Nov 15, 2008


This photo was taken in my backyard, looking east toward Yorba Linda, CA. This was shortly before the Anaheim Hills fire broke out.

In the past decade, California has been torched with wildfires in the fall. Our dry, hot weather, even this far into November, creates perfect fire conditions. Each season, the fires worsen and arson is on the rise. It is sickening to think that there are arsonists sitting in front of their televisions right now, exhilarated by the power of destruction. In their demented thinking, these fire conditions represent supreme recreation.

Here is another view from my backyard as flames began to rage in Anaheim Hills.

I am not far from the fires. I live in La Habra, right next to Fullerton and Brea. In Orange County, there are fires in Yorba Linda, Brea, Corona, and Anaheim Hills. It is only 3:00 PM and the sun is blocked by billows of smoke and ash. One would think that we are at war. Thick clouds of smoke are spilling over the 241 and 91 freeways. People are abandoning their cars.

This was taken in my front yard a couple of hours ago. The sun is overshadowed by smoke.

There are other fires up north in Montecito and Sylmar. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed. PLEASE PRAY!

Nov 11, 2008

Tea for Tuesday

Autumn, for a brief spell, has stopped playing hooky in Southern California. Early this morning, I relished the tactile sensation of cold pavement beneath my bare feet. Don't laugh. The temperatures may be steadily dropping where you are, but not in California. We are teetering between cool nights and warm, dry days. In fact, our weather report is promising even more heat for this weekend. Ugh!

Today is a perfect tea sipping day and I have selected a delectable treat. I was inspired by the Pear Custard Gingerbread Cake featured on Matthew Mead's website. There are 4 cakes in all, each made in a Chicago Metallic Maryann Cake Pan. Much of Matthew's site requires a subscription (inexpensive), which I highly recommend: however, there is plenty of free inspiration. His cakes begin with a basic boxed cake mix which makes baking a breeze.