Thank you for being concerned for our safety. We are fine. Inconvenienced, but safe and well. I’ll soon share some lessons learned in the aftermath of our three-day power outage, but today I’m posting on behalf of dear Beth and the girls. She was able to send an email post from the library, and since my own Internet was restored last night, here it is! I’m eager to read what others have been posting. It’s been very quiet! Debra
The last few days have really been something! Since I live just a few streets down from The Angeles National Forest we are used to having high winds, the Santa Anas, at least once or twice a year. Winds up to 85 mph are not uncommon. They come and go, then we sweep our yards and spend another day or two returning wayward outdoor items to neighbors.
However, this time the winds reached up to and past 150 mph! With electrical lines in the street along with giant trees strewn everywhere it was difficult to move around and friends suggested I stay at a hotel, or maybe at friend’s home—out of the affected area. But all I could think was “Drive safe and get home to Ruffles and Mae-be.”
My drive was long and treacherous but the warm reception from the Girls was well worth it! Plus, my fish bowls were totally covered with leaves and debris– the fish would have a tough time surviving.
And the dogs’ water bowls looked as bad as the fish bowls. As I gave them fresh water the winds were trying to push Mae-be and me around. Mae-be and Ruffles stayed right with me, especially Mae-be. She is the big strong Boxer, but the transformers were blowing up on neighboring streets and to her that was like lightening! Mae-be hates lightening and thunderstorms.
The dogs were ever-so-happy to be my electric heater and blanket—no power meant cold! Since the old house creaked and groaned all night it took Mae-be a long time to calm down, but Ruffles loves to play peek-a-boo with blankets in the candlelight!
So now there is major cleaning up as five cities are in a state of emergency and cleanup involves removing large trees from the roadways and restoring power lines that snapped like tooth picks.
But life still moves on! I was kind of hoping the power might be out at my dentist’s office! I called, but they said “No, we are ready for you today”. So as I made my way across town on littered highways I tried to be brave. I repeated over and over, “No pain.” Breathe in and slowly out–with mantras and Mindfulness ready to be put to the test!
Soon, with gentle care (great dentist!) and a couple of short resting periods—out came the tooth! And thankfully I made my way home again to spend time with my gentle girls.
They were thrilled to see me– as soon as I let Ruffles sniff my jaw line they both snuggled in gently–they put their paws on my resting hands and offered gentle sniffs to my neck and face.
Such good nursing care and without many words since my mouth was stuffed with gauze and was still very numb! Even more reasons to love my girls, wouldn’t you say?
We hope you are safe and sound and comforted by your furry critters!
Blessings, Beth & the Girls