Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Simple Summer Days

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I hope you are all spending lots of time out of doors, these beautiful days of summer.  It’s so hard to believe it is almost August!

I haven’t spent a lot of time in the yard so far this summer.  I have taken my vintage trailer, ‘Driving Ms. Daisy’ out on the road, as much as possible.  It is almost always up in the high nineties in August, so I don’t plan as many trips.  So maybe I will find some time to work in the yard…..but only when it’s cooler! 

Enjoy your summer days. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Elk River, ID

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It was another wonderful weekend in Elk River.  The weather was perfect, warm days and cool nights.

 

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Lots of fun tricked out vintage trailers.

 

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Some Hollywood celebrities, too. 

 

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Even Reba showed up to join in the fun.

 

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Audrey, is that you?

 

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Patty and I all dressed up for our Hollywood night in Elk River.

 

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And here is the whole gang in our fun new T shirts.

 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Weather Woes

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This last week is starting to take a toll on me.  Last weekend there was fire danger not far from my home but luckily it didn’t come this way.  There are so many brave (and very tired) firemen and women working hard  to keep these fires at bay.  They are so appreciated!

 

Yesterday we had a freak wind/rain storm come though.  It was awful and a tree came down on my rental house.  Luckily it just touched down softly, as there appears to be no damage to the roof.  (I hope.)

 

I am heading out to Elk River, ID for my annual Girl Camp meet up.  I hope not to be delayed while trying to get someone to remove the tree, before I leave this morning.  Enough with this weather!!  Ugh.

 

Our theme this time at Girl Camp is Hollywood.  This should be really fun….you never know what will happen and who will be there…..maybe Marilyn Monroe, or Audrey Hepburn….who knows.  I just know I will have a great time….as always.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Safely Tucked Away At Home

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I am safe from the fire, it is 40% contained.  About 100 homes were threatened but none were damaged or lost.  We were downgraded to level 1 on Sunday and many breathed a sigh of relief…..as I did.  My friend Sallie, said the fire was just across the road from her long driveway…..that would have been too much for me!  I was 7 miles away and that was way too close! 

 

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Back to canning today.  I am ready to can up my Bread and Butter Pickles, like those on the right.  I already did 19 quarts of Dill’s, so my Zucchini Relish is next.  Not sure I will get that done before I head out camping to Elk River, ID, on Thursday.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Long Hot Days of Summer…

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….bring long hot fires.  This one hit close to home and some were being evacuated nearby.

 

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Things were tense and all I can think about is…”what should I take”?  A really scary thought….what are the most important things?  My animals are dear to me but I’m not sure the chickens could come along.  What would you do?

 

My first thoughts are photos…of my loved ones, here in the now and those I have lost.  But then you think, nothing matters as much as life, not your home, nor your possessions!  Just the essentials, you can start all over on the rest.  So I would have hitched up ‘Driving Ms. Daisy’ and I would have had a new home on the road.  And you know, I would have had the essentials, ‘cause she is already packed with them.  As she always is throughout the summer.

 

So my plan was….fill my tote with the essentials, phone, camera, money, the irreplaceable photo albums, business files and then hook up my vintage trailer and head out.  A plan in the making.  Do you think I forgot something?

 

Just to let you know we are on high alert here.  The copters with water buckets are flying over but we are not in immediate danger yet.  I will keep you posted.