I stayed home on Monday to do a big talk with Tom since he decided not to go to his brother's. The talk helped us both a lot. Still miles to go yet. He could not get anyone to answer at the VA to transfer any of his information from NC or FL. So I reminded him today that he just needs to go to the local office and SIT and WAIT. He really needs to get an anti depressant.
If they won't give him something we'll have to talk it over with his doc.
See my fire? Well, Monday on our way home from picking up Miss T at school, we noticed a BIG puff of smoke. Firetrucks came from everywhere.......we had a huge acreage fire back in 1986 and I remembered well what could be next.
About 6 miles south of us and through the woods a developer had a controlled burn, well not anymore......it jumped the barricades in 5 places and grew.
Planes were constantly circling.....I received my very own personal fire patrol.....they were with me for about 4 hours. I was cooking a homemade Chicken Pot Pie and offered them dinner and water and soda's.
Miss T intervied the fireman on video....I haven't watched it yet. The fire consumed about 1500 acres and threatened the homes that are on the road directly behind my house. I drove back there but could not get through. One of the residences was at my Nanny's house and I was taking her home, but she couldn't get to her house.
During the late evening and into the weee hours of the morning I could hear the heavy equipment plowing a fire line, knocking over trees. About 7pm the Federal's sent in their big scooper plane to pour water --- they scoop into lakes, rivers and probably the ocean since we're only 3 miles from the Intracoastal. This must have done the trick. The smoke was very thick at one point. Then after the big boys came in it became almost normal again.
I am going to assume that the fire was as close to my property as 1800 feet. Scarey.......I had everyone begin to pack their belongings......clothes, pictures, movies, toys, Miss T's first solo trophy, her baby shoes, jewelry.......just incase they came back for another evacuation. Yes, they had told us to leave once and even closed off my road at both ends.
I slept with my window open - afraid I wouldn't hear something that would tell me if the fire was getting closer or if they came in my yard. I knew if I began to smell the smoke again that I'd probably wake up - I would remain that alert through the night. Restless - you know the feeling.
My brother is Asst Chief for one of the fire depts that was on the road behind me.....he would have called me and Nanny immediately if necessary.
Thank GOD we didn't have to evacuate....I would have been a nervous wreck.
AND Guess who jumped in the pool during all of this..... that nutzo kid of mine....64 degree water. Kids!! They can handle it. She's in there this afternoon. The temp's about 70 now. We've had an 84 degree day.
YAY!!!! Pool weather.....BOOOOO whale body!!