Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Just wanted to check in from my little corner of San Diego county. Our community is safe from the fires at this time and our high school is being used as an evacuation center for those who have had to leave their homes in order to be out of harm's way.
I got an extraordinary amount of applique done on those circles yesterday while watching all of the coverage on television. The wind gusts whipped up in the afternoon making an already awful situation ever more unpredictable. We had an area of blue sky above with a horse-shoe shape of ugly black smoke all around. This morning our blue sky was gone and the smell of smoke is everywhere. There was a gentle falling of ash from above and everything is coated with a sprinkling of gray.
We are so grateful to be safe and keep our thoughts on those that have lost everything, still don't know their fate and those that are working hard to keep the devastation to a minimum. Hopefully this weather pattern will end far sooner than predicted allowing the firefighters to do their work and put these dreadful fires out.

35 comments:

Colleen Eskridge said...

Libby, so glad you all are ok. I am so glad to be going home soon...so can get more of the news. We get very limited stuff from the UK usually. Keep safe. Colleen

Finn said...

Hi Libby, just popping in to say "hello" again, I'm sorta back *VBS*
Glad you are safe, thought of you all day yesterday, having a feeling you were close to San Diego.
Hope everything continues to be safe for you and yours. A sad farewell to the beloved Jeep..*S* Love the new penny project and the signature quilt looks wonderful..*VBS* I did pick up Prairie Children while shopping last Monday with Betsy, and a few fabric pieces also *G*. It's a great book.
Winds gusting here today at about 30, I can barely imagine what those 50-70 MPH winds must be like out out there. Keeping you all in my prayers and petitions. Hugs, Finn

Beth said...

I am sitting here on the 32nd floor of my work in downtown LA and it's ugly outside. I went out briefly at lunch and it was sprinkling ashes. I have lived in Southern California all my life and this is the worst I have ever seen it, and I have lived near a lot of wild fires. I hope the firefighters are all ok. My brother is glad he is retired from the fire department for sure.

Susie said...

Hi Libby,
I am so behind on blogging, but I had to check and make sure all was OK with you. Glad to hear you're not in the path of the fires.
It must be horrible. Most No. CA towns have sent teams of firefighters to help.
Stay safe and keep us posted.
xo

Darlene said...

Just here leaving you another AZ HUG! :-)

Linda_J said...

Libby, after watching the news footage on the ABC affliate tonight I could not help but wonder how this might have affected you---and any of the other Southern CA blogging friends. The evacuation reminds me so much of Hurrican Katrina in that so many are being forced out of their homes right now. God be with you all.

Valerie said...

So happy to hear you are safe Libby. The fires have had major coverage on the news, even way over here in Ohio. You and your family will be in our thoughts - we hope that you remain together and safe! :)

Jeanne said...

Hi Libby!
Glad you checked in. Smokey on and off here, it's been smelling horrible since Sunday. Let's all be safe!
Sending you a hug from Placentia ...
Jeanne

Juliann in WA said...

Libby - so glad you are okay. Those fires look awful.

joyce said...

It's good to hear that you are safe. I'm so glad my kids moved back from San Diego last year. I don't know if the area they were in is affected but it would have been stressful to have them anywhere down there.

CONNIE W said...

As I quilted today I kept the TV on to the news coverage of the fires. It is unbelieveably horrible. How devastating for those who have lost their homes and businesses. For some reason we have very strong winds here this evening as it rains - no storms, just gusting winds. If it were snow I suppose it would be a blizzard. Weather sure can be fickle and scary at times.

Sweet P said...

I'm glad you're safe. I'll keep sending positive thoughts your way.

Jeanne said...

Libby, I pray that you continue to be safe. It looks so horrible on the television. I can't imagine what it is like to be there.

Patti said...

I am so glad to hear that you are OK. I've been so worried about all my California blogger friends since I started seeing the fire pictures on the news. How very awful for everyone down there. I sure hope you keep safe and that the weather changes very, very soon.

Bren said...

You and those affected are in my prayers. So glad you are safe.

Dawn said...

I was wondering if you lived in the fire area. I"m so glad to know that for now you are safe. I"ll keep you in my thoughts.

Katie said...

Thank you so much for posting to let us know you are okay. I was concerned. The pics look just terrible. Hope it ends soon. What terrible losses. Sounds like some families will need some quilts..

Hollabee said...

following the news on tv here in Oz, looks horrible. Glad you're safe.

Carol said...

Libby thank you for letting us know that you're OK...Been very worried about all my California friends. Take care...sending tons of good thoughts.

yellowfarmhouse said...

So glad to here that you are safe. I pray that things can be gotten under control quickly. It breaks my heart to hear the stories and see the ruins of what isn't there anymore.

stay safe - Karen

Lucy said...

I am happy to hear that you are oké

Screen Door said...

My heart goes out to you and everyone in California. We'll keep everyone in our prayers...

Blondie ~ Vintage Primitives said...

Just found this blog and wanted to say that I have been keeping all of CA in my thoughts and prayers. It is quite frightening. Be safe

KCQuilter said...

Libby, so glad you posted because I have been wondering about you--a lot! Such a horrible thing. Take care.

Judy said...

Good to know! We called hubby's uncle in Santa Ana and he's fine too. It's supposed to be 99 in Santa Ana today, but I guess with fires that's not so unusual. Hope it ends quickly.

Carole said...

I have been thinking about you! Glad that all is safe! You're in my thoughts! Hugs!

anne bebbington said...

So glad you're safe Libby - Mother Nature is a cruel thing sometimes - I hope the winds drop and the weather changes really soon

Knot Garden said...

Was wondering if you were okay after seeing the coverage on the news. So glad you're safe. Take care.

Yvonne said...

Very happy to hear that you are safe....keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. Keep safe....hugs!

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Pleased you are fine, you realise this quilt will now be forever known as "the fire one". Tracey

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Prayers abound for you and your friends, neighbors and loved ones. Keep us posted, it's good to hear from you. ~hugs~ (Big ones, for safety.)

Faith said...

I will keep my fingers crossed that the fires will behave and die down I am thinking about you and your community we dont hear much on the news in the UK but I will put sky news on

nutbudx

Nadine said...

So glad you are safe, Libby !
I'm keeping you, and all people concerned, in my prayers...

In friendship,
NADINE

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

It seems the worst is over now, but I was thinking of whether you could fit Harper and all your fabric in the new car in case of evacuation? That takes care of all the valuables doesn't it? Oh and the quilts of course.

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Love your table topper. turned out great. I think the fire is getting much better. No ash today.