Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Honey Hill Mailbox

Dearest Readers,

Over the last several weeks you have been so kind about commenting on my various posts with many of you asking a variety of questions. I am ashamed to say that I have completely lost track of those that I have answered and those that I have not....so here is my feeble attempt to try to make amends.

Please leave any questions that I have not answered. or new ones that come to mind, in the comment section of this post.  I will promptly return an answer in the comment section, so please check back often.

Henceforth, all future posts will find me leaving answers to questions via the comment section, so hopefully, I will not be so neglectful of my kind readers.

Yours kindredly,
Shan

P.S. We are back to normal.....it is such a wonderful feeling!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Few Photos.....


Dearest Readers,

There were fire crews here today...still watching and working a few fire lines...the smoke billowed from time to time...we could hear the SEAT planes and helicopters throughout the day....



Dearest and I did go into town to have lunch and we went to Hobby Lobby so that I could get a few craft supplies.  I wanted to put a sign down at the end of our road to thank all the crews that have kept us safe.


It was double-sided so that it was more visible to the traffic from either direction....not too fancy, but heartfelt.

I also wanted to pick-up a few frames to make a small gift to take to each of  the family homes...


I made these on my computer in different colors for each household and printed a little gift card....


I have started to unload the car and put pictures back on the wall....I have shed tears of thankfulness and offered up countless prayers of gratitude to the One who kept us safe. 

While we are out of danger, the fire continues to burn and the firefighters continue to battle the blaze, mostly by air and by hand...they are in my prayers.

Again, thank you for all your concern, kind words and prayer....I am humbled by your outpouring of love.

I am looking forward to returning to the gentle art of homekeeping....it will be even more of a blessing to me than ever before.

Yours so kindredly,
Shan


Update....Links to the Newscasts from Our Home

Dearest Readers,

First and foremost, thank you so very much for your continued prayers...there have been no injuries, lives or structures lost, so we are truly blessed at this time.

Yesterday morning we thought we were out of danger and we were getting ready to head to town to have breakfast and run a few errands....imagine my surprise to see two very large firetrucks coming up our road.  By the time Dearest went out to talk to them they were in their gear and heading towards the bottom of our mountain to cut fire lines. They were here to protect us throughout the day by cutting fire and wet lines so that they could back-burn against the fire to protect our homes if the fire came over the crest of the mountain.

Next, the helicopter flew over and headed towards the pond to begin using our water to make it's fire run.  We had expected it before, but the wind had grounded the choppers and this was the first time they had been allowed to come up to our place. I must say it was quite a sight to behold....but I don't ever want it to visit again!

We were gathered up at the pond to watch all the excitement, when the news crew asked our permission to take some footage of the helicopter.  After visiting with my SIL and myself the reporter asked if he could tell our story on camera and asked us a few questions...he was such a gentleman...I must say that I didn't expect that from a reporter, as they are always portrayed as quite invasive and obnoxious. We actually talked to him for about 10 or 15 minutes, so we were surprised to see what made "the cut". 

Here are two links (from our little homestead) to last night's newscasts on Channel 7, (each one is different) one at 4pm and one at 10pm (there was also a different one at 5pm, but it is not in the list of links).  You can see two of the houses (the news said we own 3, but we actually own 4 here on our property) that belong to the family.  You can't see our house as the pond is to the West of our house and was not in view of the cameras.

I did take pictures but they were of the very same things that were captured by the news report...and as their photography is much better than mine, I won't bother posting my feeble attempts.

I took the fire crew a nice big pot of coffee and some freshly baked brownies later in the afternoon, offering chili and cornbread for supper if they were hungry (my SIL and I had been offering them food and beverages all throughout the day...when you don't know what to do, you can bake!).  They said that they would probably be leaving around 7:00pm and told us a night crew would be checking on us, but felt we were out of immediate danger.  I must say that I was sorry to have them leave...not that I wanted the danger level to remain high....it was just such a comfort to have them there standing by ready to pounce on the fire.

The fire is still burning and is about 25percent contained, despite the wind it did not grow in the night...so that is a good sign that the fire crews will gain containment today. We still have our keepsakes in our car as we are still under orders to be prepared to leave.

We are going to try once again to go into town today and have a nice meal and then run a few errands.....we don't see any firetrucks, so I think it will be okay.....

I will keep you posted.

Yours so kindredly,
Shan

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Fire Update...Our House Is Still Standing!

