Was a Wordless Wednesday - September 9, 2020


This was going to be a Wordless Wednesday, until Tuesday night found me evacuating from a wildfire that originated in Ashland.  I first posted this a little after 1:00am from a rest-stop along I-5.  (Thank you, California, Oregon, and Washington for rest-stops all up and down the Interstate.  Some are closed due to COVID-19, but the ones that are open are lifesavers.)
With me were my son, a dog, three cats, and a Guinea pig.  We are fortunate, the fires didn't reach our neighborhood.  It was close though, not from the original fire, but one sparked by its embers.  Others were not so fortunate.  My daughter has a friend who lost her home, and I hear much of Talent and Phoenix are gone.  I hope that's an exaggeration.
#prayfororegon is trending, so it may be true.
At any rate, my inconvenience, discomfort, worry, and lack of sleep are nothing compared to others' circumstances.  

#prayfororegon, and California could do with some of the same.

I leave you with a Buckeye butterfly on coreopsis.  I hadn't seen a Buckeye in many years.



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  1. ...your Buckeye butterfly is one that I rarely see here. Stay safe!

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    1. It's one of the most common, so I read, but it's the first time I've seen one since moving to Oregon.

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  2. Lovely butterfly capture but it's quite an end to a scary blog post. It made me look on You Tube and I found a video shot by two men driving through Phoenix and Talent this morning (they livestreamed it) as they checked on residences of some friends/relatives. All I will say is: it's detailed, for anyone familiar with the area, they give street names and addresses as they drive by and report. It's called Talent/Phoenix, Oregon Drive-by Fire View (7:50 am 9-9-2020) | Almeda Drive Fire | Glendower Fire, but I am not posting the link. Wishing you the best from many miles away.

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    1. Thank you for the You Tube info. I wish they had gotten into Phoenix itself. I used to work at a drug store that may be gone. Not that I liked working there, I only stayed two months, but I don't want it burnt down!
      On Friday I have some scary Skywatch photos from today. I though we were going to have to pack up and leave again.

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  3. Yikes, how scary. We've been lucky here in that all we have is the weird colored sky. I know there are fires in the vicinity, but we've managed to be far enough away. I hope you can return home soon.

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    1. I'm home now, but we repacked things up again, excepting the animals "just in case." Yesterday afternoon there was a fire right nearby. They got planes and helicopters on it right away. The airport is really close by, but I'm not under any flight paths. Yesterday though, a few planes did have to fly over to avoid smoke. No huge planes though. It's not really much of an "International" airport, being "International" doesn't extend to anything out of the US! It's close, it's cute, it's easy, and right now it has the firefighting equipment, so I love it all the more!

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  4. It's been a terrible 2 days for sure. I've been glued to the KOBI5 live feed with the police scanner talk. Yesterday's scanner feed was heart wrenching. I think the home losses will be in the thousands. A tragedy. Today's fire looked like it was right over my back fence at first. Evacuating, well the dogs were not helpful.

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    1. I keep checking the Facebook pages (I don't have Facebook myself, but you can read their pages anyway) for the Medford and CP police, and the county sheriff. The sheriff is good too, and the county has updated maps, which is the most helpful, since I don't seem to be getting any of the alerts I signed up for. It was the CP Polilce that showed my street red, and we are in Medford. It's like they forget this far North area is in the city too!

      County: https://jacksoncountyor.org/emergency/News/News-Information

      That fire yesterday looked like it was in your neighborhood! The smoke looked much closer from my front window! The neighbors and I all thought it was houses on Beall.
      Oh, the pets... not so much unhelpful as so worrisome. "Where will we go with this lot? What if the cat's need a box, which I forgot to pack? Is the elderly Guinea pig going to make it? Does Boo have enough room?"
      We have a box packed now, and I topped off the gas in my vehicle "just in case." The lines we passed on 99 the other night were incredible. Do you know, we saw one car go into the car wash while everyone was evacuating? Weird what people do.
      If you want, make a comment I won't publish with your email and we can "talk" that way. Up to you.

