The rain has come, none too soon.. it's cleaning up the atmosphere and hopefully will help to suppress the fire. Which has grown to 48,387 with 32% containment. They are now worried about landslides and mudslides from the rain falling on burned cliff-sides where the vegetation holds the dirt and rocks in place. But I'm so happy to have the rain! All of our trees, bushes, plants and grass are parched. I am pretty sure we've lost a lot of plants due to the drought we've had for 3 months.
Dayle cleaned off the deck and washed it off in preparation for the stain/oil treatment. The rain is supposed to fall for 4 days and then the sun is forecast to return - which is perfect for the deck treatment plans. We will be putting trim back on the bottoms of the porch posts after the deck is done.
After hosing down the deck he filled the pond with more water and fed the fish. The old deck was starting to feel dangerous with some rotten pieces, this new one feels so secure and strong, it's so nice.
I sat with him and we chatted and I enjoyed seeing the new koi in the pond.
I finished the camouflage hat for Caleb! I used the base pattern for a beanie then winged it on the ear flaps and braided trim pieces. It fits him like it was made just for him.. wait.. it was! :-)
Side view.. I have to laugh as the camouflage works so well you can't see the pompom I made for the top! :-)
The back... the camo also helps to conceal the join section. Dayle took the boys to school this morning as Travis and Kristi are in Hawaii, Maui, to be exact. Lucky kids! He said Caleb wore his new hat to school. Bless his heart.
To illustrate my story on the fire, this photo was taken by Charlie Riter on Thursday evening from Wind Mountain on the Washington side of the Columbia River. I borrowed this from Facebook.
I need to make a hat for Hayden now. We'll go "shopping" for yarn in my massive stash. He wants colorful stripes. I'll get some more rows on the baby blanket that I'm working on until we find his yarn. I hope you're having a good day! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)