Saturday, November 10, 2018
Praying for Paradise
A member of my family lost their home, and being out of state at the time visiting my Dad was not able to take out ANY items of sentimental value or any financial records. My cousin Liz lost a winter's supply of hay for her horse that is stored there for Buddy the horse for the winter, and her 20-year partner in life had an Aunt that lost a home as well. It was a blessing she joined them on the road trip, otherwise, she might not have made it out, being quite elderly.
Also a blessing, Buddy, the horse was still at a family cabin in the high Sierras, he doesn't get moved down to winter valley home until Thanksgiving. Even with someone to feed him, given the short time to evacuate, I doubt he would have made it to safety.
All are at the cabin in the Sierras, including a Paradise neighbor that simply had no other place to go as she's quite elderly. The Aunt has a sister in Portland, they can take her there to live eventually. The elderly neighbor will be with them as long as she needs even if she is not a relative. That's the kind of person my cousin Liz is. The log cabin is not fancy, but it has all the basics for comfort and has room to house a family. I've spent many a summer there when I was much younger.
But they are in total shock so any prayers are appreciated. My husband and I are tweaking the budget to replace all the hay. The horse and I sort of have an "I won't ride you if you don't bite me" detente thing going but as a pet groomer that is self-employed Liz just doesn't have the means to replace that much hay, especially with the post-fire price gouging that will likely go on.
We're family, that's what we do.