The neighbor's house was a total loss - burned and/or melted from top to bottom. I watched our house fill with smoke and the firemen drag hoses into it. I thought it was bad but I had no way to comprehend the actual state of things. In the end, only the adjoining wall burned and the edges of the carpet, but the smoke and soot and stench covered and filled everything.
|I was too traumatized to capture the action when there were about 6 fire trucks. This is at the end when they were cleaning up. The door with the ladder is the neighbors, ours is to the left.|
|Even the poor elm tree in the back got burned some. Spring leaves should not be black.|
Overall, it has been an experience in living with disruption, uncertainty, and loss. Having basic routines and basic necessities pulled out from under our feet has made us all a little shaky and quite exhausted. Eating out three meals a day can be a bummer if you are not used to it.
Valerie has been a trooper, managing to get her studying for her final exams done even with the disruption. David has been a master organizer and crisis manager. I have been staying focused on getting my portfolio and application finished so I don't miss the deadline in one month. Thankfully, my artwork was not damaged.
A few bright spots outside of all that have been: swimming in the pool, eating delicious Korean Bibimbob, finding a Patagonia store, and getting valerie new, beautiful pjs from Topshop.
|this speaks for itself|
|Nicole came to cheer us up. She offered to help clean but luckily that was not necessary. Instead we went out for a drink and Miss Chu's Vietnamese.|
|I felt cheered up by the Patagonia store on Bathurst Street. Surf gear in the lower level!|
|Retail therapy. Organic cotton and Hemp a plus!|
|Our living room at the Fraser Suites. David working from "home"|
|Ironically, there was a World Firefighter Games event in the city this weekend. Go Fire Fighters. We love you! This was the German team.|
|Spicy Korean food monday lunch|
I don't know how we will feel when we get back in to the house. It seems this is one more reason to realize that that rental is not really our home and maybe we will start looking for some place to really plant our feet and commit to. Life and real estate is complicated one way or the other so we might as well choose our own flavor of uncertainty. To use a really bad pun, this event has put a fire under our butts to investigate the housing options in and around this town.