The Finishing School by Valerie Woerner My rating: 5 of 5 stars Ironically as I was reading “The Finishing School” it was during a time when I am re-evaluating and making some life changes that included how I was doing bible studies and managing my time. Going through each chapter, I was impressed as a…
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The leaves started to change en masse last weekend. I forgot to upload the photos from the camera, but I remembered to do it today. Enjoy.
I walk Irie and Tiki twice a day, in the morning and evening. At night, we also go out for one last potty run. During this time of year when the evenings have finally cooled off to a pleasant…
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Who knew a 7 week old puppy could ride a bike?
Qui savait qu’un un chiot âgé de 7 semaines pouvait faire du vélo?
Gorbio. This is Mika with one of his 10 adorable puppies. They are a mix of American Bulldog, Ipso (that’s Dad) and Mama, who is called Gandja, and is a mix of Boxer and Golden Retriever.
Not long now and they’ll be looking for their forever homes.
Gorbio. Voici Mika avec un de ses 10 adorables chiots. Ils sont issus d’un Bouledogue américain, Ipso le ‘papa’ et de Gandja la ‘maman’, un mélange de Boxer et Golden Retriever.
Bientôt, ils seront à la recherche de leurs foyers définitifs.
I started this series back in January, mainly in response to our beginning of the year reader survey, where My Style (my outfit posts, which had admittedly become few and far between) came in at #1 of all the series we run here on Bubby and Bean. It had been months since my last one, due to things like Chicago winter weather, chasing around a toddler, and an overall lack of desire to go pose in front of a camera without constantly cracking up at my attempts to look serious and fashion-y. Although I did eventually resume occasional outfit posts, ‘What I’m Wearing Now’ became a fun way to document my most worn pieces of clothing each month. Now that we’re in the ninth month, I finally went back and looked through all of the posts in the series for the year, and it was really cool to see the seasonal transitions and, of course, changes that have occurred as my pregnant belly has grown. I also realized that I wear many of the same pieces over and over again on a very regular basis (especially shoes; give me allll the moccasins), which, although I obviously notice to some degree in real life, came as kind of a pleasant surprise. Apparently I know what I like and I’m happy with a small, intentional wardrobe – and I guess that’s pretty rad.
That said, here we are in September. It has been too warm here for the most past (about which I am not complaining!) to bust out much of the fall wardrobe, but just like last month, I’ve focused on layering as a solution to hot days and cool nights. My trusty maternity jeans are still on regular rotation and are still only one of two maternity pieces I own (because maternity clothing tends to look horrendous on me, plus it’s expensive, man), along with tunic tees, leggings, kimonos, and the occasional lightweight cardigan. I haven’t worn many of my beloved short dresses, which are usually my go-tos but just look weird on me when I’m pregnant (and truthfully won’t fit over my boobs or butt right now anyway). But I did score a gorgeous navy crocheted number from Macy’s for a wedding a few weeks ago that has ended up being a regular in my closet this month when I’ve wanted to feel a little more dressed up. It looks like they only have it available in black or ivory now, but both are equally as cute. (You can see me wearing the original here.) It’s not a maternity dress, but I just bought it in a couple sizes up from what I regularly wear. And I love it so much that I think I’ll take it in after the baby is born so I can continue to wear it.
I have a feeling next month’s wardrobe will be quite different because it starts to get cold here in October, and I’ll also be sporting a third trimester belly. Then again, I thought September would be vastly different than August, and here I am, wearing most of the same stuff I did last month. So we’ll see.
What about you guys? What clothing and accessory items have you been wearing in September?
The fire came in the night, a storm without warning.
At his home in Middletown, a small town of 1900 just north of California’s idyllic wine country, veterinarian Jeff Smith ventured outside after the worst had passed to find only 8 of the 20 homes in his neighborhood survived the firestorm. With communication centers down, there was no way to determine when help was coming.
He had no way of knowing what he was up against, or the fact that by this time only 40% of the structures in town would still be standing. All he knew was that his community was leveled. So Dr. Smith hopped in his truck and went to work.
The Middletown Animal Clinic, surrounded by gravel that resists catching fire, was miraculously intact. Dr. Smith pulled bales of hay from his feed storage and small buckets to place in his truck, dumping bales of hay and water wherever he could find live animals. The fencing was all gone, burned along with everything else.
Severe wildfires can create their own wind system, creating fingers of flame twirling up to the sky and blowing gales of cinders across roads to catch entire neighborhoods aflame. Dr. Grant Miller, another local veterinarian who serves as Unit Director of the California Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps, was finally allowed in to Middletown the following morning.
“It’s apocalyptic,” Miller said. “It dissolved the entire town of Middletown. The things we saw on the way in…” he pauses. “I can’t even tell you.” With the arrival of a generator and supplies, Smith opened the doors to his clinic and vowed to treat any animal who needed it, for free.
With hundreds of miles of power lines down and roads closed to all but essential emergency personnel for days, the animals were initially left to fend for themselves. Smith treated the many burned and injured animals brought to him, but with the arrival of more veterinary volunteers, teams were able to venture into the area to look for more.
With the small reprieve of rain one day, Miller is convinced it saved the lives of many animals the teams had yet to find. “By God’s good grace it rained an entire inch, and provided some water to these stranded animals. When they’re burned they have insensible losses through their skin. I am in awe of these animals.”
Eight days after the flames, “we’re still pulling animals in,” said Miller. “At first it was a lot of sheep and goats, then steady numbers of dogs and cats. Now we’re finding horses and cows. They’re still finding cats alive in melted cars.”
Teams from the nearby University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine assisted with the treatment and are taking the most severely injured animals in. “UC Davis has taken in over 70 burned animals- mostly cats,” Miller said. “They are functioning as a referral center. I just arranged transport for a puppy. They’ve been amazing.”
The Valley Fire now ranks in the top 3 worst fires in California history; at last tally, almost 2000 structures were destroyed. Lake County is California’s poorest county, says Miller, with an average income of about $ 35,000. “They were economically depressed to begin with,” Miller says, “and now they’ve lost everything.”
In the face of this disaster, Smith vowed to treat all these animals without cost for as long as their injuries require, an estimated 4-6 months.
“Burns are not easy injuries to manage,” says Miller. “His clinic is going to be the last option when everything else is gone.” When the camera crews leave and immediate disaster response withdraws, this community still will need all the support they can get.
Miller pauses again to reflect on the long road ahead, or maybe just from the exhaustion of four hours of sleep every night for a week. “You look at these animals, and you know how much they have suffered. You just want so badly to turn things around for them, and you would move heaven and earth to make it happen.”
A GoFundMe has been set up for donations to sustain the Middletown Animal Hospital during this period. In addition, Wells Fargo is accepting donations at any location nationwide to Wells Fargo Account, #2872526005.
All photos courtesy Dr. Grant Miller. Used with permission.
This is my rescue dog ‘Ours’ displaying a French photography magazine, Chasseur d’Images, which features an article on Laure Agneray. Laure photographs her three children and has recently published a beautiful book, ”Confiance et Reves Eveilles.’ Totally inspirational and gorgeous photography.