August 2015


corona_tree My wife Andrea’s brother put some Corona bottles neck down in the soil in our garden last Spring. We didn’t see them until after he left town. When Andrea asked him why he did it he said,” I’m hoping it will grow beer plants.” Well, it did. Her brother and wife will be in town today so they can help with the harvest.

corona_tree_3We’ll plant more next year.

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Smoke doesn’t bother me much but the smoke in the Okanagan Valley the last couple days has. My throat is a bit sore. Less energy too.

Smokey Okanagan morning 2015

Smokey Okanagan morning 2015

It’s smoke to the ground, inside and out in Kelowna. Sensitive people must leave the valley.

It was supposed to be 28 degrees today but never was. It was so smokey from the wildfires in Washington, Idaho. and BC, that the sun never got through. My throat is sore from breathing smoke all day.

kelowna_smoke_2015smokey_valley_2015wildfire_smoke_2015I hope the wind moves it away somewhat for tomorrow. However, I guess someone else be just getting it. Been a long hot summer in the Okanagan and most places. we are 2 weeks or more in advance of our regular harvesting in the garden. Check out Castanet for up to date wildfire awareness in BC/Okanagan

Potted the rose cuttings into soil and pot yesterday. Looking good. The original rose goes back 100 years when my grandfather gave his wife some roses. Clippings have been taken through the years. I took these about 5 weeks ago.

100 year old rose keeps living

100 year old rose keeps living

Keeps on growing

Keeps on growing

On the way to work this morning at 5:30am I could see the sky turning red. I wanted to find a place to stop and get a photo.

Okanagan red clouds

Okanagan red clouds

Well I did find a place to stop in time and happy with the photos

Okanagan red clouds with white whisper

Okanagan red clouds with white whisper

A fire started at 1:30 on August 13, within 1 hour it was over 800 hectars and today it is around 2500.It is slowing down a bit but lightening, thunder, and high winds are predicted. http://www.castanet.net/edition/news-story-146015-3-.htm#146015

Rock Creek wildfire 2015

Rock Creek wildfire 2015

Two more fires broke out near Oliver today. We badly need some rain in Southern BC

Upgraded Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 last week and I like it compared to 8.1. It’ more like Window XP/7 than 8.1. Some software drivers are not fully 10 ready but that shouldn’t be too long.

Upgrading to Windows 10

Upgrading to Windows 10

The upgrade/install didn’t take too long and was quite smooth.The Control Panel we are all used to seems to be gone and replaced by “Settings.” Over all, quite happy. It’s more similar to Windows XP/7 than it is to 8.1. Still waiting for some software to upgrade their drivers for Windows 10 but that shouldn’t be too long. If you have Windows 7 to 8.1 you can upgrade for free for the next year. I will post more as I learn more about Windows 10.

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