California Ablaze (Again)
Wow, these fires. While the destruction to homes and businesses hasn’t yet been as extensive as the fires in Northern California a few weeks ago, a lot of communities are still in danger. I used to be pretty complacent about our own risk, as we live miles from any substantial brush or hills. But after seeing what happened to suburban neighborhoods in Santa Rosa, I’m keeping an eye on developments. With these dry, windy conditions, all it takes is a random spark.
And even though the winds haven’t pushed much smoke in our direction (yet), there’s a lot of particulate matter in the air. My eyes and throat have been irritated, and my nose running. Schools in many parts of Los Angeles have been closed the last couple of days. I can’t imagine what it’s like for firefighters. We are in awe of and grateful for their efforts. I hold them in my thoughts and hope that they all return safely to their families when this is over.
This interactive map shows in greater detail the areas that have been impacted, and the direction of the fires.
That we would still be having fire season in December is highly unusual. Normally we would have had 2 or more good rainstorms by now, and the hills would be starting to green up. It’s hard to ignore the impacts of climate change. I just hope we’re not heading into another drought.
Meanwhile, Back In The Kitchen…
Things are moving along. The demolition is mostly done. Everything in our house is either covered in plastic or covered in a fine dust. I tried keeping on top of it but gave up after a couple of days. Once they’ve finished all of the demolition and framing, I’ll get the vacuum and dust rags out. Above temporary supports where two walls were removed. Today they’ll be installing a giant support beam across the length of the room, then those will go away. The old, small door on the right will be filled in and…
Moved a few feet to the right to create a better flow. Here the guys are framing the new door.
Some Pretty Embroidered Things
Let’s finish up this post with a visual palate cleanse, shall we?
Very much on the Splurge end of the spectrum, a dragon-embroidered navy suede bag from Gucci. This is SO gorgeous up close, and very lightweight. The adjustable strap allows it to be worn cross-body or over the shoulder. I’ve always had a thing for Asian-inspired embroidery, especially dragons and tigers.
On the more budget-friendly side, here’s a pretty, cozy cardigan to top off your holiday party outfit.
Hope your week is finishing up on a high note!