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  5. Well I didn't end up evacuating yesterday because while it looked like started right behind me it was actually a bit away and then moved N. rather than W. toward me. But the night before I made the mistake of leashing up the dogs first and so they were really worked up. I still had to put stuff in the car and they kept milling around my legs. Then I didn't know where to go so I ended up going all the way to Gold Hill and just waiting it out in a parking lot. Fun times! I lived in the hills up above Sam's Valley for 20 years and was just petrified of the fires that happened almost every year. I thought when I moved down here those days were over. HA! Nope. I had 6 dogs and 10 cats up there and had to evacuate once. Quite a circus. People would just dump their animals there because we lived on a creek, so I guess they were being "kind" making sure their abandoned animals would find water. We'd come along and pick them up. Since I'm by myself now I'm glad I just have the 2 dogs. So I like the KOBI thing because it's the police and fire calls just as they happen so I know exactly what is happening when it happens. It is excellent. If you go to their website and go to fire information that's where you find the live feed. Problem is, it's addicting and I don't get anything done. Yes, they send all the traffic down my street so if I don't get out right away I can't get out my driveway. It's very scary. Now we are not supposed to use water outside. The leaves that blew off my trees are scary crunchy. I am rethinking all this vegetation around my house. It'd go up like a torch. Now I'm happiest when I'm removing plants!! Ha. I'm glad you have your son there. My daughter lives in WA and she was calling around while I was driving to see if there were motels. There were no rooms between here and Eugene. I have a lot of stuff I am fond of, garage sale finds, etc. just like you but it's kind of a burden loving your stuff. You wonder what to take and it's stressful, right?

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    1. It wasn't far though! It's funny you say, "...all the way to Gold Hill," when I drove up I-5 to the rest stop before Hugo! The first one at Valley of the Rogue is closed. It was quite busy, but quiet and no wait for the restrooms. We stayed there until we saw conflicting information about levels 2 or 3 or where and all. I called the CP police (which is the same person as Medford for non-emergency, as I found out!) and was told my street was level 2. But, a news report said the CP fire was out, and evacuees could go home.

      I can't imagine taking 6 dogs and 10 cats! A few years ago I had 4 dogs, a cat, rats, and Guinea pigs. One dog is the least I've had in my adult life, I always had at least two. And I've never had three cats ever! But, two just showed up and moved right in!

      I looked at all my stuff and really didn't find anything I thought enough of to take with us! A few pieces of jewelry, not valuable, but special meaning, and two paintings I especially like (one was just $1.75 at St. Vincent's!).
      My daughter is in Portland and she kept texting to find out where we were, when mostly we were just inching along 99!

      Oh, my plants... I completely understand and of course I am not watering them AT ALL! I was sorry the dog's wading pool hadn't been more full when the wind was at its worst, as it blew the pool upside down, water and all. I should try to catch some shower water in a pot and at least save something. Maybe the little white dogwood that was just put in the ground a few weeks ago. The vegetables don't matter, being seasonal anyway. Most of the things I care about are in the front yard, which was soaked Tuesday before I knew not to. I hate to lose the blueberries, and they already suffer in smoke I've found. They are only plants, and nearly all of them were planted by me since 2011, so I can plant again if need be. Losing plants is such a minor thing, although I will mourn them all the same.

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  6. What I did was when I changed the dog's water which is in a big dutch oven pot, I dumped the dirty water on some potted things. Plus, my shower drips and I haven't had a plumber yet so I save that in a bucket. It's enough to keep stuff alive. Luckily my yard was all watered too, so it'll be ok. If only we do get some rain next week. But actually, since fires aren't really burning much in towns any more I think they will lift the restrictions soon. Problem is, they say the weather is only going to get worse and I am thinking of replacing with drought tolerant stuff. Slowly. I don't know, it's depressing. I think for now you should water the dogwood. They are trying to keep people from watering huge swaths of grass. That's what is taking the most water. In the hills, they left a notice on my gate one year that my water rights were suspended. We pulled our water from the creek if you can believe that, our household water. So I just continued using it. What they want to stop is large scale irrigation. Just skip a shower and water the dogwood. Or, flush the toilet every other time and water the dogwood and the blueberries! When I evacuated with all those cats I knew someone who used to breed Persian cats and she had a cattery in her yard so I was able to stuff them all in there. Very helpful, since we had to evacuate the very next month, too. Both fires were arson. Hugo! Well they were telling people to go to the Jo County fairgrounds, so not much farther I guess. I just can't see well at night and was afraid to get on the freeway. I never drive at night except on lighted roads. Even during the day it's all I can do to get in the car and go to Albertson's, even in normal times. Oh my gosh that air! Dogs are very disappointed not to get their walk. They don't understand. BTW how is Boo? Staying well? Did he have a cough? This can't be good for him.

