It has been a week of highs and lows for our family and I have had many distractions that have kept me away from the blog. This is a quick "catch-up" post to let you know about some of the things that have been happening.
My husband's parents are downsizing after nearly 35 years in the same house so we have been helping with sorting, cleaning, painting and staging the house. A week ago Friday they closed on a new condo nearby and their house went on the market this week. This process has made me realize that it would be good to start now to get our house in "ready-to-sell" order. We don't have any plans to move in the near future but it would be nice to avoid the stress of doing everything in just a few months.
Our first sad news came at the beginning of the week. My husband's brother and his wife lost their beloved dog. Losing a pet is like losing a member of the family and we were so sad to hear the news.
Then, something good happened...
On Wednesday, my husband called his brother to say how sorry we were to hear about the loss of their dog. He told us that it had been raining ever since they buried the dog. At that point, no one knew how much more rain was coming. They live in one of the canyons above Boulder and if you have followed any news this week you will know about the devastating floods in Colorado. Their small town of Jamestown was hit very hard by the storms and we had some nervous time waiting to hear if they were OK. One man was killed in their town by the collapse of a building.
They were able to get to safety on higher ground and stay at her sister's house on the other side of the creek. The town is completely cut off due to washed out roads and bridges. On Saturday they had to take a zip line across the creek and the helicopters finally brought them out of the mountains. The house has four feet of sandy mud inside - they were able to retrieve a few personal belongings but will most likely lose the house. We are so shocked by all that has happened - it is hard to take it all in.
We just went to visit them in June and I shared a few photos from that trip already. Our timing was perfect to see the poppies that grow on their property.
Living in the mountains they have amazing views - this photo was taken in the front yard.
My brother-in-law has been working on building this garage/barn/studio on their property and it survived the flood.
The house is on slightly lower ground and close to the creek that runs through Jamestown.
This is how the creek looked when we were visiting.
You can see how close the creek is to the house - I took this photo from the second story looking down at the patio area where we had dinner the first night we were there.
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this flood. I hope that it will be possible to quickly rebuild the roads to give access to the stranded towns. We really enjoyed the spirit of Jamestown and the people who live there are wonderful at looking out for each other. But no one is ever truly prepared for something like this to happen.
Thanks for letting me share this purely personal post - crafty projects will be back next week...
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