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k0k0peli
09-12-2015, 08:08 AM
I posted an earlier version of this a couple hours ago on Mandolin Cafe -- it applies here too.

The Amador-Calaveras Butte fire (see here (http://yubanet.com/2015Local/ButteAEU.php)), California's worst of the year, is now burning within seven miles from my home. Most of its spread is in another direction but evacuation is already being recommended only half a mile away. We had no power for two days; juice was restored only last night. I am not sure how long we can or want to remain. As soon as we receive a warning, we're outta here!

We spent yesterday gathering our most precious and irreplaceable possessions and loading them into our two SUV's. (We're on a dirt road in a remote mountain community.) That was a tough call as we have a museum-quality collection of ethnic crafts, a huge library, and of course a mass of musical instruments. And memories.

Ah, the instruments -- they're the point of this post. Which did I decide were "most precious and irreplaceable" ?? (Also the easiest to grab!)

* The bag of harmonicas and a handful of hand-carved fipple flutes.
* My two pro-quality guitars, an Ibanez Performance and an Ovation 12-string.
* An ancient Martin tiple; the Kala and Alvarez tenor 'ukes my wife and I gave each other; my cheap but lovely Harmonia concert 'uke.
* The cheap Harmonia mandola because it's not *too* big and a better mandola is still in my future.
* Grandpa's banjo-mandolin; my crafted KE Coleman mandolin; the old Lunacharsky mando I glued together and detuned for blues -- the inheritance, the costliest, and the funkiest. (The Rogue, Kay, and Harmonia mandos are Left Behind.)

What else are Left Behind? All the electric axes and musical electronics; they're all easily replaceable or just too big. Two dulcimers; two Cumbus o'uds (well, I might pack those, too); Orlando 5-string banjo; cheap Chinese-made 'ukes and Puerto Rican cuatro; Arte et Lutherie and Martin Backpacker guitars; and I don't know if I can load the old Varsity banjo-'uke. All the percussion. All the books, CDs, DVDs, records. Most of the paintings and pottery and weavings. Almost all cameras and lenses and other photo gear. Most of what we've accumulated over seven decades.

We have already decided that if our mountain house burns we will buy a motorhome and go nomad. But we would rather not.

My thanks in advance for expressions of concern. I'll ask: If YOU received an evacuation recommendation or order, what would you grab? Suppose your lead time was not measure in days, but in hours, or minutes? Yes, our instruments are literally "expensive kindling with strings" and none of them are worth a life. What would you choose?

An hour before noon now. The sky is dark and smoky. Ash fall is heavy. At least we have power again so we can run the AC and filter the air a bit. If the word comes, we can be one in ten minutes or less, heading uphill, away from the fire, to take refuge in Reno NV. But I hope my next message comes from right here. C'ya!

UPDATE: Still okay so far. Winds are favorable now but will be rather UN-favorable this afternoon. We expect we have time to pack a few more things and put the place in order but we might have only an hour's notice after the winds shift. The sky is awful. We fortunately have no pets or nearby young or elderly kin to round up. The closest relatives were safely away before the fire started; the next closest have a big house they've tried unsuccessfully to sell -- they'd be just as happy to see it burn down.

Whatever hapens, we are fortunate. Cheers!

kvehe
09-12-2015, 08:17 AM
Oh, my, I cannot even imagine. Many thoughts and prayers heading your way this afternoon.

What would I grab? My dog and two cats, first of all. Uke-wise, my LFdM, Griffin, Boat Paddle concert, the lowly-but-so-easy-to-play-and-no-longer-made Takamine, and the Mya-Moes.

Please send us good news soon.

Thinking of you.

Mivo
09-12-2015, 08:25 AM
Stay safe! Most stuff can be replaced, lives can't.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
09-12-2015, 08:33 AM
Good luck to you. Wildfires are especially scary. I lost a property in Placerville (not far from you) some years ago. We also had to evacuate from a fire in Florida once. In fact, no matter where Ive been it seems we've evacuated more times that I care to remember, mostly due to hurricanes. Maybe because of this I've always been a big fan of downsizing and eliminating a lot of useless stuff in my life. It might be something to think about in the future. It'll get you ready for the motor home, which BTW sounds awesome. Good luck, we'll be praying for all of you threatened by the fires.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
09-12-2015, 08:35 AM
Oh, and the things I would grab personally? All of my wood (especially the koa) and my computer (or backup drive.) Everything else can be replaced.

actadh
09-12-2015, 08:40 AM
Thank you for sharing this, and hope all is well.

