taken as I walked home from
taking the photos in the 1st collage below.
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Although it's smokey where I live, the closest fires are 30-40 miles away ... burning in Corona, Yorba Linda, Anaheim Hills, Chino, & Brea, and Diamond Bar is threatened this morning. I am safe where
I am, but my heart goes out to & my prayers are with all those affected by this disaster.
Earlier this morning (around 6:30) I walked to the ocean with my camera and took the photos in the first collage. Around 7:15am
I drove to Bolsa Chica to take the photos in the second collage.
The smokey conditions today are quite different that yesterday when I drove along Pacific Coast Highway. Then (unfortunately)
I neglected to bring my camera when I left home. Yesterday dark black smoke billowed upwards and swirled around in ominous shapes, but today the smoke is gray and hovering low on the
horizon with blue skies above.
hangs over the ocean off the So Cal coast ...
northeast toward the Triangle Complex Fires
in Orange & Riverside Counties.
Apparently 10,500 acres have burned since yesterday morning ... more than a hundred homes destroyed ... 3500 homes are threatened ... 7 fire fighters have been injured ... 26,000 people evacuated, and currently the city of Diamond Bar is threatened.
it provides a view of the areas affected.
shared a link to the Giving Thanks Challenge hosted by South Breeze Farm. I've checked it out, decided better late than never & invited my readers at Small Reflections to participate. I encourage YOU to check it out as time permits and join in on your blog ... inviting all to participate as well ... just because.
2. I've posted the Giving Thanks Challenge Logo in my sidebar & generated a list of things I'm thankful for in the sidebar of Small Reflections and am adding one more each day during the month of November. I may continue this practice indefinitely ... perhaps moving each monthly list to another location & leaving links in the new month's list.
3. I'm grateful to my friend, Jackie, who shared great holiday idea. I included it in Saturday's post at Small Reflections and want to share here too ... just because. After checking with Snopes Urban Legends Reference Pages, I learned about a Holiday Mail for Heroes program sponsored by the American Red Cross that I believe is a wonderful project. If you decide to participate, take a minute to check out guidelines & details at the Holiday Mail for Heroes link.
4. This morning I had a wonderful conversation with my Taos Writing Buddy on the phone. I shared with her (and am now sharing with all who pass by) that I've made a commitment to myself to work a half hour mornings & afternoons on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, & Saturdays and a half hour in the afternoons on Tuedays & Thursdays (while I'm attending PSE6 classes mornings on those days) for as long as it takes to get rid of 'clutter' downstairs in my home.
Although I have no specific time frame for completion of this task ... as a reward to motivate myself, when I've finished, I plan to hire someone to clean the downstairs for me. I intend to use the same schedule to get the upstairs clear of clutter. I'm hopeful that committing to this plan & making it public will help me finally 'simplify' my life & surroundings as I've wanted to do for quite a while now.
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Thought for Today
"Grace isn't a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It's a way to live." Jackie Windspear