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    1. My front yard is mostly low water needs, but a lot of the plants are still young, or just put in this year, so need more water than the established things.
      Thanks for thinking of Boo! After his ER visit, he had two more regular vet ones, with refills on meds. The first time didn't include antibiotics, which the ER had given him. I didn't think the cough stopped as quickly, so the second time asked for them as well as the steroids. Since they don't know what the lump in his lung is, they really don't know what it responds to, other than shrinking with steroids, which was just a guess at first. Now, I haven't heard a cough in months, and no snores either, which is a sign to expect coughs. The vet has two doctors, the one comes in like Boo won't last a week. Good doctor though. I make Boo's appointments when the part-time one is there, he is much more upbeat! The ER doctor was doom and gloom. Neither Boo nor the cats feel great today, it must be the smoke. Boo refused a tortilla chip!

      I don't see well to drive at night either. I'm supposed to be better, I had both eyes done for cataracts last year. They tested me at 20/20, which I don't believe, but haven't afforded to have them checked yet. I HATE that I have far vision now, but can't read a thing without glasses! Just the Dollar Store ones, but I can't read a price tag or a text without them. I have a pair in my purse, my room, the living room, the shed in the garden, and by the computer. I would rather be able to read and wear glasses to drive, like I used to. Too late.

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  7. Yes, me too. I have readers all over the place, but still can't find a pair when I need them. You get up to do something and set them down somewhere. And the plastic lenses or whatever they put on your eyes after cataract surgery refract the light funny so bright lights kill me. The doctor who diagnosed Daisy with Atypical Cushings said she'd be dead in a year. That was in 2018. Then she got cancer in her toe and the other vet there looked at her chart and said maybe I should just put her down with her history. I don't really like them but I have to use them for surgery and ultrasound because I use the mobile vet. But they took off her toe and thought they got it all. That was last November. Mountain View. I took her to the SOVSC for a check up and her lungs and feet were still okay so I am hoping it didn't spread anywhere. She is very sickly. I love her very much and she seems to love me and care what I think. Her sister is like "where's the food?" So the no watering is voluntary now? Well, I'm going to water as soon as the smoke lifts a little and maybe sooner. Another Red Flag Warning tomorrow so I'd like to wet things down a little. Just a sea of crunchy leaves. I'm glad I'm still packed. I went out in the yard just a bit ago to clean out the birdbaths and wow. Both yards look really terrible. They always look terrible this time of year, but wow. My plant choices are mostly wrong for this climate.

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    1. Hey, when are YOU going to start a blog? Your garden. Your dogs. Your "stuff." Your stories from living in the country.

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  8. I've thought about it but then thought, "who would care"? I like your blog, and the miserable gardener because they're honest. I've made such a mess of things, my blog could be about that, the dangers of no planning. But I have so much stuff on my list to do, and I'm so behind all the time, I just don't know if I could do it right. How much time does it take you? For a typical entry? And how long did it take for people to notice? I only saw yours when you commented on the miserable gardener. I've been following him for years, before this dog, and when the previous dog got sick and passed away. And the stories about when his wife died just made me cry.

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    1. I spend more time on mine than you'd need to! But, it really doesn't take long. I started doing it just to keep track of my garden, starting from nothing. I have very few people who regularly read it, but that's okay, I have fun doing it. Also, my out of area relatives can keep up with what I'm doing, because since I'm not working anymore the garden is pretty much all I do!

      As you have seen, there are regular things I do that get more readers. The monthly Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day is the 15th of every month. You could start with that. Photos of what's blooming in your garden. Some people write a lot, others just what the flower is. Then weekly is Six on Saturday, which is easy too. Six gardening related photos, your garden, ones you visited, garden books, tools, trees, anything really, garden related. I have done pets, since they were in the garden! Again, some just put 1 - rose 2 - daffodil... others more.
      Annually there is an A-Z bloggers challenge. That is intensive, and I start writing in January! I didn't do it on this blog last year, but I have twice, and 2021 will be too, I already have a theme.

      I did Instagram for a time. Love it! But... I became to caught up in feeling like I needed to post something daily, or more. People kept following me and I felt obligated to give them something. I didn't have a lot either, a few hundred, which is nothing on Instagram.

      It's a good time to start, being stuck indoors!

      I've only read The Miserable Gardener since he had Mani, not a small puppy, but not grown yet.

