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Sunday, August 12, 2018

more of the same...

only closer! my life has been dominated by smoke since july first, today was THE first day in over 6 weeks when I could actually see my view again, visibility went from a mere mile to 75 miles, I could still smell smoke, and see the Mendocino fire across the valley, but the winds had finally blown a clear path. imagine only seeing the sun look like this for well over a month...
 
 
today we were just heading into town when right across from our driveway a see a fire, I mean black billowing smoke, no air tankers, no helicopters, no air patrol, it was a brand new fire a few miles across from us. up comes the fire truck, it too looked over at the fire, as if to get its bearings. we have a wonderful informative website that must be connected to dispatch because it has real time info instantly, while still in our driveway I pull up the site and see a picture from the fire lookout station many miles away saying grey column of smoke, location unknown at this time, let me just say their pic was a lot smaller fire than what we were looking at!
 
it is a forest, there are houses, it is hills, I am almost crying with fear for those in harm ways, its 97 degrees and windy, not a position anyone want to be upwind from! my husband starts to drive to town, it certainly felt ominous to leave to "shop" when there is a fire in plain sight, yes, the wind was pushing it away from us, but it felt very wrong...
 
we get to the main road and look back to see HUGE billowing clouds of smoke, emergency vehicles are screaming past us, and we are going shopping? nope, we are turning around and heading home. we arrive to see numerous cars parked in front of our property, we have the perfect vantage point.
 






 
by now the website is streaming updates, ten acre fire, houses threatened, residents trapped, tankers and helicopters are on sight dropping water and fire retardant, road closures, evacuation, power out, live wires on the road, 150 people on sight working to stop the fire. this has been such an horrific fire year for California, up and down the state, I just pray that everyone can be safe and survive the rest of the year, the worst months are in fall, this has just been a relentless start to the season.
thank you to those that make all our lives safe!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

garden chronicles, the bearded iris~

I used to collect these like a lunatic, I had over 1200 named varieties of iris, but time, age, hill, site, weeds, rattlesnakes, glasses, distance and a new beach house all contributed to their HUGE demise, but I never stopped loving them! I have not even been in my old garden for years, this week I am venturing back to see if ANY iris survived with me gone and nothing but neglect as their one true companion, it will be NOTHING like the olden days...
























today I went to my first iris garden in almost a decade, I used to plan our vacations to drive and see scads of the growers all over the west, today felt like running into old friends, I knew them all, happy dancing colors throughout a terraced garden. I ended up purchasing a dozen pots, I have owned them all before, I was just so eager to buy something...

AMEYTHST WINTER RE


ASCENT OF ANGELS

CITY LIGHTS RE

COFFEE MALT
DEEP DARK SECRET

GLACIER POINT
GLOWING SMILE
JUKE BOX HERO
MESMERIZER
OKAPI POPPY
OSAY CAN U C
PASSING CLOUDS

Our new house was once part of a huge ranch that stretched for many miles, beneath us, the original farmstead was built in the 1860's. When we purchased this fall, tucked under old lilac bushes and against the fence line were clumps of iris that I promptly divided and put up front to see what treasures I might find. So far, all that has bloomed is this historical intermediate iris crimson king, thought to be from around the 1830's.


Bearded iris

Alladins wish ...G too
Amethyst winter re
Apollo one
Autumn harbor re
Arpege
Ascent of angels
Battle royal
Beautiful friendship
Billionaire
Brising
Capricious candle
City lights re
Coffee malt
Collage
Coral chalice
Dakota tyrene
Deep dark secret
Desert canyon
Dogrose
Fiery temper
Glacier point
Glowing smile
Infernal fire
Juke box hero
Larry gautler
Mesmerizer re
Moonlit sea
Natural blonde
Okapi poppy
Olympiad
Osay can u c
Palladia
Passing clouds
Pearls in autunn
Role model
Scotch
Sierra blue
Stepping out
Terra rosa 
Wings of peace
Yellow spoons

