Funny thing about August, we all know it is still summer and there can be some hot days, but in the back ground we all know…
To this end, its time to start getting ready for the bad weather coming. Add to it, with as dry as things have been, fire danger is still pretty darn high. This week last year, our world looked like this
There were huge fires within a few miles of of us, the power was out and we had to bug out. It was not a good week at all.
Last year’s fires made me get smart and buy a generator. This month I made sure I knew how to fire that sucker up!
Happy to report it fired right up, and I plugged in the rock tumbler, sure enough we had power! I am hoping not to have to use it, but we are ready if we do.
So what are the chances of a fire?
Check this out…
The last week of July I was walking the beach. I had JUST been down at this part of the beach agate hunting. I was walking back toward the car and was half a mile away from the smoke when every siren in town was going off! I was trying to figure out what was going on, and turned around to see this plume of smoke and the flames shooting into the sky!
I hotfooted (no pun intended) back toward the fire. There are houses on top of that hill. I didn’t know what I could do to help but wanted to be there in case I could. Hats off to our local fire fighters who got there (at the same time dealing with a head on car/semi fatality collision) and knocked this sucker down within minutes. No loss of property or injuries. No idea for sure how it got started, but it shows how dry we are, and how fast it can hit the fan!
The other big event of the month, dealing with the feral cats…
Somewhere along the line we have ‘adopted’ 5 feral cats
No these are NOT them! I have to chase off the resident raccoon family pretty regularly, they love the cat food.
We have Kitten Kitten, Filbert, Nutsy, Scaredy, and the youngest, Peanut (Kitten Kitten is the mom and we are pretty sure Filbert is the poppa.)
We don’t want more kittens. So Michelle got ahold of the local human society, and the traps arrived. Peanut thinks they are the best toys EVER!
OK folks NO worries. These are humane traps. The plan is to trap them, then they are picked up spayed/neutered and brought back.
The first day we trapped Kitten Kitten, and 10 minutes later got a call that the vet had to cancel due to covid. Folks, that is the smartest cat of the 5. we would NEVER catch her again. The cat wrangler told us to hold tough, but not trap any more that day. He found a vet and picked her up.
Poor thing, good thing they did, she had somehow sustained a broken jaw! They fixed it, and she is now in a cat halfway house for recovery and meds. We will see her again in October.
This last weekend the two big boys, Filbert and Nutsy were caught, and have come home fixed.
Poor Peanut though has been lonely, Michelle left the back door cracked, and look who came to visit.
If she decides she wants to move in, looks like we will have a new addition. Stay tuned….
There have also been outside activities for me of course.
This year has NOT been a high mileage year, in fact, I am still, here it is September, and I am still under 1000 miles for the year. I should hit it tomorrow though…
The bikes, these two shown above and the eBike,
Have allowed me to see SO many cool things this last month,
A juvenile bald eagle being pestered by seagulls
A smiling baby seal just a snoozing.
And of course the assorted blue herons
As always, when pedaling along, you see so much more that people in cars and you can pull over for the photos! Love these guys!
Finally, there is just the back yard of our house. It is a place to escape the world and just relax. It is one of the reasons we bought the house, and if I don’t bike ride or beach walk
It is an excellent spot to decompress after work…
Aside from just sitting and relaxing, nature adds to the joy of the back yard!
It has been one helluv an interesting last month or so.
I have found an excellent place to stop for lunch on a bike ride
Found a cool piece of art for the house
Not that I needed it, August helped remind me how much I love living at the Oregon Coast. It refreshes the soul, relieves stress, and makes crappy days at work worth it.
I am hoping the next month has more bike rides, tide pools and fun adventures. Most of all, I am hoping there are no fires or evacuations needed. Send cooling and raining thoughts our way!
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