Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Yoga Tuesday

(A quiet moment amongst the flowers)
Good morning, everyone! Welcome back to yoga class. Today will be mostly meditation and stretching. We will not be doing any deep breathing, as the air quality is still somewhat icky.

OK everyone, lets all begin to purr deeply and in unison. Tune into the purring growing through the ether, and send peaceful, positive thoughts to all those who are in need.

Stretch.........hold the positions as long as you can, then relax.


Excellent!

For snacks today, we are having some traditional Mexican dishes in honor of our friends in Tijuana, who sent their firefighters over the border to help us fight the wildfires. Whatever the pet humans think about illegal immigration, we can still be appreciative for the help.


Chiles en Nogada












Snapper Veracruzana


















and Scallop Ceviche















Sunday, October 28, 2007

Monday Montage

Dear Friends,

This will be the last of my posts regarding the wildfires of 2007. Below are some before/after photos, and some other photos, from the local papers.

My pet human says this:


Two tennis partners lost their homes.

The minister of my church, Point Loma Presbyterian, has a son, who is a minister at Malibu Presbyterian Church. That church burned to the ground last Sunday. The church was one of the first casualties of the firestorm.

My church's sister church in north county, Rancho Bernardo Presbyterian, has 57 families in that one congregation, who lost their homes.

And the home I was living in, this time last year and which can be seen in the earliest posts on Skittles' blog, is standing. BUT the two homes on either side are obliterated. I'm glad I moved.

Both sides of my family date back to the 20's/30's in California. I love my state. Truly! But for the first time ever, I thought to myself, maybe I should leave.











Friday, October 26, 2007

FF & Flower Friday


I may be Formerly Feral, but I do take time to enjoy the flowers.

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Thursday Thirteen

Dear Friends,

My pet human has begun to hear from her friends and loved ones who were evacuated. They are being let back into their neighborhoods and homes. I am very happy and grateful to know their homes are still standing.

The air quality is horrible. My pet human wants me to stay in, but I sneaked out for a little while and came back with ashes all over my coat. So she had to brush me off.

My pet human said: "Skittles, this is all so bad, but you know, I just have to turn off the TV. Sometimes it's too much."

Personally I was very touched by one homeowner interviewed on CNN. He described how the Modjeska Fire Department, although not able to save his garage, did in fact save his house. He choked up and almost cried as he told everyone the Modjeska FD is ALL VOLUNTEER. They don't get paid one penny at all to risk their lives to save homes.

My pet human says a lot of rural fire departments are volunteer.

WOW! I'm am stunned and awed by their sacrifices.

After today I will go back to posting about yoga and such. But today my Thursday Thirteen is about the fires.


Thirteen Images From The Wildfires.


p.s. all of the images from the fires have been from the local newspapers. I think our local photographers do just as well as the CNN guys! If not better!















Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Wildfire Update-Wednesday Morning

Dear Friends,

The fires continue, and currently Interstate 5 (the main north/south drag in California) is shut down in north county. Fire has broken out on the Marine Base at Camp Pendleton, although no Marines have been evacuated. Approximately 3000 military families live on that particular base.

For a truly sobering look at the damage caused, check out this site compiled by the San Diego Union Tribune listing the known addresses of homes destroyed.

http://www.signonsandiego.com/firemap/structuresburned.html










Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Wildfire Update-Tuesday Evening

UPDATE: THE FIRE IS SPREADING IN ORANGE COUNTY, NORTH OF SAN DIEGO. MY PET HUMAN'S SISTER-IN-LAW, MY PET HUMAN'S NEPHEW, AND HER SISTER-IN-LAW'S HUSBAND ARE BEING EVACUATED. I AM SENDING MEGA-PURRS AND PRAYERS THEIR WAY!!!


Dear Friends,

As of this evening, the Santa Ana winds have died down, and the breeze is now flowing west to east, from off of the ocean.

This is good in some ways. The air is more humid and cooler. And the wind forces the fire back.

This is bad in some ways. The airstream shifts more rapidly and without any predictable direction. Firefighters cannot prepare. The fire goes in any direction.

What's amazing is that this fire would have been far more fatal if the emergency warning systems and backups had not been in place. I am very proud of my city, county, and state emergency personnel and the work they have accomplished.

The reverse 911 system worked brilliantly. Tens of thousands of residents were alerted quickly and efficiently when the fires threatened their homes and evacuation was imminent.

Qualcomm Stadium is working beautifully as an evacuation site.

So many people have come forward as volunteers and with donations, they are being turned away. San Diego has really stepped up to the plate in a major disaster.

Schwarzenegger is here. Bush is coming on Thursday, although I wonder why he waited so long.


My pet human is still worried about her mother. With a fire anything is possible, and it takes only a moment for the direction to shift.