Intermediate iris
Calling card
Colorbrite
Country dance
Crimson king
Romeo

~iris on order~

hortons
arctic burst
champagne elegance
citoyen
coffee malt
easter candy
edith wolford
fancy fellow
flighs of fancy
foundation van gogh
gilt edged bond
haute les voiles
heaven and earth
hobo heaven
honeycomb
jesse's song
lena baker
lullaby of spring
mastery
melted butter
merry madrigal
misty lady
monty's sweet blue
pond lily
shadow warrior
skip along
sky hooks
thornbird
thrill seekers
tiger honey
tomcat
triffid
triple whammy
twist of fate
wild night
wonderful to see

napa country iris
bottle rocket
cameo kiss
coffee whispers
dewuc whatic
discovered treasure
divergence
edge of glory
fatal attraction
flash of light
ginger ice
new face
ocean clouds
painted lady lavender
peggy anne
secret rites
skating party
snow creek falls.
solar fire
sordid lives
spatter matters
tango amigo
wintry sky

Schreiners
Adoregon
Blueberry parfait
Bollywood
Bluetique
Brilliant idea
Can't touch this
Changing seasons
Dancing on air
Dangerous mood
Dream of you
Elegance in blue
English charm
Final episode
Florentine silk
Gnu blues
Good looking
Haunted halo
Impressionist
Invitation
Jurassic park
Kissed by the sun
Legerdemain
Let evening come
Magahare
Miles ahead
Nestucca rapids
No count blues
Noctambule
Poem of ecstasy
Power point
Red neck girl
Rhineland
Rip city
Rippling river
Salzburg echo
Sea wash
Shadow caper
Sky and snow
Snowed in
Tidal raves
Toucan tango
Touch of mahogany
Vapor
Willamette mist
Aquinas blue
Zin city

schreiners
American classic
Blueberry bliss
Captains choice
Century bound
Color strokes
Cupid arrow
Decadence
Freedom song
Honey tonk blues
Kool bre's
Late hours
Let evening come
Let's fly
Machismo
Naughty nights
Navajo jewel
Over Alaska
Padded shoulders
Plum fun
Raging tide
Rare find
Royal sterling
Santorini
Schoolboy heart
Silken trim
Swing velvet
Twist of sheree
Whispering falls

Schreiners
Belle re providence
French can can
Fusion
High chaparal
High school honey
Imprimis
Kathy Chilton
Lotus land
Mary Frances
Money in your pocket
Natural charm
Party's over
Serena Louisa
Up in flames
Versailles
Somebody loves me
Let evening come

From iris society

After the storm
Alien mist
Beyond borders
Crowned heads
Dawn of change
Eagle landing
Fringe benefits
Glacier point
Howdy do
Loving you
Olympiad
Osay can u c
Queens circle
Round of applause
Star fleet
Tableau blue
Wintery sky
World premiere

UPDATE AUGUST IRIS PLACEMENT
Let the fun begin!

Buffys teardrop
glacier point
ascent of angels
glowing smile
mesmerizer
city lights
tableau
dawn of change
juke box hero
kissed by the sun
howdy do
alien mist
moonlit sea

