More monsooooons forecasted

By: calpoppy , 3:35 PM GMT on June 12, 2012

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On Sunday we decided to get out of the cabin and go for a 4 wheel adventure. We went out to the other mountain range, the San Bernardino mountains. There is a 26 mile off road trail called Big Pine Flat trail. This goes from the Big Bear area and then wraps around the backside of the mountain and ends up by Baldwin lake. This was a very easy 4 wheel adventure, I think our road to the cabin is far more bumpy then this one. Though there was several whoop-de-dos that if I didn't have my seatbelt on I would have had a heck of a headache hitting the top of the car! Here is the first of a couple of water crossings.











Wildflowers were really abundant considering the lack of rainfall this year.

Indian paintbrush



Mountain Phlox







The huge fires of 04 took out thousands of acres of forestland.



Here the Girlscouts are helping out the forest by watering the new seedlings they planted. They shouted out Girlscouts Rule! And in this case they do, but as a former Campfire Girl.... well.



When we reached the top there was a marathon being run on the road and we saw a lot of very tired runners! We hesitated to wave as they were expending to much energy to wave back, LOL!

There is the remnants of an old town, well one remnant a 1850 cabin.




A view from the passenger seat.




Throughout our travels we saw a bobcat, a deer and 4 different lakes. The first one is Lake Silverwood which is the closest to us. Here is a pic with the typical fire in the background in the Cajon Pass. In the summer there are a lot of fires through there.





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83. calpoppy
9:09 PM GMT on July 15, 2012
Hi shore! I think covered ( a lid) just to prevent evaporation.

To bad about the chloramine in the water. Our water is hauled by a truck and comes from a well, so no chlorine or chloramine for us. But I still prefer rain water for all my houseplants.

I have been going to the gym for years before I go to work, but I tend to become complacent and just do what I have to do to get through my workout. So when I want to lose a little extra pounds ( a result of being complacent and baking a bit to much) I really ramp up my workout. The results one tired calpoppy! And hopefully a little thinner. You can have a piece of pie and it will show up on the scales the next day, but when you work your tail off at the gym it can take a week or more to show! Not fair!!!!!!!
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82. shoreacres
8:14 PM GMT on July 15, 2012
Afternoon, calpoppy ~ That fruit picking sounds wonderful! I just discovered some new cherries in the stores - a variety of Raniers called Orondo Ruby. They're bigger and sweeter than Raniers, and beautiful. I should take a picture before I eat them all!

I have a question that is truly dumb - but I don't know the answer. Now that I have my rainwater and have decanted part of it into a dozen quart jars, should I store it in my pantry covered or uncovered? Or does it make any difference? I can't think that it would, but... well, I've just never had occasion to think about it. I know precautions have to be taken outside, to keep the mosquitoes at bay, but what I have outside is covered and won't last long anyway. I only use a quart for each violet watering, so some of it will be around for a while.

I'm full of admiration for that work at the gym. I'm hoping to meet my goal with calorie counting - much easier in some ways, but harder in others!

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81. calpoppy
6:34 PM GMT on July 15, 2012
Hi GG! The cactus wren nests in the cholla cactus, hence the name. I see the one that Bobby almost got every day and I now wear one of his tail feathers in my garden hat at work.

Hi SP! I will WU mail you the name of the u-pick and the phone number. It really doesn't take very long to pick a half of a 5 gallon bucket full of fruit. We are going out again this coming Sunday, with my eldest son and his girlfriend. He actually has fond memories of picking fruit!! Go figure!! I will let you know if the peaches and the plums are worth your drive out.

You know what the best thing about your dream of you and Shocky driving down the road together? Shocky is still available!! The gal hasn't sold one of the babies. I LOVED your story!! It got me laughing!!!!

Hi Ylee! The monsoooooons suck!!!! There were some pretty amazing mesocyclones that I saw from work. When the cloudburst happened it was like a black curtain was lowered. But, alas I watched from a far. Many other desert areas received gully washers but we had some sprinkles and cooler weather (which was really nice) and that was it.

