowing some rain your way.*
The nearest fire to my Spring Valley Road home is about 25 miles away; the smoke and air quality is very bad because we are surrounded by fires in Spokane and Newport. I see that Portland/Vancouver has tough breathing days as well.
New lightning storms forecast for this weekend. Not much sign of rain.
Michelle just brought home her first flock of chickens. She is busy securing the fencing for the little-feathered friends who find ways out the tiniest holes. She thought she was all ready for their arrival. I shared your portable chicken tractor with her and her five kids will be delighted to have the chicks take over some of the gardening chores.
Joan, I dread the day I'll have to move. Hopefully, that day will never come. Best of luck in finishing up your move. Around here, it would be coyotes that might get a small dog. I hear them howling at night. Do you have any fires near you?
Move with the times, Joan! You can do that!
Hi, gardeners. Just checking in after a couple of weeks of hefty work thinning out the forest to 100 feet of the house. The soil is bone dry, not at all like a peat bog substance of my Spokane home. The mosses fell off the trees joining the moss on the ground. It is all dried out
The deer, cougars, and bears come down into the valleys because of the lack of food and water higher up on the usually lush slopes. We keep the children within sight and don't let the Chihuahua/Pekingese dog out by himself. He is such a brave/foolish little thing, he will take on any sized dog or beast. Came home one day after being mauled by a fanged-clawed animal. Another time he came back with an eye hanging out on his cheek. That was a terrible experience for the small children even as it was a good lesson to not run through the woods pel-mel without paying attention to where they are going. The most recent injury to our little Spartan is a fang bite in his throat from a friend's Rottweiler.
I'm in Spokane until Thursday when I return to my new Spring Valley Road home. I'm getting more boxes for books and dishes. I don't like to move. I used to do it for 20 years while I was a military dependent. Hated it then, despise it now.
One pint of raspberries equals 3/4 lbs, I discovered. Therefore, nearly 3 pints will add up to the 2 lbs necessary for my wine.
Seldom do I need a food scale. Thanks, anyway.
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