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Fire Closer (if that's possible)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

We just received this notice from Larimer Sheriff's Dept.

"There are 1,631 personnel, 103 engines, 17 helicopters working the fire today. This includes 3 Blackhawk helicopters from the Army National Guard.

Twelve Type 1 crews have constructed fire line from Buckhorn Road up to White Pine Mountain. Crews plan to continue this fire break to Old Flowers Forest Road 152. "

which means the firemen are at the foot of our property! I guess that's good.......

I am eating well, exercising and getting enough sleep but stress is high....


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THINTWIN2 6/18/2012 4:18PM

    We're watching this fire and praying for you. I live in Scottsbluff, Ne

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LINDAKAY228 6/18/2012 1:32PM

    I think about you a lot. emoticon

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LIGHTHOUSEGIRL1 6/17/2012 8:50PM

    This situation is stressful indeed ! Thank you for the update...continuing to keep you,DH and your property in prayer. emoticon

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JOYINKY 6/17/2012 6:39PM

    Those situations where we have not control, suffer the consequences and our only choice is to wait, ARE the most stressful! Just hang in there, stay busy and continue making healthy choices. Prayers for the safety of those fighting the fire and for the protection of property in the fire's path.

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OURELEE1 6/17/2012 6:12PM

  Been thinking of you-thanks for keeping us informed.

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KOFFEENUT 6/17/2012 4:13PM

    Still praying - for the safety of your cabin and the safety of the firefighters!

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CATLADY52 6/17/2012 4:00PM

    My thoughts are with you and your DH. emoticon

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AJB121299 6/17/2012 3:33PM

    hope all goes well and all are safe

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Dealing with Stress

Friday, June 15, 2012

This summer is starting out very stressful for me.

On Memorial Day weekend my husband was hospitalized with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms. After having a cardiac cath we found out that his heart was healthy and that the pain was probably due to a viral inflammation or Esophageal spasm, We felt blessed to know that he had no blockages or plaque buildup but the experience was scary.

Now we are facing fire at our beloved cabin. I can't express how that feels. We know we were lucky to be evacuated early, but every day we watch the fire grow closer. They have put a daily infrared aerial picture on the fire web site and we have watched the fire move toward our cabin. Yesterday the "hot spot" ie flames were 500 feet from the cabin. I was in shock. I had really denied the fact that we could actually lose the mountain retreat I love. DH, the animals, and I feel an utter sense of release, relaxation and joy when we go there. I just didn't want to accept the fact we could lose it.

Yesterday I was filled with anxiety and trepidation. I went on my usual Thursday walk with a friend, but we had to walk around the mall because of the smoke in the air. We walked fast and I talked faster! Much of my anxiety diminished. I spent the rest of the day with another friend who is fighting pancreatic cancer and we shopped for hiking gear for her. She is in remission and is planning to hike one of the Colorado 14 ers (14,000 feet elevation mountains) in August. We have been hiking a couple of times a week to help her prepare. She is the most incredible woman and has faith, spirit, joy and love of life. Yesterday, she let me talk and express my fears and she shared some of her approaches and joys. What a blessing. My anxiety changed to gratitude and joy! I am blessed to have had my cabin, whatever happens, and more blessed to have the friends I have.

On a secondary note, because my DHs blood work showed a pre diabetic tendency I have been looking into Diabetic Diets and have greatly modified my carb, fat, protein proportions to try and help him and lo and behold I have lost a pesky 5 pounds in a week!

Life's lessons are hard but full of peace and joy if you embrace them rather than run away from them with food.

Our cabin bf (before fire)

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LIGHTHOUSEGIRL1 6/15/2012 11:48PM

    Just letting you know that you and your DH along with your cabin have been in my prayers daily this week. emoticon

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JRSWHIMSY 6/15/2012 10:02PM

    I have several evacuated friends right now and you're all in my thoughts every day! Hoping your cabin makes it through! The firefighters are doing an amazing job!!!

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AELARLEE1 6/15/2012 3:33PM

    Nancy I have thought obout you all week!! I have a co-worker whose home (currently rented out) and his parents home not far away were in the fire's path. It went through but the homes were saved (one garage was not). So he has been keeping us updated. I hope and pray you keep it but must say I am so encouraged and inspired by your attitude! I totally agree that the hard things of life are to be faced and when we do so, we find we grow.


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CARLANNIE 6/15/2012 2:43PM

    500 feet - sigh. Have you heard anything this morning? Sending you lots of online support here. Congrats on clearing away those pesky 5 pounds - they were not good for much any way! May I ask, what is your husband doing for those esophageal spasms? I've gone through the exact same thing this week, except they are scheduling a CT scan to make sure there are no tumors in my case. But the doc hasn't changed my Prilosec or added anything, so I'm kinda in limbo for a couple of weeks.