I have been busy with chores and errands and that thing called work that keeps interfering with my life! And of course knitting of which I have decided I really like. So blog time has been, well not happening!

I have been really working hard at the gym, which is wearing me out. I would like to lose a few pounds before Alaska, so I can go gain it all back, LOL.

New blog on its way, probably Tuesday, since I work part day tomorrow and have a couple of consulting jobs.
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80. Ylee
9:11 PM GMT on July 14, 2012
Hi, cal! How's the monsoon? Haven't been around for a couple of days, just chcking in!

Have a good weekend!
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79. sp34n119w
8:53 PM GMT on July 14, 2012
Haven't seen you around in awhile - hope all is well!
I have a story ...
Yesterday evening I was crossing a parking lot in Ventura when I heard a dog barking. It was a yellow lab in the front passenger seat of a white SUV with dark tinted windows (dog's window was half open). As I got closer and approached the back of the truck, I saw a bunch of straw on the bumper and sticking out from under the hatch. I said, "Ha. I bet they've got a goat in there!" at which my companion scoffed. Naturally.
Closer still and behind the dark glass appeared two HUGE eyes, a slim face, and pointy ears! Then, another set of the same. Two! There were TWO goa... oh. Wait. Those are baby Alpacas! Maybe Llamas - who can tell?
Point is, this is proof that I could have my dream of driving down the road with my buddy, Shocky, by my side!
Told you so ;)

'k. That's it. Come around and tell us thunderstorm stories :)
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78. sp34n119w
8:16 PM GMT on July 11, 2012
Way back when ...

Quoting calpoppy:
Hi SP! You came in while I was writing! A violent knitting video, LOL! That is sorta how I have been feeling about knitting lately. But I put the knitting down and thought about what I was doing and I think I know what I have done wrong. Seems a common mistake, I was adding stitches, so back to starting over. But my needles don't clack!!!

I let you know on the peaches. They said two weeks, but I thought I would call them to make sure. They will have peaches, plums and apricots in July, peaches, pears and apples in August. More peaches in September. I have been going to this farm for well over 20 years. I use to take my kids, they whined a lot, LOL!! Forced peach picking!!


My first few attempts at knitting, over a period of years, always ended with the whole mess on the other side of the room ... having been thrown there in a fit of frustration!
My needles click more than clack ;) Are you using metal or wood?

Peaches, yet? I thought peach picking might be a fun activity for my mom but not if the temps stay above 100. Maybe we could just drive through and stop at a fruit stand! LOL
I like peaches but I love plums and the ones in the grocery store are almost never worth buying. My mouth is watering at the thought of ripe plums!

I've been pronouncing Llano in my head with a single L even though it probably should be the hard y sound of a Spanish double-L. Which is right? Write a blog about it! heehee :)

Well, I'm about to head to the beach for the afternoon (not rubbing it in) (maybe a little) and wanted to check to see if you are still on for t-storms. Still looks possible! Would help tracking if the Edwards radar weren't down!
Good luck :)
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77. GardenGrrl
10:09 AM GMT on July 10, 2012
Hmmm, so cactus wrens sing, well, like a cactus if it could sing. I have house wrens and they make buzzing calls but also some very pretty melodies.
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76. calpoppy
9:54 PM GMT on July 09, 2012
Hi Rob! The Cactus wren has a rather unique voice, I wouldn't call it pretty at all. It sounds like a cross between a jay and a raven, lol!!! But I was really glad to hear it could screech, after having it's head in Bobby's jaws!

Hi Ylee! Oh, the little guys will come back. It is just sad not to have them all around us.

It is 'warm' out here today! It's over the century mark.

I will most likely be the Llano blog, I think Llano has an interesting history, maybe a paragraph long! LOL!! But there are other things to talk about, like how to pronounce it correctly and well many others.
Sounds exciting doesn't it!!!

Rain is back in our forecast, especially for the weekend, they are saying 40%. That is pretty high, but also a ways away. 100 degrees and rain, that means miserable humidity until it does rain. No swamp cooler usage on those two days.

