The month flew by. Spring green has ripened to the greens of summer: the oak leaves thickening, the ornamental conifers push bushy tufts of soft, balsam scented needles. The red, pink, yellow and creamy white roses, tea scented or musky or spicy.Read More
Long term Unemployment-- What about it? I know a little about being unemployed. In the 80s I was out of work for eight months when Microsoft dropped PC DOS on the market and everyone in the computing industry either adapted or dropped out of business. Couple that event with an untimely exit from my employer, something which unqualified me for unemployment benefits. So-- I scrambled.Read More
The Ponderosa Fire 87 miles (140km) south of where I live, near Manton, was 96% contained by today. It burned almost 30,000 acres, destroyed 52 homes and 82 buildings. Although they have surrounded the fire, it is not fully extinguished. The effort coordinated 92 fire engines, eight bulldozers and two helicopters. Fire trucks, equipment and people came from counties all around California and neighboring states to help. 2500 men and women firefighters battled the fire threatening 900 homes. The fire was sparked by a lightening strike on August 18. Here's a clip on Utube for those of you who can access it. http://youtu.be/4CyQoKrvl-8
The weeds stand tall and blooming in my neglected garden as the butterfly bush blooms and ripe apricots fall in the grass.
Nurturing love is like making ratatouille. Savor every step and love every first: the color of the eggplant qiezi, the fresh aroma of sliced green pepper qingjiao, exploding with a burst of chi. Leave time for the salt to drain the bitterness out of the eggplant and zucchini xia nangua. Don't rush to the finale, but love each step until the combining of the ingredients and the last simmer to mingle the flavors and juices ... and sensations. Wait. Too fast --- it will be over. So brief the first flush of love --- so special. Not to squander being in a hurry.
All the summer memories, so precious, warm me in winter when snow is up to the eaves of the house and pressing against the windows.
Barbara and I went to Gumboot Lake. My number one most favorite place in the world.
See you later
The other day Bruce and I played hooky and drove to Gumboot Lake.http://creagrus.home.montereybay.com/CA-SIS-Gumboot.html Gas prices dropped to $4.05. Our internet connection was down and while we re-booted the wireless modem we relaxed at the lake.
There is still over 150 feet/46m of snow at the top of Mt. Shasta. http://www.shastaavalanche.org/ The drive to Gumboot Lake is only 40 minutes from my house in Dunsmuir but takes you above 6,000 feet/1830m. We took the road through the resort http://www.mountshastaresort.com/ behind Lake Siskiyou, past the Castle Lake turn off, all the way to the top near where the Pacific Crest Trail crosses. http://shastacascade.com/showrecord.asp?id=458
On the hike to the upper spring we chanced across a circle of pinecones and sticks arranged like a sun in the grassy meadow. Anemones and dodecatheon ‘Shooting Star’ bloomed in the moist stream margins. Mats of Phlox diffusa http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phlox_diffusa and some type of eriogonum grow together in a natural rock garden. Pedicularis densiflora ‘Indian Warrior’ are blooming just now. See it here at the feet of host plant manzanita, also flowering now at this altitude.
To celebrate the solstice Mary Jo and I visited Stewart Springs Spa.http://www.stewartmineralsprings.com/nodes/aboutus/ Their motto is ‘Soothe your Body Indulge your Soul.’ Their brochure offers, “Soothing private mineral baths, a wood burning sauna, cool river plunges, reflection and transformation gained from a traditional sweat lodge.” Mary Jo and I roasted in the sauna, wrapped in sheets while others sat in lotus position. The cool showers of natural spring water, full of silica, invigorated our skin. Gas is down to $3.93.
See you later