Good Story #1 – Paradise, CA area

Here is the first good news story I saw about the Paradise, CA wildfire.  I think this story touches me so much since this could have been my mom.  My mom wasn’t driving the last few years she lived in the Paradise, CA area.

Expect to smile before you get to the end of the story.

https://www.actionnewsnow.com/content/news/93-year-old-Rescued-from-Camp-Fire-By-Garbageman-Then-He-Took-Her-Home-to-His-Family–500800521.html

Later – Heather

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#prayforparadise

 

 

 

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Paradise, CA

There is too much I want to say, but I don’t have the right words yet.  Maybe I never will.

I can say that my mother-in-law’s house is destroyed with what appears to be a large portion of the area.  There are still areas of homes that haven’t been documented yet.  So far, out of all of the many people (and their extended families) we know who live there, there are only three houses that survived (one high school friend lost 10 family homes).

When my family lived in the Bay Area and my dad was ready to early retire there used to be ads on the television about ‘Paradise Pines’ and what a great retirement community it was.  I did a search and Paradise Pines, CA does come up, but it is listed as an unincorporated community above Magalia, CA, which is above Paradise, CA on the ridge.   Since dad had a friend that already lived in Paradise Pines we went to visit one weekend and my parents decided they wanted to move there.  Instead of living in the Pines, my parents decided to build a house in Paradise, I think mostly since I was still in school.

Paradise, CA has been a big part of my and my husband’s family for a long time.  We still take multiple trips over each year and we were actually there at the beginning of October.

As of last night over 600 people are listed as missing.  I am very thankful that I don’t recognize any of the names on the list.  My husband recognizes a few last names so they could be relatives of classmates,etc – we don’t know.

Before I start posting the ‘good’ stories that I have seen, here is a story that was listed on KLove’s website that hit home and I think explains how a lot of people feel about Paradise, CA.

http://www.klove.com/news/2018/11/16/Memories-Survive-The-Flames-As-Town-Of-Paradise-Reduced-To-Ash

#ButteStrong

#prayforparadise

Do you have an evacuation plan?  If not, please talk it over with your family members.

Later- Heather

Paradise, CA update

This is a totally written from my heart post.  Please bare with me.

I am assuming, by now, you have heard about the huge wildfire that started Thursday morning and has gone through Paradise, California and the surrounding areas.  #Campfire  (worst tag name ever)

My mother-in-law currently lives in that town, my husband and I grew up there and my parents used to live there.  We know MANY people who still live there – friends, acquaintances, family of friends, friends of my mother-in-law and my parents former neighbors and others.

My mother-in-law escaped from Paradise, CA.  She left within minutes of the emergency call with the minimum – medicine, some important papers, some food and two days of clothes.  It took her over 4 hours to get out of town due to the gridlock.

Paradise is on a ridge and there are only three main roads out, but two were blocked due to fire.  Over 27,000 people live in the town of Paradise and probably about 30,000 live in the area above Paradise with no direct roads out without going through Paradise.

The inside of her car still smells like smoke.  If you have seen a video of someone driving with flames, etc on the sides of the road that could have been my mother-in-law, but she was in solid traffic, which was mostly stopped.  She had to drive/ sit next to burning cars, burning trees, burning buildings, etc.

It will be a miracle if her house survives, but she is alive and currently at our house.  We are very thankful that my father-in-law died seven months ago or they probably would not have gotten out of the house in time.

We have heard that some other people we know are also safe, but we haven’t heard from everyone.  Per the news over 6,500 houses and 200 businesses have been destroyed already.

Some people, who don’t live there, think the fire probably spread so fast due to people not clearing their brush, etc.  That is NOT true.  My mother-in-law lives on an oversized city lot with no brush.  I will say that the ‘public’ forests in the outlying area have not been logged, etc in a long time.  Also, there were 50 mph gusts and 30-35 mph sustained winds.

What I am thankful:

  • That my mother-in-law and the others we have heard from are safe
  • For the fire fighters and emergency people who got so many people out safely
  • For the community – I am already seeing posts of former high school classmates that are offering help, when they are allowed in
  • I am thankful that my mother-in-law is still able to drive
  • I am thankful that we had discussed what my mother-in-law would do if she had to evacuate – where she would drive to so we could meet her (we live too far away for her to have driven to our house by herself)
  • I am thankful that my mother-in-law only had to worry about herself
  • I am also very thankful for her car and that she had plenty of gas in the car

What I am asking for:

  • please pray for Paradise, CA – the people who evacuated, the people who didn’t survive, the families / friends who are still wondering about their loved ones
  • please donate to the emergency funds
  • Please hug your family and call your extended family and tell them that you care for them.  This life is short and you never know when / where a disaster will occur.
  • Please forgive me if I don’t post much lately.  My heart is just not into it right now, but when I do it will hopefully be the good things in life.

