The fires are raging here in Southern California and for now my small rural mountain community is safe.

I’m without power for two days now (the public utility shut all power off for up to 5 days). I just drove 35 miles to reach the nearest WiFi at Starbuck’s so I could post this note.

I see my regularly pre-scheduled posts have been working the last few days but I only prepare a few days ahead. So if I seem to disappear you know the reason.

Thanks for your understanding. My family (including our much loved pets – Bella and Bruegel) is ready to make a swift exit should a fire start near us.

May you all be safe and happy and I thank you for being my friend and for your follow these last 4 years!