Just like last summer it feels like the days are whizzing by instead of rolling through on a nice summer breeze. Oh wait, what breeze? The weather has been so damn hot lately I don’t want to go outside between 11am-4pm!
And unfortunately, just like last summer, Colorado Springs was all over the news due to a local wildfire. Talk about a heavy heart around here. The Black Forest Fire just north of town killed two people, burned 511 homes and 15,000+ acres. I love Black Forest. My husband and I actually got married out there at the Lodge at Cathedral Pines and it was beautiful. Fortunately, the lodge is still standing, but everything around it went up in 2,500 degree flames. We know one family who lives out there and their home is still standing and unscathed; however, that wouldn’t be the case if their neighborhood hadn’t heavily mitigated the brush, trees and landscaping around their homes—and it saved the neighborhood. Just across the way other homes weren’t so lucky. But they also didn’t mitigate.
Nothing but dirt, scorched pine trees and damaged foundations stand from what I hear. I haven’t been out there. Why bother. Let those mourning the loss of everything they held dear and knew be to themselves right now. No need for an outsider to go driving around to see what happened. I’m all too familiar due to the Waldo Canyon Fire last year.
The Waldo Canyon Fire last year sent dense, gray smoke into our neighborhood and thankfully we didn’t have to evacuate. Felt way to close for comfort though and I even made sure we had the necessary documents and some food for Chester ready to go in case the town decided to burn down. Which it started to when it burned all 346 homes in a matter of one evening. Just awful. I didn’t drive up to get close to see the area until about a month ago. And even then I didn’t drive up all that close. I could see the mountain side where the fire ran a marathon and the former pine trees turned to black toothpicks was enough for me. Tears puddled in my eyes so I turned around and went home.
Yup, Colorado Springs has had to crappy summers in a row with many people losing their homes and now four people have died.
I’m ready for fall damnit.
So what else has gone on? My husband’s been working on our deck. A glorious deck. We no longer have to take the dog out the front door, around the corner, through the gate (which doesn’t like to shut correctly) and then let him go in the backyard.
(Love the new gallery setting on this theme. To see bigger photos just click on each one and hover to see captions.)
I cannot tell you how excited I am have the deck done and sit out there on a Saturday morning. One of my favorite things each day, during nice weather, is to sit on the deck and watch my dog romp around the backyard each morning and evening. So peaceful, so quiet.
The deck is thisclose to finished now. Just a few more balusters and some stain and my husband will be officially done. Then comes what to put on the deck. I cannot tell you how much I have fretted over the cost of dining tables and chairs for a patio. So many are beautiful and they’re all so expensive I just can’t bring myself to spend the money. We might just make do this summer and tackle the matter next summer…once I have a full year to scour Pinterest for ideas and can truly make up my mind.
This weekend I’m off for four days. One holiday for the fourth and a vacation day for Friday. Definitely didn’t want to return to work for one stinkin’ day to finish off the week. Besides, no official vacation this year anywhere so I’m going to have a mini staycation at home.
How’s your summer going?