Friday, October 11, 2019

Thursday's Update

Well, the brush fires have started, even with all the precautions that were taken, with shutting off the power in areas and so forth.  I was watching news, this evening, when a new fire started in an area near where my friend A lived.  I called her to ask if she and her family were safe and she was unaware that there was a fire!  On the news they were saying that there were mandatory evacuations, so I told my friend that if she needed to evacuate and needed a place to stay, she and her family were welcome to come to my place.  But, apparently, she doesn't need to evacuate.

My daughter still had power, all day, today.  She worked from home as she didn't feel well enough to go into the office, but, she's planning to go to the office, tomorrow.

My asthma didn't bother me, today, and, in the afternoon, I ran some of the errands I couldn't do, yesterday.  I went back to the fabric store for some green fabric, because the one I had at home, which I was planning to use on the baby girl quilt, was too light colored to make an impact.  I bought a 1/4 yard of a light green fabric and another ball of wool that was on clearance!  After that, I went to the bank to activate my new bank ATM card.  I never use the ATM (I usually go to the teller) but, I thought it was better to have it activated, just in case I find myself needing to use it!   

Then, I went to the dollar store, mostly because cousin P had asked me to buy a gift bag for her to use for the baby gift she bought for our other cousin's grandson.  But, since I was there, I bought a few groceries and snacks (bananas, a mango, some crackers, two more cans of coconut milk and mackerel, Halloween candy) and some household items (spare batteries for my flash lights, soap, facial tissues, paper napkins, etc.)  Then, I went to the grocery store to buy daughter's coffee, as they were having a sale.  I also bought a bottle of vegetable oil, because I finished my bottle of oil and I bought another piece of beef to cook.  

Finally, I put gas to the car ($4.05/gal at the cheapest gas station in my area) and came home.  I had half a tank of gas, but, gas pumps don't work when there is no electricity and I felt it was better to fill up the tank while we still had power! 

After I came home, I had a cup of tea and something to eat.  Then, I put water to the garden.

Neighbor T called and brought over some tangerines.  Friend R had called, too, while I was watering the garden, so I called her back and spoke with her for a bit.  We might or might not get together for lunch, this Saturday. 

Today, I am grateful for:
- Daughter has electricity
- She was able to work from home, today
- My asthma was under control
- I was able to run errands
- Friend A didn't need to evacuate

Thursday's To Do List:
- Water the garden, front and back - DONE
- Put gas to the car - DONE
- Do some grocery shopping - DONE
- Do some other shopping, too - DONE

Friday's To Do List:
- Start on the baby girl quilt
- Start planning the prayer gathering dinner menu
- Check supplies/make shopping lists
- Make cards

How was your Thursday?  What are your plans for Friday?


  1. Bless, I'm watching the news coverage of the fires in your area and thinking of you and your friends and family and hoping everyone can find safety.
    Take care

    1. Thank you, Debra. I'm safe and away from the fires, but I stayed up practically all night watching the news.

  2. Glad you asthma was better. That's a good reminder to keep your gas tank somewhat full because if there's a problem with the pumps for various reasons, you won't be able to use them. My goal is to fill my tank when it gets to 1/2 tank, but I don't always achieve it.

    1. Thank you, Live and Learn. Yes, I, too, try to fill the tank when it gets to 1/2 tank, but, every now and then, I get lazy and allow it to go below that!

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    1. Thank you, Nil. I am doing OK. No fires, in my area. But, I do admit I stayed up till late, watching news, and taking an occasional peek out the windows to check on the hills in the distance!

  4. I'm hoping all will be well with your daughter and the area she lives.

    Next time you're in the dollar store check to see whether they have any crafty items. Ours are just starting to get some nice bits and pieces and all for a dollar!

    Hope you have a good weekend.

    1. Thank you, Sharon. She is OK and went to the office, today. She still has power and, apparently, there will be no more power cuts.

      Thanks for the tip! Some of the dollar stores here do have some craft items, but, I've been trying to resist the temptation to buy!

  5. I'm glad to hear that your asthma didn't bother you today. I was dismayed to hear on the news about the fires, despite the precautions. I hope that they will soon be under control.
    I went for breakfast with a friend and then to church, then picked up some frozen ice cream sandwiches for DH. I've been puttering the rest of the day, cleaning gunge off the dishwasher (I googled and it is a common problem and I need to change my detergent), cleaning bird feeders ready to stock up later on in winter, painting a flower pot, sweeping leaves off the deck, knowing that there will be more next time I look! Oh and I did get some laundry out on the line. The weather was great, the colours delightful.

    1. Thank you, Bushlady. I didn't have any problems, yesterday, but I had to take the rescue inhaler, once, today.

      Yes, unfortunately, even with the precautions, fires have started. At least one, perhaps two, are thought to have been due to human activity.

      Sounds like you had a pretty good day. I like the sound of painting flower pots! :)

  6. Oh I am so sorry to hear about the fires. I hope the smoke form the fires will be contained and far enough from you so your asthma will not be impacted.

    1. The fires are far enough from me that I can't smell the smoke. However, with the winds blowing dust and particles around, I did need to use my rescue inhaler, today, even though I stayed indoors (I did have one window open to air the house, a little bit).

  7. Thinking of you and your family, Bless and I hope somehow they are able to get these fires under control. X

    1. Thank you, Jules. They are getting the fires under control. The sad thing is, at least two of them are supposed to have been caused by human activity, either accidental or on purpose.


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