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  1. tailor STATELY's Avatar
    You're right... discussions have been ongoing.

    An edit to sort out some tender sensibilities:

    Evacuation 9/8/2022 (Mosquito Fire)

    Spent a few nights away from the Divide
    Wife on holiday; Daughter: Auburn side
    Me on a cot until I could decide...

    There's lots to think when you're at a shelter
    Where everyone's gone bat - helter-skelter
    With Summer heat that just makes you swelter

    With two cats and an overloaded car
    Full of crucial "stuff" I couldn't let char
    Wishing I still had my Lotus guitar

    For what a fine tune I could wrassle up
    Set my sad kitties down next to a cup
    People would huck their dollars and dimes - yup

    But I never did learn to play, so guess
    I'll have to internalize my distress
    And suck up my sorrows - nevertheless...

    Nah, was lucky leavin' on a warning
    Few days later with no more forewarning
    Home before I had looters to mourning

    Unpacking (yeesh) worst than packing it in
    Still, the fire, at the time, looking 'fin'
    I'd considered this homecoming a win

    Yes, there were flare-ups to scare in new ways
    With apps at hand, and out the pasture gaze
    I'd sensed the end of the Mosquito blaze


    Fired up the wood stove these past few nights
    Which is odd for late summer rain delights
    - The Mosquito fire wanes in its heights

    Folks upcountry allowed last to go home
    Those most dispossessed continue to roam
    Give thoughts to the critter, færie, and gnome

    My Wife and family back to routine
    Cats re-adapting to their homely mien
    Counting our blessings both seen and unseen

    We've been saved from the path of destruction -
    This time, a reprieve from reconstruction
    These foothill haunts remain a seduction

    * A disclaimer to add for those who've lost
    Homes, security, and minds at great cost -
    God bless; forgive me this tongue and cheek glost

    9/22/2022 r.

    Ta ! (short for tarradiddle),
    Updated 09-22-2022 at 04:29 PM by tailor STATELY (grrrrr)
  2. Danik 2016's Avatar
    I enjoyed the poem and form seems ok to me. You where very lucky to have your home preserved dwelling so near from the burning area. Hope everyone is fine now you, your family, cats.

    If you aren´t insured, maybe this is a sign you should try to sell it earlier than you intended. I know there is much involved, in personal, familiar and spatial organization. your love of this place. But these fires seem to spreading more and more ( it is the same here, but the Brazilian fire areas seem to be almost unhabitated by humans, they largely destroy the woods and the animals habitats). I don´t want to sound alarming, but there is the risk of loosing the roof upon your heads.
  3. tailor STATELY's Avatar
    lol... the format blew up in my face... I previewed it but the post disappeared in the work area... so had to copy and paste the preview into the work area and managed to give my indent format a syntax error because previewing removed the post... ah, well... how to edit ?

    Ta ! (short for tarradiddle),
  4. Danik 2016's Avatar
    Good news under the circumstances, but you probably can only really relax, when the fires are put out. Poor Rosie! But both cats will surely re-adapt when their life gets back to normal. To stay away from home is much more terrible for cats than for dogs.

    Hoping that you all can remain at home and that the fires will be extinguished soon!
  5. tailor STATELY's Avatar
    Safe... still home on Evacuation Warning. Most of my friends still away fully evacuated. Started taking a few things out of my car... including internet box Phone has been disappointing with cell coverage... internet is still marginal at best.

    My wife is still in Nevada, maybe home Sunday if 'things' do not escalate. Cats are spooked... Rosie runs and hides under the bed afraid I'll put her in the cat carrier again, but Tinkerbell is re-adapting. Hoping we can stay home for the kitties

    Lots of helicopter and plane activity though we're about 6-miles away at last guess from fire activity.

    edit: Took out earlier links... too much having to jump through hoops to access

    Google images...

    Entre nous,

    Ta ! (short for tarradiddle),
    Updated 09-15-2022 at 06:35 PM by tailor STATELY (links... Google images)
  6. Danik 2016's Avatar
    I'm glad things are getting better in your area. And it is better to stay together with the family. And it is also good you could leave the cats in the care of the Salvation Army. I guess cats get much more nervous and unruly as dogs in these situation. Hopefully you´ll be able to stay at home.
  7. tailor STATELY's Avatar
    Thanx ! Here's the same map data but may be enlarged: map gets updated often:

    If you enlarge this map I/we're near Traverse Creek in Garden Valley which shows to the right of the Garden Valley place name, SW (down and left) from the South phalanx of the fire. I'm at a library as I type and am going home since my daughter decided to come home... we had to go separate ways and my wife is now in Nevada with family -hopefully staying put. Still a soft evacuation notice for us. If it escalates to a hard evacuation notice we have 5-10 minutes to leave so the cars stay loaded and I will have to wrangle the cats again (sigh). Will not miss the hard cots the Salvation Army has... but at least they took excellent care of the kitties

    Ta ! (short for tarradiddle),
  8. Danik 2016's Avatar
    One update link for the mosquito fire.
  9. Danik 2016's Avatar
    Hopefully all get´s well and is over soon. The parking lot doesn´t have a sandy ground it seems and you are there alone. Here they put all people together in empty schools and churches. Hope the three of you will have a good rest.
  10. tailor STATELY's Avatar
    So I evacuated on an evacuation warning... took a long time to wrangle my two cats... here's a video before sunset by someone else six miles from home hopefully you can access it without having to get approval. So me and two kitty cats in an empty parking lot... thinking of getting a kitty litter box just in case at an all night grocery store nearby & get something to eat. Good night.
  11. Danik 2016's Avatar
    Praying that all goes well and your compound won´t be reached. Hope you will be able to take enough food and the animals with you.

    Post your news when you can. Hope this over soon and you can resume your house and your normal life.