The Boles fire in Weed was OUT by thursday morning. Crews were still going through the fire area looking for hot spots, but it was declared contained. A local posted a rather comprehensive photo essay which shows what an erratic, rapid, destructive fire the Boles was. https://plus.google.com/110890268476836491027/stories/6d05f7e7-931d-3f29-a0d5-7d5a9ffc4aaf1489c06eae7?authkey=COeJoMr79L6wFQ
The Happy Camp complex is still burning, but not causing people damage … just forest and wildlife. Big differences between a fire mostly in a city setting and one in the wild. Different types of destruction.
Then there was a really interesting event last weekend. There has been little or no snow visible on the Mountain for longer than I care to note, but a glacier on the McCloud side of the Mountain let go and caused flooding over a couple of roads.
What next ???
September has been busy (and eventful). October is going to be equally busy. Spinzilla starts the month, George has his second eye treatment and his semi-annual VA appointment with an extra appointment for a blood draw, we have a wedding anniversary, and the radio club has two events … plus my regular stuff like Family History Center days and last minute putting-by and some meetings.
Better busy than bored.
Interesting note about the deciduous trees in front of the house … the catalpa is the last to leaf out each spring, but it is also the first to begin to change colour and drop leaves in the fall. Tall … graceful … beautiful in bloom … short lived.
We are beginning to see colour change in the maple and birches and dogwoods, but not to the same extent or as early.
And there is one summer flower remaining … chicory.
All the research in re Mars and how it got the way it is now reminds me that YEARS ago it seemed to me that Venus is the way the Earth was and Mars is the way she will be. Scientists are trying to figure out what destroyed the atmosphere on Mars while we continue to destroy the atmosphere here.
Seems to me to be sort of a no-brainer …
While we are in Oregon next month, I have to go to the restaurant supply store and get a gallon jug of rooster sauce (Siracha) to make sure we get through the next year. I did have a good crop of jalapeños this year (and some Thai peppers as well) for drying, but a big jar of rooster sauce is required.
Tomato report … 28 pints of Ruby Hoop’s Tomato Soup, 7 packs of frozen tomatoes with onion for “fresh” pasta sauce during the winter, a pot of pasta sauce simmering for dinner today, and jars of sautéed tomatoes, zucchini, onion, and garlic for quick casseroles or soup. Not too shabby.
I missed out on Dye Day with the Siskiyou Handspinners. Too much going on in my life. I continue to hope I can learn how to “handpaint” roving. A spinning friend, Janell, is an expert. She spins, dyes, knits, and sells. So I’ll mark the calendar for next year’s session and cross my fingers.
I’ve been working on some of the Alaska roving with a shawl in mind. The roving is handpainted in teal, salmon red, white/yellow, and ash/charcoal which the artist called “Totem Spirit”. After plying, it seems a bit more cluttered that I had hoped. I think I’d like larger (longer?) stretches of colour so the patches of colour when knit will be more pronounced. Learning to do it myself will prove that thought one way or another. In the meantime, we shall see how this looks when knit.
For the next few days, in addition to the regular Autumn chores, I will be working on getting bobbins emptied and ready for Spinzilla . While sorting fiber, yarn, and bobbins I found a bobbin with some very fine Merino single still on it. I plied it (Navajo style, 3-ply). The bobbin rattled loudly for the entire plying time. I marked it and we’ll see if it does the same next time, or was just objecting to something this time. If it rattles again, out it will go. I need to increase my supply of lace bobbins anyhow.
It is time to celebrate the squash harvest …
and to celebrate the shift from Mother to Crone …
and to honor the Orisha Obatala, the Enforcer of Justice …
and High Holy Days have begun.
May we each be led to adjustments as needed. L’Shana Tovah !!!
So ’til next week …