Saturday, August 12, 2006
I finally found this picture of the fires in the San Gabriel Mountains back in 2002. Jeanne's post about the fires near her cabin made me go on a search to find these pictures. I was so scared. We were on voluntary evacuation and I had the cars packed and ready to go. Forest fires form their own weather cycles, and the wind was horrific the night this picture was taken. Big embers were falling on our deck, and I stayed up all night with a garden hose out there spraying it down.
I guess fires have been on my mind this week. I talked to my brother today and they are settled into a nice rental home that is fully furnished. Just need to get more clothes. They are over at the homesite today trying to salvage what they can from the debris. Don said Gail has been crying continuously since last night, and is trying to keep burned sofa frames and charred tables. Don said he's not going to try to reason with her now, but is telling the boys just to put everything in one area that she wants to keep. I told him just to let her do that. After a while when emotions aren't so high, then she'll be able to throw the stuff out. They found her family pictures, and although they're burned and charred, he thinks some of them might be able to be restored. Her mother's paintings are all lost, as are the family quilts. All of Don's family pictures are gone, but I'll be able to replace a lot of those for him. He broke down when he told me he found a little ceramic panther intact that Mom helped him make when he was just a little boy. Precious things to him right now.
Supposed to be cleaning house today, but other than unloading the dishwasher and putting clothes in the washer (oh, sheesh, did I turn it on?) that's all I've done. I need to get up and start doing something, anything. I'm just feeling worn to a frazzle. I certainly earned my keep at work this week!
Last night was a surprise 40th birthday party for a member of our sewing group. Such nice ladies! It was fun sitting around the table and just talking about quilting. Good food. Lots of laughs. Then Jane came back to the house and we talked a bunch more. I was zonked when I got to bed last night, and slept right through until time for my haircut. Maybe another good night's sleep tonight and I'll start feeling normal again.
My brother finally admitted to me today that he will probably have to have another heart stent procedure done. He's going back to the doctor next week. If that happens, I'm going to try to fly to Louisiana for at least a couple of days. I'm going to be alone in Acctg. on Mondays and Tuesdays for the next three weeks as the clerk has vacation scheduled to be with family members visiting from Poland. But the CEO was SO nice this week - told me to go ahead and take off when I was ready to fly home. It will leave them without an accountant for a few days, but it's not the end of the world.
No quilty progress to report. But, happily, no desire to purchase fabric either! I even got the nerve to look at www.fatquartershop.com today and came away feeling righteous! LOL