Tag: Monument Fire

Tulip Doily

My latest finished crochet piece. Isn’t it pretty?

I made this Tulip Doily for my cousin Roberta as a small thank you for letting us stay at their place last month when we had to evacuate due to the Monument and Antelope Wildfires. This was a quick and easy pattern to whip up; I started it Tuesday evening while watching television and finished it Thursday morning, probably five or six hours crocheting time. I really liked the way it turned out.

The Tulip Doily pattern came out of a Leisure Arts Publication book, titled At home with crochet (Crochet collection series). I have owned this book for probably fifteen years and it has become one of my favorite. These are all the items I have made from patterns in this book:

  • Kat’s graduation afghan, Bold Appeal. I thought I had a photo of this, but I can’t find it and my scanner isn’t working properly right now. I’ll try later to add a scanned picture of this afghan.
  • David’s graduation afghan, Building Blocks Quilt, which I am sure he would appreciate it if I would finish this!

  • Quick Feminine Scarf – I made several of these this past winter, giving many away and even keeping a few for myself.

I think my next doily will be from this book also, a Wheat Doily. But first I’m making a shrug for myself from a kit I ordered. I hope to begin it today!

Random Thoughts Halfway Through 2011

Nothing organized, just random ideas and perplexities.

  1. I began a gratitude journal yesterday, and since it only had two entries by the end of the day, I believe I seriously need to continue it.
  2. Even though I no longer have an “official” homeschool chat, I do so enjoy meeting some of my online friends on IRC every Friday morning and just hashing out our lives.
  3. I so hope the second half of 2011 goes more smoothly than the first half.  Frankly I’m tired of the not-knowing what we will do.  First it was, does Bill have a job after June 3rd or not?  And then it was if he has a job, will the pay be the same or much lower?  And now, with him still in the interview process for another job in another state, it’s will he get that job?  Will we be moving soon?  Add in the stress this month alone of my dad’s death, the wildfire, having to evacuate, is it any wonder I can’t think of anything to write in a gratitude journal?
  4. I am on the last row of my nephew’s graduation afghan and am running low on yarn.  It looks like I will have to buy another whole skein just to finish a quarter of a round.
  5. I got my hair cut yesterday for the first time in over a year.  Just trimmed about three inches off, so it is not so hot and sweaty to sleep on.  I had been braiding it at night so that I wasn’t lying on all that hair, but then it was all kinky and frizzy during the day from the braiding, which I didn’t like at all.  This feels so much better!
  6. The Monument Fire now has only 70 personnel assigned to finish mopping up the hot spots, squelching any new flare-ups, and helping in the rehabilitation of the area after the fire is out.  I’ve had a fire or two in my lifetime, but nothing has frightened me as much as having a wildfire less than a mile from our house and having to emergency evacuate.  Its one thing to evacuate from an impending hurricane where you have time to process and prepare, but this was EVERYBODY OUT RIGHT NOW!  I hope to never go through that again!
  7. I miss playing Scrabble on Facebook with two friends.  I guess life just became too much for all of us this past month and we’ve let our games slip slide away.
  8. I could easily become addicted to Starbuck’s Mocha Coconut Frappuccino.  And no, I do not want to know how many calories are in it!  I don’t get mine with whipped cream, so I am sure that makes it a good choice!
  9. Bill and I will celebrate our 32nd Anniversary on July 7th.  Amazing isn’t it?  It is even more amazing that we are closer now than at any other time during our marriage.  Life is good on the marriage front!
  10. We’re having guests this weekend; David’s friends from Phoenix are coming down to spend a few days here, sleep on the couch/recliner, mooch some food, watch some movies, and just generally enjoy themselves.  We’re always happy to have them visit.  They are very nice polite young men and we’re glad to know them, since David will likely be living with them this next year when he goes back to college.
  11. I’ve been thinking seriously of starting journaling again.  Yeah, I know, some of you have heard this before.  I’ve mentioned it a few times this month, but haven’t begun yet.  There’s just some things I need to get down on paper that I can’t post here on my blog that are causing frustration, anger, sorrow, hurt and anger.  Did I mention anger?  I don’t deal well with anger, never have.  Nor dissension.  So I am hoping that journaling might help me deal with some of these feelings, process some ideas, and mentally prepare myself for some of the upcoming issues it looks like I’m going to have to deal with concerning my dad’s estate.  Not pretty.  And that’s all I’m going to say here.
  12. It looks like we’re going to need to mow our backyard, or at least mow some sections of it.  We’ve had three good rains this week and so some of the grass has taken off.  So far this year we have mowed it twice in May and that’s been it.  Last year we had to mow it almost weekly from early May until the monsoons began in late June, and then mow it twice a week after that.
  13. I am in serious need of a Munchkin hug.  Or even a Munchkin chat.  But I think she’s on the road today, going from her Daddy’s back to Tallahassee.  So maybe we can Skype later this weekend.

