This week’s news. Hot dry weather

Well it’s been another quiet week up here on the mountain, my little slice of heaven.

It’s been dry these past few months, no rain at all. Dust from the road covers everything, plant, animal and us.

The creek, that starts on this mountain to the west of us, has, for the most part, dried up.

Fires in Washington, parts of Idaho, Montana and British Columbia are putting out enough smoke that it often looks like, and is as thick as, fog. It’s so bad at times we cannot see the closest mountain range. Smoke is making it difficult at times to breath and makes our eyes water. Thankfully, no fires are anywhere near us up here.

Gathering of firewood continues, I have almost all I need for the coming winter. I’ve been cutting, splitting and stacking when I can, hoping to have it all under cover when the fall rains start, if they start, sometime next month.

I also have the shop to finish, as well as the new roof on the west side of the cabin, then it’s on to planning for inside projects for the winter months and making sure the material I need are where is can access it and not buried under snow.

Tina has been picking berries on the days we take it easy, though I’m not sure hiking through the brush is any easier, nor is bending over to pick berries. Pies, muffins and pancakes have been coming from our kitchen after these outings. Allen has been benefiting from her baking also, as we cannot eat that many sweet treats without the risk of our clothes no longer fitting. Next year, if all goes well, she plans on canning most of what she picks so we will have fresh jellies and jams stocked up for the winter.

Well that’s all the news for the week. Bye for now.

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