Thanks to all of you sending prayers.

Here is a link to a CNN report regarding care for our domestic four legged friends during the fire.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/10/23/evac.animals/index.html

Please also send prayers for our wild four legged friends: deer, coyotes, pumas, raccoons, chipmunks, squirrels, amongst others.

And let's not forget our avian friends: sparrows, finches, owls, tanagers, hawks, (the Point Loma parrots are safe.)

What's really sad is that if our wild friends don't die in the fire, they are likely to die of starvation later, since all the vegetation and natural diet is gone.

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

Wildfire Update


Dear Friends,

The wildfires continue unabated. More than 500,000 people across southern California have been evacuated. 2 people have died.

Here are some scenes from Escondido High School, an evacuation center.

Del Mar Horse Park and Del Mar Fairgrounds were evacuated. These were being used to shelter large animals.

I and my pet human continue to be safe, although the air is really icky to breathe.

My pet human knows of two friends who have lost their homes, and she has many more friends she hasn't heard from yet.

And, the mother of my pet human is close to the fires in Orange County, but currently she is safe.

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress



Monday, October 22, 2007

WILDFIRES

Dear Friends,

Yesterday, wildfires broke out all over Southern California and San Diego. I am in an area which currently is still several miles away, and not threatened yet.


However, I have many friends who have been evacuated and their whereabouts are unknown right now.

Our mayor has ordered the entire city to stay home, off the roads, and off the phones.

I am sending my prayers for the following:

David and Dania, and their 8 horses in Potrero, and the dogs too
Muriel and her horse, Bayou in Campo
Lola and Bill


Kay and Ron
Dave
Wayne and his horse at Dave's Ranch
The owners of Barrett Junction
Simon
To all the animals who have been evacuated to Del Mar Horse Park, Del Mar Fairgrounds, Helen Woodward, Qualcomm Stadium, Bright Valley Farms, and other places

UPDATE: HELEN WOODWARD ANIMAL SHELTER HAS BEEN EVACUATED


Finally, I send prayers to the individual who left his horse TIED to a fence and unable to escape the oncoming fire (see second photo) May he one day realize what a horrific thing he did. Thankfully, the police rescued the horse.





Over 250,000 people have been evacuated. Dozens of homes have already burned down. All of the fires are 0% contained. Currently, no end is in sight.




I'm staying close to my pet human today.

Luv,

Skittles, The Huntress

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Yoga Tuesday

(A quiet moment amongst the flowers)
Good morning, everyone! Welcome back to yoga class. Today will be mostly meditation and stretching. We will not be doing any deep breathing, as the air quality is still somewhat icky.

OK everyone, lets all begin to purr deeply and in unison. Tune into the purring growing through the ether, and send peaceful, positive thoughts to all those who are in need.

Stretch.........hold the positions as long as you can, then relax.


Excellent!

For snacks today, we are having some traditional Mexican dishes in honor of our friends in Tijuana, who sent their firefighters over the border to help us fight the wildfires. Whatever the pet humans think about illegal immigration, we can still be appreciative for the help.


Chiles en Nogada












Snapper Veracruzana


















and Scallop Ceviche















Sunday, October 28, 2007

Monday Montage

Dear Friends,

This will be the last of my posts regarding the wildfires of 2007. Below are some before/after photos, and some other photos, from the local papers.

My pet human says this:


Two tennis partners lost their homes.

The minister of my church, Point Loma Presbyterian, has a son, who is a minister at Malibu Presbyterian Church. That church burned to the ground last Sunday. The church was one of the first casualties of the firestorm.

My church's sister church in north county, Rancho Bernardo Presbyterian, has 57 families in that one congregation, who lost their homes.

And the home I was living in, this time last year and which can be seen in the earliest posts on Skittles' blog, is standing. BUT the two homes on either side are obliterated. I'm glad I moved.

Both sides of my family date back to the 20's/30's in California. I love my state. Truly! But for the first time ever, I thought to myself, maybe I should leave.











Friday, October 26, 2007

FF & Flower Friday


I may be Formerly Feral, but I do take time to enjoy the flowers.

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Thursday Thirteen

Dear Friends,

My pet human has begun to hear from her friends and loved ones who were evacuated. They are being let back into their neighborhoods and homes. I am very happy and grateful to know their homes are still standing.

The air quality is horrible. My pet human wants me to stay in, but I sneaked out for a little while and came back with ashes all over my coat. So she had to brush me off.

My pet human said: "Skittles, this is all so bad, but you know, I just have to turn off the TV. Sometimes it's too much."

Personally I was very touched by one homeowner interviewed on CNN. He described how the Modjeska Fire Department, although not able to save his garage, did in fact save his house. He choked up and almost cried as he told everyone the Modjeska FD is ALL VOLUNTEER. They don't get paid one penny at all to risk their lives to save homes.

