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Friday, December 31, 2010

FIRE!! and the reluctant house guest

I was awakened in the night by a desperate plea for help......................

Two fires had roared in both our wood stoves last night as the bitter cold brought the thermometer to his knees displaying an astounding 20 below zero. Safe and snug in my bed, I was sleeping peacefully in the strong, capable arms of my beloved. Suddenly, a shrill ring interrrupted the serenity of the night. I rolled over again for the 3rd time. "Why won't that phone quit ringing?!" I wondered. I had already turned down a day shift for today - yesterday and I imagined that maybe the message didn't get passed down. After what seemed like an eternity of ringing, my husband drug his carcass out of the bed and stumbled out to get the phone. Two different lines were simultaneously ringing in. I knew this couldn't be good. A bad feeling settled in the pit of my stomach and I braced myself saying "hello" all the while wondering what kind of Emergency I might be plunging into on this bitter cold night.
"Do you have a pumper truck?" asked a desperate voice on the line. It was the new bride and her house was on fire. Her husband had awakened to seeing sparks on the ceiling, miraculously. After seeing her to safety, he, soon along with the help of their extended family began fighting the flames themselves. They don't have running water there, so it had to be painstakingly hauled in buckets from the house near by. In the relentless cold, the fire radios had some how gone down. No one had responded to the 911 call. I promised her that I would make sure the fire department would respond and gave her my word that I would personally start making phone calls. My husband and son threw on their yellow Nomex and headed out the door. Before long, I had located a few people who had mostly already been called and even jostled out of bed by neighbors. It was a 45 minute drive to the fire department alone, and then to the house. Hope for any structure with those kinds of distances and times is slim. Thankfully, the family had gotten the fire out before they arrived. Mostly, they hosed inches of water onto the roof and tore down chunks of sheet rock. The bitter cold froze water in its hoses as the men tried to draft and prevented several from even starting their trucks to get to the fire. After the men finished, the family began the difficult task of sorting through waterlogged belongings.
A rather unusual house guest has come to visit. My husband agreed to...er... baby sit a pug so his parents could go on a cruise. At first I didn't know what to think of the idea of sharing my home with the odd looking creature. But his mother came bearing chocolate, so my heart softened a little to the creatures odd looking features.... My husband and children are quite taken with the beast and are surrounding it watching as it makes odd snorting sounds. Earlier today, Art Dog was told to put "a coat, mittens and ear muffs on him" before taking him out to pee. After putting the coat on, he looked around for the mutts accessories (it was just the coat). Then my daughter showed him a drawer full of steak that the parents had sent along telling him that it was the dog's meals. Really, the steak was a gift for us, but by then Art Dog didn't know what to think. Though the pug appeared rather reluctant at the idea of staying, he seems to be enjoying his place in the center of every ones attention.


Christine said...

I will pray for that family. And how cool is it the neighbors came to help! Love pugs, they are so cute.
Have a happy new year, you and your family!


Happy New Year From Southern California.

Don't forget to watch the 122nd Rose Parade on New Year's Day coming from Pasadena, California...only 30 miles from The Old Geezer's home :-) If you miss the live telecast, I'm sure there will be lots of reruns through out the day.

No matter what looms ahead, if you can eat today, enjoy today, mix good cheer with friends today enjoy it and bless God for it. ~Henry Ward Beecher

May God Bless and Protect You in the Year to Come. ~Ron

Heather said...

So sorry about the fire. How are the new couple doing now?

What a cute little pug! I know two girls who would just love to pet him!

Momma Bug said...

Your life is none too dull, is it.


You have a god man.
And I'm with you about that kind of critter. Not really my taste in beauty!

Folhetim Cultural said...

Olá feliz 2011! Parabéns pelo vosso blog!
Quero hoje que você possa conhecer o trabalho feito no Folhetim Cultural que é o blog pelo qual sou responsável este abaixo é o endereço:
ontem sábado 1º dia do ano, voltamos com as publicações.
Ás 9 horas da manhã minha coluna poética
Às 13 horas O Poeta entrevista quadro de entrevista
e ás 17 horas Chá das 5 onde um poeta colaborador escreve uma coluna poética. Ao longo da semana atualizações são feitas com noticiário cultural, espero que possa contar com seu apoio nessa empreitada e que possa opinar sobre o nosso trabalho agradeço a atenção lhe desejo um ano super!

Magno Oliveira
Folhetim Cultural

paulawannacracker said...

Happy New Year friend. Just had to come here and thank you for all the support you've given me in the year 2010.

BTW--love the picture of your family in your masthead.

greeneyes616 said...

Very sad for that family but how wonderful people showed their support My step Dad past away 3 years ago and he loved Montana I have it on my bucket list...God Bless I will keep them in my Prayers I wish you and those you love a Blessed and Healthy happy New Year patricia

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I'm just catching up on your blog. Wow, how scary for the young couple. Our fire dept. is just a mile away, I can't imagine having to wait so long. I love how the people in your community come together to help!