Chris here with my musings on life with wildfires.
Angry. I wake up angry every day. I talk myself out of it by counting my blessings (yes, that really works) and snuggling with the animals. It’s easy to understand why the anger comes. Fear, exhaustion, worry all add up to anger. It’s important to recognize where it’s coming from and to allow it to flow out of me.
Speaking of the animals, all are doing well. Taco, Beth and John’s chihuahua, has adjusted to having two more dogs and a cat in his small space. Taco is a rescue dog who had been abused and very afraid when they adopted him but they have turned him into a pampered and affectionate pup who loves lap time. He even slept on my lap beside my cat Freddie.
Maddie, our youngest pug, isn’t doing so well. She gets over-excited, barks constantly and refuses to sleep. We’ve had to give her a mild sedative to keep her calm and allow her, and us, to get some rest.
Beth and John are amazing. They are fussing over us and taking such good care of us. Their place is small, and we are bursting at the seams but making due. Cassandra is taking care of us, too, and we’re having fun getting to know the adult she has become.
As you can imagine, it’s difficult living without the familiar comforts of home. We take solace knowing that we have a house to return to. That isn’t the case for many people who live in the small towns near ours. Theirs will be a longer road back to some kind of normalcy and security.
I think often of people who have been driven from their homes by war or politics, refugees from Syria for example. I honestly don’t know how they do it, living in tents without electricity, lacking fresh water, depending on the mercy of others for food, clinging somehow to hope. We have it so easy in this air conditioned apartment, with its WiFi and cable TV. I can use the internet to check on my town and the air quality in my neighborhood. I can order a nice meal with Door Dash and pay electronically with my credit card. My job is still waiting and will deposit a check into my bank account on Friday.
Life is good.
- Evacuation Day 6
- Some air quality visual graphics for you
- Fire Evacuation Day 5
- Safe In Idaho Falls
- Evacuation has been upgraded
- Fire Status: Thursday
- Status: I’m at Stage 1 Fire Evacuation Notice