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  9. Well you've given me something to think about. I'm a fairly decent writer, but I have to think of some basic theme that I can expand on. A lot of blogs I followed have been discontinued which is a shame. One guy, the Outlaw Gardener up in Tacoma was so interesting. He would drive around to nurseries, and also just walk around his neighborhood showing what people are doing. Some good, but funny bad stuff too. He lives in a beautiful Victorian and does glass work which I liked because I do fused glass too. I love glass sparkling out in the sunshine which I guess we will get again someday. He used to post M-F every week. I really liked Bonnie Lassie too because she would show all the mistakes in her garden and it made me feel better about mine. Have you been to Baldessare's Italio Garden on Saturdays? He's on Cummings Lane. It's up for sale because he's getting older but he put it on the market right when the virus messed everything up so only 1 person has looked at it as far as I know. Plus it's kind of pricey for the location. Over a million. It would be awful if someone came in and tore up the garden. So many beautiful trees and shrubs. I'm on Instagram because a few people I know are on there and I follow some dogs. I think I posted one or two pictures way back. I have a handful of followers, maybe 10 but I doubt they notice I never post anything. I like it that famous bloggers such as yourself get stuff from garden suppliers to try!

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    1. I always read The Outlaw Gardner too, and loved Bonnie Lassie. I used to send her comics to my daughter. It's a concern she hasn't posted in so long. I have not been to Baldessare's. I hope his gardens don't get destroyed. That's what happened at my childhood home in California.
      I was so thrilled to get that plant food to try! I'll have to save the testing for spring now.
      See, you just mentioned another interesting blog item, fusing glass!

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    2. Hey! You could start tomorrow with just one photo for Wordless Wednesday! If you want, for more views you could link it to one of the Wordless Wednesday link up blogs.
      https://wordlesswednesday.blogspot.com/
      http://bethere2day.com/
      http://ramblinwitham.blogspot.com/

      Mondays are for blue, Tuesdays red for Blue Monday (one or both) & Ruby Tuesday Too - https://magicalmysticalteacher.wordpress.com/

      Then, Fridays are Skywatch Friday
      skyley.blogspot.com/

      and Floral Friday
      http://floralfridayfoto.blogspot.com/

      Besides Six on Saturday
      https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/

      there is "Anything Goes" Pink Saturday. Sometimes one of my six is pink.
      https://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/

      Sunday is Shadowshot Sunday. https://magicalmysticalteacher.wordpress.com/

      Sometimes I do one called Sunday Funnies, or Throwback Thursday with old photos.

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  10. Last I saw from Bonnie Lassie she was getting ready to do something with the Garden Bloggers Fling. She was going to host? Anyway she was all set for something and then the virus and she never posted again. I know her health wasn't good but I thought it was more arthritis. And the Outlaw guy had heart trouble but he got better right away and lost a bunch of weight but he never went back to it. A lot of younger people just have YouTube channels or Instagram. I don't think they even look at blogs. But of course, most dedicated gardeners aren't young. Well, first I have to figure out how to do a blog, right? I know there are sites ready and waiting to help, but I am slow to do something new. I have to dither for a while first. My daughter did a blog while she was in vet school, I'll ask her about it. Thanks for all the info it's very helpful. I guess those topic days would mean I wouldn't have to think anything up. But I have to think of a name, and an overall theme. I'm still thinking along the "why did I plant that" theme. I'm always amused by discussion on that topic. I could add other stuff though. If you ever want to make a glass doodad, the studio I go to is very nice. We do glass flowers for the breast cancer patients, Flowers of Hope. I do some stuff for myself of course, but I do a lot of donation and giveaway. I love glass. Light Garden Glass Art. We wear masks and stay apart and when there isn't smoke you can work outside. Baldassare was right next to both those fires. But fine. He never left. He is open on Saturdays 9-1. Every Saturday unless he's sick. They are really calling for a lot of rain, or a good chance anyway! Yay!

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    1. If you use the Blogger template it's easy. I find the old one easiest, which I access from the little gray button that says "revert to Legacy Blogger" from the design page, but maybe when you first make one you don't have that option. I am used to it, that why I stick with it! I looked at the Light Garden website, I didn't know it existed! I would love that, in the future...

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    2. Well, as of today there is no "revert to Legacy Blogger" link! I have to pretend it never existed and I am just starting out on a new format. If I don't pretend, I'll get frustrated and mad!

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  11. Well, I'm really going to consider it. If I can get the yard cleaned up, the house cleaned, the kitchen painted, the garage cleaned, and the shed cleaned out, I'll have more time! Haha not likely. Since I'm not doing those things anyway, they aren't taking any of my time. What is? I can't say. Well I keep thinking the smoke will go, but it's always still there. You'd think I'd say, "I'm stuck inside, I'll paint the kitchen" but no. For some reason I don't. How about you? Are you more productive or less? It seems like the more time I have, the less I do.

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