crescent garden
wings of peace
freedom song
honky tonk blues
American classic
blueberry bliss
Olympiad
cupids arrow
machismo
swing velvet
silken trim
collage
dangerous mood
rippling river
snowed in
yaquina blue
palladia
bluetique
good looking
gnus blues
Rhinelander
larry gautler
poem of ecstasy
schoolboy heart
Florentine silk
schoolboy heart
unknown sky blue
like everything plus
Navajo jewel
naughty nights
royal sterling
plum fun
dogrose
sierra blue
impressionist
okapi poppy
unknown giant antique purple
unknown pool 2
pond joyce terry?
English charm
terra rosa
toucan tango
redneck girl
decadence
rip city
color strokes
yellow spoons
Salzburg echo
Battle royal
Infernal fire
Fiery tempo
Queens lower right
Changing seasons
Coffee malt
Mahogany
Unknown pool 1
Stair Germany bottom right
Role model
Padded shoulders
Capricious candles
Unknown apricot pool
Natural blonde
Coral chalice
Invitation
Scotch
Rare find
Magaharre
Beautiful friendship
Dakota tyrene
Fringe benefits
Final corner
Zin city
Final stairs
Indian chief
Unknown antique pink
Tucker near end
Tucker fence
Tucker front
Tucker by fan
Last tucker
Tucker strip
Stair bottom little Germany
Billionaire
Bollywood
Queens circle
Third fence royal crusader
Blueberry parfait
Dancing on air
Sky and sun
Let's fly
Let evening come
Adoregon
Dream of you
Nestucca rapids
Brilliant idea
Raging tide
Arpege
Tidal raves
Sea wash
Willamette mist
Elegance in blue
Captains choice
Wintry sky
Over Alaska
Crowned heads
Deep dark secret
Miles ahead
No count blues
Beyond borders
Noctamble
Jurassic park
Stepping out
Autumn harbor
Whispering falls
Kool breeze
Santorini
Century bound
Can't touch this
Vapor
After the storm
World premiere
O say canuc
Eagle landing
Starfleet
Twist of sheree
Late hours
Shadow caper
By heart bench
Final episode
Round of applause
Apollo one
Unknown pot rack
Brising
Last picket fence
First?
Amethyst winter
Pearls in autumn
Passing clouds
Loving you
Ledgerdemain
Power point



Friday, August 3, 2018

Reading goals 2018

GOAL 250

(200 books I own...)


My goodread reviews
my library thing

K's read 700/517

Oldest


1 the hour I first believed
2 drawing in the dust
3 Cleopatras daughter
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

Really want


1 the little old lady that broke all the rules
2 a well tempered heart
3 turn right at Manchu picchu
4 still alice
5 secret scripture
6
7
8
9
10

A to Z





# the 19th wife
Arcadia
B
C
Dinner chez moi
Enchanted
Fortunes children
Gardens of water
H
Into the free
J
K
L
Midnight in broad daylight
N
Oracle of stamboul
P
Q
R
Story hour
Thousand boy kisses
U
V
W
X
Y
Z

Audio


2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20

Garden








1 cut flower garden
2 outstanding American gardens
3 the English roses
4 beautiful American rose gardens
5 passion for roses
6 in the garden of my dreams
7 Edith wharton's Italian gardens
8 Italy's private gardens
9 private Italian gardens
10 winter garden
11 Grow cook eat
12 Molly moons homemade ice cream

Landscaping for privacy
Right rose, right place
Layered garden
Gardenista
Understanding garden design
A seed is sleepy
A nest is noisy
An egg is quiet
A butterfly is patient
A cabaret of plants
Deep in the green
Beautiful edible gardens
Bold dry garden
Roots shoots bucket and boots
Gardening with shape line texture
Martha's flowers
Food explorer
Hidden lives of trees
Color me floral
Flower Farmers year
Colorful dry gardens
Vegetables love flowers
Trellis, planters, raised beds
Weather detective
Everyday monet
Handmade for the garden
Tapestry garden
Hot dry garden
Wild designs

Historical fiction









1 The pearl that broke it's shell
2 mistress of the sun
3 the miniaturist
4 go set a watchman
5 lotus eaters
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20

White chrysanthemum
White houses
Librarian of Auschwitz
Suite francaise
Italian party
Varina
Room on the rue
Love and ruin
I was Anastasia
My dear Hamilton
In the distance
Spirit photographer
The taster
Ike and kay
Blazing world
Madonna of the mountains
Lost vintage
Juliet
Luncheon of the boating party
Eagle and crane
Lost family
If you leave me
Fruit of the drunken tree

Non fiction






1 super tuscan
2 test the dog
3 west with the night
4 monets palate cookbook
5 art of cooking with lavender
6 radium girls
7 walk to beautiful
8 the public library
9 house in the sky
10 Astoria

