Santa Cruz Wildfire

The smoke from the Lockheed fire has been terrible. We’ve had to close up the house during the day while there’s wind and wait for the fog to come in to open up again.  Sometimes, the fog comes in on top of the smoke and pushes it down, which is what...

100 Degrees Farenheit Today

It’s so hot I can’t even think, much less write. Yesterday it was 96 degrees. I heard from Wales that they had three frosty mornings and it sounded pretty good to me. If the fog comes in tonight we’ll get a reprieve from the heat. Hope springs...

“It’s Terrorism,” the Crowd Mumbled..

It’s terrorism the crowd  mumbled to one another as they huddled in a group in front of the bank. The doors were locked and a bank employee was allowing only a few people in at a time. I had already encountered a problem at the hospital where I had gone for a...

Itsy Bitsy Earthquake

It sounded like cats running across the roof. Jim was in the middle of a conference call here at home with his co-workers on the other side of the mountain in Silicon Valley when the cats skittered across the roof. The conference call was canceled. The earthquake...

Rainwater Collection – Very Cool

Hollister experienced a swarm of little earthquakes tonight and six after shocks. We felt one of them here on the coast. Well, Jim did. I was in my bath so I missed the performance. He said the house creaked long enough to get his attention. It was 75 degrees today....

Sweating in January

This is too weird even for me. We’ve already had a week of hot, sunny weather and the forecast is for another week of the same. Everyone at the farmers’ market were dressed in summer clothes today, volley ball on the beach in bathing suits. Although it may...