Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
I did get some work done in the yard on my vacation - but I still didn't get my rocks moved around that I wanted. Maybe next vacation! (I really don't want to move the rocks - I just don't want them where they are now - in a pile in front of the gate to the back yard, where they have been for over a year - waiting for "someone" to deal with them.) I got all the leaves raked up, and the weeds pulled out of the flower area and the back patio area. I know, it doesn't sound like a lot, but for me it is! The leaves, of course, are continuing to fall, but it looked good for a minute or two! Ralph is supposed to mow this weekend, so the newly fallen leaves will get mulched up.
Allison's daycare provider is back to work next week! Yay! We did pretty good for the last three weeks, but ti will be nice to get her back into a routine again. I got a letter about her next school year, and it looks like her school will be from 9:00 to 3:30 - so she won't be at daycare much next year. I may have to take her to daycare in the morning for the bus to pick her up - I need to leave a little after 7:00 to get AJ to school in time for Jazz Band. I need to talk to Transportation and let them know that she will either have to be picked up before 7:00, or they need to pick her up at daycare. (I thought I would check with daycare first!) Ralph's company may be letting him work from home, so it may not be an issue - she may not have to have daycare at all during the school year.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
I did get some pictures of the kids at the beach, but they weren't 'happy' pictures! Alli was not impressed with the whole walk to the beach thing.
On the way over, the smoke was a nice thin layer up above the lakes, but on the way back, it had settled on the lakes. The second picture is taken at Lucerne, and you can just barely see the other side of the lake.
I have seen more turkeys this year than all the other times put together! This flock was crossing the road in front of me after getting gas Tuesday night! I also had to stop on between Willits and Ft. Bragg, by Horse Camp, to let a flock cross the road! I also saw several flocks around Redding, and out in the fields on the way over - this must be a good year for turkeys!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
We did get a visit from President Bush! He flew in for less than 2 hours on Thursday. The big event was just the plane - I guess Air Force 1 is amazingly huge! I watched at work on TV, and Ralph was able to see the helicopters fly overhead (Bush flew out to view the fires) as he was home with Allison last week. We had Bush, Schwarzenegger, Herger and other assorted Officials here. (Of course, we were sandwiched in between a funeral in the morning and a fund raiser in Napa that evening - busy day for Bush!)
We even have our very own Smokey the Bear Jr.! One of the fire teams found a wounded baby bear out on the fires and weren't able to locate the momma bear, and took it in to be treated for burns and an eye injury. Like all babies - it is so cute!
Monday, July 14, 2008
You know you have nothing to talk about on a blog when you are posting a video of the water going into your pool! I just thought it was great that one of Alli's balls was getting a little action out of it!
We are still smoky, and still hot - but not as hot! We are in the high 90's now, but with more humidity than normal. Since we usually have 10% humidity, and we currently have like 60%, it sure feels hotter!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
These pictures were taken Tuesday on Highway 44 headed in to town - the Victor Off-ramp.
This was taken Wednesday up off of Lake Blvd, at the corner of Market St (I stopped at the light - really!) when I went to pick Alli up from summer school.
This was taken over the neighbor's roof after I got in from work.
Sunday, July 06, 2008
It also changes my plans to get AJ over to Ronna's any time soon. I need him to babysit Alli for me, as her daycare is closed until the 27th. Poor guy - we have been trying to get him over to Ronna's but something keeps cropping up. Alli is in school this week until noon, and then I need him to watch her for me. Ralph is taking the next week off, and then the following week, AJ has her all day. I am hoping I can move some of my vacation into that week, but I have to look at the schedule at work to tell. Also, in the back of my mind, is the knowledge that someone else in the department may need some time off to go to Oregon for her dad, whenever they have heart surgery scheduled for him. (and July was supposed to be a quiet month!)
Yesterday we went over to Larry and Pat's for a BBQ - it turned out very nice! Alli was mostly good, and the food and company were wonderful! Aunt Inez was there, along with Larry's daughter and Pat's daughter (who lives in Chico, but works out of Wisconsin - or somewhere else, depending on the week. She is a "corporate trainer" and spends most of her life on the road) and granddaughter. A fun day!
It was a much smokier day yesterday than Friday - and it looks like today will be smoky as well. Ralph and AJ are going to meet up with Larry this morning and go up to Shasta Dam to see if they can spot the huge plane that is dropping water on our fires. I guess it is something to see. It can put out 2-3 acres of fire with one water drop (like our lake levels weren't low enough already!)
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Friday, July 04, 2008
We still have smoke, but it is a lot less than it has been. There is also a lot less smoke at the house than there is in town, since the majority of the fires are north us us. All of the fireworks for the 4th have either been cancelled or postponed.