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Monday, June 11, 2012

High Park Fire - Fort Collins, CO

Hi Friends!

I'm so sorry it's been so long since I've posted!  I have just been battling with my illness and depression as well as weaning off my medications, which is hard.  I am hoping to be back in action this week and hope to make some new projects to share with you all.

Right now, we are in the middle of the 2nd largest fire ever in Colorado history and unfortunately it is somewhat close to where I live.  The air has become very poor and it's really getting to us!  We have headaches, my nose and throat hurt and my and my hubby's eyes are itchy and painful.  We are not close enough to be in direct danger of the fire, but I will share some photos with you that were taken literally right outside my door.  Keep in mind, what you see here is all smoke NO CLOUDS!!! That bright red ball is the sun!  It was blood red and huge!  Wish I had better pics to showcase it.  Click on the pics for a bigger view.

 Smoke & the sun
 Smoke as seen from outside our front door, over the neighbor's house
 Look at the color under those smoke plumes - the whole sky was lit up with orange
Pretty Colorado sunset?  Not quite!  Again, this is FIRE not clouds!  Crazy huh?

Thanks for popping in today and let me know what you think about the pics!  Say your prayers for all of the people that had to evacuate and all of the poor animals affected by this 20,000 acre fire!  Some people have already lost their houses, but it's too hard to tell how many have actually been burned.  The fire grew from 2 acres to 20,000 acres in a matter of 36 hours!!!  Inside our house it smells like a campfire.  Our windows are shut, but it's still coming in.  We may have to go somewhere else tomorrow if it gets worse because the air is very potent.  It's like being at a bonfire, but it smells like that inside and outside our house!

I'll check back in soon!

XO ~ Amy Jo

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Angie Delarie said...

Ohh Amy my prayers are with you!
We too last year dealt with a similar situtaion, and its soooo scary.
xxoo thinking of you

Vickie said...

Prayers going out to you and all that are effecting by this wild fire. Be safe AmyJo don't stay if it gets to bad. Material things can be replaced. You can't

Expressions By Elaine said...

Wow That is unbelievable! Great pictures Amy Jo.
Stay safe!

Linda said...

Simply stunning photographs you have taken Amy! I hope you and yours are taking care and my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

Linda xxxx

Kraftin' Kathie said...

I cant even begin to imagine what its like to be going through this...stay safe and take care. Kathie

Kate (Small Bits of Paper) said...

Amy - thanks so much for your email. I'm so glad I saw this so I know what you are going through. What a horrible, horrible situation! My thoughts and prayers are with you. Please keep us posted so we know you are alright. xox
PS The pictures are unbelievable! I just can't imagine being so close to such a massive fire!

Theresa (A Happy Scrappy Life) said...

Those photos are incredible. Stay safe and well. Thanks for joining my blog! I'm your newest follower!


CraftyJAR said...

Oh Amy. That must be really scary. I hope you and your family will be safe from this fire.

Karen said...

My dear friend, you and all in the path of that fire have been in my prayers! I think of you often.. and am sending you all the sparkly sunbeams and love my heart can hold! I am so proud of you. Stay strong and know that I am praying for you! (And thank you for your super sweet words. You are too kind and have such a beautiful heart!) :o)

Hugs and blessings!

Missy said...

Oh, wow. Your pictres are incredible, it's just heartbreaking it is from such a scary event. Will say prayers they are able to get this thing under control so people, homes & animals can be safe!!

Leanne said...

It's almost a month since you posted. Hope all is well with you.

Naomi Edwards said...

Oh Amy Jo , where are you , I miss you something terrible... I was away for a couple of months myself but I am back with a vengence, that is not to say I am in any less pain, I now have it in my throat and Jaws and it is intense and horrible.... I need you!!! Come back! You are the only one I can talk to about this! I guess it is obvious that I am missing you like crazy.

Emily Leiphart said...

Hi Amy, I hope you are doing well. My email from last month must've gone into your spam folder. You were the winner of the Paper Smooches Blog Hop in May. Please stop by to claim your prize!

Paula Gale said...

Hi there -

I have just come by chance to your blog after seeing a link in Linda's side bar... I never knew you and a blog for FM sufferers existed. I too am a sufferer which came on after major surgery to remove a tumor next to my lung. I had to finish work on health grounds because the pain and state I was in was all too much. I would love to get to know more about this blog so will be having a look round.

In the meantime, I can't believe what you are having to contend with - that's really scary having those fires almost on your doorstep - those pictures would be fabulous if it wasn't for the reason behind them. It's heartbreaking to think what wildlife and other must have been destroyed in its wicked path. It must be awful to have been breathing that in and putting up with such poor air quality.

I hope everyone is ok - I note that these pictures and your last post was in June - I do hope you are OK seeing as it is now September.

With thoughts and prayers all is safe with you

Paula Gale x x x

Anne Fenton said...

Amy, your pictures are amazing...I think we must have been born under the same star....we both love the same things and have fibro and I have a set of photos almost the same when we had our big fire here. I am now a new your blog.

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