It was a bit cooler this week, comparatively speaking. It was in the 90's, with chillier nights, and we had a couple of very foggy mornings. Not the 70's of August days a few years ago, but better than 115 or worse.
Because the tree people put a pile of brush down our access road, we are out of water again, which is bad for several reasons. We cannot get the generator down past it, in order to run the water pump, and fill our tanks. We've called and left a message, but no one has returned our call, as yet.
If it gets hot again, I won't be able to run the misters for the hens. Plus, they, the dog, and the cats, are having to drink bottled water. That's a lot of water for them. Not to mention cooking, washing, dishes, etc. If they do not get back to us today, we are going to try PG&E, and/or CalFire, and see if that gets things moving.
And, besides the water issue, who would leave a pile of brush at this time of year? Currently, in the county just above us, the worst fire in the nation is burning. There's 0% containment, a lot of evacuations, with hot, dry weather continuing. They need to move this pile that they left.
We're in 'floater' season. The white fluff from the purple thistles are floating by everywhere.
There's also been a warning about blue-green algae having been found in Humboldt Co. It's actually a bacteria, but either way it's toxic and dangerous. The biggest problem, aside from people going in it, are dogs. People have to be extremely careful, and not let their dogs go near the water to swim or drink. Unfortunately, dogs do so anyway, every year.
And, boiling the water doesn't help, it's still toxic, and can't even be used for dishes, washing, etc.
Poor Ds. He was working on the coast a couple of days ago, and had to go through 'Jurassic' ferns (tall enough to be at his eye level.) which are irritating to the skin, but then walked through a patch of stinging nettles. He says that he feels better today, but it wasn't his favorite work day. He's going back today, but has plans for heavier clothing, and gloves. He needs thick gloves, but not so thick that he can't use the data collector.
A strange thing happened with the post office this week. I had two bags delivered on the 5th. They weren't important per se, though they were mine and I wanted them. One was quart freezer bags, and the other were gallons.
I only buy them about once a year because I get a large box on sale. Then, we split them with Ds. Because I process and freeze vegetables, meals that I make, etc. I use them on a regular basis.
The quarts were left in a locker box at the post office. They put the key in your post office box, and you go and get the item. But the gallons were not. Amazon said that both were delivered on the 5th, and put in lockers at the post office.
For 3 days we called the post office and no one answered. We called in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Ds went back and checked to see if he had overlooked a key in the box. No key.
Today, almost near closing, the post office answered the phone. We gave them the tracking number, and they confirmed that the 2nd pkg. had arrived on the 5th. We decided to mention what was in the bag, I don't even know why, and the woman said, "Oh, I saw a box of freezer bags in the back, on a shelf."
Really? She went in the back and found them. They were mailed, get this, without a bag. They had a mailing label stuck directly on the box of baggies.
She did try to get out of the fact that they had not put a key in our box etc. by saying that they take things out of the lockers after a certain length of time, and that it had arrived on the 3rd, etc. But, that key wasn't there on Monday, and both Amazon and the stamp on the label said that it had been dropped off on the 5th, so...
I'm glad that they didn't send it back, because it was a bear to find what had happened to them to begin with, and I need to freeze cat food, vegetables, etc. Anyway, just a little strange all around.
We have a new hummingbird. He showed up on Thursday, and is browner than the others. Maybe a rufous, like we had in the beginning?
Dh stepped out the door that day, and decided to sit down and watch the new bird for a minute, when the new guy flew over and landed on his shoulder! That's a first! How funny, coming from a brand new bird that doesn't even know us yet.
Well, that's about all from this neck of the woods.
How was your week?
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