It’s Only Stuff

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Smoke from wildfire. My home bottom left. If you look close, the 5th wheel is on the side of our home.

It’s only stuff, but hey I like my stuff.  More importantly, I like the choice of deciding what to do with “my stuff” on my terms.  A year and a half ago we downsized houses.  What does one do with years of accumulation?

The move was difficult, overwhelming, exhausting, but surprisingly liberating…. BUT not easy.  Furnishings and decor were divided into different categories;  keep, son, daughter, consignment shop, donate.  Although I have had some regrets, I realize with another impending move in our near future, ALL this stuff will need to be moved, stored, or disposed of.

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smoke from the wildfire has turned the sky to an unrecognizable color

Less than 2 weeks ago, a wildfire was burning in the town of Wetmore, Colorado, a mere 35 miles away from our home.  As I stood outside with camera in hand, I felt ash falling on me, falling on the ground around me.  The air was thick with smoke making it difficult to breathe.  The sun was shaded with a dense layer of smoke, making the afternoon feel more like evening.  The always beautiful blue Colorado sky was unrecognizable.

Evacuations were ordered and other areas were put on standby for possible evacuation.  I look around my home.  I look at my photo albums, family portraits, art work, furnishings, nick naks…..”my stuff”.  If we have to evacuate, what do I pack?  What do I take?  What’s most important?

As I watch the news and see the remnants of “Sandy’s” aftermath, my heart goes out to those that have lost so much.  My heart goes out to the fourteen families in Wetmore, CO, whose homes were destroyed and animals lost.  The devastation of this summers  ravaging wildfire in Colorado Springs is still a fresh wound.

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devastating aftermath, Colorado Springs wildfire

I’m grateful I get to decide what to do with “my stuff”.  So many, many folks didn’t have that choice.  My thoughts and prayers go out to those that have lost so much…..

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Fires

It’s been a tough month here in Colorado.  Our normally vivid blue sky is covered in an obscure haze.  The haze is caused from smoke from the numerous wildfires.  Sometimes the haze and smoke are so severe the mountains can’t be seen.

Colorado Springs – fire still a concern

The devastation in Colorado Springs is particularly difficult for me to absorb.  Entire neighborhoods have been wiped out.  Although our temperatures are still extremely hot, in the upper 90’s, the winds are thankfully calm.  Thus, firefighters have been successful in obtaining over 70% containment.

The Waldo Canyon Fire has destroyed over 345 homes, 2 lives lost, and thousands evacuated.  The fire is no longer an immediate threat in highly populated areas and is, for the most part, in the back country.  However, winds could pick up and once again pose a serious threat.

Folks are starting to return to their homes, providing they still have a home and the community is coming together to help one another.  Our prayers go out to those that have lost so much.  Our thanks go to all the courageous men and women who are still working so hard to keep us all safe.  Let’s pray for rain, but no lightning, please!!!!    FYI…unfortunately due to poor air quality, it was impossible for me to get clear photos through the lingering haze and smoke.

water being dropped on hot spots