Should I end this with a thirteen?  Why not, Kat has always considered 13 a lucky number.  And I really don’t believe in lucky or unlucky numbers, so I guess I’m done!  Hopefully I will be posting a good bit more in July than I did in June.

Enjoy your Fourth of July Weekend!  We will be going dancing tonight, watching the Coke 400 in Daytona tomorrow night, and watching the movie Independence Day sometime during the weekend.  Maybe we’ll even go see the movie Cars 2!

June sucks so far …

If you’ve been wondering what happened to my daily postings, here’s an explanation.

June 1st began with my dad having surgery on a carotid artery that was 90% blocked. He went to the doctor’s May 31st for tests and they put him right into the hospital. He had already had at least two TIAs (small strokes) that he had told us about, so not having surgery was not an option. The surgery was successful and all seemed to be going well, but he suffered a major stroke that night and passed away the next evening, June 2nd. That day, June 2nd, was a roller coaster of emotion as we heard bad news, then good news, then progressively worse news, then the end. It all happened so quickly, we barely had time to register one piece of news before the next hit. Shock does not even cover what we all felt. I’m still in disbelief. Somehow I truly thought he would beat the odds and live forever.

My dad at our house in August 2010.

Bill and David and I loaded in the car Friday morning and headed across country, arriving in north Alabama just four hours before the start of calling hours Sunday evening. It’s a long, long trip from Sierra Vista to north Alabama and made even longer by packing three people into a Neon that is built for commuting, not long distance travel. Sunday was calling hours and Monday the funeral, all of which were a blurred madness of activity and talking with people and pure emotional numbness. Tuesday we had to make new arrangements for the handling of our property in Alabama and then we spent the evening with our kids and granddaughter. On Wednesday we headed for Nashville for a job interview scheduled for Thursday morning. By Thursday noon we were heading back home. Have I ever mentioned before how very huge Texas is and how long it takes to drive across it???

We arrived home the night of June 11th and on the 12th the Monument Wildfire started. I saw the first smoke as I was going to the grocery store to restock the fridge after our trip. Day by day we watched the fire progress northward from one canyon to the next in the Huachuca Mountains. By Wednesday I was making a list of the important things that had to go with us in the event of evacuation, keeping in mind it had to fit into the Neon with 3 people and 1 cat in a pet carrier. Thursday afternoon I began going through picture albums and picture frames, frantically pulling pics that I wanted to save. I managed to get all into one good-sized plastic tote. Bill came home that afternoon and sort of laughed at my lists and my picture pulling, which took me several hours, finally finished the last album around 10 that night. But I slept better knowing that I had a plan of action and was ready!

Friday showed just how prudent I had been. While the main Monument fire was still at least five miles away, the evacuation zones were moving closer, and the pre-evacuation zones moved to within two miles of us by Friday noon. Then Friday afternoon (the 17th) crews were trying to create a fire break on the Army base behind our house and a road grader blade threw a spark off of a stone and instantly there was a new fire (which burnt over 3000 acres in a little under 3 hours). 2100 houses were evacuated and we were one of them.

This is what I saw from our back yard at 2:10 p.m Friday, June 17th

I called Bill at work and told him to get him, now! Normally he makes the drive from the base to home in about 10 minutes; Friday afternoon it was almost 50 minutes, the traffic was so bad. David and I had everything piled by the garage door and within 20 minutes after Bill arrived home, we were heading out the drive. It took us almost another hour to get out of town. We headed to my cousin’s in Phoenix and stayed until Monday night. Our particular evacuation order was lifted that Friday evening, but the main Monument fire itself was burning out of control all weekend and we deemed it safer to just stay away.

We returned home last night (the 20th) to a very smoky house. And just as we were getting things aired out, they set a back fire from where the Antelope fire had burned south towards Ramsey Canyon where some has burned. They are hoping to create a big enough fire break so that even if the wildfire continues its northward march through the Huachuca Mountains, it won’t threaten the town population again.

The winds are quiet today, which is wonderful. Reports are that the fire is over 40% contained, which is a huge improvement over the terror it wreaked this past weekend when winds were 60 mph through the canyons, blasting the fire out into the plains and the populated areas.

And now I am waiting to see what June will throw our way for the remaining 9 days….