Stay strong out there, and lean on your friends when you need to - that's what they are there for. emoticon

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JOYINKY 6/15/2012 1:58PM

    Oh Nancy, How uplifting to see that you've been handling this stress in such a positive way! Seeing the joys that can unfold. Walking is one of my best stress relievers too; all the better if the walk includes someone I'm comfortable talking with. Sounds like you really are blessed with great friends; as are they with you. Hang in there, no matter what happens at the cabin, you and yours will be fine. Even the scare with your husband can be seen as a message that will lengthen possibly both the quantity and the quality of both of your lives. Probably the purpose of stress, if we pay attention. (And you obviously do) After all, a violin couldn't make music without considerable stress on the strings! Life is good. Be well.

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NELLJONES 6/15/2012 10:14AM

    I, too, have been dealing with a lot of stress. Last year it was my husband's two strokes and broken ankle that didn't heal due to his refusal to deal with his diabetes. This year it's moving my alcoholic mother into an old folks home, and having her fight me every step of the way. Praying about it and talking about it is the only thing that helps because when it comes to people places and things outside our control, what else can we do?

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LINDAKAY228 6/15/2012 10:10AM

    First of all, congratulations on the weight loss! It's hard to do that sometimes in the face of the stress you have been facing. I love the mountains and forest so much, and can only imagine how much you love your cabin because it's something I dream of having one day. I'm glad that visiting with your friend, who has such problems in her own life to battle and is making plans, fighting back, and moving forward, helped to look at things a little differently. But I am so hoping and praying you don't lose your cabin. But like all the other losses in our lives, they have great memories to treasure attached. Whatever happens is out of your hands now, That is such a helpless feeling. But my prayers continue to go up for your cabin and others who are losing things so valuable to them in one way or another. Keep us posted.

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    Your blog reminded my of the importance of great friends and counting our blessings!
Thanks for sharing, I really needed the reminder.
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High Park Fire near our cabin (Continued)

Monday, June 11, 2012

The fire near our cabin is still growing and is 0% contained after about 36 hours. I can't believe that it started out as 1 acre about a mile from our cabin and is now 36,000 acres. They don't know many specifics. They say they are concentrating on life preservation measures so they don't have an estimate of the number of structures destroyed. We got a notice yesterday afternoon saying we needed to evacuate. We had already left on Saturday as soon as we saw how much the fire was growing. The fire intially moved away from us but has circled back toward us. So we just wait. There is one report of a missing person but they can't get into the area of the house to try and find the person yet. We are praying for everyone's safety and the preservation of as many homes as possible.

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CARLANNIE 6/12/2012 8:07AM

    Your fire has made national news each day, so we keep watching for updates on its progression and attempts to stop it. Unbelievable! Praying your house is safe, and all the firefighters stay safe as well.

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JRSWHIMSY 6/11/2012 10:25PM

    Looking at the fire boundaries map is wild! I hope your cabin is safe!

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MTNGRL 6/11/2012 9:01PM

    My prayers are continuing. I hope that it will be contained soon.

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CHRIS5258 6/11/2012 6:29PM

    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. I've watching the smoke/fire from my backyard as it moves south (and every other direction).

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LVMAMAW 6/11/2012 6:27PM

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all affected by this.
Pls stay safe. emoticon

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OURELEE1 6/11/2012 5:31PM

  Please keep us informed on what is going on. Praying for rain for all of you. emoticon

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RURAL3 6/11/2012 12:23PM

    I am praying for the safety of everyone in this area and that this fire can be contained quickly. I am also praying for rain to come down as that should help to moisten the area. In times like these that is all we can dois look to God for his help.

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JOYINKY 6/11/2012 12:12PM

    Waiting has to be hard. I'm so glad you are out of harms way; nothing you can do about anything else but wait. Keep busy, count blessings, this will pass. Hugs.

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LINDAKAY228 6/11/2012 12:09PM

    My thoughts and prayers for everyone. The last news update I had seen it said it was at 27,000 acres so it sounds like it's grown quite a bit now to 36,000. They can sur grow fast.

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Fire at Our Weekend Cabin

Saturday, June 09, 2012

While walking this morning at 8 am on a road near our cabin in Northern Colorado, I smelled smoke and then saw a small funnel of smoke up ahead of me. While radoing for DH to call the fire in, I saw the Sheriff who lives down the road. He was on an ATV and was riding up to investigate what was going on. He said he had called it in and that the fire department was on its way.The deputy said it was between 1 and 3 acres at that time.

The first picture is what it looked like from our cabin at 9 am.

We watched the progress of the fire from the cabin.

The fire department was right at the bottom of our property. There were 4 fire trucks and some sheriff deputies there for about 4 hours. They said we didn't need to evacuate but to be alert.

