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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Whateverís burning, itís enough to rim the horizon with a rosy glow in all directions, but itís not enough to choke the air with the smell of smoke. The paper mentions fires in surrounding counties — Napa, Solano, Mendocino. So the smoke is coming from far enough away that it can be seen only, and that helps. Some of the fires were apparently started by lightning during the night, but there was no sign of that here, either. It just shows how much our microclimates are interconnected, that we can know itís happening without being directly affected.

The fact that the fires are so widespread does make us vulnerable, though, because typically crews from this area would go wherever the fires are. And thereís certainly enough dry growth here that a spark could be just the start of something huge and deadly. We are always one tiny tinder away from catastrophe, this time of year.

At least the weather has broken, for now, giving us a break from the heat. Temperatures were mild today, and it will be cool enough tonight to sleep much more comfortably than the last couple of nights. Not that I sleep all that much in the first place, of course, but if I were so inclined, it would be easier.

If today hadnít been Sunday, I might have been tempted to get out in the yard and cut back some of the dry grass. I already have a sort of fire break around my house, with nothing high and dry growing too close. But the dry fields arenít any farther away than the other side of my yard, so it would behoove me to get to work. Itís just that Iím not all that easily behooved.

So I spent another day mostly indoors, but at least today I wasnít totally immobile. With the change in temperature, I was able to spend a good part of the day getting work done, and getting a head start on Mondayís duties. Well, thatís how I like to think of it. What I actually did was make up for some of the inactivity of the previous week, when I wasnít in much of a mood to move. It all shakes out eventually, though. The work gets done.

20 June 2008

Sun-spattered clouds.

Oddly enough, I didnít feel like cooking tonight. I didnít even feel like reheating the chili I made yesterday, so I had a small salad and a tuna sandwich and called it dinner. I have the fixings for a taco skillet dish I like to make, but Iím putting it off for at least one day (and betting we have another cool one tomorrow, because cooking in a skillet is a lot hotter job than cooking in the crock pot).

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