Stuff Happens

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Last Monday is a day my family will not forget for a long time. Our house caught on fire and is a total loss. Thankfully, everyone is safe and we have found a new place to live for the next year or so. It will take some getting used to being back in an apartment but it close to our house which allows us to keep my son in his same school and doesn't really change our routines.

It appears the fire started from a space heater being too close to the sofa the night before and it smoldered until the morning when my son noticed the smoke. Thankfully he got out of the house and was waiting for me when he saw it burst into flames and then called 911. The fire engines arrived very quickly but it was too late.

Last week, I felt that I had gotten a handle on life and was going to get back into my routine and then that happened. In spite of the stress, I did my best to focus on the positive aspects of my life. The love and support of several neighbors warmed my heart which helped me ignore that another neighbor was videotaping the fire and laughing with her friends. Funny thing there...the other neighbors were shocked by this and told me that they were uncomfortable around her after that. Moments like that expose a person's true colors to be sure.

All of my exercise equipment is gone and the apartment complex has a gym but the equipment is pretty anemic...going to sign up at a gym this week and keep moving towards my goals.

Here are a couple of pics of the inside of the house...they are kinda grainy as I took them on my cell phone but I think you will get the idea.

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    So sorry for this. I am so thankful no one was hurt. You know if there is anything I can do just ask. I'm coming up your way pretty regular this spring and summer. My daughter WOBEEGONE, another sparker, wants you to know you are in her thoughts as well.
    2889 days ago
    So glad you and your family are safe!!! Best of luck to you, keep up the good work with your goals!

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    2892 days ago
    So glad you and your family are safe. emoticon
    2893 days ago
    Like many others, I'm so glad you and your family are okay. You will be in my prayers.
    2893 days ago
  • TERRI289
    Oh sweetie, I am so sorry. What a tragedy!! Thank god that you are all ok.

    Take good care and I will keep you and your family in my prayers and my thoughts!

    As for your icky neighbor, I will kick them in the ankles, tell me when and where!!
    2893 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/23/2010 6:52:46 PM
    OMG Beth! I'm so sorry. I'm so so sorry. But THANK GOD no one was hurt and that truly is the bright side. Shame shame on that neighbor. I don't understand how people can be so cruel in times like this.

    I'm pleased to hear you are still doing your best to stay on your weight loss committment. I have to admit, if it were me, I don't know that I would still have kept that in my focus. You are truly groing as a person and I think that's great. I'm so glad you had good neighbos who were there for support.
    2894 days ago
    HUGS!!! I'm so sorry, but thankful that you are all OK. You can get more stuff. Take care!
    2894 days ago
    Glad you are all safe. Although a bummer indeed, it is all just 'stuff' and is replaceable. And sadly, for your neighbor, she will likely find folks won't think much of her and could be left out in the cold one day. Sending you a big hug!
    2894 days ago
    I am so sorry, but glad that everyone is OK.
    2894 days ago
    You continue in my thoughts and prayers, my dear friend. I wish I were there to help you through this. I'm glad you've got good neighbors to be there. You are a survivor!

    2894 days ago
  • RENA1965
    Good to hear you all are safe, hope things sort themselfs out..
    2894 days ago
  • MRE1956
    A pox and all possible bad karma on that $#!#@ neighbor and those who choose to support her! My extended family suffered from an apartment fire a few years ago - complications of contractor renovations (careless workers, you know that deal).....they ended up in a hotel room for the better part of a year and had to deal with all kinds of nasty stuff (welfare families and the like - they even had to witness a drug bust a few doors down from where they were staying!).....I'm heartened to know that you found something reasonably often, folks in your situation don't.....

    Please take care and be gentle with yourself - I know the stress of this situation can be almost unbearable at times (and I wasn't even immediately involved - this was only my extended family).....

    2894 days ago
    God bless you& your family!! May you be like Job in the Bible, where he received back more than he had lost. I will pray for you!
    2894 days ago
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