In my last post, I shared with you the drama that we went through with our SmartCar this past June. Well, July and August proved to be just as busy and in some cases just as challenging. I figured I’d just summarize everything into one long post. I promise to be brief and hopefully not too boring!
1. Solar Energy: We finally got our solar panels in! I am so happy that now I don’t have to roast during those horrible heat waves. Electricity here is SO expensive and running the A/C for more than a couple of hours a day during the summer was out of the question. Our solar energy was up and running early July and it has made such a difference. More and more of our neighbors are going solar and getting rid of their $700 monthly electric bills!
2. Babysitting: My BFF’s daughter recently finished her nursing program and has been looking for FT work. Although she has a regular sitter to watch her boys when she’s at her PT job, she asked if I would watch them on her days off so she could go job hunting. I was happy to help and found that I became quite attached to these 2 little ones. Forget eBay! We were busy going to the park playground and doing other fun stuff. They started kindergarten in August so I don’t watch them anymore. Even though it was only for a few weeks, I sure do miss them and our fun times.
3. My niece Diane: A month ago today, my beautiful niece Diane lost her 10-year battle with cancer. She was 56 and wanted to keep on living; but in the end, she faced death with courage and grace. My sister took it pretty hard but continues to heal with each day. We had a beautiful memorial for Diane a couple weeks ago – there were so many friends and family celebrating her life. Times like this make us remember how short life is and how important it is to keep in touch with those we love.
4. Silverado Fire: Last Friday, I left my home in the morning for a quick errand to the local Walgreens. I may have been gone 30-45 minutes. As I returned home, I saw this! It was about 11:00 a.m. so the fire had just started. That’s the Cleveland National Forest; and with everything so dry because of the severe drought, there was just no way of knowing which direction the fire would take and how fast it would travel. It was just way too close for comfort!
This is what it looked like from our house about 5 p.m. that Friday. Fortunately, the fire headed away from us; but the poor folks in the Silverado Canyon had to be evacuated. The fire burned about 1,000 acres and was apparently ignited by the sun reflecting off metal sheeting put up by someone trying to keep rodents out of a vegetable garden. The fire is expected to be fully contained by tomorrow.
5. Triple-digit heat wave and power outage: As if a raging fire wasn’t enough this past weekend, how about adding triple-digit temperatures? Temperatures hit a record-breaking high of 107-108 degrees from Saturday to this past Tuesday. So very hot! I thought I was so cool with my solar panels and A/C, right? Wrong!! Sunday afternoon all the power suddenly went off. Well, solar panels don’t work without electricity so they were no good to me during this heat wave.
Anyway, we were without power for 48 hours and spent two miserably hot and sticky sleepless nights. There was no Internet and no TV, oh no! I was glad to have my SmartPhone for Internet so I was able to answer any eBay messages. Then I discovered that eBay also had an outage so I guess I didn’t have to worry too much.
Now to put in a claim for all our food that spoiled. Makes me realize I need to be better prepared in case of a major disaster.
6. My Mimi: Worse than any car troubles and power outages is the loss of my precious Chihuahua, Mimi. Sometime in the wee hours of Monday morning, during the power outage, my Mimi walked out the doggy door and never returned. She usually sleeps with us, but it was so hot that I slept on the sofa. DH and I each thought she was with other. We got up about 5 a.m. and quickly realized that Mimi was not in the house. We immediately went outside, which was pitch black since the street lights were out; and with our flashlights started looking for her.
It’s now been more than 4 days since she’s been gone. We have canvassed the neighborhoods, posted flyers, contacted the shelters, and posted her picture on as many lost-and-found pet sites that I can find. She has an ID tag and she also has a microchip, but still no leads. We believe someone has her and is holding on to her. It’s better to believe that than the alternative (we have a lot of coyotes in our area). I keep praying each day that she just shows up or that someone contacts us about her. My family is so very heart broken …
7. Paris, the newest family member: Life is just full of coincidences. The day before Mimi disappeared, my BFF asked me if I was interested in adopting her granddaughter’s pet Chihuahua. Her GD had started college and was busy with school work and other activities so was unable to keep Paris. My BFF knew my precious Sweetpea had passed in 2012 and thought I might be ready for an addition.
Well, I fell in love with Paris the minute I saw her and thought she would be a good playmate for Mimi. We agreed that I would pick her up Monday evening. In a cruel twist of fate, my Mimi ends up missing that Monday morning. My gut reaction was to back out of adopting Paris; but I still have hope that Mimi will return and they will become good friends.
Temperatures are back to normal, and today we finally felt the first stirrings of fall with a cool breeze. Except for the loss of my Mimi, things seem to be getting back to normal. But it’s never a dull moment for long!