You can't beat this morning view while enjoying your coffee and your dog. I never seem to be able to get far from the ball. The good news is Cooper is happy as a clam if you are throwing or kicking that nasty slimy thing his direction. Just be sure and wash your hands before breakfast. We've been running in the high 90's with occasional cloud cover. In fact, it's supposed to rain tomorrow. You and I both know that's not going to happen.
Sunday, July 31, 2022
Saturday, July 30, 2022
The patio is entering the realm of hot in the mornings. 😳 Sitting drinking hot coffee isn't as pleasant as usual, although the good news is NO shooting and NO sirens. It's quiet as a mouse.
Here's the fire update for today ... the Oak Fire has burned over 19,000 acres and is 48% contained. They are blaming the entire thing on global warming ... no surprise. Does that mean the leaves got so dry they just magically ignited? At this point it's still "under investigation", but they are claiming global warming.
It has been noted however, that the original settlers of this region, the Indians, also practiced control burns. In my lifetime (let's just say well over 50 years), there were no huge destructive fires like this until the decision was made to stop control burns and shut down the lumber industry. We've been going downhill ever since. Maybe when some big politicians house burns down, their policy will change.
In the meantime, I have a new project. The last time I was out with the fifth wheel, looking to see who was at my door was like wearing a blindfold. You can't see the steps out any window. This will make it much easier to differentiate between a known good guy and a possible bad guy.
Friday, July 29, 2022
Here I sit on the cool patio, soaking up the quiet. At least it was quiet at 4:30, after the multitude of gunshots were fired off around 3:00. I can't tell exactly whose house it's coming from, but I think it's about half a mile away. That guy must not like his neighbors. I mean really, who fires off twelve rounds at 3 am just for fun??
Do these pictures look familiar? Yes, yes they are because I was delirious from riding for three hours again, while we both related stories of old, and didn't take one single picture. Sandy and I have a lot of people in common, many of whom have little horse sense, which means there are ALWAYS stories. I mean truly, we never stopped talking. It's probably not a good idea to use your phone on the back of a horse anyway. The beeps and rings might just set them off.
Thursday, July 28, 2022
The weather is heating up again as I park on the patio for pleasant communication with nature. Mostly dogs barking, but there is an occasional rooster or two. It's 70 degrees this morning and I noticed the smoke in the air is doing a number on my solar production. That doesn't bode well for my company that just arrived, since her bedroom is the hottest room in the house.
As I came back in, I laughed at my home decorating skills. Yes, that's a large piece of reflectix held to the window frame with duck tape, my tool of choice. I'm not usually here this time of year, so I never noticed the heat wave that comes through this window in the afternoon. Sticking this up has reduced the inside heat by quite a bit, helping the cooling stay cool-er. It's Cooper approved too!
Wednesday, July 27, 2022
Good morning sunshine!! Even after the burning of 17,500 acres in the Sierras, we still don't have much smoke in the air. It must all be going North. As I sat and thought about the devastation, I've offered up my corrals to anyone who needs room for their critters. With 21 structures and 34 outbuildings being burned to the ground, they are looking for places to move cattle, horses and any other livestock they can.
Most of them are heading to the fairgrounds in the foothills, where one of the big dairies down here donated over two ton of hay to feed them. High fives to them. At this time it's 16% contained.
Tuesday, July 26, 2022
It's a beautiful morning in the neighborhood as I ponder my two corrals. Wouldn't one or two horses just look great out there? I miss my two kids that I used to haul all over the West Coast and who hauled me around to work cattle and play at horse shows. You get attached to horses pretty easily, a life long attraction that never goes away.
Monday, July 25, 2022
It's a tough life. After chasing the ball on the patio while I sipped my cup of Joe, Cooper and I went for our morning walk around the neighborhood. He completely missed the black kitty kitty hiding at the edge of the lawn. If it was a snake, it would have jumped out and bit him, or at the least, scared hime half to death!! This kid is not the Mohammed Ali of dogdom.
Sunday, July 24, 2022
Everyone knows that the heat of summer brings on the fire season. As I sit on the patio this morning cooling off in the lovely 64 degrees Mother Nature has provided, I'm breathing in the results of the ineptness of the California government.
For many many years now ... most of my life in fact ... they have refused to allow management of the forests that would help mitigate this type of disaster that happens every single year. FIRE. In the old days, we ran cattle in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Every year when the cattle were gathered up, my dad would set back-fires to burn up all the fallen limbs and dead trees. It would burn itself out quickly because there wasn't much to burn.
Then the Sierra Club came along and decided that was such a bad idea ... burning up the trash in the forest ... and they lobbied to stop not only the fire prevention work we were doing, but the cattle leases also. That meant for all those years, the timber and scrub brush piled up, just waiting for a match or lightning to set it off. Here's the result of the latest incidence, the Oak Fire. A huge fire just 30 miles from me in Mariposa.
Saturday, July 23, 2022
Ahhhhhhhhh .... I soaked in all the cool I could as I took my coffee in even smaller sips yesterday morning, trying to make it last as long as the chilly air. It was a lovely 64 degrees ... my optimal temperature. No matter that the guy behind me was making his rottweiler bark like a banshee, I took in a big breath and relaxed, thankful I was one of the lucky group who woke up on this morning.
Cooper and I went for our morning jaunt around the neighborhood to find these sunflowers growing like crazy. Not really, they are weeds, but I can pretend.
Friday, July 22, 2022
Dreams do come true. No, Prince Charming is not sitting on the patio with me this morning ... not THAT dream, but the dream of being COOL has finally arrived ... kinda sorta. Having received that email I wasn't going to assume anything. I checked my PG&E account to see that only 3 kWh had been used versus the usual 45. Woohoo it's working!!
HOWEVER ... there is always a way PG&E will stick it to you. They have now changed my "plan" to Peak Use. That means I can't even turn on a light between 4 and 9 PM without getting charged double for what I DO use. That's what solar gets you in California. Guess I'll set the AC unit timers and see how it goes. I'm not exactly feeling like a winner winner here, but it's definitely better than it was.
Breakfast was another veggie omelet smothered in salsa that actually came out quite tasty this time. I cut WAY back on the onion. I have so much stuff in there you can't even see the egg.