Another week gone, and we're already approaching the end of the summer. I can't believe it will be September next week!
Due to the (another) very dry summer, wildfires are everywhere at the moment (California had 650 of them last week!), and even Idaho has it's share of them.
The two closest to us are somewhere east of McCall and east of Elk city. Fortunately far enough away that they aren't a threat, but due to high winds the smog/smoke is filling the canyons around us ..
It makes everything look 'orange-y' and rather gloomy, and sunrises are somewhat spooky!
When I hiked up-hill the other day I felt the smog affected my breathing, I was wheezing and coughing a little, initially I almost thought that I'd attracted Covid-19, but smoke of course will do that too!
All the grasses have turned brown and even shrubs and trees are loosing leaves.
It's hard to still find something pretty out there. This (wild) clematis (Western White Virgins Bower) and berries of the Blue Elderberry will have to do:
I might collect some of those berries. I keep reading about Elderberry syrup or even Elderberry Cordial, which seems like an interesting drink, I might have to try it ..
On my walk along the river one morning, I was happy to see 'my' Bald Eagle had returned!
He's been absent all summer and I was afraid something had happened to him. This might be a different one altogether of course, but I think it's the same one since he chose the same tree to return to ..
After finishing some more mud-repairs (yeah ..) and texturing the rest of the house, James and Vino have been painting most of the week.
Everything got 2 layers of primer, and as of today most of the final paint is also on.
There's still a few repairs to be done (..sigh) but it's pretty much a done deal!
It's not that easy to see, but the ceilings are an off-white and the walls are grey.
The rest of the crew is still working on the roof, which is done except for the finishing details, and than they'll continue with the siding.
Derrick (our mason) has finished the stone-work outside, and will help some with the caulking of the roof, after which he'll start with the hearth inside.
What can I say .. progress!
I've had a slow week, nuttin' much going on ..
I did bake a Blackberry Buckle, which came out surprisingly good:
But other than that, I've just read a lot, prepped some unknown wool for spinning (no clue where I got it or what it is?) and finished my summer beach-puzzle:
|Such a fun one, this Wysocki 'Nantucket'!|
Time goes on, it doesn't stop for anything ..
I love my cozy house/living room,
wouldn't trade it for a 'real' house for anything!