Monday, August 15, 2022

And So It Begins

 Fire season here in California. The first summer fires have been burning. One is burning about 40 miles (64 km) east of us. Our air is still clear, but I could see the light smoky skies already. 


This photo looks like an eastern view of a sunset sky. It's not. It's a mid-afternoon view of the smoke coming from the Six River Complex fire. We're hoping it will be contained sometime next week. As summer is drawing to a close, lots of people travel here to hike and go camping. Mistakes are made, fires are started. We wait to see what comes next. 

It's been pretty quiet here. We haven't been able to get out and walk very much because my osteoporotic hip has been giving me way too much pain to even walk a mile. I'm worried. Would I do surgery? Hip replacement? Crazy medications? I don't think so. Mmmm? 

So I'm amusing myself with things I see from the car window as we drive into and back from town on our simple errands.


We watched the painter creating this the other day. She was working on the third mandala at the bottom. On Sunday, as we drove by I clicked the photo. The world should be filled with the beauty of art like this. Wouldn't that be wonderful?

26 comments:

  1. Beautiful. I have osteoporosis. Two years ago I fell and broke my hip. Now have hips and knees and one ankle out of action really and as I am ninety in three months have this week end invested in a shoprider invalid carriage - I know I am going to love it!

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    1. Weaver-- I am so sorry you have experienced those broken bones. It worries me so much, thinking about falling. Please take care there... and no more falling!

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  2. I was wondering if you were affected by the fires. So glad that so far, it is at a distance. Hope it stays that way.
    Love that chimney. It's really quite attractive. It makes the house.

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    1. Patti-- We're usually pretty safe here on the coast, but those fires do get close and our air gets really bad. This is only the beginning. I'm glad you liked that chimney!

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  3. Sorry about your hip. Is your doctor recommending something be done? As for the painted chimney - yes, the world should be filled with the beauty of personal expression.

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    1. Colette-- I'm pretty bummed out about my hip. I emailed my doctor this morning and hoping to hear something soon. Yes to filling the world with beauty!

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  4. Sorry to hear about the fires and hope they get them under control soon. What a lovely paint job! Such a beautiful talent to have!
    Have you tried Physical therapy? When my hip was acting up, my doctor had me go to PT and they gave me some great exercises to do that really helped me get back on my walks again... Good luck, Robin!

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    1. EllenD-- We're hoping for a less fiery summer and fall than we've had the past two years. Glad you liked that painting. It is beautiful. I do stretching exercised everyday that I was taught by a PT a few years ago. I may have to go back and see if I need to add some new stuff to the routine.

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  5. I'd hate to live in fire territory. Hope they get it under control and out soon. Everyone I know who had a hip replacement are really glad they did. I decline the osteoporosis meds for various reasons. And I do love the mandalas on that chimney. Now they need to paint the house.

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    1. ellenabbott-- These past few years "fire season" has been really bad. The drought exacerbates things terribly. I know some people who have had hip replacement and it went well for them. So... maybe... Mmm. Yes, the mandalas are beautiful and that house needs to be painted!

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  6. What a beautiful chimney! I hope your hip pain is transient, but if not, maybe it's time to talk more to a doctor or physical therapist about your options.

    As for fire season -- ugh. Maybe California needs to set a "no camping" season when people can't get out and start accidental fires? Hard when it's summer when everyone would want to be outside, though.

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    1. Steve-- Glad you like that chimney. Now I want our chimney to be painted like that! I have an email out to my doc about how to proceed. I'm hoping for some relief.
      Sometimes the fires here are set off by lightning, and sometimes by arsonists. The jerks.

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  7. Just back from a fortnight on the Mediterranean coast where the temperature hovered between 35 and 38 throughout.Celsius that is, of course. We lay under the shade of poolside umbrellas and watched the smoke rise from just over the horizon, near the town of Gignan where we have rented villas in previous years. This year's stately mansion, near Marseillan, was both antique in structure (and in furnishings) yet also equipped with a monster A/C unit which kept going day and night, goodness knows at what cost. The younger generations cooked and served for us and one of their onerous tasks was disposing of the huge number of bottles which we emptied in the course of any day. Today (back in Hereford) it rained lightly, the first time for a month, and I walked about in delight, feeling its gentle patter on my bare arms. There's no such thing as bad weather.

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    1. Roderick-- Your vacation on the Mediterranean coast sounds lovely in every way. Must have been great to get away and have the younger generation take care of the daily stuff.

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  8. I'm hoping for a good treatment for your hip pain that isn't crazy. In the meantime, what a joy to see those three mandalas on the chimney!

    It's fire season here, too, in Western Washington So far, only one fire in Eastern Washington but many fires across the border in Canada. Bellingham is 25 miles from the border. Our skies are clear today but I wonder how the rest of fire season will play out. We have had smoky skies toward the end of every summer in recent years -- something I never dreamed would be part of life in the coastal Pacific Northwest.

    Had my first glimpse of Orion rising in the east a few days ago! Orion season is my favorite part of the year. Maybe I'll make a left-handed mandala that includes Orion (-:

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    1. am-- I've been reading about the fires in Washington. It's crazy that it was so dry there that there were such early season fires. Climate change is really having an impact in so many ways. I would love to see your painting of Orion. I hope you'll do it and post a pic of it.

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  9. Soon, fire season for many of us will be all year long. Considering how much you love to walk, you may want to consider your options for your poor hip. Everyone I know who has had a hip replacement has had a great outcome. Don't give up! -- Tara (I have tried many times to get Google comment function to work, but no luck)

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    1. Tara-- I worry so much about the dry forests here and really all over our parched planet. So sad in so many ways.
      I'm hoping to make an appointment to talk with my doc about how to proceed. Oy.
      I have to log in to comment each time I leave a comment on a blog, even here on my own freakin' blog!

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  10. More mandalas, yes. Sorry about your hip.

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    1. Ally-- Yes more mandalas! I called my doc today, still no response.

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  11. The chimney is beautiful. I wonder if the homeowner will ever be able to change curtains.
    It a new hip is recommended, don't be too hesitant. Mine replacement is 20 years old and has been trouble free. The surgeon told me, a few years ago, "I don't even do them that way anymore."

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    1. Joanne-- Thank you so much for sharing your hip replacement experience. It really makes me feel much safer about what could be my possible future. My mom had hip replacement as well.
      I hadn't even noticed the curtains until you mentioned them. Good catch and great question!

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  12. I feel for you. I dread summer. Are the fires late in the season for you? Can you name a town near you so I can find it on a map? Nothing too close for privacy reasons, just a rough estimate.

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    1. Dr Michelle-- The fire season usually begins in late August and goes long into autumn. We don't get rain here until winter, if at all. We live in Arcata, a nice college town on the north coast. The closest fire is 90% contained. But we know this is just the beginning of fire season.

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  13. A triple mandala chimney! Wonderful! My right hip is slightly osteoporatic at this time, not much pain. But this weekend I couldn't climb stairs worth a hoot...used my walking stick every time and lifted myself with my arms. Something about my legs...oops, this should be about you! Yes I have a friend who moves much better after her hip replacement. Pain should always be avoided, I think. But muscles need exercise! Hope your air stays clear and there are minimal fires out there!

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    1. Barbara-- I'm so glad you liked that triple mandala... me too! I have a call into my doctor (no response yet) about how to proceed. I was scheduled for a bone density test, but I cancelled it because I don't think my pain is related to that at all. I think it's osteoarthritis and it's starting to get pretty bad. We'll see what comes next. Gray skies here, but no smoke so far for now.

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