I had better get out and pick some tomatoes before they become sun dried tomatoes!!!
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75. Ylee
5:47 AM GMT on July 09, 2012
I'm sure that your little rodents will make a comeback! :)

Sorry to see that it's officially "warm" out there! I think our heat is gone for a while!

Llano blog would be cool! Good luck on the program!
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74. RobDaHood
6:46 PM GMT on July 08, 2012
Hi Calpoppy!

Trying to get around to a few blogs to say hello today, something that I have been remiss about, while Angie reads her Sunday paper.

Was just over on GG's blog and read about your Cactus Wren.
Glad that you are still able to enjoy it's singing!

Hope you have a really great afternoon!
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73. calpoppy
6:02 PM GMT on July 08, 2012
To Pros, Ylee, Sandi, GG and shore, thanks for the 4th of July happy wishes!!!

Shore, I think that is the most wonderful 4th of July picture that you took!! It represents what is hopeful for our country, thanks for sharing.

On the 25 inches of rain, LOL. I would have to get Rob's Ark to make an escape!!!

Hi WTS! I got rain! It filled my rain barrel. It was running low. Now rain is back in the forecast. I thought I was going crazy, I would see rain in the forecast then it would be gone, then back, then gone....


Hi Ylee! I am still kicking and being a tad grumpy today! Trying to figure out a new program, it does not come easy to me!!!!

The temps are warming up, triple digits are coming our way. Santa Barbara with their 72 degrees is looking awfully tempting right now.

We are eating lots of nice ripe tomatoes now. I am starting a new batch that I can plant out in a couple of weeks. Corn is growing fast, still have blueberries ripening (amazing plants) birds are eating us out of house and home. The little squirrels (the Shorts variety) have had a tremendous decrease in population. Where there were twenty or so there is now 3!!! Ground squirrel population is steady no ups or downs there right now. Kangaroo rats have had a big population decrease for the last three years now. Quail babies are about average in clutch size, I don't think there will be many more hatchings this year.

The daily coyote still visits us, his new name Mr. C. I hope he is around for a long time, I have gotten to like this skinny guy.

New blog on the horizon, maybe the far horizon but it is somewhere out there. Can't decide what will be next a blog on nests or a blog on Llano (thanks SP). What would you all like to know about?
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72. Ylee
8:09 PM GMT on July 07, 2012
Hi, cal! Just seeing if you are still kicking! :)

Have a good weekend!
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71. WatchinTheSky
5:27 PM GMT on July 05, 2012
Rain for you, nice! Nothing but low coastal clouds here, maybe next time.
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70. Ylee
3:51 AM GMT on July 05, 2012
You got rain! Yay!
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69. shoreacres
1:57 AM GMT on July 05, 2012
Good gosh! I thought you'd said twenty five inches of rain at first! I thought, "Where are the headlines on the web?" LOL

Hope your day was wonderful. I've never seen so much red-white-and-blue as was at our little town's celebration. It was nice. They had hotdogs. It was free, and the Mayor and the City Council did the serving. ;)

Happy Fourth to you - fireworks tonight, but it's a professional show, shooting them over the water. Much better!

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68. calpoppy
1:46 AM GMT on July 05, 2012
.25 inches of rain!!!!!! A terrific start for the season!!!
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67. GardenGrrl
10:18 AM GMT on July 04, 2012
Hi stopping by to wish you an especially safe Fourth of July with no excitement or fires.
I'm off to work and hope the same for myself there lol.
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66. sandiquiz
9:54 AM GMT on July 04, 2012


Hope you have an enjoyable day planned :)
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65. Ylee
5:58 AM GMT on July 04, 2012
You have to work, too? I hope you get holiday pay!:)



Well, you said no fireworks, lol!
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64. Proserpina
12:24 AM GMT on July 04, 2012
4th of July Images, Quotes, Comments, Graphics
4th of July Pictures - Quotes - Photobucket
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63. calpoppy
5:27 PM GMT on July 03, 2012
Thanks LC! I hope I am in the blue area!!

Hi GG! Are you working tomorrow like I am? I get off a big 1/2 hour earlier then usual, whoohooo!

