Having a “Fly on the Wall” Day at Home.


It’s in the low sixties today, and sunny. We have the greenhouse windows open, and the kitchen’s Dutch Door top, and the air is fresh and just a bit smoky. Less than two miles from here, in the woodlands behind the elementary school, the firefighters are battling a five acre brush fire, and calling for mutual aid looking for more brush trucks (which are large fire engines that have four wheel drive and carry more than a hundred gallons of water.) We haven’t had much rain in the past few weeks, and so the woodlands are dry, laden with fallen branches from the winter storms. The wind is light, just 4 mph, which is fortunate in such conditions. In years past, Rick would have long ago donned his fire ‘turnout gear’ and responded either to the scene or to the fire house to bring the truck to the fire. But…

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