Yes, lots of important needs for fire season. Everything else on hold until we can figure them out.
Also, the trees that came down that the tree service had nothing to do with, are drying fast. I'm not overly concerned with the trunks on the ground, but I am the branches, and also any dead trees standing.
Some of the latter are not huge, and I think that we could get them down.
So, we talked this past weekend, and said that, if we cut off the dead branches of the fallen trees, and got down the small dead trees...which are a fire ladder...(we can't clean the entire forest, unfortunately.) and made a couple of piles of the brush...one up here, and one down there, we could then rent a chipper from Ds's old boss.
Chipped is safer than leaving it, or burning at this point. And, by moving everything one weekend, and chipping the next, we don't need the chipper for as long as if we got it, *then* started moving things. I don't think that either guy that has helped in the past is available. Rats.
So, one more fire season need. I'll bet that you can guess at how stressed this has me. Fire season already in general. I'm already talking to Dh about what to put away safely, and packing a small tote, and leaving it packed, so that if we have to leave...
Also...I haven't driven, except once and it doesn't count...in something like 45 years, and I never made it something that I could do without thinking, as I didn't drive long enough. However, we have an issue with vehicles. If Ds is not around, we can only take one vehicle. If Ds is around, and not busy with his family, he still needs to drive his own truck.
I can't get into the truck still, after my fall. So, I need to get into my Crown Vic. But, if Dh drives the Vic, we leave my truck, which pulls the escape pod which has everything in it, and is how we move the cats and hens, and carry their food, etc. The truck itself has the cage on the back, and is perfect, we discovered, for Tilde.
So, I was thinking, if I can work on my health over the next couple of months, maybe, by mid-summer? I could begin driving the Crown Vic up and down our road? If I can do that, then if Dh drove the truck out, I could stay right on his or Ds's rear, and follow them out with the car.
If we were allowed around the valley, it would not be a terrible road. I'd much rather stay *off* off the hwy. I am not concerned about not having a license. No one should be giving tickets during an evacuation, but if they feel compelled, then they can follow us to where we are going, and give me one then. Whatever.
Yes, both of our sons are ridiculously busy right now.
If your new disk is useful to you, then it will have been worth it, though, yes it was more than I would have guessed. I think that their mark-up on it should be small, because the person wanting it has obviously invested in their machine.
There's usually a warranty/registration card in the papers that come with items like that. And, these days, there's sometimes an option just to do it online.
That's a good question on the cat litter. I don't know. Since mine are newspaper pellets, I can just bury it and it breaks down, so I don't have to haul it out.
Mine, too. 3 of the fires out of 6 that have burned recently, were way too close. One was quite far south, one was quite far north, and one was east of the buffalo ranch...Ds saw the smoke when he went to get meat. As it turned out, that one was the only one that was under control, as it was a controlled burn. Which, is what, they should do all winter as it's wet/raining. The national forest, and other areas.
I like a warm bathroom for bathing, too. I never got over the great heater in a Santa Barbara hotel that we stayed in once. They had a ceiling heater which was infrared. Efficient, since it heats objects, but also really effective. I loved my after-the-beach shower time with that heater in there. :-)
I hope that the ins. co. will cover more than not.
Darn it about Boy's truck bed.
That must be great, when he can eat there before leaving.
They want to sell the trailer? :-(
Always go with your gut, re: supplement. Do you know what really helps nerves, even after a couple of days, but it can be done once a day, or 4-5 days a week? Certain magnesiums. The best one, for me anyway, has been the one which is Epsom salts.
The problem is, taking a full bath. You shower, for example. There are 2 solutions:
A - Make a strong spray, and spray it on your stomach each day.
B - My preferred is to soak hands or feet. Find a foot soaking bath thingy, or, in my case for hands, a container that has rounded edges...like a small, dollar store dish pan. I actually use a large, stoneware-type dog dish these days. It's perfect, and kind of cute with colorful paw prints on the bottom. :-)
I fill it maybe 3/4 full of water, and maybe 1/2 C. of Epsom salts...less if I do it most days.
If it's cold out, I make the water pretty warm, but it actually works best at not much above body temperature.
I literally put my hands in it, turn on a show to watch, and time myself 30 minutes, but I'm quite deficient. 20 would work for your purposes, but no less. 20 mins. seems to be key for magnesium.
You really will notice a difference. You'll feel more relaxed, and as a bonus will sleep better, and can have fewer muscle aches, depending.
Then again, a magnesium supplement would probably work, too.
I love ice cubes, and can really appreciate the 'old days' way of having and serving them. What a good hostess!
Have a great day!
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