Fire Season

February 2011 018

I can strike a pose too!

If you’re here for Dogs on Thursday, visit the girls’ blog.  Sissy is perhaps abusing her power – or at least over-stating her authority – but she’s declared that those of us who failed to honor Dog Biscuit Day yesterday can celebrate with our pooches over the weekend.   While you’re there, scroll back one post for a link to a contest for owners with anxious dogs…

How is it little friday already?!  I had big plans for this week, what with no big meetings or such, and whoosh!  It’s gone.  The good news is, I’ve gotten some great workouts in, but honestly, that’s about it.

Thankful Thursday has never been more celebrated.  I am SO thankful for so much.  The Knight and I played hookie yesterday afternoon, and on our way home, we toured the brush fire (wildfire for those of you to the west) damaged area where he spent his Saturday while I was living it up with my girlfriends.  I didn’t take photos, but there were no fewer than five homes that literally had the fire stopped just feet from their walls.  I cannot imagine…

So thankfully, some of our favorite customers were safe and sound.  It’s fascinating to  remind myself that even those whose views are blackened and bleak now will have lush green soon enough.  I’ll have to remind the Knight to take me back in a few months to see Mother Nature thriving after her own not-so-urban renewal.

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Car fire training... one of the few "fire" photos I have on Flickr!

Even though the Knight was there in the thick of it all, he too marvelled at where the fire went, or specifically, why it stopped just feet away from a broomsage field or a tender young pine plantation.  Sure, wind, firefighting, yeah, yeah, but those same forces didn’t prevail in other spots. 

In our part of the country, this is fire season.  There are outdoor burn bans and we had three red-flag (conditions favorable for a wildfire) days last week, the first week of the season.   I hope our whole community is thankful for the firefighters and their families.  For instance, while one friend was on duty – all friggin’ weekend – his wife had to deal with a water leak that basically destroyed her kitchen.  Makes me thankful I handled being dateless as gracefully as I did…  Hem.

I’m also thankful for the cool, damp air and the rain that’s coming.  What are you thankful for today?

14 comments on “Fire Season

  1. Nichole says:

    So glad you have rain on the way….. fire is scary!

  2. Sue says:

    IT always amazes me that with dry conditions, strong winds and daily warnings on radio and tv, there are still people around here who choose to do outside burning. We’ve had to call the fire department twice in the past year for fires that quickly got out of control and threatened the woods behind us.

  3. gMarie says:

    We are so urbanized around here that crazy wildfires are not part of our daily life, but I do know that they exist and they are scary! I, for one, truly appreciate those who sacrifice as well as their families to keep me and mine safe.

    Thankful – healthy dogs, kids visiting, enough 🙂 g

  4. Robin in VA says:

    Love that pose GG!!

    These past couple of weeks we’ve had a couple forest fires in the area…it’s been so darn dry…thank goodness for the rain we are getting today! AND Thank Goodness for your firefighting Knight!

  5. Marjie says:

    Cute Gretchen picture. We still have too much snowpack for brush fires. Then we’ll have a month of rain in April. Sometimes they have fires on the mountains, but not often, because it’s pretty wet here. I guess that’s the advantage to having half the days rainy and overcast!

  6. AlisonH says:

    For good men like yours who are willing to do that!

  7. Amy says:

    Jan, my nurse at work, emailed me about all the fires we were having in the area up here while I was in NY. Crazy!!!

    Today, I’m thankful for my new wheel, which I am off to stain right now!!! Even more so, I’m thankful for people like Barb and Running Deer. When you find good people to do business with, you never go anywhere else. Suddenly, an almost 2 hour drive is nothing.

  8. km says:

    Today I’m thankful that my washing machine has a steam sanatize cycle. And that I have a dishwasher.

    And I’m thankful that when my hubby arrived at work today it was the police who were in his building…the thieves had just left. He was the first employee to work.

  9. Mr. Puffy says:

    It’s hard to believe you are in fire season already. I also wasn’t aware that we use different terms – but you are right – we call them wildfires here in SoCal.

    We have had a smidge of Winter return and are expecting a couple of rainy days for which I am thankful for 🙂

    You go Gretchy ~ looking very regal darling ~

  10. kathy b says:

    Smooch that Knight firefighter for me!!! Oh yes, thank goodness you were safe out galavanting with the girls…….
    why do our houses break when the men are gone/?? why oh why….or better yet why do the children need stitches? the dog gets diarrhea, the cat gets lost….when they are on duty???? its a karma thing…

  11. Kathy says:

    It is amazing how life comes back after a fire. Glad the firefighters were there and the destruction wasn’t worse.

    Wee Gretchen certainly can strike an awesome pose 🙂

  12. Mary says:

    Brush/Wildfires are brutal and so hard to contain…especially with the extreme wind conditions we have had over the region recently. 60mph gusts expected today, but at least some rain is expected. DS fought wildfires in FL where the fire traveled underground and up into the center of palm trees (think oil) which then exploded without warning. V. frightening. Good luck, firefighters everywhere.

    And people, stop throwing your D*MN cigarettes out the car window!

  13. AlisonH says:

    And good friends like you!

  14. Bubblesknits says:

    We’ve had some brush fires here, too. Mainly along the interstate. Scary stuff.

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