Thursday, July 19, 2012

Some Pictures and an Update

Thank you for all your comments, your caring words, and your concern for our well-being. Again, I am touched by the bloggy world and all you wonderful caring people that I have met through it.

This morning, I went to our Diabetes Support Group meeting, where we talked about the complications of this disease. Unfortunately, diabetes complications involves just about every part of the body. Most people know about blindness and nerve damage to feet and legs, but did you know even your nose can be subject to nerve damage? Not only can you go blind, you can also become deaf. Heart disease, sexual problems, kidney failure, stomach issues, depression and on and on. 
Unfortunately, many people with the most common form of diabetes, type 2, are diagnosed too late and complications have already, or will soon, set in. I feel lucky, if that's the right word, to have type 1, because I got diagnosed right away and started on insulin as soon as I had the first symptoms, which are severe with type 1. I'm sure that's one reason I'm doing well and have no complications after 22 years. My control has been up and down, but I am very vigilant and that may be another reason. So please make sure you are tested for this disease, which is now so very common. 
Sorry to be lecturing, but every time I go to the meetings, I hear about new problems that people have and I just have to spread the word as best I can.

Driving back home, I noticed that all wind turbines were off, even those on the other side of the highway, where it didn't burn. And at the exit, all these Edison (electric company) trucks were gathered. I'm sure they will have their work cut out for them in the coming months.

We are just fine, but I'm beginning to feel really tired now. The temperature here is 90 F today, so it was really wonderful that it was cloudy and much cooler yesterday. That alone, must have made a huge difference in putting out the fire. On TV last night they said it was 50% contained and full containment was expected today. I still saw small fires and spirals of smoke in the mountains.

After I was in the canyon, I stopped and got out of the car to take a few pictures of the damage and these two fire trucks, hiding in the bushes. There were still many fire trucks in the canyon, checking on flare ups, I imagine.

I had read some years ago that there are certain water spots in the canyon where helicopters can go and replenish their water. But I had no idea where these places were located. Then, as I stood there, a helicopter came and headed down with its water thing hanging below.

Since there are some buildings at this spot, I was pretty sure it was getting water there. And it did. I thought it was a lot of fun to watch and capture this with my camera. I tend to get excited about stuff like this. Hope you can see the blue helicopter hovering in the middle of the picture.

After it was done, it rose again over the buildings and the burnt out fields.

Looking small against the mountain, it flew higher and higher.

Until it crossed over the ridge and disappeared. 

So, to recap, I am tired, but fine. My hubby is still in his pajamas, so he's tired too. Other than that, all is well in our part of the canyon. The dogs are fed and we're having leftover stuffed bell peppers for dinner, so no one has to cook. Life is back to normal in other words.


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