A kitchen in France
Trisha's table
Cass Marcela
Plenty more
Aunt bees Mayberry cookbook
Mighty salads
Farm to chef
French women aren't fat
New Mediterranean cookbook
Complete Mediterranean cookbook
In my kitchen
Southern sympathy cookbook
Talking pictures
Stingray afternoons
I've been thinking
Sweet
The artful baker
The book of bees
101 decorating ideas
Simple kitchen bites
Farm to table desserts
Art of vanishing
From the ground up
Don't sing at the table
In search of the old ones
Jackie, Janet and lee
Hey mom
Any night grilling
Pretty mess
He wanted the moon
Pretty dish
Rocket men
Edge of the world
No ordinary joes
Eunice
Daisy cakes bake
At my table
The man who caught the storm
Intelligent investor
Tuscan Sun cookbook
The unknowns
Go ask Ali
Bridesmaids daughter
Feather theif
Picasso and the painting that shocked the world
Calypso
Patti labelles lite cooking
Art of gathering
Notes from a public typewriter
Flat broke with two oaks
My girls
You will not have my hate
I am, I am, I am
On color
Dinner on the grounds
Anatomy of a miracle
First in line
100 classic hikes
I love California
Mozarts starling
Night
Secret lives of color
It's a pleasure
Widow cliquit
Forest bathing
Forest bathing
Irena's children
Girl in the balcony

Road trips



1 blue highways
2 finding gobi
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

Census
Grandma gatewoods walk
In the distance
Tip of the iceberg
Delight of being ordinary
My first twenty five years
Don't make me pull over

Summer/ chicklit books






1 a land more kind than home
2 tumbleweeds
3 grand central
4 I like you fine when you are not around
5
6
7
8
9
10
Atomic girls
As bright as heaven
Great alone
Lost girls of camp forevermore
Queen of hearts
Life is short but wide
Very Valentine
Rosie colored glasses
The arrangement
By the book
Patron saint of liars
Summer hours at robbers library
An American marriage
Family next door
Color me butterfly
Brava, Valentine
Seven husbands of evelyn hugo
When mountains move
The supreme macaroni company
Coincidence maker
Every note played
Everything here is beautiful
Other people's houses
Italian teacher
The borrower
Women in sunlight
Mrs bixbys last class
Heart goes last
Paris by the book
Female persuasion
Only child
Go ask fannie
Hearts invisible fury
Before i let you go
The power
You me everything
Lies we told
Little pieces of happiness
Back velvet coat
Wonderstruck
Favorite sister
Wild birds
Tin man
Island of sweet pies and soldiers
Astonishing color of after
America is not the heart
Recipe box
Close enough to touch
84k
The balcony
13 ways looking at a fat girl
My Oxford year
Us against you
There there
Dreams of falling
Harry's trees
Convenience store woman
Myth of perpetual summer
The melody
Charm bracelet
Every heart a doorway
Lost words bookshop
Before and after
A place for us
Gather the daughters
All we ever wanted
Summer list
Bar harbor retirement
Family tabor
Clock dance
The lido
Late bloomers club
What we were promised
How to walk away
Your second life begins when you realize you only have one
The dependents
The librarian
Distance home
Secret of the Irish castle
Goodbye, paris