Our family has had a similar experience. Our home burned to the ground in 1994. I was not at home at the time, but my husband was. He remembers investigating smoke around 11:30 am, and that was it - to this day he does not remember getting out of the house. The structure burned in 15 minutes. Some items in one bedroom were salvaged, but my dad's guitar from Mexico (which I learned to play guitar on) was lost. More important to us was that my 5 year old son was supposed to be home that day, but I took him in with me at the last minute and he was at the YMCA drop off day care. So, the moral from this is DON"T waste time with your collection. Sometimes there is no time. I regret losing my dad's guitar, but I would have regretted my husband trying to save it and dying in the process even more.

ScooterD35
09-12-2015, 08:42 AM
Here's hoping you don't have to evacuate. I can't imagine what it would be like to be in your situation.

If I may make a suggestion, you might want to walk around the house and take pictures of everything you can think of that you would add to an insurance inventory. Also, if you haven't already, computers, hard drives, photo albums, wedding videos, important papers, heirlooms, artwork, medicines, etc... should already be packed and ready to go.

Stay safe.

Scooter

k0k0peli
09-12-2015, 09:12 AM
Update: Still here. No call yet. Based on nearby notices, we'll probably have at least an hour warning, but we can be out and rolling in three minutes if necessary -- that includes the eighteen seconds needed to unplug and stash the stack of hard disks. Yes, we've photo'd the house. Yes, everything not-last-second is stowed, or will be before the winds shift. Yes, we know all this stuff is mere STUFF and not worth going in harm's way for. Yes, we're stressed. But we're glad to have as much warning and prep time as we do. We have each other -- and if necessary, we can move into our kids' guest house in San Francisco. ;) Then we'd only have to worry about earthquakes, urban gangs, and high prices. No hu-hu.

70sSanO
09-12-2015, 09:22 AM
This has to be terrifying.

We will be praying for your safety.

John

Picker Jon
09-12-2015, 09:30 AM
Take care man, best of luck.

VegasGeorge
09-12-2015, 09:50 AM
I went through the same thing many years ago in California. They said my house had burned, but when I went back, it was still there. I hope you are as fortunate! Just don't wait too long to get out.

Fleacia
09-12-2015, 11:06 AM
I would grab all I have - my Mainland red cedar concert and Seagull folk guitar. And I would be glad I don't have to choose what to leave behind.

All the best to you and all those affected!

pritch
09-12-2015, 11:13 AM
Thinking of you and hoping you get favourable winds.

ohmless
09-12-2015, 11:33 AM
IMO it is too late to save belongings if you wait until the order to evacuate. You are doing the right thing packing stuff now I think. :shaka:

Chopped Liver
09-12-2015, 12:29 PM
Praying for your safety and for the safety of your home.

I would grab my cat, my computer, my Mainland Mango uke, my ordination to ministry certificate and my Master of Divinity degree. If I had enough time, I'd grab my classical flute, two Native American flutes and a couple of paintings that aren't valuable but ones I love.

As I sit here thinking, I realize there isn't that much that I would be scrabbling to save. I am once again reminded of how much useless clutter I have and how much I need to get rid of. Makes you think about what is really important in your life.

Ukulele Eddie
09-12-2015, 12:30 PM
Wishing you safety!!!

Down Up Dick
09-12-2015, 03:15 PM
Wow! My gosh, good luck to you and yours. I hope everything turns out okay, but don't wait too long. I'm pulling for ya! :old:

k0k0peli
09-12-2015, 03:34 PM
UPDATE (hopefully today's last): Winds and clouds have been favorable as the fire isn't approaching closely but that same weather is lousy for breathing. The clouds kept the fire from burning hot and clean and trapped its smoke in a thick, heavy layer. I was ready to pull us out in early afternoon but there is really no accessible place with better air. We were fagged from exertion and stress. We are keeping a close eye on conditions and will figure out in the morning just if and where to go. At least we'll be rested for a long drive.

