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    Quote Originally Posted by JFBev View Post
    Maybe we'll make it through this fire season with far less devastation than last year. Here's hoping!
    August is coming
    We've got elect storms my side of the Cascades
    The air seems thick


    Wildfire danger is high here

    Hoping yer hoping is right
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Very nice photos of your garden Bev, thanks for sharing! Hope there's not too much damage from the fires, please stay safe. I'm in Colorado and we get a lot of lightning strikes here, and are having some big wildfires here due to dry drought conditions. Luckily not close to my area though.

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    Okay, here's where "Felicity Flamingo" will be displayed (originally I had it on the side of the house near the driveway, but when the lights come on after dusk, it really lights up )
    Will take another photo after dusk with the lights on.
    You can see behind to the right, where I had to dig out everything that was killed by the laburnum tree. Have a small pot with hydrangea cuttings that should starting making roots any time now and will plant those. Since there's apparently no way to kill a hydrangea (and I've tried...), I'm betting a large bush will fit perfectly there.
    Can see part of one of my fuschia potted plants also -- happy with those!!!


    Flamingo1.jpg
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    Lovely garden Bev, you have a green thumb for sure...unlike me. Looking forward to the lit Felicity!

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    Thanks SeaBreeze! Don't know about the green thumb, but am enjoying the learning curve!

    Okay, here's Felicity lit up, and it's just dusk -- can imagine what it's like when fully dark out! So, better to be in the back walled garden...

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    It's so perfectly flamingo-y! Yeah!
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    Another fun day in geekdom -- manual debugging work by MS tech for the W10 update on this laptop. 4 hours total, but always fun to play with them.
    My other laptop is not a test machine, so its updates are simple.
    Just waiting for a phone call to recap/feedback, then can go outside IRL and enjoy what looks like it will be a beautiful evening.
    How binary my life seems at this stage. Interesting!
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    I get a kick out of that lighted flamingo. I've never seen one before. Cute!

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    Whew! August flew by and I had almost no gardening time.

    We dodged a bullet re: wildfires this Summer, but travelling into the valley was cut off here and there for a while.

    About 50% or so successful on the gardening curve -- everything is kinda tired looking and just needs cleaning up for now.

    Funny thing is that what grew best in the front edge garden were "volunteer" plants that must have been gifted by birds. I now have an 8-foot Pampas Grass plant which grew to its full height while I was gone -- very impressive and obviously requires no care (well except for auto sprinklers) . Think I'll let it live here.

    In a few weeks our semi-annual lawn/garden debris pickup happens and I'll have six of those huge biodegradable bags ready.

    I am seriously considering "Vegas grass" for the front lawn, if it's not too expensive. Has anyone who reads this tried that? I understand that the current type is very realistic?

    Most of the tourists have gone and we have our beach back to ourselves. Ahhh...
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    Foggy this weekend. The rains come in this week. Still wildfires to our South. Sigh.
    Put up my Christmas tree yesterday, 'cause I needed the lights sooner.
    Been a while since I've logged in -- hard to look at screens for fun when I'm looking at one all day for writing
    There, I feel a little better...thanks for reading

    Happy Thanksgiving to all in the States!!!
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    Haven't been logging in here often enough over the last few months. Will try to do better.

    Man oh man, what a Fall season... smallest difficulty was replacing a hot water heater. How glad I am to be writing from home Was able to get it taken care of with no water damage, yay!

    It's amazing -- or maybe more noticeable? -- since I have a peaceful home to live and work in, it's become more obvious when I'm out and about that too many people are stressed beyond belief. Part of that is definitely their being hyper-linked. Trying to help is exhausting and I'm not really any good at that anyhow.

    Think I'll re-read "Candide", especially the last paragraph which describes that all one can do is tend one's own garden. It has been an excellent few months' learning curve about how to set -- and defend, for goodness sake -- clear boundaries. Whew!

    Am going to just relax into the gentle, elegant Christmas season and avoid the "contagion" of drama.

    I'm so thankful to be part of this forum -- note to self: reach out for opinions and suggestions sooner rather than later. Thanks for reading!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JFBev View Post
    Haven't been logging in here often enough over the last few months. Will try to do better.

    Man oh man, what a Fall season... smallest difficulty was replacing a hot water heater. How glad I am to be writing from home Was able to get it taken care of with no water damage, yay!

    It's amazing -- or maybe more noticeable? -- since I have a peaceful home to live and work in, it's become more obvious when I'm out and about that too many people are stressed beyond belief. Part of that is definitely their being hyper-linked. Trying to help is exhausting and I'm not really any good at that anyhow.

    Think I'll re-read "Candide", especially the last paragraph which describes that all one can do is tend one's own garden. It has been an excellent few months' learning curve about how to set -- and defend, for goodness sake -- clear boundaries. Whew!

    Am going to just relax into the gentle, elegant Christmas season and avoid the "contagion" of drama.

    I'm so thankful to be part of this forum -- note to self: reach out for opinions and suggestions sooner rather than later. Thanks for reading!
    Happy to see you again JFBev. I just love what you said about the holidays:


    "Am going to just relax into the gentle, elegant Christmas season and avoid the "contagion" of drama"

    How perfect!

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    About a week ago, I got a call from a "Carlos" in SF about one of my students who wanted to get back in touch and continue his ESL Business lessons online with me. I had given that student high-speed intensive sessions while he was here on a 6-month Visa about 18 months ago after he arrived from fleeing Venezuela (where he had worked as an electrical engineer). Then he left here and survived somehow -- I wasn't in the loop, and didn't ask for any information.

    Well, today we had a Skype session - he's now safely in another S. Amer country with a 2-year legal residency status (he showed me his ID card as proof). Poor young man. His hair is going gray but I think my "teacher/mom" effect helped him out a bit. I've set up a series of English writing assignments for him and we'll do a Skype connection each month. Also gave him a list of my favorite podcasts in both English and American , because he's surrounded by Spanish again.

    Not that I needed it, but it never hurts to remember how truly short my problem list is compared to so many other souls. Oh, and that I started out on the "road less traveled" a long, long time ago. Thought it would have arrived somewhere by now, but hey. . .
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