Hey, It's Me With An Update

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Hey, It's Me With An Update
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Wed, 09-14-2011 - 3:22am

I thought I'd post this here since I spent so much time on the Troubled Teens board and Parents of Teens, and just kind of never left even though I rarely post.

 

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Registered: 10-16-1999
Wed, 09-14-2011 - 6:52am

I've been wondering about you cat... I spent a few days in TX the end of July and was amazed at how dry everything was.

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Registered: 07-30-1997
Wed, 09-14-2011 - 7:59am
How horrifying - glad you came out somewhat ok, but so sorry for the rest. I hope they can get them all under control very soon. Be careful, and take care.

Sue
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Registered: 02-14-2000
Wed, 09-14-2011 - 8:25am

Glad you guys and your animals are OK. Sorry about all the other loss, though. It must have been a terrifying experience. Will definitely keep our TX friends in my prayers!

Pam
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Registered: 11-13-2009
Wed, 09-14-2011 - 5:52pm
Thanks, Rose.

Remarkably enough, we have some rain chances coming up in the next week. And tomorrow it's supposed to fall from 107 degrees to the mid-90's. That'll be a huge relief. Almost like a nice balmy day, lol.

We're grateful for your prayers, lady.

 

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Wed, 09-14-2011 - 6:05pm
Yeah.... it is a horrifying thing. I've read that a young mother was caught so off-guard that she couldn't escape and was found with her body completely covering her baby. Neither survived.

My friend that I mentioned, she was presumed dead at one point. Firefighters couldn't get into the middle of this huge fire, caused by lit ashes that had blown from a few miles away, lighting up everything at once. And then my friend, with more balls than almost anyone I know, came flying out of that fire down an 8-mile stretch of burning blacktop! They said the smoke was so thick at the roadblock they didn't see her until she almost ran over them, in the one vehicle she could find a spare key for.

She couldn't get into her house to get her regular car keys, so she had to search for some spare keys they kept around the outside, that she hadn't ever used. At the same time trying to save her animals. A major newspaper wrote an article about her.. It brings me to tears to think of it! Tears of joy, though, that she survived.

I feel so blessed, and cry a little everyday for the others that have suffered so much, and continue to do so daily.

 

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Registered: 11-13-2009
Wed, 09-14-2011 - 6:46pm
Thanks, Pam.

It's a strange thing.. it was very scary, and we'd given a good fight (DH in actually fighting the fire, me into saving the dogs and cattle (sure couldn't catch a cat!) The cattle because there was no escape from the front, and only a locked gate at the back, so I had to deal with that at the same time. 50 acres burned in our pasture, but my father's cattle stayed in a section that didn't burn. Maybe they're smarter than we give them credit for. ;)

This will sound weird, but I actually calmed down when I saw the house catch on fire. It was the point where you think to yourself, "oh well. what's done is done. we did all we could, and we'll deal." And them WHAM! A fire truck raced past me and saved us.

Y'all don't know... but I read this board almost every day. I know what's going on with everyone, from your boys to Rose's grandbaby, and everybody else. Sorry I don't post more. For reasons I don't wish to share with the whole board, I don't feel comfortable posting about B anymore. Not during good nor bad times. But that's ok, he's not a teen anymore, anyway. He's 22, if you can believe it.. Time flies...

And I'll quit rambling. Thanks to everyone.

Oh, wait, not yet, lol.

One last thing... this happened to both my friend and us... if you find yourself and your animals in an oncoming disaster, when you open the gates to let them out, shut and latch the gates after they're out. In both our cases, the animals freaked and ran back in. My DH wrestled ours of the fenced back yard while everything was burning (and it did burn up), but my friend couldn't.

Anyway, sorry for being mauldin, but hey, you never know when you might need some trivia advice!

 

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Wed, 09-14-2011 - 7:02pm

Well you certainly seemed to have kept a good sense of humor through all this. Guess it's one of those cases where you might as well laugh or you'd just cry, huh?? I would love to catch up with you in more detail and would love to hear about B if you'd feel comfortable. I'm a Facebook junkie or if you don't have that there is a private message feature here, too. As you know my boys aren't teens, either, but I just have a connection to this board and all the cyber-friends I've made. My email is jlsjjsmom@yahoo.com if you want to get in touch.

Pam
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Wed, 09-14-2011 - 7:26pm
I might just do that, Pam! Thanks for the invite.

I do have FB, but I never post there. I like to read about everyone else!

And have always felt comfortable "talking" to you, of course. You've been such a great asset to this board since the day I landed here!

As to B... I kinda have the same attitude as when I saw the house catch fire: We did all we could. What's done is done, and we'll deal later. (that was a metaphor that hit me after the fire.)

I've put out his fires for years now.

He's worked his tail off in this heat doing construction all summer, when even older more experienced men quit after ONE hour of work (his boss' wife told me he was the ONLY one to stick around until the contractor had no more jobs...

But his past is catching up with him. Kinda like "hot spots" that burn underground for days and weeks after a fire is put out., then pop up and start another fire. (that actually happened to us here, but our local volunteer fire department showed up and put it out. we need a "Kiss a Firefighter Day", LOL!)

I've mentioned that elsewhere, and women seem really happy with it!



 

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Wed, 09-14-2011 - 11:46pm

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Thu, 09-15-2011 - 3:01am
Take your spam and take a hike.

 

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