Dearest Readers,

Just a quick note to let you know that we are still here....there is still a fire, there were firefighters here all day, digging fire lines and taking water from our pond in the helicopter bucket.  There are night crews patrolling the hills around the burn area watching for flare-ups.  The fire has spread to 1200 acres and is now about 25 percent contained.  The wind is gusting over 75mph tonight. 

We are tired....

We are grateful....

We are blessed.....

Thank you for your prayers, I KNOW that HE hears them and HE is keeping us in the palm of HIS hand!

I will update you tomorrow...we were on the local news and I will try and find a link to the footage if I can.  I took some pictures today, but all my camera accessories are in the car (we are still ready to leave if we have to) and I am just too tired to go and get them.

Praying we will sleep tonight...

Yours so kindredly,
Shan

P.S. No houses have been lost...it was close last night but they did a back-burn and saved two houses...FIREFIGHTERS...they are special!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Evacuation Order....

Dearest Readers,

We did receive an Evacuation order via reverse 911.

I cannot tell how your heart sinks just a little bit after you hang up the phone.....

The Sheriff's office sent an officer to our home shortly after the phone call who told us that this order was a logistical issue and not a result of imminent danger.  We live at the bottom of a canyon and this order encompassed about 100 homes (including ours) that were further up the canyon.  As the canyon road itself is quite narrow, by the time the fire suppression vehicles arrive it becomes very difficult to allow for all the traffic, so by issuing the order well ahead of the fire it diminishes the danger.  Since we live on a private road with immediate access to the highway, we did not have to leave, but just be prepared to get in our cars and go if need be.

A fire crew came by to get the "lay of the land" and said we could expect a brush crew to come by to clear brush and spray water if the fire reached the designated point behind our little mountain. 

My Darling Girl asked me if I had gathered any of my antiques...except for some irreplaceable pictures in old frames....the answer is no....I did select picture albums, scrapbooks, records & documents, DVD's of the children's plays and dance recitals, the external hard drive and each of the children's keepsake bins (sweet little things from their school years...they each have one Rubbermaid) and one loose item.....a Mother's Day crown that our Oldest Darling Boy made in grade school...now that is a true treasure.

So now all we can do is wait, watch and most importantly, pray.

Yours so kindredly,
Shan

Fire Update...It Isn't Over Yet

Dearest Readers,

Thank you for all your comments and prayers, they mean so much to me.

We personally received a reverse 911 call advising us to be prepared to evacuate.  We are ready to leave, just watching and praying that is will not be necessary.  Dearest and our oldest Darling Boy are at home and they have just double checked the big pump up at our pond...we can use it to pump water down by our house if need be.

The wind is gusting near 40mph and is blowing more towards our property...the smoke is quite terrible at times.

The fire was at over 700 acres this morning...I am sure it is quite a bit bigger now. I can't seem to find an accurate update via our local news.

Keep us in your prayers,
Shan

P.S. It is funny what runs through your mind at a time like this....I was glad that my house was clean and in good order....isn't that odd?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Prayers please.....

Dearest Readers,

Right now there is wild fire burning fairly close to our home and our nearest neighbors have been put on alert to be prepared to evacuate.  We are heeding the order also and have gathered all important papers, photos and precious keepsakes and loaded them in our car so that we can leave at a moments notice. Of course, we would gather our precious animals at that time.

The fire has burned about 150 acres and is moving pretty fast as there are gusty winds blowing through the terribly dry terrain.  The firefighters are not able to drive directly into the burning acreage as there are no roads, so they are using helicopters with water buckets and men with shovels (they have to hike to the area).  These types of fires are very unpredictable and can move very fast...a very dangerous situation to be sure.

Would you be so kind as to pray for the safety of our dear neighbors, the brave firefighters and my sweet family out here on the homestead?

Yours kindredly,
Shan

UPDATE:  The firefighters just stopped by our homestead...tomorrow they are going to use our pond to fill the bucket that the helicopter carries and dumps on the fire, as it is now almost dark I believe they will resume with the flights in the morning.  The fire is now over 500 acres and is still not under control, but no evacuations as of 7:15pm MST.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Art of Dressing Like a Lady....and a Hankie Brooch


Dearest Readers,

It is always in fashion to be dressed like a lady...even while waiting for tea in the afternoon....


Of course, a Hankie Brooch is just the right touch and an endearing way to wear those sometimes forgotten treasures....


All you need is a lovely pin to hold it all together.....



Warm tights and cozy shoes, make it very simple and pleasurable to dress like a lady each and every day!


I do hope you will add a Hankie Brooch to your favorite outfit!

Yours Kindredly,
Shan