Sometimes retired folks like us have just a bit too much time on our hands. Idle hands. Idle minds. This week has been especially difficult with the smoke from two forest fires near us driving us inside.
On Saturday afternoon we were outside removing spent plants from the garden beds when we spotted a fire quite close to us. This would ultimately be named the Dog Bar Fire and burn for several days while being confined to 247 acres. We were so very lucky. Thank you Cal Fire!
Before the Dog Bar Fire was out, a huge new fire, dubbed the King Fire, erupted a bit farther away. This fire has grown into a behemoth, consuming close to 80,000 acres with 7,000 firefighters manning the lines and no containment in sight. Our hearts go out to those in harm’s way.
Sunrise and sunsets have been spectacular, but at what cost? The King Fire has been determined to be the result of arson and a suspect is in custody. Some things we just cannot understand.
The smoke has rendered our air quality unhealthy, especially for those in sensitive groups. That means we have been staying indoors most of the day, venturing out just to care for the animals and run necessary errands. Cabin fever is beginning to set in, but at least we are safe in our home, unlike the thousands of evacuees. We won’t complain.
When I have time on my hands, I usually end up in the kitchen, behind a camera, or on my computer. This week I had time for all three. Recipes are coming, but in the meantime here is some random nonsense my idle hands conjured up.
One morning the clouds rolled in and I couldn’t resist a little time lapse photography.
Six Brabanter chicks hatched this week, giving us something to watch and, of course, another opportunity for time lapse photography.
The biggest, but most enjoyable waste of time this week resulted in this video of the ever-hungry fainting goat, Laverne.
Have a good weekend and stay safe.