Monday, August 31, 2009


Driving back from the bay area yesterday, feeling dozy and ready to be home after an emotional weekend attending Katrina's memorial I snapped awake when I started seeing large amounts of smoke off towards where I live.

After getting off the freeway and heading north (ish) on the local highway it became apparent that it wasn't likely that my home was in danger of burning down but this thing was between me and it. If I had been 10 minutes earlier I could have probably slipped through as the road block was being erected. As it was it looked like a war zone. Flashing lights of emergency vehicles, smoke and wind whipping past with bits of debris. So, back up I went to the freeway and then up and around the fire through some very rough and narrow back roads. It's now fairly contained but 60 structures, half of them private homes were lost. Probably because someone threw a burning cigarette out their car window. Around here it's not only saving your home but getting your pets and livestock to safety. Thankfully, it's something that there is an emergency plan for and critters are taken to safety fast.

I stayed with the every lovely Kate who took good care of me. I was expecting the usual 20 degree difference in temperatures (Fog! Lovely, cool fog!) but hit a heatwave. Not fair at all though we did get to walk on the beach at Half Moon Bay.

I took her to meet Sammy for the first time. Sammy is wearing my booties. How cool is that? One of the hooded bath blankets was hanging up (and damp from use!) in the bathroom. I just love it when things I make are used.

Sammy is turning into a bruiser. 14 lbs so far at two months and growing fast. He still sleeps most of the time and make the cutest little noises.

It's All Gail's Fault.

Last Wed. I was hogtied, tossed into a car kicking and screaming and taken to MeadowFarm for their annual sidewalk sale. Yeah, right. I put up SUCH a fight!

Silk and some Mountain Colors Twizzle.

di.vo. I use this yarn a lot. I've already turned the red/pink into another neck warmer - a present for my cousin in Canada. After the button, a photo!

Some Lana Grosso cotton. I've started a Minnowknits denim jumper. I like the yarn a lot but it is staining my fingers and bamboo needles. It will be interesting to see how much dye bleeds out when it's washed.
Random Cat Pictures

A curious Otis.

Not A Tan Line

The dog days of summer are rather dusty. After walking Omar this is what my legs looks like.

Garden Stuff

The hardy banana is producing its first cluster of bananas. Inedible but still so cool.

The veggie portion of the garden continues to churn out lots of produce. Extra tomatoes are cut up, lightly stewed, then frozen for lovely soup and sauces come winter time. There's a touch of fall in the air though. Soon it will be long pants and sweaters.


At 11:28 AM, Anonymous Suzy said...

Otis looks so curious! The garden bounty also looks wonderful. So fresh. So tasty. So good for you!


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