Hi WTS! Let us hope for monsoons with lots of rain! My rain barrel for my houseplants is running low.

Hi Ylee! I hope they aren't arson either! We shall see what happens this Saturday.

Hi Pros! Losing your air conditioning had to be awful! I was so late in hearing about the storm! It seems like there has been one weather disaster after another, plus all the fires!! I am so sorry about your garden. Your photographs of your flowers are so beautiful!! I hope for more cooler days and nice gentle rains for you and your garden!!!!

Hi OGal! Thanks for the greeting!! We are leaving in mid-August, I can hardly wait. My son in Kodiak went halibut fishing again on Sunday. Haven't heard whether he caught any or not. Only 1 guy caught halibut on their trip out of Cordova and he was nice enough to share with the other 2 guys. My son will be going out a lot since his friend has a boat. The rivers are still to high to do much fishing for salmon, you got to be able to see them to hook them!

Everyone have a safe and Happy 4th of July celebration! No fireworks, PLEASE!!! I will be at work trying to stay busy, LOL! Not to many plant shoppers on holidays!

Our water tank is full just in case of fires tomorrow.


Fledgling orioles are keeping us entertained! They are quite feisty right out of the nest and spend a lot of their time fighting each other on the feeders instead of drinking! Some window hits, but nothing fatal.

Take care!!!
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62. OGal
2:07 PM GMT on July 03, 2012


FROM THE LAND OF MICKEY AND MINNIE.


Happy 4th back at ya Cal. When do you leave for the GREAT NORTH?
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61. Proserpina
11:21 AM GMT on July 03, 2012
So glad that the fires were contained and put out. There sure are a lot idiots out there, why on earth would anyone start a fire or do something stupid which turns into a fire disaster? Your customer has quite a story to tell, and a learning lesson.

Our fires in the Shenandoah are still burning away. Help has come from other states and that's a nice thing. We are dealing with the results of the derecho in my immediate area. Fairfax County was hit particularly hard, lots of damage, deaths, loss of electricity, closed streets (still),.... At my home we lost electricity for 17 hours initially, and on and off since. Yesterday we lost it for hours. Our phone occasionally is alive but so garbled we cannot decipher what anyone is saying. Overall, so far my hubby and I are ok, others in nearby areas cannot say the same.

As to the garden, it is suffering from lack of water and from neglect. I can no longer be in this kind of heat nor can I bend or squat to do the yard chores. I am saddened as I see my once beautiful garden become weed patches. In this area the once helpful (for pay) young teens are no longer available. Parents give them everything and the teens do not 'stoop' to 'menial jobs'!

Happy Fourth of July! Enjoy your corner of our beautiful America!
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60. Ylee
10:33 AM GMT on July 03, 2012
I hope those fires weren't arson! Sick, sick, sick!

Congrats on the A/C! Never a more fitting subject! :)
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59. WatchinTheSky
9:31 PM GMT on July 02, 2012
Hopefully you are done with fires early and the rest of the summer will be less dramatic!
I will start the mallow seeds and see what happens. These are (I think) Channel Island mallow, one of the zones in the native Gardens at the Park. I was surprised to see the blue as well and thought I needed them at home! They grow pretty well here despite the heat.
I hope LowerCal's monsoon forecast is good since I see a bit of blue down in my corner!

Have a safe and fun 4th!
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58. GardenGrrl
8:45 PM GMT on July 02, 2012
It's starting to be some kind of season already. Glad your customer did not become a casualty.

Good to here your crops are bearing. Fresh blueberries would be awesome to have around.
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57. LowerCal
6:18 PM GMT on July 02, 2012


Current conditions most resemble the five years 1984, 1986, 2001, 2006 and 2008. The map above shows June-September precipitation for those years compared to the 1971-2000 average.