Thrillers/mysteries


1 big exit
2 booked to die
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Feather bone
Chalkman
Two girls down
Fierce kingdom
If you knew her
The take
The force of nature
The girlfriend
Pretty baby
I know my name
Glass forest
Self portrait with child
Code to zero
It can't happen here
The French girl
She rides shotgun
The chateau
The escape artist
Need to know
Art of deception
Three weeks to say goodbye
Sometimes I lie
Closer than you know
Flight attendant
Let me lie
White noise
If I die tonight
Census
The swimmer
Rules of vengeance
Cave of bones
Long gone
All the beautiful lies
First person
Blood sisters
Other mother
2030
What you don't know about Charlie outlaw
Noir
Dead girl running
Unbury Carol
Every dark corner
Then she was gone
Awayland
Perfect mother
mr floods last resort
Warlight
Book of lies
Prince of risk
Unraveling Oliver
Reconstructing amelia
The outsider
Marriage lie
Panorama
Death of mrs westaway
Perfect girl
American by day
Rainbirds
Not that I could tell
President is missing
Book of m
Lying in wait
Something in the water
Touch
Bring me back
Real Michael swan
Jar of hearts
A conspiracy of tall men
Rules of betrayal
The bookseller
Providence
Other typist
Therefore
Star of the north
Darkest time of the night
Three days missing
Bankers wife
Last seen alive
Ajax penumbra 1969
Sharp objects
End of the road running club
Last time I lied
The neighbor
The color off bee larkhams murder
All these beautiful strangers
Hypnotist
Believe me
Baby teeth
A double life
A noise downstairs
Our house
The other women
The arsonist
Still lives
Her pretty face
She was the quiet one
Prisoner in the castle
Read me

Watery




1 serpent of Venice
2 shell seekers
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

Pacific
Stowaway
Fatal tide
Into the raging sea
Gale force
Lighthouse keeper
Into the drowning deep
In the storm
Adrift
A house by the sea
The mermaid
Shipwreck hunters
Last cruise
Spying on whales
Summer wives
Incendiaries

Christmas










1
2
3

Winter



1 winter sisters
2 eight mountains
3 rough beauty
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

a book with a season in the title
Vanishing season

a book about an immigrant or refugee
queen of america

a book you didn't think you would like
White bodies

a book with multiple authors
The wife between us

a novel set during wartime
Code girls

a book that takes place over a characters life time
They Immortalists

a book with a red cover
The music shop

an audio book
dark flood rising

A book set in the wilderness
After the fire

a book about an interesting woman
Loving Eleanor

a book with a story in the story
seeds of revenge

a book with an unreliable narrator
The woman in the window

A book with a single word title
Alone

a book by or about a person with a disability
Last black unicorn

a book from a genre you never read
Genius plague

an espionage thriller
The secrets of the secret service

a book about a difficult topic
Method 15/33

a book with a subtitle
Self inflicted wounds
Heartwarming tales of epic humiliation

 book published in 2018
Afterlives

a book with pictures
On Garden style

a book that makes you smile
A Victorian garden dictionary

a book recommended by a stranger
Far from the tree

a book that's been mentioned in another book
Little old lady who struck lucky again!

a book set in two time periods
Peculiar ground

a book with the main character a different ethnicity than you are
The never open desert diner

a book involving a mythical creature
Beasts of extraordinary circumstances

a book set in California
Eyes wide open

a book with a color in the title
Yellow wallpaper

A book recommended by a friend
The girls in the picture

a cookbook
Pretty fun

a book made into a movie or tv series
Dark matter


a book with a title that is a characters name
Orphan #8

a book recommended by a librarian
Oliver loving

a book written by someone you admire
Sisters first

a book with an eccentric character
Why we don't suck

a book with a family member in the title
The wife

a nyt best seller
French women don't get fat

a book from a nonhuman perspective
Eternal life

a book with a cat on the cover
Love saves the day

a book with time travel
How to stop time

An inspirational book
I'd rather be reading

the first book in a series
Crocodile on the sandbank

a best seller from 2017
Hillbilly elegy

book that becomes a movie 2018
All the bright places

a book that's been too long on your tbr list
Martin marten

a book with a season in the title
Autumn

a book set in a hotel
Last equation of issac severy

A memoir
Educated

A book that surprised you
The hush

a book over 600 pages
Sunlight and shadow

A book set in...


Alaska ... Far from here
Africa ... Tangerine
Australia...Dangerous crossing
Caribbean
Egypt
Italy ... shoemakers daughter
Mexico ... the house of broken angels
Spain
Sweden ... Stockholm octavo
Switzerland ... Einstein's dreams
Tibet

relax, enjoy a good bood!