As October exits here I find myself in awe at the speed this year has gone. They do seem to be going faster and faster. We would normally be turning the clocks back this weekend and I must say that I am quite happy that we are not. It always feels like we are plunged immediately into winter.
Our weather at this time of the year is often quite warm with the blowing of the Santa Ana winds. Of course this also means fire season for us. With the little rain that we received a few weeks back I have noticed a carpet of green grasses sprouting on the hillsides. Hopefully, that will help keep the fire hazard down.
I recall one Halloween when we had a terrible fire - from the hills to the ocean. We were living in our previous home which happened to be the first house coming out of the hills. There was nothing but hills in front of us. The winds were blowing something dreadful. I looked out the front window and saw a tiny "puff" of smoke at the top of the third ridge of mountains. My husband was away camping with the boys and due back momentarily. Our home had a wood shake roof - very bad in a high fire risk area. I climbed up on the roof with a water hose and started to water it down. Neighbors laughed because the fire seemed so far away. In actuality it was perhaps 35 miles away. That little "puff" grew into a raging fire swept at an incredible speed and we were given the mandatory evacuation order within two hours. The television networks were filming in our front yard.
My husband had arrived home by that time and he took over manning the hose while the children and I packed the car. I had told them to just pack things we could not replace while I grabbed the photos and a few other special things. We left for my in laws who lived about ten minutes away from us. It was most interesting to see what was in the car that the children found irreplaceable - the American flag, the Bible, a snake, tortoise and the bowl of Halloween candy!!!!!! We still chuckle about that. Our home was spared, but many others lost theirs. The fire burned through Malibu and finally stopped at the ocean.
Halloween happened on November 1st that year amidst the ashes and putrid smell. Of course that was when we had lots of trick or treaters. These days we may see a dozen or so at the door.
In my attempt to catch up on some sewing that was on the back burner for the past month, I have made some good headway. I finished the Christmas stocking and will need a couple more next Christmas with two new grandbabies due in 2012.
I worked on my Civil War blocks. I think she saved the most challenging ones for when I was away. I am still playing with the Confederate Rose. I have made it twice already and it still is not the correct size. I enlarged it as she said, but grrr....it is not coming out right. I think I will just sketch it out and use my own templates.
My September Birdie Stitches block is done and the October one will be finished shortly.
Don't ask me what this mask is suppose to be as I have no clue. My grandson asked for it and I obliged. I had never heard of the guy before so I can't remember the name. But......it's done!!!!
Lastly, I made another mug rug for a friend's birthday.
That was my week. How about yours?