Some Updates

A couple of personal updates.  The nearby fire is completely contained, the one to the north is still burning with winds expected today.  I don’t even smell the smoke anymore – it’s there, just lost my ability to smell it.

The two local animal shelters who put out calls for food and supplies were so completely inundated with supplies they cried “uncle” yesterday and showed off mountains of donations and said, STOP! and Thank you.  It was pretty impressive.

I got my new bike yesterday and can’t wait to get out today and ride it, I will give updates on how wonderful (I hope) it is.  I have 7 days to give it a good workout and still be able to take it back.  I don’t think that will happen, I test-rode 4 different bikes, feeling like Goldilocks the whole time.  One was too big, one too small….until I got to just right. I settled on a Specialized Cross-Trainer.

A friend and I are still working on tapas recipes, but our schedules are polar opposite these days, so haven’t had the chance to get together and make them.  It will happen – it may just be in time for holiday parties, which would  be perfect.

BTW, if you remember my recent house guest Patches, he showed up again a few days ago.  He knows where the good food it.  He’s back home…again.   And speaking of rescues, if you haven’t seen JefferyW’s newest family addition, you need to scroll down, because that is one squishably adorable kitten Mrs. J brought home from the shelter.

Okay, I think that catches you up on my world.  How have the waning days of summer been treating you?

Wildfire: Round 2

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I was out repairing my bike today, looked up and saw the tell-tale signs of fire.  This time to the north of me.  It’s about 30 miles north, closer to LFern, though LFern, Mr. Fern and TeenFern are well out of harm’s way.  In comparison, the FourMile Canyon fire was less than 10 miles (as the crow-flies) from here.  Today the winds are light, so they got slurry bombers up quickly.  I don’t think we’ve had more wildfires this year, but my proximity to the mountains has changed since I moved, so I’m more aware of them.

About that bike repair.  The gears seem to be stripped on my 17-year old Trek.  I’ve been nursing the bike along for the last couple of years, but this I could not repair.  I started looking at new bikes today, and after I got over the sticker shock, got some good advice on what will work for me and the way I ride.   Looks like a hybrid will be my choice (feel free to weigh in with advice below).  I’m loving all the new features available.

Since this a food blog and I’ve had little time to cook this weekend, I will tell you I had some terrific (and cheap) seedless watermelon this weekend and the Chicken Tortilla Soup turned out terrific.  And I’m in awe of JeffreyW’s tomato sauce photos.  Wowza.