1. I'm excited to report that the Waldo Canyon Fire is now 70% contained! Many of the evacuations have been lifted, roads have been reopened, and the community has shown such strength during this time. Neighbors helping neighbors, donations of money, food, and time, etc. The air quality is returning to normal and we're even starting to get more of our afternoon rains, which are typical for this time of year.
Sadly, 346 homes were destroyed and two lives were lost. The claims and rebuilding process has begun for many people, and the area got a wake-up call about disaster preparedness.
|Source: Wild Fire Tees|
Two of the biggest charities for wildfire relief are Care and Share and the local Red Cross. There have been many worthwhile charitable events going on, and opportunities to volunteer/give back. A group of local artists have been putting together t-shirts, from which 100% of the profits go to the above mentioned charities. A recent design featured a C-130, so you can bet I snatched this one up in a hurry!
2. It's going to be a very low key and quiet Fourth of July for much of the state. Many cities have cancelled planned celebrations and almost all have put a stop to fireworks. I am thankful that the roads have reopened and that I can head up the mountain to my family's cabin, where we'll just relax and enjoy some quiet time...followed by some nickel slots at the local casinos! ;) Don't forget my rhubarb pie! It's just not the 4th if I'm not grubbing on some rhubarb! You can have your watermelon!
|Right there with you, buddy.|
4. Now that things are slowly winding down, I need to refocus and begin studying (hardcore) for my upcoming AFOQT. Just a bit more than two weeks to go, yikes! I took more practice components today and bombed the aviation section - 5%! Oops! I know nothing about that sort of thing, so it's a good thing that I'm too old to be a pilot. I wish I could just skip those sections entirely, since it's not even an option for me. Hopefully they'll recognize my stellar qualities in other areas. :)
5. Most of you know that we're a dual military couple, and DH recently came over to the Air Force Reserve as well. He's down at Sheppard AFB right now, at tech school to become a crew chief on our C-130s. Sheppard is in Wichita Falls, Texas, which is not known to be a very romantic getaway locale, or much of a locale, period. Regardless, I happily booked my trip to visit him at the end of the month, before my summer is absolutely over and I return to teaching. Our anniversary falls on the 2nd of August, and we don't have a good track record of being together for the occasion, courtesy of the military. Looking forward to enjoying some regional institutions, like Whataburger! Of course, shopping for clothing appropriate to a hot Texan summer ensued as well. All set and ready to go!
Hope everyone else is having a safe and relaxing summer, especially all of you who leave for BMT soon! Enjoy it while you can!