First of all, thank you for the inquiries and concern as to my absence in making replies to the comments on my last post, the lack of getting up a new post, the drought in our area and our safety in regard to the fires in the area.
We've never been in danger from the forest fires, but have been impacted by lots of hazy, smoke-filled days. Papa Pea's sensitive eyes have made him uncomfortable dealing with an irritating, burning sensation because of the smoke. Strangely enough, we've also felt a wee bit out of sorts, tired and clumsy (or have we always been this way?) which our daughter recently suggested might be attributed to breathing the poor air quality for weeks.
The two closest, biggest fires are slowly moving toward the goal of being under control although it's still an iffy, scary situation. The larger of the two now has burned more than 26,000 acres and is said to be 37% contained. We've heard the embers won't be totally extinguished until snowfall. The other area still burning covers upwards of 15,000 acres.
Any discomfort of ours pertaining to the fires doesn't begin to measure up to the people who have had to evacuate and/or have lost property. And so much admiration should be given to the fire fighters on the ground and in the air who have been in the midst of it all for over two weeks now.
Last weekend over a 12-hour period we got 2-1/2" of rain. It certainly helped control of the fires and also all growing things in our area benefited from it. Our day time temps have moderated a bit and nights are cool enough to being able to sleep without lots of wakeful tossing and turning. But since the weekend rains, we've had dry weather. Grasses in yards and along roadsides are still yellow and dead looking and the fall coloring of the trees seems to be coming on earlier than usual.
Although we've had a good summer (considering), I'm ready for it to end and am looking forward to a peaceful winter with less activity out and about on our little homestead. And yet I've always found it difficult to transition from one season to another. Doesn't matter which season I'm leaving or which one I'm entering, it takes a period of time before I feel "adjusted." Anyone else experience this?