So ya thought I had died. Not yet. This year work has really picked up for me, so the time I spend here is all about staulking all my pretend friends. The West is in the middle of wildfire season, and we haven't escaped the carnage.
Luckly we don't have all the homes to burn that Calif and Colo do. This fire lasted over a week, one just west of our shangrala lasted a couple of weeks and filled the valley with smoke a few days. It's been one of the hottest summers on record here, and hardly a trace of rain since May. The gardens have done well and soon the tomatoes will overwhelm us. Will post more when work slacks off.