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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Whimsical Wednesday #9 - fire update & more ...

Make Time for Small Reflections
Ruby Tuesday & HoTs are in the next post
and Wordless Wednesday at Sacred Ruminations.

It's a bit challenging to feel 'whimsical' today ... but there's really not much to do about these fires other than pray for those affected, so that's what I'm doing as I offer this ...

Fire update: The winds have dropped off considerably and we actually have something other than continuous fire coverage on our local television stations ... indicating that fire-fighters have gained some control over many of the fires burning in here Southern California. I apologize for not adding an update yesterday but I was gone from early in the morning until evening ... and didn't spend more than a few minutes online yesterday. I appreciate everyone who dropped by ... especially those who left comments. I'll do what I can to catch up on blog visits this morning, but I'm getting my hair cut & permed in a little while and will be gone most of the afternoon again.

Links to Eyewitness News for Southern California contain fire updates, video clips and photos for Los Angeles , the Inland Empire (including San Bernardino, Riverside, & and San Diego), Ventura, and Orange County.

The closest fire to me was about 10 miles away (near the San Joaquin Reservoir in Newport Beach) where 50 acres burned. According to the news, no homes were damaged but there were volunary evacuations that affected some friends of mine, but they were able to return to their homes before nightfall on Tuesday. Another brush fire (caused by downed power lines) broke out in the foothills of Tustin (about 20 miles from me) but was extinguished quickly w/o spreading.

The Pendleton fire near Oceanside (about 50 miles south of me) merged with another fire yesterday, but they seem to be getting things under control this morning. The the first fire to break out over the weekend in Porter Ranch located in the San Fernando Valley (about 65 miles from me) is about 70% contained. The biggest danger currently seems to be coming from the 'Sesnon fire' (north of Porter Ranch) which doubled in size overnight. About 13,000 acres and dozens of homes have burned. Fire-fighters estimate about 20% containment at 6:30am this morning as the fire moves northward toward the community of Indian Hills. My heart goes out to everyone affected by all these fires, and I'm hopeful the winds will continue to decrease so that they can be contained and put out soon.

On a lighter note: I found this at Skittles recently ...

You Are a Beagle

You are good natured. You enjoy spending time with people and animals.

You have a wild, independent streak. If you're left to your own devices, you get in trouble.

You love to eat and enjoy food of all kinds. If you don't get enough physical activity, you tend to have a weight problem.

You are very stubborn. You don't like authority, and you tend to do your own thing no matter what.
What Breed of Dog Are You?

Finally ... a big thank you to Mike of Rambling Thoughts for sharing this lovely award that he received from Sandee of ComedyPlus ...
It comes with these rules:
  1. Those who have received this award, can add the picture.
  2. Add a link to that person’s blog who awarded you.
  3. Choose 7 others to receive this award and add links to their blogs.
  4. Leave a message to their blogs so that they know about this.
but since I have trouble following rulez ... I'm giving it to everyone who is 'following' either of my blogs & my 'regular bloggy buddies' ... (you know who you are, but I'll try to drop by and leave you a message letting you know it's here) ... because I love YOUR blogs too!

10:30am addendum
I just learned of this at Vixen's Den and thought I'd pass it along ... just because. I plan to participate for sure.
Small Reflections ... Smile Back
Thought for Today
"History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives." Abba Eban


Joyce said...

Thanks so much for the fires update. I'm thankful that you weren't at the computer because you were busy, not because you needed to relocate. I'm thankful for all the hardworking men and women fighting those fires.

I'm a Beagle, too, according to Blogthings. :P

Have a good day!

Debbie@Like a Rose said...

I'll be praying about the fires. I lived in Costa Mesa many years ago so the town names are familiar.

And eek! I came out as an AMerican bulldog. I'm not sure I like that!

Ivanhoe said...

I'm a Boxer:
You are playful and energetic. You bring joy to everyone who crosses your path.
You are hyper to the point of being a comedian. Everyone is wondering what you will do next.

You energy can get the better of you if you're not careful. You can have a destructive streak when you're bored.
You're very strong willed and powerful. You get you way without even trying to.

Thank you for the award :o)

Anonymous said...

I'm thinkin' aboutcha. It's just amazing how much damage those fires are doing. I cannot believe it!!

Thanks for stopping by my Wordless Wednesday today.

Have a great day.

Akelamalu said...

Thanks for the update on the fires, hopefully they will be under control soon.

I was just about to say what a great idea the candle lighting is and I will join in when I realised it is the 15th here now but it is 8p.m.! I missed it! :(

kitten said...

THanks for the fire updates. I use to live in Santa Anna/ Costa Masa (I live on the Santa Anna side, but accross the street was Costa Masa and the 2nd time I lived in Orange County)

Very funny, but my 2 son's were ...
You Are an American Bulldog
You are a very imposing, powerful creature... but deep down, you're generally good natured.
You are incredibly energetic, and you like to blow off steam with sports and horsing around.
You are naturally courageous. You would run into a burning building to save someone you loved.
You intimidate people without trying to. Some people assume the worst of you when they first meet you.
And my girl and I were...
You Are a Labrador Retriever
You are very optimistic. You approach life with enthusiasm and vigor.
You aim to please, and you are a very quick learner.
You can be a bit rowdy and unruly, especially when you don't get enough exercise.
While you are a bit wild, you're never dangerous. You are a truly gentle creature.
Love the award and your blog. If you don't mind I'll add the award tonight or in the morning.

SandyCarlson said...

Thanks for the update. Always something on fire in the land of ours. I am glad it is getting under control.

(PS I am an American bulldog. I never knew!)

Linda said...

My heart goes out to all the folks in southern California. Thanks for the update.

I'm a Bullmastiff!!! Whatever dog that is. I should have copied the description, but I'm not thinking very clear today.

Thanks so much for the award. I'll post it later in the week.

Unknown said...

10 miles is too close for anything but a bonfire. :) I hope they are getting it totally under control!

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