Yesterday I looked in chagrin at the smoldering hillside, on the property bordering mine, where the new neighbor’s gardener had left. They don’t have a house yet, just burning brush. At 11:30 p.m. I was awakened, perhaps the nearby crackling. Jumped up, looked out, and uncontrolled fires were wreaking havoc. I grabbed the flashlight and my boots, took the long watering hose, and proceeded to put out fire after fire. Jim, the neighbor was on the hillside talking down to me. I couldn’t see him, but knew his voice – a comforting voice
in the quiet of the night. I asked him to call the fire department. The stars were truly amazing through the smoke. I kept trying to cover my face with my short hair, but after an hour or so my eyes were stinging and I started to cough. My arms were
aching from holding the hose upward to the hillside. I had to vacillate running up to the Casita Guadua – the bamboo house, where there was so little water I was using a trickle to put out the approaching flames. Then, I would go down and to the corner again.
Then back up, and the flames were within 5 feet of the casital Holy cow. Jim was gone, but another couple was talking to me and shining their flashlight on the next bit of flames. There was nothing anyone could do as mine was the only hose. Their houses were too far away, yet they had seen the flames from up the mountain and come down. Sweet and comforting, Otis and Jessica to come down after midnight. They left after awhile and it was so silent, in my mind and outside, except for the cracklingof the brush and newly catching mesquite/fice trees.
When I started feeling overwhelmed,I said, “I need help,” and immediately there were golden beings at my back. Fires went out. The irrigation hose on the ground sprouted two leaks which kept back the fires. Come on! I did my Shaman way of becoming pure love and facing the spirits of the fire, and IMMEDIATELY they went out, one by one.
I went in to the house without thinking, knowing it was all taken care of. This morning I translated my speech, ready for the neighbors, and put it in my pocket. They stood on the burnt slope and I told them I needed a conversation. With wide, gentle eyes, they never looked down or away. Never looked anything but helpful. Six of them. I told them how dangerous it was for their worker to start fires in the wind, and repeated I needed the hose repaired by the end of the day. Then Wilson drove by. I caught him, and he translated for them as well, telling them to call him and he would help repair this afternoon.
I’m tired, ha.
But still with empty mind and remembering the quiet of the night, the beauty of everything even with the sounds of Tiko and Lucas barking at the fire. I’m SO taken care of.
2 dates soaked
1 c soak water
1/2 c low sodium soy sauce
1/2 c walnut pieces
4 tsp minced garlic
2 tsp ginger
4 tsp unsweetened rice vinegar
2 tsp sriracha sauce
1/4 tsp red chili flakes
1/4 tsp ground back pepper
Blend. Put in frying pan. Add:
1 c frozen peas
1 c chopped carrots
2 c diced kale
1/2 container drained tofu seasoned per other recipe*
Cook till carrots are soft before adding rice. Let flavors blend in low simmer before removing.
Word/phrase of the Day – luchando contra el fuego – fighting the fire
Tip of the Day – D- We have these wonderful greens here that would work in this recipes, that steam up like spinach – 4 different types of kale,
amaranth greens and these weird-looking spinach that don’t look like the States.