A deeper breath of air

       It has been a mess here but things are looking up today. Two days ago we had skies filled by smoke and ashes falling  so heavily you could hear them striking leaves and rustling through branches. Our Thomas Fire is a monster. For the past week a friend and her cat have been with us staying in our front rooms, due to the evacuations east of us.  It is this terrible dryness that has us in this fix. Years of drought followed by one adequate rain last winter, and now this year an even more intense drought. Until that breaks I see no real end to these flames and smoke, even when this particular fire, God willing, passes. For now we only hope there will be no sundowner winds to bring the fire into our laps. But, as said before, this is a fire ecosystem, and we are packed with our cat carriers set out ready for our four beasts should the call to evacuate come.
Our daughter has lingered in Phoenix where she’s a graduate student, because as we have told her, why should she drive ten hours to join us in this terrible air? But she is tired of waiting and has set out this morning. She’s a good driver but I shall be much relieved when she’s actually parked once more in our driveway.
Now, today, there has been a sense of jubilation that perhaps the incredible efforts of firefighters have succeeded in controlling the Thomas fire. My fingers are crossed, but now we have blue skies with only a bit of smoke haze, so different! We all look to the foothills and mountains thad think of those brave souls who have put themselves in harm’s way for all our sakes. All good honor and praise to them. Our sorrow for the fallen firefighter and his family.go-fund-me site
Thanks for all your good wishes and ours to you– may you have happy holidays with those you love, and peace.
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