By now you have likely heard about the fires here in Northern California that have destroyed thousands of homes and buildings, charred hundreds of thousands of acres and resulted in 35 deaths at last report. It’s an epic disaster.
I wanted to check in to let you know my family and I are okay. My stepdaughters, our 4 dogs and I are staying with my sister-in-law (our angel!) in a safe area. My husband has been working on fires in Santa Rosa since last Sunday night. And our chicken, Sandy, is being well taken care of at a dear friend’s home in Sonoma.
As of this evening, our home is still standing. While of course I am relieved, the relief comes with a tinge of guilt since so many people we know, including my eldest stepdaughter and her boyfriend, have lost their homes and everything in them.
Needless to say, my 50th birthday trip to France has been canceled – not postponed but canceled and I am not upset about it. Thank goodness I bought insurance for our plane tickets. That is something I will always do from now on.
I wish I had something poignant to write but I don’t – not yet. We are still in the thick of it, nearly one week on, and the chance we lose our home remains as fires are still burning nearby in the mountains. I am sort of surprised I can even put sentences together, to be frank.
I’d love to hear from you if you’re so inclined, either here in the comments or on my social media accounts. Reading them is a welcome break from the news reports that I can’t help myself from checking incessantly.
Thank you for reading – many hugs to you!