Cool and overcast, I slept-in till 6:20 not expecting the cloud-cover and 60-degree temps. The doggie barked excitedly to be let in, and jumped on the bed for the “Morning Meeting.” After greeting us she ran outside and picked up her toy, while a song that had been running through my head all night played again, Tears for Fears, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.” WTH?

We walked the dog and the sun came up over the trees a faint red ball, and the whiff of wood-smoke is more pronounced, so during the night the wind must have shifted…


Got some weird weather this morning…wetness from the sky. The dog doesn’t mind being that it’s 68-degrees at 7:00AM as usual. Low 90’s today, low 100’s tomorrow. Not much smoke from the fires.

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

Yesterday afternoon forest-fire smoke from the Tamarack Fire blew over the hill and down the mountain, causing poor visibility and a pervasive wood-fire smell. Temps topped out in the high 90’s depending on location. I spent part of the day in the garage with the box fan blowing out, working on the Deluxe Auxiliary Lamp Kit I’m attempting to install on the Fat Boy.

Baby steps, I got the handlebar mounted turn signals removed and separated from the rear view mirrors… I already jumped ahead a couple steps and assembled the light-bar shell just to get a look at it, but there’s a bunch of wiring and a partial harness and the old headlight front panel to disentangle. It’s a bit more complicated than expected and I’m reluctant to just start cutting wires when the bike is an ’08 and the instructions say “2011 and later FLSTF.” My moto-wiring skills are being challenged when the instructions don’t include a why-for…

Lightning Clouds

A little cooler today, so just the mid-90’s – but it’s been very dry and warm throughout the night. The morning clouds are a bit unusual to see, but we are not surrounded by fire-smoke like last year. The doggie is enjoying her splash-pool and during the more extreme heat last week I added block-ice to keep her cool.

Mini Heatwave

Cool Pool

Yes it’s been a bit hot up here, but not as bad as the Pacific Northwest – and we haven’t had many fires…yet – or PG&E induced brownouts.

The last two weeks have been in the low 100’s or high 90’s, so I moved a second awning out onto the deck to deflect the direct sunlight, and shifted two umbrellas out beside the garage wall. There’s no real shade here otherwise and it’s usually mid-80’s before noon.

This morning when I got up at 5:30AM it was already 70-degrees, so we got an early start shopping at a local fruit-stand up in Camino, then breakfast at the Sportsman’s Hall at around 8:15AM.

This week is supposed to cool down a bit with temps just in the low 90’s…until the following week. We change the water in the doggie pool and sometimes add a bag of ice or block-ice, otherwise the cement slab in the garage acts a cooling pad – except when it doesn’t cool down overnight.

Cold Snap


It’s the beginning of Summer and last week’s little heatwave has fallen apart. It was in the 100’s and high 90’s but now is just a nearly chilly 64-degrees! The tree-guys are finally coming tomorrow to take out the two rubbishy plums and the miniature (fruit-size) pear, and I’ll get some sky and sunshine back. They’re also going to take off a limb of my neighbor’s oak that’s leaning over my power-drop…


Thanks to all who served, especially to those who were injured – and extra-specially to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

In two days it’s supposed to reach into the 100’s, so one canopy is up and we’re ready for more grilling.

Summer is here

And on Friday as the cool-down hits, the tree service guys are coming.

Maybe Rainy

Some unstable atmospherics are blowing in down out of the Gulf of Alaska, so the new roof and gutters might be tested sooner than expected.

Up until now the weather has been splendid, and yesterday we went out into the field to weed out much of the remaining broadleaf dock, and some other “cabbage-y” stuff that has a pointy spike that does not appear very dog-friendly. Seven bags and two wagons-full later, we broke for lunch, with the dog supervising the whole time.

UPDATE: The cabbage-y stuff is “Storksbill” a species of geranium…

UPDATE: Threatening, threatening, and finally 0.1″ of rain yesterday and clearing today…


The roof is in a stage called “embrittlement” and needs replacing. It is original to the house and a good thirty years old, so the roofers are coming tomorrow and we’ve been preparing for it. New gutters too, and in July a new coat of paint. They’re coming early and we are enjoying good, clear, and mild weather, so the timing is perfect. Just lucky I guess. The biggest issue is, what to do with the doggie and where do we go to spend the day?

Update: Got some useful feedback about roofing materials, thanks!

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