Saturday, September 26, 2009

Saturday Sprits are Somewhat low...

For those of you who know the view from the front of Deer Palace to look like this photo above (even with the bit of cloud cover there, we have a good view of the ridge across the way),

you will be able to see what is wrong with this photo. Smoke from several fires has invaded the area and has been causing our eyes to burn and water when we are outside. The haze blanketing the ridge has a dirty, smoggy color. If you further know that we value our outdoor time above many pleasures, you will know why we are feeling a little downhearted this day.

There have been several fires in the past week. Some have been relatively close. One was about 15 miles away, and it burned over 600 acres and rained ash down upon us. Another was about 25 miles away and burned almost 200 acres, also raining ash in its wake. The current smoke is from fires to the north that may not be contained until after tomorrow. So far, of those with a determined cause, they have proven to be of human origin. Why, oh why, do people intentionally set fires that will pollute the air and damage lives, homes, animals, and other property? I will forever be baffled.

On another front, we have received word that a very dear friend (close enough to be thought of as a family member) of ours has been diagnosed with cerebral thrombosis (blood clot in the brain). They say there is at least one, and maybe more. Further testing is being done, but this condition can easily cause stroke and/or sudden death. We do not know yet if a stroke has already occurred, but hope to find out more soon. A looming sadness in all of this for us is that our friend resides in the country of Denmark, and we are unable to just pop over for a home or hospital visit. We must find out all updates from a time lag of 9 hours, and if all does not go well, we may not see our friend again at all.

Our thoughts and prayers are there,
and we are sending love across the pond on the wind...
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3 comments:

GreenWorks said...

Sending good will vibes for your friend. Having some best friends live in the USA while I am Ireland I can relate to how tough it is when someone is unwell, and can't imagine how it must feel to receive news of a serious illness affecting a friend.

Your photo's of the smoke are very sad - and like you I cannot fathom why someone would wilfully start a fire.

SLColman said...

Sorry to hear about the fires in your area and also about the health problems of your friend.

Deb G said...

Some things just don't make sense....