Source: The 2012 Monsoon Forecast: A Case for Optimism | UANews.org

Looks like Llano might be in a little spot that got above average for the five analogue years.
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56. calpoppy
1:58 PM GMT on July 01, 2012
Fire update: They really got on top of this fire, with water dropping planes and helicopters. Before I left work Saturday one of my customers dropped by and told me about the fire. It started about 200 yards from his property. He and two other neighbors went out to fight it but things turned bad very quickly. The wind changed and the fire turned so quickly he said they had to run for their lives. He was still pumped up when he told me. Moral is don't fight wildfires! They will turn in an instant!! This could have been much worse, the winds were there but nothing like last Saturday's wind.

Now here we have two fires in a week, both on Saturday, both in close proximity to each other. Fire department is saying that these are both suspicious fires.

Hi Pros! Your garden must be really beautiful!! I sure hope you are staying inside where it is cool. I need to go on your blog to see if you were effected by the storms

Hi WTS! To bad on the Humbolt seeds! They may not have been viable. I would start the mallow seeds now and get them planted out in the fall. I have never seen a blue mallow!! I know the apricot colored one is a native wildflower not here but in Apple Valley and along 395.

Hi Ylee! Glad you liked the Coyote pics. I like taking them. I got an AC for one of them. I can't believe I missed seeing that I got an AC on two other pictures I took!!! I am not paying attention.

We almost never have dew!! I think our dew point is in the negative numbers! I am hoping you don't experience any fires, there is enough of them out west!
A Happy 1st of July to you too!

Hi Briar! Yes it is a dry heat! I sure can't take heat and humidity!! I can't take it when it goes up to 20% and the temp is 100. I wilt! I am a wimp!

At work I wear a sun screen long sleeve shirt and a hat and lots of sun screen. With all that if the humidity goes up I just drip!

Hi Karen! Thanks for the link. The Coast Guard actually has lots of different cabins and housing that you can stay in if you are eligible. I found that out through Miss Nadia.

Channel 2 and channel 5 were at the fire yesterday. I saw Channel 2 parked along the highway on my way home yesterday and my crazy customer that tried to fight the fire was interviewed by channel 5.

You must be getting ready for your 4th of July celebration and your vacation!!!

If anyone knows the monsoon forecast for this season, let me know. We could use the moisture (but not the lightning).

Tomatoes are ripening, strawberries and blueberries keep on bearing. The blueberries are a dwarf only 3 feet tall, and they bear over a long period! I have several butternut squash that have set and some peppers are bearing heavily and others have just begin to set fruit. The corn is still there, yea! We have it covered with bird netting so they will be protected at least for awhile.

Roadrunner is still here, yesterday he just got a beak full of feathers, he looked very funny shaking the feathers out of his beak. Now the Cooper hawk is back, predators everywhere!

A friend of mine is giving me a hummingbird nest. I have a beautiful oriole nest and this will be great to add to my small collection.

I have to work on the 4th, so I will be making everything on the 3rd. Potato salad always tastes better the next day anyway!

Everyone back east and in the mid-west KEEP COOL! Don't overdue!!!
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55. Ylee
9:45 AM GMT on July 01, 2012
White rabbitsx3, cal! Hoping that the winds your way are cool ones!
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54. SBKaren
1:37 AM GMT on July 01, 2012
I guess the fires in Colorado and the devastation from storms in the mid west trumped any announcement of fires right here in California. I never heard a thing...again.

Continue to stay safe!!!
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53. Ylee
12:59 AM GMT on July 01, 2012
I'm glad the fire is staying away from your home! Is it actually headed toward your work?

It is going to be a long summer; they are having fireworks bans around here, because everything is drying up. Another week of this, and we won't have any dew on the grass in the morning!
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52. Proserpina
11:19 PM GMT on June 30, 2012
Hopefully they will be able to extinguish it before it does a lot of damage. Yes, it is going go be a long summer for many of us.
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51. calpoppy
8:19 PM GMT on June 30, 2012
Fire is heading south east, father from my cabin then first thought, closer to my work. Planes and helicopters on it now, it sure is a fast moving fire. The fire is actually moving toward the mountains.
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50. calpoppy
7:25 PM GMT on June 30, 2012
Another fire same area maybe a little north. I am at work, Mr.P called it in. I don't believe our house is in danger. The winds are just now picking up.

