Had a marvelous morning yesterday with the oldest two of my grandkids at my cousin’s Phoenix “farm”. They have seven baby goats (pictured here sliding on their ramp and being hugged) and three adult females.
Chickens – lots (13?) My granddaughter found 5 eggs newly laid and convinced my cousin to let us take them home. Had scrambled eggs for lunch and agreed that they were more delicious than supermarket eggs.
Sat in the blissful shade having an iced latte (with goat’s milk – quite tasty!) while the kids played with a slip ‘n slide and the hammock. Because it was morning, the weather was only in the 80’s. Lovely. (Unfortunately my camera is acting up so I didn’t get many photos. Must take it in to a repair shop.) More pix on my cousin’s blog: http://wishwehadacres.blogspot.com/2011/06/another-new-arrival.html
At the beginning of the week the mornings were overcast. Perhaps the smoke from the wildfires blanketing large sections of Arizona had been blown across the state. The firefighters have barely started to get the worst one under control.
The massive wildfires raging in Arizona expanded as wind-whipped flames tore through canyons in the eastern mountains, forcing firefighters to retreat from flames that have ripped through the popular vacation town of Greer. Officials ordered the evacuation of two towns and the flames are threatening power supplies, which may lead to rolling blackouts across parts of Texas and New Mexico.
But with all this dry brush and heavy winds firefighters — who have come to Arizona from as far away as New York — are facing an uphill battle to bring the blaze under control.
Aircraft are fighting to hold the line from above, dropping fire retardant to smother flare-ups threatening Paso Electric’s high-voltage transmission lines, which supply electricity for hundreds of thousands of people.
If these lines go, it will mean blackouts for many part of the region.
The blaze that has blackened land half the size of Rhode Island was sparked May 29 — by what authorities believe was an unattended campfire, according to the Associated Press. http://abcnews.go.com/US/arizona-wallow-fire-hit-power-lines-blackouts/story?id=13798314
The clunk clunk sound of hooves on rocks either means that the deer (other morning) are munching the bushes, or the javelinas are munching the bushes (other evening), or the golfers are hitting balls on the driving range (this morning).
Have gotten through Calculus for Dummies. Now must take the practice math exam and see what else I’ve forgotten about math. Spent hours at my daughter’s scanning documents to be sent in with job applications. Frankly, it’s a steep climb (but somebody’s got to do it).
Ok, I did take a minute to save a black widow who had made a web in my garden closet. (I put it outside in the rosemary.)