I think that last comment I made about blogging in smoke signals came back to bite me in the butt. Did you get my last post? It is still hovering over my house, all brownish and stinky. I have spent the past ten days glued to news reports as I watched the Santiago fire eat its way along the ridgeline in my canyon, closer and closer to my neighborhood. We did not wind up being evacuated thanks to a change in the wind, but my neighborhood was standing by with our cars packed for three days.
During that time I found yet another reason to love the fact that I took Stacy Julian’s Library of Memories class at BPS earlier this year. Just 6 months ago, most of my layouts were stacked on shelves, and my photos were all over the house in various boxes, drawers, and cupboards. It would have been impossible to gather all of it at a moment's notice. But with my new organizational system, I knew where all the important stuff was and I was able to pack up my albums, photos, & memorabilia quickly.
For those who are stopping to ponder what you might grab in the event of a fire, good for you. I recommend having a plan. Because when forced to make those decisions under stress, it’s hard to think straight. I realized that the only things I really *needed* were my family & pets, my scrapbooks & photos, a few important family documents & mementos, and our computers. But I’m very glad to still have all the other extraneous stuff! Especially when I know many SoCal families were not so lucky. We’re bouncing our good karma back into circulation by cleaning out our closets this week and donating clothing & toys to families in need.
Here are just a few images taken from my back balcony last week.
(It all started with the Attack of the Giant Smoke Bunny...)
The fire is 90% contained as of this morning, and should be completely out by Friday. The bad air quality is a good excuse to stay inside and scrapbook, don’t you think?