My pet human says a lot of rural fire departments are volunteer.

WOW! I'm am stunned and awed by their sacrifices.

After today I will go back to posting about yoga and such. But today my Thursday Thirteen is about the fires.


Thirteen Images From The Wildfires.


p.s. all of the images from the fires have been from the local newspapers. I think our local photographers do just as well as the CNN guys! If not better!















Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Wildfire Update-Wednesday Morning

Dear Friends,

The fires continue, and currently Interstate 5 (the main north/south drag in California) is shut down in north county. Fire has broken out on the Marine Base at Camp Pendleton, although no Marines have been evacuated. Approximately 3000 military families live on that particular base.

For a truly sobering look at the damage caused, check out this site compiled by the San Diego Union Tribune listing the known addresses of homes destroyed.

http://www.signonsandiego.com/firemap/structuresburned.html










Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Wildfire Update-Tuesday Evening

UPDATE: THE FIRE IS SPREADING IN ORANGE COUNTY, NORTH OF SAN DIEGO. MY PET HUMAN'S SISTER-IN-LAW, MY PET HUMAN'S NEPHEW, AND HER SISTER-IN-LAW'S HUSBAND ARE BEING EVACUATED. I AM SENDING MEGA-PURRS AND PRAYERS THEIR WAY!!!


Dear Friends,

As of this evening, the Santa Ana winds have died down, and the breeze is now flowing west to east, from off of the ocean.

This is good in some ways. The air is more humid and cooler. And the wind forces the fire back.

This is bad in some ways. The airstream shifts more rapidly and without any predictable direction. Firefighters cannot prepare. The fire goes in any direction.

What's amazing is that this fire would have been far more fatal if the emergency warning systems and backups had not been in place. I am very proud of my city, county, and state emergency personnel and the work they have accomplished.

The reverse 911 system worked brilliantly. Tens of thousands of residents were alerted quickly and efficiently when the fires threatened their homes and evacuation was imminent.

Qualcomm Stadium is working beautifully as an evacuation site.

So many people have come forward as volunteers and with donations, they are being turned away. San Diego has really stepped up to the plate in a major disaster.

Schwarzenegger is here. Bush is coming on Thursday, although I wonder why he waited so long.


My pet human is still worried about her mother. With a fire anything is possible, and it takes only a moment for the direction to shift.

Thanks to all of you sending prayers.

Here is a link to a CNN report regarding care for our domestic four legged friends during the fire.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/10/23/evac.animals/index.html

Please also send prayers for our wild four legged friends: deer, coyotes, pumas, raccoons, chipmunks, squirrels, amongst others.

And let's not forget our avian friends: sparrows, finches, owls, tanagers, hawks, (the Point Loma parrots are safe.)

What's really sad is that if our wild friends don't die in the fire, they are likely to die of starvation later, since all the vegetation and natural diet is gone.

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

Wildfire Update


Dear Friends,

The wildfires continue unabated. More than 500,000 people across southern California have been evacuated. 2 people have died.

Here are some scenes from Escondido High School, an evacuation center.

Del Mar Horse Park and Del Mar Fairgrounds were evacuated. These were being used to shelter large animals.

I and my pet human continue to be safe, although the air is really icky to breathe.

My pet human knows of two friends who have lost their homes, and she has many more friends she hasn't heard from yet.

And, the mother of my pet human is close to the fires in Orange County, but currently she is safe.

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress



Monday, October 22, 2007

WILDFIRES

Dear Friends,

Yesterday, wildfires broke out all over Southern California and San Diego. I am in an area which currently is still several miles away, and not threatened yet.


However, I have many friends who have been evacuated and their whereabouts are unknown right now.

Our mayor has ordered the entire city to stay home, off the roads, and off the phones.

I am sending my prayers for the following:

David and Dania, and their 8 horses in Potrero, and the dogs too
Muriel and her horse, Bayou in Campo
Lola and Bill


Kay and Ron
Dave
Wayne and his horse at Dave's Ranch
The owners of Barrett Junction
Simon
To all the animals who have been evacuated to Del Mar Horse Park, Del Mar Fairgrounds, Helen Woodward, Qualcomm Stadium, Bright Valley Farms, and other places

UPDATE: HELEN WOODWARD ANIMAL SHELTER HAS BEEN EVACUATED


Finally, I send prayers to the individual who left his horse TIED to a fence and unable to escape the oncoming fire (see second photo) May he one day realize what a horrific thing he did. Thankfully, the police rescued the horse.





Over 250,000 people have been evacuated. Dozens of homes have already burned down. All of the fires are 0% contained. Currently, no end is in sight.




I'm staying close to my pet human today.

Luv,

Skittles, The Huntress