My Alpine Home

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Important Things in Life. . .

Planes are continually flying over my home as I type.

They are dropping fire retardant into the hills above our Alpine home.

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Today started out like any other day, I was making the last minute preparations for our annual outdoor 4th of July breakfast.

This afternoon around 2:30 I was contemplating making a pool noodle U.S.A. banner to string across my pergola.

Suddenly I heard sirens and saw a fire truck come racing by.

I ran out to discover that the hills North East of our home were on fire.DSCN0087

Before long there were numerous fire trucks, police, newsmen and woman.

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Channel 2 news.

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They interviewed my hubby but he didn’t get it recorded.

Quail Fire in Alpine, Utah

 

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The fire grew so quickly.  In a matter of 45 minutes it had reached the top of the mountain.  ten to twelve fire trucks and the National Guard came to assist.

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Two neighborhoods just North of us were evacuated.  We were told to be on alert by a neighborhood watchman.

I quickly grabbed my 72 hr. kits (which I might add are so outdated) and what  is most important to me.  My scrapbooks and quilts.  Hubby came home ready to grab our important documents, discs, and computers.

I told hubby the other thing I might want are the pictures of my grandchildren hanging on the stair wall.  Although I realized these could easily be replaced.

As I looked around my home and garden I couldn’t help but think how sad it would be to lose all the things I love.  However, I knew that none of that really mattered in times like these and one must stop and think about “What in life is really important.”

Don’t get me wrong, little things are important. but life itself is of the most importance.

One thing I was thankful for is my blog.  Many neighbors were quickly taking pictures of their homes inside and out.  I told hubby that I didn’t need to do that because my blogging has done that for me.

So far only a barn has burned.  The wonderful firefighters did an awesome job keeping the flames away from the homes.  There is a huge home up on the hill and the fire burned all around it.

I know that we are not totally out of danger yet, but I am so thankful that it’s not as threatening.

Because of all that has been going on I have not prepared my post for Share Your Cup.  I will be busy celebrating the 4th with family so I will post it Thursday morning.  Thank you and I hope you will come link up.

God Bless America and the Firefighters!

Hugs,

Jann 

 

41 comments:

Ceekay-Thinkin of Home/Doublewide Decor said...

Oh I am so sorry that is happening in your neighborhood.. Prayers that these fires will be contained and out soon!

must love junk said...

How scary! Try to enjoy your 4th...I'm sending up prayers for you!
Susan

Kathe said...

As one that has seen the destruction of wildfires too much this year my thoughts and prayers are with you and your neighbors Jann! Be safe friend!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh my word, oh Jann - I am so sorry - the pic of all that smoke just breaks my heart, friend.

I am praying for you all- and praying for rain and for those horrible firms to STOP - this is craziness!!!!!!!

The French Hutch said...

Oh Jann, I hope and pray all is well! This is such a scary thing to happen, the smoke looks like the fire was so close. Stay safe and I'll keep you and your family and home in my thoughts and prayers.

~Emily
The French Hutch

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

How frigtening, Jann. I am so glad that you are okay. My husband's parents' house burnt to the ground many years ago. They lost everything but thankfully they were not home and they were okay. Most things can be replaced but not life.

My heart goes out to all of those who have lost their homes and I always think about the wildlife who have also lost their "home" and I am sure many of them have perished.

Happy 4th of July!!

xoxo

Leslie said...

So scary. Stay safe. I will keep your family, as well as those in Colorado in my prayers. Happy 4th.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Oh Jann, how scary! I'm so glad you are safe. These fires are aweful. My niece in Colorado Springs just had a similar experience. But she was safe also. I will keep all the people near the fires in my prayers.
I hope you can enjoy the 4th.

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Dear Jann; such a frightening time. Good that you've prepared and hope you don't need to leave your home. Hope that you can post again when you have the opportunity. Prayers for you, yours and your community and for the brave men and women fighting the fire.

Barbara F. said...

Oh Jann, thank God it was contained. That is a nightmare. That was a very quick response. I will say prayers for you and your community. Be safe, xo

Joanne said...

Oh that looks so scary! Please be safe. My prayers are with you and everyone there.
Blessings, Joanne

Kelley Highway said...

PRAYERS sent your way! SOOO thankful for fire fighters, too! Keep us updated. You'll be on our hearts... and so are your neighbors.

Chenille Cottage said...

My prayers are going up on your behalf, Jann.
Blessings,
Carolynn

Linda said...

We will be praying for everyone involved - and that you stay safe, Jann! Keep us posted as you can.

Cindy@OldTimePickers said...

That's a little scary! The many fires this year is so sad. Stay safe!

Melanie said...

Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers today.

