Cactus with Begonia Leaves

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For Cee’s Flower of the Day.  Don’t miss her posting of a Lotus bud with dragonfly.

11 thoughts on “Cactus with Begonia Leaves

  1. slmret

    Yes — she called a mutual friend on Sunday and told him how I could contact her. I’ve had several LONG conversations with her since then. She’s definitely in shock — perhaps even PTSD — and in denial. I’ve tried to give her suggestions as to where to find good information and other assistance. (she still really has no idea how severe the mudslide was, and hopes to be home tomorrow — more likely a week from tomorrow, if then). She’s shed some of the animals, but her kids are not helpful at all — they’re really adrift, but they are physically safe, and the house seems to be in good shape. Thanks for asking!

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  2. slmret

    The lake was up at the end of the summer, but down again now to about 40% of capacity. All we need now is a good earthquake! It’s been nice recently — low 70’s, sunny, light breezes — but we really need a bait of rain (except in Montecito!) Cleanup continues, little by little — 500 big truckloads of mud leaving the area every day!

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      1. slmret

        The first story was that they were dumping the mud at Goleta Beach, on the other end of Santa Barbara, where there has been an ongoing project to reinforce the rocky edge of the beach, that before it was dumped it was combed through to make sure there were no bodies or other undesirable objects dumped along with the mud. Some of it was also being dumped in Carpinteria. The ocean would then spread it out and deal with it.

        This created a hue and cry from the Santa Barbara environmentalists — it will pollute the water, it will damage the sand for the sea critters, etc. Yesterday or today, I saw that they are taking the mud to a quarry in Buellton, north of Solvang, to be ‘sorted’ and dried — then who knows, but probably to wherever they need dirt for grading/construction purposes.

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      2. slmret

        I normally keep in touch with Santa Barbara news, and have been even more so since the mudslides. There are a couple of really good web-based local news sites that have provided good information on fire and flood. Part of being retired has been that I’ve had the time to follow them recently. I need to pull myself away now, and get back to my own life, so I may not keep up with such details quite so well going forward!

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