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Sunday, June 28, 2015

WARNING

This is an UPDATE
But it comes with a WARNING

I don't mean to be so whiny, but it will read that way...I apologize.

It's just that I have not been feeling well.
A couple of weeks ago, I got the regular sick again.
Fine.  I'm used to that.
But it morphed immediately into overblown asthma because
we had a leak in the house and so possible mold issues and not great air quality within.

Then then that immediately morphed into the local fire by my house.

I am SUPER GRATEFUL that no lives or homes were lost (only one garage had some damage).  All people and animals got out safely.  100 horses were walked out to safety.  I've seen updates that our neighborhood wild turkeys are all well.  The firefighters were amazing and it was knocked down really fast.  People got to go home.  Emergency over.

But I am cranky because my asthma is off the charts and it is making me awful tired, 
without brilliant ways to solve it.
It's kinda funny when I hear others I know speak of this fire.  These folks live on the other side of the Valley and so all of their comments involve claims of cars cover in ash!!
OH MY!

This has been such a good lesson for me.
Those comments would have been mine in the past, but now having been so much closer, they feel rather silly, insensitive or uninformed.
Or something.

I warned you, I'm cranky!
The morning after the fire, I awoke in my my lovely lavender super soft sheets
feeling like I had slept in a giant bed of campfire ashes.

I hope I remember this lesson as I watch others go through natural or other crisis events.
You just don't know until you walk in another's shoes.

So, it's not working for me today and the asthma medicine won't let me sleep.
It's 4:00 am.  Ugh.

Today, for the first time I drove up my street in the daylight and realized
that the mountain in front of me is now charred and gray (like the pictures below).

I hadn't seen that yet due to my work schedule and driving patterns.
It looks so sad.

My neighbor told me that during the fire (before I got home) you could walk out front, stand in the middle of the street and see the flames.
Today's view brought that home. 
It was close.

I stopped at the trail head the following night to see how much had burned 
and snap a few photos.
It seems like our whole hike is gone.


Flames came super close to this house at the trail head

The bright spots on the photos below are the sunset on this landscape.
There were no hot spots at this time, in this spot.
The trail head
 When I (with some hesitation) walked through the entrance to get a better look. I was surprised by the mocking birds' loud animated chatter.
It seemed like there was many of them in the oaks, agitated by their new world.
They were so loud!

Looking through the surviving oaks

Looking melted, but still standing

Looking for the trail

We're so sad to have this trail take this huge hit from the fire.
After all, we had just discovered it, only hiked it once and it's right around the corner (so easy to get to!!)
Maybe when the air quality and my breathing calms down we'll investigate a bit more.
I'm still wondering about the displaced wild life.

(((sigh)))

Have a good week all and thanks for bearing with me on this post!
~Nancy



Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2015

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

FIRE

This hike will look considerably different next time...the hills are on fire.  Lot's of smoke here at my house, as the fire is at the end of my street.  Not great for asthma.
(((sigh)))

See the beauty-filled first post here.





I hope the wild turkeys are ok!

Thanks for checking in here on the trail, Nancy



Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2015

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Finally

Well this little gift is finally on it's way to Els.
She was the winner of my blog give-away in May of 2014.
*As usual ~ click on photos for a closer view!*
The nice thing about taking so long on a cloth, on a gift, is that one gets lots of time to
meditate on that person, keep up with their life happenings and generally consider and ponder for quite some time.

I made the little bag first.  Those seem to come to me so much quicker.
I liked these colors for her as her own work is so filled with beautiful color.
The sky blue and deep purple especially reminds one of her wool and garden.

One side, with rock.
Here it rests on my rosemary bush, gathering a scent of it's own here in 
Sunny California.

The other side, with a bit of magic thread.
 I like the way some of the threads become fuzzy and poke out, 
like tendrils from the Spring Earth.

The 'front'
This is the cloth I introduced earlier.
I added on a bit of blue at the top and bottom.
Sky and Water?  Perhaps.
I leave that up to the viewer and Els of course!
The blue lightweight denim began as collar on a shirt
once belonging to my mom or dad.  I no longer remember which one.
One day at work, when it was particularly bothering me, I cut it off!!

 It is a bit hard to tell from my photos, but I cut out the center (which I used part of on the bottom) and sewed the two pointed ends together for the top section.
I threw a little blanket stitch around the edges, just because.
I added a crocheted piece from button hole to button hole, as a hanger or...?

The backside trail
 I used the buttons to attach the blue denim, but I think I will add a 
few more stitches for more strength, as it hangs a
little wonky!
The combination of cloths has nothing like the lightness or drape that Jude or Saskia often consider in their cloth-making.
The thickness appeals to me this time around.
Something sturdy to hold in one's hands.

Sometimes we need that.
Els, I hope you enjoy this as well.


Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2015

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Last Week

Last week we were finally able to hike a neighborhood trail I discovered a while back.  It is actually walking distance from the house, but since we were unfamiliar with the difficulty of the trail, we drove over for this first visit.

*As always, click on photos to enlarge*




It was pretty hot, of course!  The sky was hazy at the horizon, but looking up...nothing but blue skies!



There was a lot of this crazy dried vine with spectacular round pods (?)  And of course, unlocked locks hanging around too!

DO YOU SEE IT?
HERE I AM!!
I happen to glance up on the hills edge and spy this guy basking in the sun. J. spies this guy in the photo below.  I am intrigued with just how well they camouflage themselves!




Previous hikers left benches created to take in the view.  And some sort of wild fruit.
Anyone know what these are?


At the summit there is another fence and gate post that keeps nothing out!
Beyond it there are a few memorials made by gathering rocks.  Hikers have left their messages written on the rocks or on the paper in the special box.







My message is kinda lame, but heartfelt.
I'm so grateful for the days I am able to hike with J.




I am full of gratitude for the small things and the big picture.
Thanks for coming along,
Nancy 



Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2015