Saturday, June 30, 2012
and things are somewhat back to normal for most in our little hamlet. Most areas have had evacuations lifted altogether so people can go home or at least back to pre-evacuation status, which means that people can go home, but just have be ready to pick up and leave again if something changes.
This has been a hell of a week.
17659 acres burned
346 homes destroyed
2 deaths--two people didn't leave their house it looks like...
Miraculously, none of my school's families lost their homes. Two were positive that theirs were gone... The city met with families who may have lost homes earlier this week to let them know the status of their houses... The list that was released was 21 pages long..single spaced. Some homes were destroyed altogether, while others suffered some exterior damage, and still others suffered no visible damage at all. Surely there is smoke damage in those homes, but at least they could live there once things get cleaned up.
There aren't words to describe how thankful we are to the firefighters, military help, and others who have come to the aid of our scorched little state, not just for the Waldo Canyon fire, but all of the others that have erupted of late.
The newscasters in our area are amazing. Several of them live in areas threatened by the fire directly or areas that were evacuated. It was hard for them to report on the aftermath of Tuesday night's tragedy. Almost everyone was so supportive when one or more of them broke down while reporting... I was saddened that some didn't understand that the people reporting the news to us, keeping us safe, helping us understand....were also affected by it. They are human. I think honestly, I would have respected them less had they not shown emotion throughout this ordeal. I would have wondered what was wrong with them.
The upside of all this stress lately, if it can be called an upside, is that I did lose a pound along the way, though it seemed to return today, but didn't bring friends, so that is good. The treadmill got delivered today and I did 30 minutes this afternoon once I got it situated. I'm still getting used to it (how it works, what the buttons do, how fast things are and what it sounds like, how to keep the cats off of it) and don't know what effect it has on my neighbors below me--it's right above their second bedroom. I want to be a good neighbor, but I want to use it the way I need to as well.
I had the Jeep looked at yesterday after I paid the rest of what I owed on the treadmill... $1100 later, I have four brand new tires that are balanced and aligned, a new thermostat and radiator cap and seal, new oil, a flushed cooling system, and a few other odds and ends. After dropping that much I took it to be washed, so I found out what color it is--red. And I got the chip in the windshield fixed. And that was where my bonus money went. *sigh*
The level of stress this week is unlike anything I have felt in a long time. I used to feel that panicked when I worked in insurance--just driving to work. It was the fear of the unknown. Then, it was whether or not I would have a job that day or for any part of it. This time, it was a little different. It's subsided though, and I can finally sleep....as can a lot of others.
And for that...I am most thankful.