Going Home

Hi friends,

Just thought I would drop a quick note to say after 15 days of being wildfire evacuees, we are leaving for home soon.

Gail, the cats, and I are safe and sound. No structures in our town burned, so we have a home to go back to. Unfortunately, other communities were not so lucky. However, no human lives were lost. The toll of other living beings is uncountable.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your well-wishes, and kind, caring thoughts.

Not sure when I will next be writing, but I hope it will be soon.


Author: rawgod

A man with a lot of strange experiences in my life. Haven't traveled that much per se, but have lived in a lot of different areas. English is the only language I have mastered, and the older I get, the more of it lose. Seniorhood gives me more time to self-reflect, but since time seems to go much faster, it feels like I don't have as much time for living as my younger selves did. I believe in spiritual atheism and responsible anarchy. These do not have to be oxymorons. Imagination is an incredible tool.

28 thoughts on “Going Home”

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      1. I absolutely LOVE the way you have used the emoticons! I must ask, though … is it Goose who is the unicorn? I bet the kitties were happy to be back home where they have space to spread out, yes? Please, though, keep a bag packed, for I read that you could yet be evacuated again! LuL


        1. I tried to find a nurse, but the closest I could find was an angel. Hope she likes it. Of course Miss Goose is the unicorn. But I had a flash of bad memory, you do still have 5 cats, don’t you? I couldn’t get all their names in my head.
          Laundry is drying as I write. Bag will be packed tomorrow and retuned to the car. It already has the cat litter in it. Otjer thi gs will be added as we go through our list. We went to fill the car up with gas, but the station computer was down today. I think we need to go back to the old style gas pumps. If the electricity goes, and we need to evacuate at amoment’s notice, we can’t go anywhere without gas! Yikes!

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          1. You did a great job … that’s the first time I think I’ve ever seen you use emoticons. Yep, we still have five. Oliiver (Ollie), Pandora (Pandi), Tiger Lily (the beast), Isabella (Izzy), and Booker T Washington (Boo).

            Oh my! I hope you are able to get fuel soon! I remember a few years ago when there was an evacuation due to a hurricane in Florida and the lines at the gas stations were so long they spilled out into the streets, and some stations even ran out. Goes to show we should always keep at least a half-tank … never know what’s going to happen. I do hope you don’t have to leave again, though. Sigh.


            1. Que sera sera. We’ll be better prepared next time. We’ll have the cat brush with us. We used Gail’s hair brush for grooming, and while none of the cats complained, the room started growing hair on everything after a few days.It’s good to know the important things in a cats life.
              As for emoticons, I actually hate them. I have no idea what all those faces mean. Aside from looking cute (usually) I miss any messages hidden in the pictures. But now my “older” sister uses emoticons all the time, so I’m trying to learn. But if you ever get something that sends the wrong message, please remember, I’m using a totally foreign language.
              I was about to use the old JFK line “Ich bin ein Berliner,” but apparently it is just false news that it means: I’m a doughnut. Bummer. I thought that was a classic misspeak. Now I don’t know who I can trust…

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              1. Heh heh … I’m sure the kitties didn’t mind being brushed with Gail’s hairbrush, though Gail may be buying a new brush now! I still cannot imagine being in a hotel room with our five for over two weeks. Heck, I can’t imagine it for an hour!

                I like the emoticons when used in moderation and not as a distraction. As to who you can trust … have you ever seen the show “The X-Files”? The motto on that show is “Trust No One”. Probably sound advice, though it makes for a rather lonely existence. Are you sure it was false news … about the donut? I’ve always loved that story … no, I won’t believe it was false news. I shall bury my head in the sand like a republican and allow myself to continue believing it!


                1. I was never a fan of X-Files, but I remember that motto on commercials.
                  One of my favourite fiction book series was Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy, they had a much better motto, DON’T PANIC!
                  It has served me well over the years…

                  Wikipedia says “Ich bin ein Berliner” does mean “I am a Berliner” which is what JFK meant, but a Berliner ALSO means a particular style of donut, so if anyone in the audience wss hungry, they probably heard “I am a donut.” A much more interesting story.

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                  1. Don’t Panic is a good one, too. I don’t panic these days, for I figure if a nuke lands on my head … oh well, so what? But I do get angry … enraged, as a matter of fact. Sigh.

                    Yes, I like the story of the jelly donut best, so I shall stick to that one. ;) Gotta have some fun in life!


  1. Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
    Two weeks ago, I shared with you that our friend rawgod had to evacuate his home in Alberta, Canada, due to multiple wildfires in the area. Since many of you have expressed concern and well-wishes, I wanted to share his brief update today.

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  2. Good to have a home to go back too, eh? I’ve seen too many who did not… If the power was out and you didn’t empty them, I’d head for fridge and freezer first thing!!!

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    1. Actually we are leaving those till tomorrow. Power was off when we were ordered out, and stayed off for a couple days. Then it was intermittent for a couple more days till the fire got past the power lines.
      High Level is about the luckiest town in wildfire history. Our prevailing winds are from the west. But for the time the fire was just west of town, the wind blew from the east. We are still not out of danger, but the burning edges are mostly far away now. But should the wind turn around, it could be on us in minutes.
      We really need a long steady rain, but this is probably the dryest spring ever since they started keeping records. No climage change, bullshit. We live in muskeg country, water everywhere. Except this year.


    1. We are for now, Mary, thank you. But we are still on 8 hour alert, and probably will be all summer. Living in the boonies has its good points, but also its bad. 2019 looks bad.

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    1. Hmmmm. Missed this one somehow. Thank you very much for your well-wishes. We are just past the anniversary of our return home last year, and I was checking out the old post. That’s when I found your comment. Again, Thank you.

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