- I got sick again with a bad cold and sometimes had stomach related symptoms. I went to work on Monday, and came home after only two hours. I went back to work on Tuesday and am still dragging. I have pretty much lost my voice too.
- Last week, we got a new director (this one permanent) and a new teacher. Lots of changes, but nothing new there. Over the past 6 weeks that I have worked there, change has been constant. Hopefully things will settle down now. It has all worn me out. I am appreciating the new friends that I have made at my work, but I miss my old life. Very much.
- I only have one day off from work related things this week, and that is today. I did spend two days at the college attending excellent classes in a conference held by the local chapter of NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children).
- I met some amazing people at the conference, and reconnected with many of my Head Start co-workers and others that I hadn't seen since 2005. I will be writing up what I learned and putting that information on my Comfort and Joy Childcare blog as soon as I can. In my "spare" time, I will be working on filling in the blanks over there.
|Source: Photo by Angi Grayham, taken at Gordy's Truck Stop|
- Our town, La Pine, had a huge fire yesterday, along with 17 smaller ones. The wind was blowing hard all day, and it was coming from the northwest, instead of from the south. It caused trees to have to bend in a different way than they were used to, and many of them snapped in half, taking power lines down with them and causing fires. Even before the fires began, there was widespread power outage. Being 7 miles from town, we were not right in the middle of anything and did not even lose power.
- The largest fire, dubbed The Burgess Road Fire, burned around 100 acres, almost made it to the downtown area. First on the scene were our nephew, Jimmy Matthews, his in-laws, Mike and Max Shields and our friend George Green ... they were the volunteers with a road-grader who carved out a fire-line boundary. It worked for the fire on the ground, but the wind was blowing fire from the top of one tree to another and kept spreading quickly. Firefighters from all over the Central Oregon region pitched in and it is nearly out now; there are just a few hotspots left to mop up. Many thanks go out to the firefighters and volunteers for saving our town.
- That fire began near our new school, Rostand Elementary, and then burned between Highway 97 and the newer Crescent Creek Subdivision. The subdivision and the senior living complex were both evacuated for several hours. Here is a link if you want to know more details about the fires: Z21 News Story About The Burgess Road Fire in La Pine.
- You can't reason with wind or water, but many times you can get out of the way of fire, even if your stuff can't. I have a list on the wall by our front door reminding me what I want to load into the trailer if we ever do have to evacuate and still have time to pack. Cary added his own wishes to it yesterday. I am thinking of buying about 5 good laundry baskets to use for transporting stuff from the house to the 5th wheel to make things easier.
- I made it through A to Z for the third year in a row! Well, I had no doubts that I would finish, since I had done it all ahead of time. But still. I appreciate all of the new blog friends that I made, and all of my new followers. And, I appreciate my old friends that made sure to stop by and check on me often.
- I now have an hour for lunch on weekdays, and have been driving around Sunriver taking pictures during that time. I have two new blog posts coming up soon about some boat landings that I have found. Here are a few of the pictures for now:
|This boat landing/parking area is down the dirt road right before Circle 7 when you are coming from Circle 9. You can park your car there and hike into Benham Falls from here. I haven't done that yet, but this is a very nice and quiet spot.|
|Harper's Bridge Boat Landing. You can only use it if you have a Sunriver zipcode, apparently.|
|There was a controlled burn going on that day. You can see Mt. Bachelor and the Three Sisters in the background.|
I guess that is enough for now. I hope that you are all doing well and that you have a wonderful week!
Hugs to you,
Update: I took these on Sunday, the day after the fire. It doesn't look like so much here, but it must have been during the event. It is a good thing that they had recently gone through and thinned out the trees and underbrush.
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