Ah, the instruments. All the keepers are safely packed in a sealed SUV. I could not leave the 1925 Varsity banjo-'uke behind, nor the 1995 Martin Backpacker guitar -- too many memories, and they don't make'em like that anymore, and I just cannot consign ANYTHING with the Martin name to the tinder heap. The Cumbus o'uds will be Left Behind; there are more where they came from! We have 34 stringed instruments; just twelve will go with us. Those we ARE taking will be subjected to some stress as temps go above 90f and relative humidity stays below 25%. Too bad I can't leave a vaporizer in the car. Or a couple of cut pineapples. ;)

All in all, we are not quite so panicked as earlier. But we can still be gone in five minutes.

70sSanO
09-12-2015, 03:43 PM
That is good news! As for the humidity, can you put a bucket of water in the car so the evaporation will at least provide some moisture? Not sure how much it would help, but it is a thought.

If you could put a humidifier and run a cord to it that might be the best bet.

Hang in there... still praying for you.

John

turtledrum
09-12-2015, 03:46 PM
Sending prayers and keeping fingers crossed for you!

mds725
09-12-2015, 09:27 PM
I hope things work out with controlling the fire and that you don't have to evacuate. My thoughts are with you and your neighbors.

barefootgypsy
09-13-2015, 12:00 AM
Oh my goodness, my thoughts are with you... waste not one second, stay safe...

PhilUSAFRet
09-13-2015, 12:20 AM
Still praying everything will be ok and that you didn't lose anything in the fire.

hollisdwyer
09-13-2015, 01:20 AM
Everything is replaceable except you and your loved ones. Stay safe.
That was a good idea that someone else suggested to photograph all your valuables. It will make it easier to deal with the insurance company.
Hope you will have a circle of safety around your home.

k0k0peli
09-13-2015, 06:10 AM
UPDATE: We are still here. The wind has shifted most unfavorably but not hard; if it strengthens, we run! A song from an old Ian & Sylvia album runs through my head, WHEN I WAS A COWBOY, with the couplet, "If your house is on fire and there ain't no water around / Throw your suitcase out the window, let the gol-durn shack burn down!" Message received.

I am not worried about our immediate survival. A fire scientist's analysis predicts we'll have enough warning for a smooth escape. But the fire situation in all the western US states is terrible, with decent air quality only near the Pacific coast. We may have to drop in on our kids 200 km away in San Francisco after all. Their almost-5- and -7-year-olds might enjoy seeing Grandpa and Grandma crash in the living room. Hmmm, maybe we should take the extra 'ukes along to keep the wee buggers busy. Yeah, I think I can squeeze in the soprano 'ukes, and the kalimbas, and a dulcimer. But no banjos. I won't start them down the Dark Side. ;)

It's now 2.5 hours past sunrise and the sky is dark but not a bad as yesterday. Cloud layer is higher; smoke is less dense. At least we have power to run the AC to filter the crud. Deer in our dessicated mountain meadow are especially skittish. Squirrels and birds seem to have gone into hiding. It's a creepy time here. We follow the rule: Hope for the best and plan for the worst. We are hopeful. Cheers!

Futurethink
09-13-2015, 07:05 AM
Ah, the instruments. All the keepers are safely packed in a sealed SUV. I could not leave the 1925 Varsity banjo-'uke behind, nor the 1995 Martin Backpacker guitar -- too many memories, and they don't make'em like that anymore, and I just cannot consign ANYTHING with the Martin name to the tinder heap. The Cumbus o'uds will be Left Behind; there are more where they came from! We have 34 stringed instruments; just twelve will go with us. Those we ARE taking will be subjected to some stress as temps go above 90f and relative humidity stays below 25%. Too bad I can't leave a vaporizer in the car. Or a couple of cut pineapples.

You mentioned heading to Reno. Perhaps you could head out now, and rent a climate-controlled storage unit. You could offload the SUVs into the storage unit. If allowed to return, could load up the SUVs with your second-most valued items.

If the fire turns, you could consider the rental additional insurance, and bring everything back.

Wishing you safety.

Trader Todd
09-13-2015, 07:10 AM
Wow. Living in hurricane country, I worry about this every season. So far we have been lucky! Hope all works out and you don't need to evacuate. Stay safe and be well!

stevepetergal
09-13-2015, 10:13 AM
Just grab your old photos. (fireman's suggestion)

Tootler
09-13-2015, 11:35 AM
It makes me realise how lucky we are here. We are certainly not free from the effects of weather but for the most part we don't get the extremes that you folks do.

I just hope that it doesn't come to the worst for you.

Nickie
09-13-2015, 01:31 PM
I'd grab all our ukes. We can't afford to replace them. The guitars too. Life would just plain suck without them.

