For the past week wildfires, set off by lightning strikes, have taken over the mountains within 25 miles of my hometown of Grants Pass, Oregon. Evacuations are happening in smaller communities, and my bags are semi-packed – just in case.
It’s not uncommon for wildfires to be happening in Oregon during the summer months, but it’s very unusual for several of them to be less than 5% contained for over a week.
Even more uncommon is the extremely unhealthy air quality that is overtaking the Rogue Valley and drifting as far south as Napa, California. A state of emergency has been declared in the Southwest corner of Oregon state due to the extreme nature of multiple wildfires.
From my house the visibility is about 1/4 mile. What does that mean? Thick smoke has taken over and it’s painful to breathe. It looks dark, like it does in November when the fog rolls in.
You can’t help but wonder if you’ll see a glow on the hillside when night falls, but if you do, you know it’s time to evacuate. It’s kind of tough to go to sleep each night wondering if the next day, will bring something more daunting. At the same time, it also makes you extremely grateful for times that are not like these.
Smoke Can Make You Sick
Today my daughter and I attempted to go see a movie. Feeling a bit caged in, we put on surgical masks and headed to the car. Driving with our headlights on (so other drivers could see us through the fog-like haze), we arrived to an empty parking lot. The movie theater was closed due to the high level of smoke inside the theater.
Not being able to fathom the idea of a wasted trip, we then headed to Wal-mart for a furnace filter. Wal-mart too, was filled with smoke, although it was busy as usual.
Once home I had a headache, my eyes were burning and my chest hurt. I’d been out for 45 minutes, with a mask. My dogs (who are inside), were coughing and sick to their stomachs. This is with air purification going, so I can only imagine how other people, pets and livestock who have to be out in this air must be feeling.
It’s difficult to know when this summer of smoke will end, but I’m grateful for the firefighters who are coming from as far as Florida to help in the effort to contain Oregon wildfires.
We truly appreciate the help during this crazy time.
If you want updates for the current Southern Oregon Fires, check out this Incident Information System website.
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Here’s an idea I find works very well for collecting all the wonderful recipe shares that my friends have posted on Facebook.
Copy the recipe you find, and then open a new document in Google Drive.
Paste your recipe, and tweak with notes or reformat them as you wish.
Put your recipes into folders within Google Drive.
I have one big ‘recipes’ folder that I move all of my recipes to, but you could easily make other folders and categorize them in any way you choose.
The main reason I do this is to have quick and easy access from my laptop or iPad to this tasty info, but since the recipes are on Google Drive, you can also easily share them via email or links with family and friends.
DIY Recipes Book
If I want to have a hard copy of my Google Drive recipes for myself or to give as a gift, I print and laminate the recipes using a Scotch Thermal Laminator 2 Roller System (TL901) with Scotch Thermal Pouches 8.9 x 11.4 Inches, 100-Pack (TP3854-100).
The lamination helps because if you accidentally spill on a recipe, you can simply wipe it off versus having to print a new one.
Once I have the recipes laminated I get a 3-ring hole punch and a 3-ring binder.
I select the recipes for my collection and then enjoy my custom, homemade recipes book.
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Whether it’s to help you get your homework done more easily or simply to entertain you when you’re not studying, electronics and accessories fill the dorm room of today.
HDTVs, laptops, printers, smartphones, iPads, Blu-ray players, game systems and more, are what today’s student brings with them to college. Along with them, are a multitude of cords, batteries, cases and adapters.
Many deals on these dorm room items are available here: College Bound Essentials , where the Savvy Sleuth has added her personal picks for Back to School.
Dorm Room Electronics
Below are both wants and needs for college dorm rooms.
Check in with your roommate to see who’s bringing what to school with them, and maybe you can split the cost on the bigger ticket items.
Also be sure to check with your school to find out what services such as cable TV and Internet are provided.
- Laptop or Desktop PC with Monitor
- Tablet, iPad or Chromebook
- Smartphone, iPhone or Cell Phone
- Wireless or Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse
- Bluetooth speakers with charging dock for iPod
- Graphing and Scientific Calculators
- USB Flash Drives
- External Hard Drives
- Surge Protectors
- HDMI and Other Cable Accessories
- USB Hubs
- Wireless Router (if Wi-Fi isn’t available)
- Battery Back-up
- XBox, PS, or Wii
- HDTV or Monitor for Gaming System
- Home Theater AV Amplifier and Speakers
- Services: Netflix and Hulu Plus