|Late afternoon - smoke heading our way from Bonsall|
|Sun setting behind the smoke over taken from our neighborhood|
|Smoke as seen from our driveway|
Friday, felt like marathon cooking day for me. Amanda and I made an early morning trip to the market to get food for breakfast. Everyone was hungry first thing in the morning and I was the short order cook, making each meal as they told me what they wanted. Gary was a good sport and did all the dishes after each meal. After making lunch for everyone, I made a batch of Spritz cookies so the kids could decorate them and mostly to keep them busy. I know is must be boring for them here with all their stuff at home. They barely had time to pack clothes before they had to leave. Jennifer and Amanda seemed to enjoy the decorating and Jennifer proclaimed all the cookies she decorated as her cookies. By the time we finished it was time to make dinner. It seems like all we did was eat. Kristy took a much needed nap while the girls and I made the cookies.
|Amanda having fun putting cherries on the cookies|
|first cookies out of the oven|
|Jennifer coping Amanda|
Saturday, okay the girls are starting to get really bored now and we can't go anywhere as not everyone was feeling well. We watched the news most of the day looking at all the devastation of this fire. The Thoroughbred center had to evacuate 1000 horses and sadly not all of them survived. Two of the horse trainers were severely burned trying to evacuate the horses. They finally had to just tear down a section of fencing to let them run loose and fend for themselves. A senior mobile home park lost about 70 homes in 12 minutes. The area looks like a moonscape from the photos we saw on the news. Kristy really wants to go home but her home is still in the mandatory evacuation area. Her Dad lives in Bonsall and was ordered to evacuate as well on Thursday. Amanda heard that one of the principals from her middle school lost his home and she was feeling bad for him and his family. I met him a few times and he was a very nice man. Around noon Amanda and I went to get haircuts. I thought it would help to get her out of the house and perk her up with a shampoo, haircut and blow dry. She really enjoyed it and her new hairstyle as she posted photos of herself on Facebook while I was getting my hair cut. Kristy said she is finally feeling a little better this evening.
|Amanda after her haircut|
|Amanda before her haircut|
Sunday, okay everyone is tired of the evacuation. Kristy has done laundry twice as they didn't pack very many clothes. We ate breakfast in shifts as each one of us woke up at different times. Jennifer and Gary ate together, then me and Amanda, followed by Kristy. The girls are getting feisty so I made a batch of peanut butter cookies. Kristy helped me and everyone seemed to enjoy them. After lunch, we watched a Christmas movie then Kristy packed up for their trip home. We noticed that their address is now in the voluntary evacuation area and the wind warning is set to expire in a couple of hours. She has to do some grocery shopping on the way home and then it's about an hours drive since some of the roads are still closed. As I write this I am waiting from a text from her saying they arrived safely. Keeping my fingers crossed they will be safe. Thanks to all our family and friends who have been concerned for our safety.