Be safe!

k0k0peli
09-13-2015, 10:31 PM
UPDATE: We may leave today; we booked a room in the North Bay, clear of current fires. But we may not need to! The closest evacuation orders have been lifted. The fire barrier at the bottom of steep Mokelumne (moh-KELL-um-nee) River Canyon seems to be containing the northward spread. BUT! Winds may shift again. The fire's north region could flare up again. We will not unpack for days, maybe a week. We will stay in run-in-five-minutes mode, just in case. But we feel less stress.

It ain't over till it's over and it ain't over yet but doom seems less imminent. Yes, our Butte fire (http://yubanet.com/2015Local/ButteAEU.php) is being contained somewhat. And no matter what happens, we'll be fine. But now there's a major blaze north of the Napa Valley wine country near our old stomping grounds. The Valley fire (http://yubanet.com/2015CA/Valley.php) has exploded and already destroyed unknown hundreds of homes. I feel great pain for all those who have lost everything, who did not have such advance warning as we enjoyed.

I'm burnt out on fires now. We'll stay very very alert. But I'll be glad to go back to nattering about music, about using and loving instruments rather than deciding which to save and which to abandon.

Mivo
09-13-2015, 11:12 PM
It makes me realise how lucky we are here. We are certainly not free from the effects of weather but for the most part we don't get the extremes that you folks do.

We also don't have dangerous spiders, snakes or scorpions, no upper scale quakes, and mostly nothing that eats our cats!

Glad things are slowly starting to look up, k0k0peli -- can only imagine how exhausting the past few days must have been. I think the closest we ever had here were floods, back when I lived closer to the river Rhine, but those were just "basement under water" kind of floods, nothing that would sweep away the house (now I live on much higher ground, no floods here).

k0k0peli
09-14-2015, 11:43 AM
Glad things are slowly starting to look up, k0k0peli -- can only imagine how exhausting the past few days must have been. More like looking sideways. Cooler weather but unfavorable winds - and just because the main fire is a few miles away, nothing could stop some other blaze starting upwind of us. A new report shows current Sierra Nevada (those are our mountains) snowfall at a 500 year low. Yow. We *might* get some rain tomorrow and after. Maybe.

Yes, it's all wearying, My wife says she feels as she did after her mother died a few months ago. She's intellectually okay but physically and emotionally knackered. We both wander the house touching and peering at objects for what may be the last time. Arts, crafts, books, memories; the gardens and forest outside; hens strolling down from the neighbor's yard. I play the less-than-first-rate instruments -- everything good is packed -- but I would miss them also. All that good stuff. Sigh...

Down Up Dick
09-15-2015, 03:54 AM
Well, K, how's it goin'? Is the rain helping at all up there? I hope you and yours are safe and out of danger. :old:

k0k0peli
09-15-2015, 10:10 AM
Well, K, how's it goin'? Is the rain helping at all up there? I hope you and yours are safe and out of danger. :old: An hour past noon now. We had sprinkles overnight with maybe more forthcoming and MUCH lower temperatures today and tomorrow. Life is almost normal -- the garbage truck bumped down our rutted dirt track and picked up our trash. We are probably safe immediately. Tomorrow noonish I have an important medical appointment down in the smoky zone and just past the fire zone. My wife and I will convoy with both loaded SUVs and we might just keep on going -- we have a couple of safe refuges about 3 hours away.

We're about at the edge of freakin' civilization here. The sign before the local tonsorial parlor reads NEXT BARBER 72 MILES. Twisty mountain miles... It's about that far to the next pizza parlor too. Yeah, we're on the precipice of screaming wilderness. ;) I joke about that but it's true. Bears and pumas prowl nearby at times. Official wilderness starts a few miles up the road. And drug plantations and meth labs dot the slopes. It's a freakin' jungle out there!

Down Up Dick
09-15-2015, 10:36 AM
Well, keep on keepin' on! :old:

pritch
09-15-2015, 12:17 PM
Pleased to see your sense of humour is still functioning.

k0k0peli
09-15-2015, 01:02 PM
Pleased to see your sense of humour is still functioning. Got to. Humor and hope are what drive me. I look in the almost-stuffed-full car and wonder if there's room for ONE more ''uke, ONE more mando, ONE more anything else. Then I consider that what's left are a ninety-buck wonder that buzzes and a forty-five-buck hunk of cheap kindling with strings, and I laugh at myself. And I hope that we can unpack everything from the wagons in a few days. Hope and humor. To life! :D

caukulele
09-15-2015, 01:34 PM
Yes, this is a trying time in California...with the drought, and it seems like there are fires every where. I am about 25 miles from the fast moving Valley Fire, and so many people have lost their homes, or have had to be evacuated.... So far we are safe, but the air quality has been bad, and depending on which way the wind is blowing we get gusts of smoke and ashes..... It is a tragedy for so many people, but the positive from this is to see the community banding together, and the concrete help in so many ways...Makes one once again see how fragile and precious life is....

