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Finally Back Home But Met With Some Sad News

Well, I finally got back home. I had planned on working on the cat quilt but something else shattered that idea.

It's a 7 hour drive from my home in Illinois to back here in Michigan and when we were an hour from home I got a call on my cell. My friend had been watching my cats and home while I was away and she called me to tell me bad news. We live very rural here, surrounded by National forest and on a lake so everyone in the area is rather secluded. What happened was last night my nearest neighbor's home burnt to the ground! Fortunately, they escaped but with nothing but the clothes on their backs. At that time no one was sure whether our home had been damaged. Thankfully, our home is fine but oh my, my neighbor's home is ashes. All that is left is a scarred foundation and black, sooty ashes. I was left shaking!

I immediately let them know we would do anything for them. It's just so sad. Fire is always a big deal here. If your house starts on fire you really can't do much but watch it burn. By the time the volunteer fire departments arrive, it's too late. They have to come from 2 different states and it's not always easy access. My husband has decided to invest in a huge pump with a real fire hose after this. Better to pump water from the lake and have a chance than stand by and do nothing. Always be prepared! Safety first.

So quilting will wait for a couple days.


cepatchwork said:

how sad. but at least there was no loss of life. your husband has a good idea.our fire dept is also volunteer, they  try very hard, but sometimes it's just too late.

# October 5, 2012 9:51 PM

JodyS said:

cepatchwork, yes, thankfully they are both OK. I was over there today and boy, what a mess.

# October 6, 2012 4:03 PM

Robin said:

So sorry for your neighbors lost.  Glad their ok hope they can rebuild.

# October 6, 2012 7:30 PM

Linda said:

Jody,so sorry to hear about your neighbors loss. I hope the community comes together to help them rebuilt and pray with them to help restore their faith. I will add them onto my prayer list. Fortunately, they are ok. god's blessings.

# October 7, 2012 5:40 AM

JodyS said:

Thanks, Robin and Linda. I'm sure they'll rebuild. This was their retirement dream home. Fortunately an elderly relative has a home that's been for sale up towards the top of our street so they can stay there (the relative passed and the neighbors were selling it for her).

I contacted my quilt friend who's teaching me and we're going to do a quilt for them! That will be a good project for me as a beginner and a good deed too.

# October 7, 2012 7:22 AM

Pat Frontuto said:

I am sorry to hear this news, and the folks will be in my prayers, we just never know what's in store, and just so much to be thankful for every day.  Blessings to all:0)

# October 10, 2012 8:28 PM