6/13/11

Wildfires Afoot!

     I've read the reports, and that it's been another 13 yrs since the '98 Fire that everyone talks about. And read about the '85 fire 13 yrs before that too! Now it's 2011, 13 years later, and here we are in a city that has doubled in population, with the same evacuation routes as before. Watching the news, or even just the weather, makes you think God is creatively pulling this wayward country to it's knees! The unthinkable has already happened in places like Arizona and other states....and I know how Florida has it's typical fire season, but there's just something unsettling about this time around, possibly because we're here! Being from 'up north' we just know how to deal with ice storms and hurricanes, so the thought of joining a slow moving traffic jam to escape a fast moving fire is a little disturbing....
     It's the morning of June 13th and the dry smoky air outdoors smells like a dirty ashtray. Everyone and everything waits with bated breath for any sign of the 'Rainy Season'! Mid June is when it traditionally arrives, but we've had 3 or 4 days with 20-30% chance of rain each time with nothing coming down, except a few drops!!! The grass under my feet krackles like rice crispies as I wonder if deer and other forest critters can escape the White Eagle Fire in Seminole Woods 8 miles away.  Ants that usually carry off leftover crumbs left by our cat Maestro now gather around the water bowl instead! Random thoughts of grabbing hubby, cat and other essentials and escaping to the ocean run thru my mind. Yesterday we raked all the dry pine needles off the roof and watered everything again. As Ed stood out on what's left of our lawn, a poor emaciated looking dog almost ran into him on his way into the woods.
      Otherwise, Washwick Place looks normal except for a strange smoggy haze hanging in the wind....