NatalieS
09-15-2015, 02:13 PM
Hope you guys get to stay put. Stay safe. :)

k0k0peli
09-16-2015, 07:44 AM
UPDATE: Today is COOL and HUMID! The CalFire morning news (http://yubanet.com/2015Local/ButteAEU.php) was merely, "Minimal activity overnight." Oh joy! And ALL evacuation orders and advisories in this county have been lifted but with warnings to watch for fresh flare-ups. Tomorrow will be hotter, drier, windier. It ain't over yet. But I feel vastly relieved.

We may start unpacking in a few days. No rush. Hopefully all the packed instruments will be in good shape after spending a few days in the sealed vehicle. Oh joy! To feel their fingerboards again! And to de-stress! But to stay alert...

Investigation into the fire's cause points to a mysteriously burned wooden shed and some scruffy individuals with few teeth. Some suspect it might have been a meth lab. I wonder if banjos were involved? ;)

Thanks to all here for your comments, suggestions, and kind words and thoughts. It's good to be here! --k0k0

Down Up Dick
09-16-2015, 08:09 AM
Well, that's good news. It's rained a lot down here, and I thought maybe it did up there too. Be thankful that you got through it but don't relax too much yet. :old:

k0k0peli
09-17-2015, 06:14 AM
YET ANOTHER UPDATE -- The good news: Minimal activity overnight; containment increasing. The not-so-good news: Today's weather could pump-up the fire again, with activity in the northeast corner closest to our home. The BAD news: Fiddletown (http://www.sierranevadageotourism.org/content/fiddletown-annual-fiddlers-jam/sie604ABB1FFFE185069), further from the fire zone, has canceled this weekend's Fiddler's Jam! (https://www.facebook.com/Friends-of-the-Fiddletown-Fiddlers-Jam-149889721733838/timeline/) :mad: Now we MUST stay home -- no good reason to venture forth. Dang...

We had medical appointments down in the county seat yesterday. We convoyed our fully-packed SUVs in a dress-rehearsal of evacuation and did pretty well. And we were reminded -- this started when we were in town a week before. We had driven around a bend and saw the first plumes of smoke rising beside conical Jackson Butte (hence the name Butte Fire). Yesterday, from the same vista, the smoke was gone but a long range of blackened forest spread beyond the butte. Now comes the cleanup, rebuilding, replanting, restoration.

Meanwhile, all our good instruments (and clothes) have been packed-up for evacuation for almost a week now. We are getting by with the second-string stuff. And guess what? It ain't so bad. Well, at least the Left-Behind guitars and mandolins are comforting. For 'ukes I'm left with the Three Cheap Sopranos, a small-voiced baritone tuned CGBD, the Oscar Schmidt 8-string tenor with a slight sitar-sounding buzz, and a Virtuosa cuatro-menor from Paracho that needs some adjustment. Once I put down a mandolin I mainly amuse myself with the Ohana soprano strung backwards to a#FCg for practicing strummed and weirdly-picked re-entrant mando chords.

What are the cause and cure of sitar-buzz? It's from slots a little too wide for the strings, right? Maybe if I dabbed a little white glue / paste on the nut and bridge? Might that help?

The sky is blue overhead. We don't smell smoke right now. The deer in our dessicated meadow don't act quite so paranoid. We are hopeful and awaiting the all-clear message. Oh, then we get to unpack and restore everything -- except it'll be a good excuse for my wife to re-arrange the house again. I'll be busy for weeks. Yow.

Debby
09-17-2015, 06:18 AM
Thanks for the update!! You and your wife have been in my thoughts.

Ukejenny
09-17-2015, 06:56 AM
The sky is blue overhead. We don't smell smoke right now. The deer in our dessicated meadow don't act quite so paranoid. We are hopeful and awaiting the all-clear message. Oh, then we get to unpack and restore everything -- except it'll be a good excuse for my wife to re-arrange the house again. I'll be busy for weeks. Yow.

