day 59

Today was a quiet very relaxing day.  Well some may not see it as relaxing but I did.  We got up early hit an antique fair, visited the flea market where I picked up two awesome cast iron skillets and went grocery shopping.  After we came home I started cleaning up to prep dinner when I heard a very loud airplane and helicopter outside.  I thought oh cool the 2nd day of the air show is happening and some planes must be flying over I went outside and saw this from the backyard.

I immediately grabbed my phone and snapped this shot.  What in the world?

My biggest fear!  A fire broke out on the other side of that hill.  From the backyard I went to the front yard.  As I was standing out there the fire marshall was driving through the neighborhood to let us all know how they were aggressively attacking the fire and reassured me that with the immediate air support they requested it was not going to get out of control.  Cal Fire headed up the attack with 3 planes and 2 helicopter plus there were around 150 firefighters on the ground according to the newspaper.  

day 59 thank you for the fast acting firefighters who took on this small 10 acre fire in 90+ degree weather.

Across the street view of the plane dropping fire retardant on the top of the hill.

day 60

The Air Show!  The wee one had never been to an air show.  She had no idea what to expect.  The night before we were lying in bed and she said to me, "Mom I saw a big airplane in the sky and my friend at school said he was going to the air show.  Can we go?"  I had no idea an air show was happening.  Hubby was going to be working all day so this would be the perfect thing to do.  I bought tickets online and here we are!  The wee one sat in old airplanes, met many pilots, ate junk food and roasted our butts off in the heat.  It was miserably hot on Saturday, close to 100 degrees.  We had no chairs, no umbrella and luckily the Boy Scout were selling water for $1.  Despite the heat the wee one was a trooper!  I'm very lucky that I have a child who knows her limits.  After about 2 1/2 hours of watching old planes fly in formation, a stunt plane that the wee one was 100% sure was going to crash into the ground and the Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet perform she was fried and ready to go home!  What a HOT morning it was.

day 60 thank you for new experiences with the wee one.  She was able to see, hear and feel the power of a fighter jet.  The highlight of the day!

day 61

The wee one amazes me!  We raised money for her fantastic school by collecting donations for the annual walk-a-thon.  She completed 36 laps!  That is a total of 9 miles!  She dunked the school principal in one throw and had an absolutely amazing time!

day 61 I am so thankful to everyone who donated!  The wee one killed it!

day 62

Old doors!  Old doors that will be replaced soon are making me happy today.  I thought the dogs had zero interest in the cat litter box.  I was wrong!  So hubby took the door off and cut a hole in it so the dogs can't go in anymore.  The cat had no problem adjusting to the quick change.  Luckily these doors will be replaced and a proper cat door will be installed.

day 62 thank you for replaceable doors and the hubby who quickly fixed our problem!

day 66

Oh fall how I love thee!

Soups, boots, fall colors, leaves on the ground and SUNFLOWERS!  I don't know why I associate sunflowers with fall but I do!  Sunflowers are my favorite flower and just make me happy.  I picked up a bouquet and somehow my home seemed a little brighter.

day 66 thank you for the beauty a small bouquet of my favorite flowers can bring to my kitchen.

day 67

I tend to not treat the dogs with artificial flavored crummy treats.  They go crazy over fresh vegetables which they rarely get.  I have Jasper a piece of cauliflower and like all things I give him he slowly nibbles and enjoys each little piece.

day 67 thank you for a dog who does not inhale his food and who likes to enjoy every little bite.

day 68

The joy of reading!  I thought the day would never come when the wee one picked up a book and just read for fun.  This year she has really hit the ground running with reading and I am so happy!  Books are everywhere in our home.  We visit the library regularly and I never hesitate to purchase a book she is interested in.  We had our struggles with reading last year and she continues to work her but off to get to where she needs to be.

day 68 thank you for the love of reading.