It’s Actually August – 2020

This month is moving right by too. On the one hand I feel like the sooner we get through this year the better off we’ll be but on the other hand I feel like we are losing something.

So many weird things happening between the COVID virus and the weather. I wrote last week about the lightning. Turns out that while it was exciting to watch, it was not such a good thing because it started several fires burning throughout our state again. We’ve been experiencing fires a lot in the past few years. (Old #45 says it’s because we don’t rake our leaves or clear the underbrush).

I’ve shared about our annual Boulder Creek Golf Tournament that my husband and his friend started. This year would be our 24th year.  I had not intended on going because the villas at which we usually stay right on the course were not being rented this year due to the virus.  We have to stay at a motel a few miles away.  This would mean that while the guys are golfing, instead of having a whole house with a yard at my disposal,


I’d have had to stay in the motel room (not even sure they have a pool area).  I could go shopping as some of the other wives do, but that’s not really my thing.  Another group of wives gets together and parties all day.  That’s not really my thing either.  After the golfing is done we usually all get together for dinner both nights but, again due to the virus, there will be no gathering.  It just didn’t sound like much fun for me.  I’d rather have the time alone in the studio, so although my hubby says he will miss me, he’s okay with me not going.

Now, however, the area is in danger of not even being habitable due to the massive fire in the mountains.  This is the local store we go to when we are there, Johnnie’s Market.

Farther down the road is the motel:


We are a couple hundred miles away from any of the fires and yet this is our sun and sky at about 7 AM.  The sun itself is really that bright orange color but I couldn’t capture it that way on my phone.  Later in the day, I still have the notice that the air quality is smoky.  


I don’t think that just brushing some leaves would have prevented the fires or stopped them from spreading.  Thanks to Linda for the #SoCS prompt of brush.

Cross fingers that the fires get contained soon.  Stay safe out there everyone.



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26 Responses to It’s Actually August – 2020

  1. leannelc says:

    Oh Janet – I’m so sorry to hear about the fires – it’s just another layer on top of covid and politics and riots isn’t it? I’m starting to wonder if our world is ever going to be good again, or if we’re just going to continue to lurch from one disaster to the next. Fingers crossed that this will just be the year from hell that we all look back on and are glad it’s over and done with.

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  2. The fires are devastating! I’ve a friend with young children who says they’ve got a truck packed and ready to leave at short notice should the fires start close to their home. I hope you all see better weather and times soon.

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  3. The fires are truly horrible. Not only are people losing their homes, but old growth forests and the habitats of wild animals are being destroyed. Then of course, the air you breathe is unhealthy. Yikes! So far, our area in SoCal has been spared but there are no guarantees it will remain that way. Stay safe!

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  4. joey says:

    So sorry it’s like that AGAIN. It’s quite frightening just reading about it and seeing it in the news.
    I do hope one day my husband will enjoy certain social gatherings without me… I would rather have quiet time for much of it.

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    • scr4pl80 says:

      It is amazing to me that the smoke fills our skies even though the fires are really pretty far away. It is an almost two hour drive from our house to Boulder Creek. Hubby is a social butterfly so he does okay without me. Nice to “see” you. Hope all is well with you!

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  5. willowdot21 says:

    This is such an awful year, I hope you and yours stay safe and that the fires are contained soon 💜

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  6. Can you just imagine?

    “Whose turn is it to sweep the forest this week?”


    Hope they get containment soon. I lived through the San Gabriel Fire in the late 90s…had to evacuate my inlaws and my mother-in-law’s brother. Just a terrifying experience.

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  7. Laura says:

    I’m sorry about the fires, that’s really scary. Hope things settle soon.

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    • scr4pl80 says:

      It’s strange. We have some clear days and then some really smoky ones. It just depends on which way the wind is blowing I think. Sometimes we get the smoke from the south fires and sometimes from the north.


  8. Hi, Janet – Because of gigglingfattie’s comment, I went back and looked for your slippers. They really are cute!
    I am so sorry to hear about the fires. I hope that they are contained now. Stay safe!

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    • scr4pl80 says:

      LOL I had to look at them too! They were really comfy and I wore them out. Just had some additional fires in my home town but thankfully they were contained. It’s crazy.


  9. I know this has nothing to do with your post at all (please stay safe from the fires) but I love your slippers!!! Sooooo cute!!

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  10. ghostmmnc says:

    It’s so terrible what the fires are doing to your area. Hope they contain them soon and the air clears up.

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  11. J-Dub says:

    I hope they contain the fires soon too. Glad you’re much further away and in the safe zone.

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    • scr4pl80 says:

      Thanks Jill. I’m surprised by how much the smoke get to us here, but I’d much rather have to deal with that than having to decide on a moment’s notice what to take out of this house!

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