Sherry@ Ties2ThePast said...

So glad you all are safe...hope it stays that way!
Enjoy your 4th!
♥'s
Sherry

Danielle said...

I was reading a book yesterday that mentioned Alpine and I couldn't figure out where I had heard of it before...now I remember. I am glad there are individuals who do their jobs and do them extremely well...very brave individuals. Stay safe.

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Of course life and safety are most important, but I feel for anybody who loses their home and their possessions! Your home is supposed to be your safe place, filled with happy memories and memorobilia! Be safe Jann! Praying for you!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Oh Jann! How scary, saying prayers for you and your neighbors. take care!

allisamazing said...

So glad your home is safe! Have a wonderful 4th celebration :)

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Hi Jann,
I hope you and your community are coping with this terrible situation and that the worst of it is over!
May you and your friends and neighbors be safe today!
My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours...
All the Best,
Christine

The Farmer's Daughter said...

Oh, Jann! I'm so glad you're ok! This was so frightening to me just reading about it. I can only imagine being there in the midst of it. Hope and pray all will be well. . .

Pamela Gordon said...

Oh Jann, this is just terrible. I'm glad you are still safe for now and pray the fires will be put out. You managed to get some great photos but it looks so scary to me. Good thing you have an emergency kit packed and I guess it's important to keep it updated. All the best to you. Praying for your state! Blessings, Pamela

Lori E said...

Happy 4th to my US blogging friend. I hope things improve down there. Fire is such a terrifying thing. We have had many bouts with wildfires here in BC through the years.

Julie Marie said...

Prayers for all Jann... the air is filled with smoke here and I can hear the Forest Service planes overhead above our home as I type... flying to your area from Ogden Airport... please know I am thinking of you and everyone involved... those poor firefighters have been so diligent in trying to get these fires here in Utah under control... I'm sure they too are exhausted... I am a firm believer in the power of prayer and mine will continue for you... xoxo Julie Marie

Glenda/MidSouth said...

That is so scary. There has been so much loss and destruction. Glad to hear you and your home is now safe. Everything is so dry here also.
Hope you have a happy, fun and safe 4th.

Salmagundi said...

I can't imagine how scarry it is to be that close to the fire. Even though it seems that all of Colorado is ablaze; our community has been spared so far. Take care and grab those pictures from the wall. Sally

Rose L said...

I pray that no ones homes burn. It is scary. My sister had a fire come within 1 mile of her home and she said she had thrown lost of stuff into their 2 cars and mobile home when they were told to evacuate.
For me the family history and photographs would be tops on my list to save.

Antiques And Teacups said...

We have been praying for the area and are so sorry to hear it is so close. We will pray specifically for your safety. Please keep us posted.
Ruth

Priscilla said...

My goodness this is awful. I'm offering a prayer for you and your community.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Jann,
I an praying that you and your neighborhood continue to stay safe and that the firefighters are able to keep the fire at bay.
My nephew is a professional firefighter in Maryland so I have a great deal of respect and admiration for all firefighters and I pray for their safety!!

Hugs,
Deb

Anonymous said...

Those fires look frightening. Sure hope you don't loose your new chandy. That would be ashame. My prayers are with you and all the people in Park City. Here their getting all your smoke

The Old-Fashioned Housewife said...

Oh my goodness, Jann! That shot of the smoke in the hills made it look like a volcanic eruption! I am so glad to hear that everyone is OK and that your home is alright, too! Thanks for sharing and its a wonderful reminder to remember whats really important in life.

Lizabeth @ Infuse With Liz said...

Oh my- that's so scary. I hope you are still okay. You are so right about life being the most important thing to be concerned with. Pictures seem so important though because you can't replace a lifetime of them.
Please take care and I hope the 4th was something you enjoyed and had even more to be grateful for.
Liz

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Jann....how awful and frightening...sending my prayers your way for the safety of your family and home...I cannot imagine what you are going through...and the sheer thought of having to decide what is important in a matter of minutes.....Hoping you are well!!

Heaven's Walk said...

How terrifying, Jann! What a complete blessing those firemen are! You have alot of prayer warriors out here lifting you and your neighbors up for safety -- and a good long rain. Hugs to you, sweetie.

xoxo laurie

Revi said...

Jann, I'm so glad everything turned out well for you and your neighbors!
-Revi

Old Fashioned Gal said...

My goodness! Bless your heart! I hope to hear they have calmed these fires asap! You and your family will be in my prayers!
xoxo
-Denise

Evelyn said...

Prayers for you and your neighbors.

Dewdrop Gardens said...

Oh good grief!! Thank Heavens you, your husband and home are safe. Your pictures are so scary...