It is going to be a long summer. :((

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49. BriarCraft
10:20 PM GMT on June 29, 2012
But Ylee, it's a D-R-Y heat in Llano.

At least that's what Poppy would tell you. I heard the same thing when I went to visit friends in Tucson. Hot is hot, I say. When the sweat evaporates so fast you never feel damp, but you end up with dry salt deposits on your skin, you know it's hot.

I sure am glad that fire didn't cause you more than a little worry. And you lucked out with a new trail. Your firefighters know their job -- come back later and make sure there are no lingering hot spots. Good to know government budget cuts haven't gotten in the way of making sure folks are safe.
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48. Ylee
10:38 PM GMT on June 28, 2012
Cal, I like the picture of the scrub jay, and the coyote looks like a happy fellow!

I see Llano is reading 96F. We have you beat by 10 degrees! Bah! Death valley can keep their weather, lol!
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47. SBKaren
10:50 PM GMT on June 27, 2012
Cal - I had no idea you had a fire so close to you! How scary!!!

Here is a link to the cabins...I see they've changed a few things!

Coast Guard Cabins
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46. WatchinTheSky
10:21 PM GMT on June 27, 2012
Not a single Humboldt seed sprouted :( next rainy season I will try again. I just harvested some seed from a cultivar mallow at the park, it has a deep red bloom. Hoping to get at least one plant, then I'll have apricot, blue, and red mallow blooms in the backyard. What do you think about me trying to start the mallow seeds now? Too late? The Humboldts at the Park are about done blooming, they're about 7 feet tall!
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45. Proserpina
10:31 PM GMT on June 26, 2012
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44. calpoppy
10:05 PM GMT on June 26, 2012
No bees, yea!!! We haven't had them in the feeders for quite awhile. Plants and trees started to bloom and that was the end of the bee trials and tribulations!

I have been out taking pics of coyotes and birds this weekend. Fun to take a break from household chores.

Did you ever get those Humbolt lilies to grow???

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43. WatchinTheSky
9:16 PM GMT on June 25, 2012
Interesting about your finches. Mine did the same thing and I thought it was a bad batch of nyger/thistle seed. A couple weeks ago they seemed to return in force. Have got to get a nice pic of one splashing in the birdbath. Lots of orioles and hummers, maybe a few migrants, though the timing seems funny. How are the bees, speaking of orioles? I am still working on bee proofing and may be on to a replacement 'port guard' that snaps into the standard perky oriole bee guard feeder. If it is not bees, it's rabbits or squirrels or ravens or crows or ..
Have a nice week!
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42. calpoppy
8:27 PM GMT on June 25, 2012
The fire crews left yesterday evening, but they are back today. The last fire we had was a lightning strike that didn't cause any structural damages. But 2 weeks later a big wind came up and some Junipers that were still smoldering started up and tore threw a house, giving the residents 15 minutes to get out. That was scary, night fires are always scary. But to see a house go up, well that is when we did a 100' fire break around the property!!! So hopefully this crew is making sure there are no smoldering anythings out there. It has been windy every afternoon and evening for a while now.

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41. calpoppy
8:14 PM GMT on June 25, 2012
Hi SP! You came in while I was writing! A violent knitting video, LOL! That is sorta how I have been feeling about knitting lately. But I put the knitting down and thought about what I was doing and I think I know what I have done wrong. Seems a common mistake, I was adding stitches, so back to starting over. But my needles don't clack!!!

I let you know on the peaches. They said two weeks, but I thought I would call them to make sure. They will have peaches, plums and apricots in July, peaches, pears and apples in August. More peaches in September. I have been going to this farm for well over 20 years. I use to take my kids, they whined a lot, LOL!! Forced peach picking!!
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40. calpoppy
8:04 PM GMT on June 25, 2012
Hi LC! A little excitement is fine, we are really glad the wind was blowing in the direction it was.

Hi Ylee! Your right Cali requires spark arrestors, I didn't even think of a cigarette being tossed out by them!

Hi Pros! The fire department out here are really good. In fact for awhile their helicopters pilots were the only ones trained to fight fires at night.