#prayforparadise

 

Heather

Wedding dress stores

Note:  This post is not sponsored and I am giving 100% of my own opinions.

Earlier on the blog I said that daughter ‘A’ had gotten engaged.  The wedding will be held in June 2019 so you will randomly be seeing wedding posts before and after the wedding.

I had also stated in the post, where I announced that daughter ‘A’ had gotten engaged, that my Father-in-law had recently died and had lived with Parkinson’s for many years.

Due to that fact, when daughter ‘A’ was searching for places to go wedding dress shopping she was interested in going to the Glamour Closet store in San Francisco, CA since each year, a portion of Glamour Closet’s profits will be donated to foundations dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s.

http://glamourcloset.com/closet/html/about.asp

In April, daughter ‘A’ and I made a very quick trip to the north end of the Bay Area to see a family member before he moved to Switzerland for a job.  We decided to swing by the  Glamour Closet store and just look around (we had already promised the bridesmaids that we would go dress shopping with them).

Well, daughter ‘A’ found her wedding dress!  No photos of it will be seen until after the wedding, but I will say that the family of another bride-to-be gasped when the curtain was opened.

When the store clerks were told about daughter ‘A’ ‘s grandfather they said that he had a hand in her finding that dress for multiple reasons and we agree:

  • the dress was dropped off on a Friday and we were there the following day
  • the dress was a sample and had never even been tried on by anyone else
  • the dress was smaller that the sizes they usually carry (it needs a couple of tucks taken and a lot taken off the bottom, but we are not surprised by that)
  • the cost of the dress was less than her budget

So, if you know someone getting married and you live or are visiting the North Beach in San Francisco, West Hollywood in Los Angeles, River North in Chicago or Chelsea in New York areas I would be grateful if you check out the Glamour Closet store.

I have no connection to this store, but I love, due to first hand knowledge, that they also want to find a cure to Parkinson’s and are donating money to the cause.

Do you have a future wedding in your family?   Later – Heather

Why do you live where you do?

In June, Nevada (and at least California) are having elections for local supervisors, etc.  In our area it is becoming clear that the people running for office are either for big growth or against it (i.e. want the area to stay like it is).  In trying to decide who to vote for I am realizing I have to decide why we live here and how/if we want it to change in the next 5 to 10 years.

We moved here 20+ years ago since it was a semi-rural area with a technology company where we could get jobs.  Over the years we have had the opportunity to move to different ‘big’ cities for jobs (in different states).  We have always decided it was not best for our family with one reason being we didn’t want to live in a ‘big’ city (and deal with everything related to it – higher crime, more traffic, potentially higher taxes, etc).

Nevada is becoming known as a potential place to move technology and other companies (Apple Inc. and Tesla Motors Inc. either have plants near Reno, NV or are in the process of building them now).  Overall, I am happy to see this happen, but I think it needs to be carefully thought out.  Not everyone wants to have their rural area changed into a ‘big’ city.

Where we live we have to drive to another town if we want to do major shopping  in person (Costco, JCPenney, etc).  We knew this when we moved here and I can at least say it has gotten easier.  Now it is about a 20 mile drive instead of 50+ miles (which would turn into an all day event).  Besides, a lot of the shopping can be done online and shipped to your house if you really don’t care to see the items in person.

Maybe it is just me, but it seems that when people move to a new area they want to change it to be similar to where they just left – i.e. want closer shopping, want specific restaurants to come in, etc, but they don’t want the things they didn’t like (more crime, higher taxes, more traffic, crowds, etc).  Well, after living in the same semi-rural area for over twenty years I can tell you that as more shopping, restaurants, housing areas, etc come in you get more traffic, crime, etc. (For example, it is amazing how many articles in the local papers are about people stealing items from the local Walmart stores.)

I know people that drive 50+ miles to be able to live in a smaller area, but work in a larger city and I know people who have done the opposite (live in the larger city and travel to get to the smaller area for a job they want).   It just depends upon what you want and sometimes where you have extended family.

So, why do you live where you do?  Did you move there because of family, a job or what the area was like?  Do you have plans on staying there long term?   Are you happy with the way the area is changing (or not changing)?  If not, maybe it is time to voice your concerns and get involved.

Later – H