At 1pm the sheriff's deputy said the wind was fueling the fire and although there wasn't a mandatory evacuation, he recommended leaving. We were gone by 2pm and home by 3:30pm.

I've included 2 pictures we took on the drive home.

At 4pm we saw a report in the Denver Post online saying the fire had grown to 2000 acres. Wow! I'm sure glad it didn't happen the weekend of May 18th when I had my annual Girl's Weekend fo my Birthday!

So far ...no property damage or injuries.

Update 8 am Sun 6/10/12

Fire up to 10,000 acres, moved north east of us, 18 structures damaged, no report of injuries.

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AELARLEE1 6/11/2012 11:08AM

    This is so sad! I was listening to all the fires this morning on the news, in Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico. I have a friend who has posted the most amazing photos in the Ruidoso area of New Mexico. So scary!! I too am glad it didn't happen when you had your girls weekend. Sure hope all will be well with the cabin. So glad you are safe.

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LINDAKAY228 6/10/2012 5:33PM

    I am so sorry about the fire so near your cabin, and about the fire period. Living here in southwest New Mexico we also struggle so much with the fire season and have reports almost daily of a new fire somewhere in New Mexico. I hope you cabin stays safe and I hope no homes are damaged. So sad to see the devastation it brings.

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CHRIS5258 6/10/2012 11:48AM

    I hope your cabin is safe and glad that you are not up there. So smoky even on the south side of FC.

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CARLANNIE 6/10/2012 9:31AM

    OMG - that's something that strikes fear into the hearts of every cabin homeowner! So glad that things went well for you yesterday, but please give us an update to make sure things are under control today. In those first photos, what was the distance away from your cabin?

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RURAL3 6/9/2012 11:44PM

    you are safe. Be blessed

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JRSWHIMSY 6/9/2012 11:22PM

    I was wondering if that was in your neighborhood, Nancy! Is it heading toward your property? 5,000 acres now... :o( *hugs*

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MTNGRL 6/9/2012 11:04PM

    I am glad you are safe and hope there will be no damage to you sweet cabin.

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KOFFEENUT 6/9/2012 10:55PM

    I know how you love your mountain cabin - will send up a little prayer of thanks for your safety and one for the continued safety of your mountain retreat!

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JUDY1676 6/9/2012 9:35PM

    How scary! Glad you're safe.

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JOYINKY 6/9/2012 9:34PM

    Had to be scarey; definitely too close for comfort! I hope your beautiful cabin stays untouched and the reports continue on "no property damage nor injuries". Be well.

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CATLADY52 6/9/2012 9:26PM

    You were very fortunate to have gotten away when you did. emoticon Is there any further word?

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    I hope your cabin didn't get destroyed by the fire, but I am glad you made it to safety.

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Party Hearty! (with pics)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

I can't begin to describe my cabin birthday party this year. It was absolutely the best. The most important thing is that my friend who was in the hospital last year at the time of the party with a new diagnosis of colon and pancreatic cancer was at the party this year..looking and feeling great.

The second is that another friend who underwent a nasty divorce a few years ago is getting married in 2 weeks and we held a wedding shower for her to celebrate her joy.

Life is good!

We continued our tradition of everyone bringing and preparing one healthful meal for the weekend ... Except my friend with the cancer who is a gourmet cook...she brought a fantastic gourmet meal including a birthday cake. She wanted to give it to me as a special gift. I accepted with love although I have not eaten cake for 3 years I had a small piece at the party and a small piece with her and my DH when we went home Sunday night.

We talked, laughed, watched DVDs, played games (including making my bride friend a tissue paper wedding dress!), and hiked. It was joyous.

PS This morning my weight was the same as before the party because as soon as I got back I went back to my usual healthy eating plan.

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CARLANNIE 5/28/2012 6:55PM

    Happy birthday! And what good news to hear that your friend is doing so well after her bout with cancer - awesome!

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AELARLEE1 5/25/2012 10:56AM

    Happy, happy belated birthday! You look WONDERFUL and I rejoice with you the joy of your friends and family!

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RURAL3 5/25/2012 12:36AM

    That looks and sounds fabulous. What a way to enjoy friends each year.

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KOFFEENUT 5/24/2012 10:09PM

    How wonderful - and what a terrific tradition! I can already see some new activities to include in the annual Girl's Club get-together I do with my friends.....

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JOYINKY 5/24/2012 4:46PM

    What a great time! Thanks for sharing!

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AUTUMNBRZ 5/24/2012 9:42AM

    Sounds like you guys had an amazing time together! Memories to cherish :)

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NELLJONES 5/24/2012 9:27AM

    What a wonderful way to celebrate!!

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OURELEE1 5/24/2012 9:10AM

  Sounds like a great weekend.

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