I love Halloween. I love the costumes, the food, the candy, and when the parties are done well, I think they are just the best. The thing I don’t love about Halloween is how gross, and overdone some of the interpretations have become, but to each his own. I hope all have a wonderful and safe holiday, and if you are going to carnivals, or dances, or parties, enjoy!

Fall is one of my favorite seasons, because it’s great cooking weather. Last night I made a huge pot of Albondigus soup, and for those of you who may not know what that is. . .It is a tasty Mexican Vegetable Meatball soup with the best flavor, especially when you serve it with fresh quesadillas. Take a few minutes and pick your favorite recipe and on a cold night let it simmer on the stove. It’s the best feeling to have a cup of hot soup with fresh bread on a cold Autumn evening. Enjoy!

During this heat wave, remember to keep drinking fluids. Dehydration is a real concern, as we don’t realize the fluids we are loosing, even when we are indoors. Air conditioning, while it keeps us cool, one of it’s main functions is to remove the humidity in the air, and because of this, people who are in constant air conditioned rooms also need to remember to drink plenty of fluids. Signs of dehydration include: fatigue, headache, nausea, lethargy, lack of interest in food or drinks, bloating, dizziness, muscle cramping. Avoid this nasty side effect of the hot weather and make sure to drink enough fluids.

This weekend we are expecting severe storms in the form of thunder and lightning, crackling and sparking in the night skies. How exciting! But this is also a time to consider your pets. While I personally like to watch a lightning storm, my dog does not. It scares the living daylights out of him. He runs and tries to stuff his one-hundred pound body under my bed. It’s an exercise in futility. So in deference to my dog Flumpy, I have to remember to keep a closet door open for him to hide in, otherwise he may just run of the house into the storm and meet another county employee to save him, like last year. Poor Flumpy.

I’m saying this in the middle of August, and I think I will try to remember every month to give my felicitations for the anniversary of everyone’s birth. Yesterday was my birthday, and what a wonderful day, I had so many well wishers, and Happy Birthdays, that I realized that the simple act of remembering someone, spreads so much joy. So if you were one of those, who remembered my birthday, Thanks! And if you have a birthday that has happened recently, or will be happening soon. . . . Happy Birthday!

This month we have a goal to ride our bikes from the back country to the beach. Recently my family have started riding bikes as a form of exercise. I casually mentioned to my husband that we should shoot for a goal of riding our bikes from the back country to the beach. Our family lives in Japatul, so it will be approximately 40 miles to Coronado Beach, and we will get to take the ferry across the bay. What a goal. I will keep you updated on our progress and how things are coming a long. Wish us luck!

What does that really mean???? There is a song that speaks to it with a snappy drum beat, but I’ve often wondered what that actually means. I have several dogs, and I don’t think that their days are bad, or hot, or anything. Things that make you go hhhhhhmmmmmmm.

This week has been an interesting mix of events. The Fireworks at Viejas were beautiful, and the 4th of July Parade was great, but as we moved into the weekend and the fire broke out on Mount Laguna, it brought back memories of other big wildfires we have had out here in the back country. Thankfully that is all getting under control with only a few injured firemen.
The other fire on El Cap was a wake up to how dry everything is becoming. Keep your area clear of dry brush, and make sure to not have open flame in the country.
Dogs on the loose have also been a topic in the office. If you have been watching our facebook, you got to see a picture of Wyatt who visited our office for a little while. He got loose the other night, came into our house for a visit at midnight, but with the help of Alpine Community Network, and Facebook, we found his home and his owner was so happy to get him back.
A good thing to do is get your animals micro-chipped. I know in the backcountry, it’s not a common practice, but when animals get scared during fireworks and run off, they are easily returned to their family, if the finder can identify where they live.

So often we want what we want, when we want it. We go to different lengths to get what we want, when we want it, and we take specific steps to do what we want, when we want to.
But. . .keeping in mind that our local businesses need our support, and our courtesy when it comes to Alpine business. Try to shop local, not to take up unnecessary parking directly in front of a business during business hours unless you are shopping in that shop, or doing business with that business. Every little bit helps when it comes to our small businesses in Alpine.

Be Careful out there! The grass & brush is very dry so when there is a Red Flag warning, don’t do any weed eating with metal blades. A small fire was started today from a resident trying to clear brush with a bladed weed whacker. While it’s good to clear dry brush, it’s imperative to pay attention to the weather and the wind, especially now.