Hi GG! I hope this is it for the next few years. We had a big fire that took a house a few years ago, and before that back in the eighties a fire came through and burned part of our property (before our time here), so they are part of living out here. A very unwelcome visitor!!

Hi WTS! LOL on the fire dried tomatoes! Did your goldfinches leave for awhile in late spring? the ones here did, they come back but for short periods. I saw one this morning on the thistle sock. Lots and lots of orioles, though I believe our local raven got into one of the nests!! Darn them!!! When you have lots of birds you get lots of predators. When the roadrunner comes around I really want to warn everyone! But like you said in your picture comment they gotta eat too!

Taking a break I was looking at the Seward Sealife Center website. We will be going there on our vacation. They do a lot of rehab work there, and now is baby seal time. Here is one of them.



The sealife center got it's initial grant from of course Exxon. From the Valdez incident.

Check out their website, sorry no link :( I have become link retarded again!!! They give a little history on the animal and a weekly report on their progress. These baby seals even attend fish school!!
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39. sp34n119w
8:02 PM GMT on June 25, 2012
Oh, how exciting! And a new trail, to boot! Glad that's all you got out of that, for sure.
There was a pretty big fire up near the Kern County line, west of the 5 (Hungry Valley), but I think they've got it under control. Hope so - lots of burnable stuff out there.
Right now on the rgb loop it looks like something exploded along the 138, west of the poppy preserve. Probably just a sat glitch. ahem. Onward ...

Yes. Regular intake of chocolate will make you a better knitter. No question! ;)
Very smart to practice before using the fancy stuff! Just stay away from this guy once you get good ...



Here is a brief video that, while a bit odd, helped me "see" what a stitch is all about.
The first ~1:20 of this one is also good for visualization, but it is about industrial machine knitting so the rest is not useful.

I am now done being "helpful" (aka: "annoying people with my obsession").

Looks like the weather is nice up your way :)
When are the peaches ready? I have a hankering ... and it isn't that far to drive ... :)

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38. WatchinTheSky
5:41 PM GMT on June 25, 2012
Yikes! Close fire.. I'd say it is too early for Fire Season, but clearly that is not the case out West. Certainly aggravated by high winds - hope that's as close as they get this year :) Sun dried tomatoes, yes - fire dried, NO!
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37. GardenGrrl
1:57 PM GMT on June 25, 2012
Now that is something scary to have by your house. So glad they got it out and no one lost home or life.

On a happy note, Brody sure looks cute in his flight outfit.
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36. Proserpina
12:40 PM GMT on June 25, 2012
So glad that it was under control in a timely manner and that no real damage occurred.

Sick sick people! I hope they are apprehended and taught a lesson by fire! Taught a lesson anyways!

Stay safe Calpoppy.
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35. Ylee
10:31 AM GMT on June 25, 2012
I always thought ATVs in your area had special spark arrestors on them, but I guess those can be modified. Then again, it could just been a cigarette! :(

Glad your home was spared!
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34. LowerCal
10:41 PM GMT on June 24, 2012
Glad that didn't have any more impact on you than create some excitement!
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33. calpoppy
9:59 PM GMT on June 24, 2012
Saturday evening we had a little excitement! We had a fire across the creek from us. The wind was really blowing, thankfully to the north and we are to the west. Initially the fire department said the fire was 1/4 of a mile from us, but we hiked over there this morning and it was more like 1/2 mile. Still if the wind had blown the right direction it would be a different story. LA County fire did a great job, with 7 or 8 engines and a water dropping helicopter they got it out pretty fast. We had a night of flashing lights and fire engines running though. And some of them are still there.

Fires always look so much closer then what they are. This morning the fire crews were putting out the hot spots, they had put down 1/2 mile of hose! And now we have a new trail to hike on, they made a nice one. We did notice that at the starting point of the fire there had been several quads that were going racing around, we told the fire department this, don't know if that is what started it but it was started by people.

I took pictures but they are unfit to be seen by anyone!! When I was up on the mezzanine taking them the wind was rocking me!! Okay it is an excuse, but a good one!
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