Just read this thread and I'm so glad y'all have been able to stay home. I hope you are able to unpack soon. What a harrowing several days. My heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to all the people in the path of these terrible fires.

barefootgypsy
09-17-2015, 09:59 AM
My thoughts have been with you - I'm relieved that things are looking better now! I hope it stays that way! Thanks for the updates, it's good to know what's really going on for real people in the world.

PhilUSAFRet
09-17-2015, 11:17 AM
Great news, praying it will continue

ricdoug
09-18-2015, 09:23 AM
We have replacement cost on contents in our home owners insurance. I keep my UAE20 in the car and have bug out bags hanging in garage:

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/23320Bug_Out_Bags.jpg

k0k0peli
09-18-2015, 11:07 AM
UPDATE: Warmer and drier today, air smells good, and the winds are not blowing in our direction. Good. The fire's northeast corner (nearest us) is still hot and dangerous; the eastern (uphill) edge is being attacked by thousands of firefighters and heavy airdrops to keep it from spreading into howling wilderness where it could burn for months. The latest for you news junkies is here at YubaNet.Com (http://yubanet.com/2015Local/ButteAEU.php).

We saw before-and-after images on TV. The steep rugged Mokelumne River canyon marking the Amador-Calaveras county line is denuded. Before: great evergreen forest. After: nothing. Stumps, rocks, bare slopes. All else is gone, kaput. Runoff and mudslides will be awful when the rains come.

I'm reviewing the evolution of our feelings over the last nine days. From surprise, to anxiety and alarm when the power went out, to frantic orderliness as we packed up preparing to evacuate, to some relief when power and Internet returned, to a feeling of imprisonment while awaiting The Call. Constant monitoring of news sources and updating of escape plans, and emailing and posting updates. A bit of relief for the last couple days -- we WILL get through this, right? -- and cabin fever. We took our first walk around our rural mountain neighborhood an hour ago. A few FOR SALE signs are up; imagine that!

Now we just want this to be OVER so we can return to normalcy. We'll hopefully unpack next week, resume our home projects, think ordinary thoughts. Drive somewhere without fully-loaded convoying. But remain ever vigilant and keep some ready bags packed, just in case. Damn, I hate "just in case". We won't move away; we'll get tighter with the community.

turtledrum
09-18-2015, 12:39 PM
Wow! What spirit and life-affirming thoughts! Hope your normal is better than ever when this is through!

Tootler
09-18-2015, 12:57 PM
Good to hear things are improving. I just hope it continues that way. Good for you for staying put, though I wouldn't blame if you decided to move. Those who've put their houses up for sale are going to lose out big time.

Nickie
09-18-2015, 01:21 PM
I keep saying "Thank you Universe for all the gentle rain CA has received, is receiving now, and is about to receive."

chuck in ny
09-18-2015, 01:34 PM
keep a good thought for you bro. them's tough circumstances.
you know a house is to live in and not an investment. the best case is to live in your house and enjoy life. it always amuses me when people talk about real estate as a financial move. my house is a steady loss, managed carefully, and that's the way it should be. live and enjoy. the rest of the world should live as well as we do.

k0k0peli
09-21-2015, 10:30 AM
UPDATE: Almost nothing to report, and no news is good news, right? Falling off the media radar is good news, right? It's still hot and dry here and the winds are not the greatest for us, and CalFire warns of continuing smoldering and hotspots and thousands of threatened homes. But the massive mopup continues and we are feeling relieved. We had thought to wait till tomorrow to stand-down and unpack. But we're cheating -- bringing in just a bit today. Too hot for a full effort. But normalcy is creeping back towards us. Now we can go back to complaining about the neighbor's noisy dogs.

k0k0peli
09-22-2015, 03:55 PM
UPDATE (Final): It's over. (Hopefully!) We have unloaded the wagons. We are not unpacked yet -- that will take time and some filtering of non-necessities And we have not yet unstaged our ready bags as fire weather is still upon us. But we feel the threat is mostly over. Huzzah! Ah, to play my Kala and tiple...

Again, thank you for all your responses. Now we can go back to important stuff like music, gossip, and fresh food.

Chopped Liver
09-22-2015, 04:39 PM
Yay!!

.........

turtledrum
09-22-2015, 11:47 PM
May you and all those you love be filled with joy!