Living in Sonoma County has had it’s ups and downs. We are doing OK given thousands of acres have, or are burning. We evacuated only one night mainly because I needed to sleep without my eyes open, awaiting fire coming over the hills.
It has been a nightmare for so many thousands. As for me personally, as far as I know[full list of those who lost their lives has not been released] only one whom I knew died in their home due to fire. I know that list will grow as my childhood home is a house away from an entire neighborhood of hundreds of homes, all lost to the fires. My mother and brother barely got out alive. It was at least two days before I heard from them due to downed cell towers.[note/advice: keep important phone numbers somewhere BESIDES phone!]
I have never faced anything so earth-shaking before but have developed a renewed appreciation and love for my home and sacred lands. The birds are returning, mama deer appeared last night tho her sons seem to have flown the scene, and there is an occasional glimpse of white clouds and blue skies.
I have not lost any loved ones, my dogs and one little rescue kitty are doing ok. I worry constantly about my Bella because she is big and outdoors. With my allergies, I cannot have her inside. She is fine, spent a few days at “Fit and Furry”, their best second home and returned as rowdy as she gets. Luckily we had groomed her prior to this disaster so if need be, she can come inside somewhere in this big house. Sophie is now 12 pounds over her sleekest beagle body. 🙂 She’s the best anteater on the planet but once the air finally clears, walkies are in order for her. Not that she won’t adore a walkie.
I happened to see this lovely little movie, “Maudie”, once we got home from our short sojourn in Sacramento, the only hotel room we could find! Maud Lewis was an artist who lived in Nova Scotia, never venturing more than 60 miles from her tiny home.
She never had an art lesson but definitely knew how to communicate her joy-filled heart thru her wonderful paintings. I found such encouragement and joy in this gem of a movie. Please find it, it will uplift you and leave you filled with gratitude for life, no matter the circumstances.