It was sooo hot for about 3 or 4 days, that we couldn't move for several hours a day, but then on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, perhaps because of the new smoke, it cooled to mostly high 90's, up to 105 - but only for an hr. or so. Anything 105 or below feels cooler to us these days, as long as I can have a fan on.
And, the nights of the 'cooler' days were back into the 40's. I've now moved my extra blanket close by, since I seem to be using it 1/2 the time. Brrr.
I've been watching the change in the areas here, light-wise, and it's consistent. The road area changes by light meter first, followed by the old house, then up here. We have the most light up here, both at the end of the day, and in the morning, by 1/2 an hour.
I was looking through a tote that Ds had brought up a while back, and found some books in it, from my mom's house.
In it were several older books, some that I remember having read there growing up. One of them was a book that my dad gave me when it first came out in 1960, which is why I was able to suggest it to Paten to read with her Dd. It's The Cricket in Time's Square, with my name in the from in my dad's handwriting. He only personally bought me 4 books, so this is quite the memory for me.
I guess that, while 1960 doesn't seem lhat long ago to me, it is nearly 62 years ago now. The dust jacket is chipping a little at the bottom of the spine, so I am going to try to find a clear cover to put over it.
I'm still battling my back/kidney issue, so couldn't do a lot this week. My Dr. would have done some tests, but the hospital situation has worsened here, and they now don't want to see anyone. First, electives were cancelled, and now that capacity has been reached, they said that they would turn away a broken arm, etc. Not that they want people being exposed right now, with the # of hospitalized people at a record high.
I got a letter from a new organic inspector, and the date that she offered for out annual inspection was on the 13th and 7 in the morning. Apparently, she is traveling in an Air Stream. That's one way to avoid excessive road time, and hotels.
Uhura surprised us this week - she touched the bells next to the door when she wanted to go out the other day. I thought that it was an accident at first, but she's done it several times since. I guess that she's watch Krypto do it and get to go out?
I took the very few apples that the bear didn't eat, and made some apple muffins.
I needed some more cinnamon and cardamom, (for the batter, and to sprinkle cinnamon-sugar on top of the muffins before baking them.) so I began to grind them. (I use a small, electric coffee grinder for my spices.)
Since we got Krypto, I've used my food processor semi-regularly, and the Vitamix, which he's fine with. I want him exposed to as much as possible. But, apparently, the one other time that I ground spices, he was not close by, because he sat straight up when he heard it, and came over to investigate. I would have bet money that he wouldn't have paid attention to the smaller, quieter machine. They'll surprise you every time.
Good news - when Ds went back to that job, where he thought that he last saw his keys; he found them! *huge sigh of relief* This served to remind me how many of my keys are on it - house and storage container keys, post office box, truck, etc. Eegads. Some of them can't be replicated at a key place, so I want to see what we can work out so that we won't have to worry, should it ever happen again.
Yesterday was the anniversary of our evacuation, and there are not only a lot of fires burning right now in the state, but some really big ones. One problem that they are having with the one in Tahoe, which happens anywhere with big trees, like here, is a large/tall tree catches, and falls. Because of it's height, it crosses the containment lines - if there are any. They also throw sparks, starting new fires, the same as wind does.
Ds came by (he's not coming close to us, as he's not feeling well. It's so difficult to pick-up a bug when you are distanced from people, but they're having an issue with being around 2 people...one being Ds'd Dmil.) to get a pull saw that he left here, because a tree on a hill was leaning over their house. It was big, but small enough to limb, then remove.
Well, he got it down, and guess what it did? Landed on a yellow jacket nest! Sheesh! The year of the yellow jackets!
Well, that's all from this neck of the woods. How was your week?
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