We passed a rather large milestone yesterday with the house. The last room was painted yesterday. My wife painted the “Great Room”, really a family room in the basement while I was putting in the last of the trim in her old office.
Basically, all I have left of the major projects to do on the house is to put in the trim in that room this evening (and I have to do some cut in on the ceiling where she missed painting it).
Other than that, we have no major projects left. I have a few hours of work left to do on some electrical boxes, re-installation of a handrail on the stairwell, and one on the front porch. The deck needs a coat of paint ( a couple hours perhaps) and we have to empty the rest of the “crap” we’ve not gotten rid of. We missed our 1 May date to finish, and 1 June date. But we likely won’t miss the 1 July date.
Last week we purchased our “Land Yacht”, a smallish Class C Shasta RV. It’s older, kind of like us, in decent shape for it’s age and not too many miles. It should serve our purpose; that is to keep us out of hotels along the road trip Eastward, and get us to the far side of the country in a snail-like fashion. We expect it to cost some cash in gasoline, but we will be just fine.
Tonight I plan to finish the trim, the paint and start moving junk out of the house to the garage we can put in a garage sale. With luck, this weekend coming up and next we ought to be able to get together a small yard sale and get rid of stuff. We plan to get the home on the market pretty quick after that and with luck have it sold within three months. Maybe less. The market is doing well at the moment, and we will see.
Now, there is BAD news from our neck of the woods. Last Monday on the way home from work I could see a small fire on the mountain in the Air Force Academy grounds from my work. I work roughly 41 miles from the Academy. Fortunately the fire was contained and put out rather quickly, within I think a couple hours. It was only about 100X100 feet in diameter as I understand it. However, it was dry, windy and no rain was forecast for Tuesday – and conditions were optimum for a forest fire to take hold. And it did.
On Tuesday afternoon at 1435 leaving work I saw smoke to the NW, perhaps 15-20 miles away. That fire had apparently just started, and it mushroomed very quickly. By the time I arrive home, 30 minutes later, the smoke plume was up to 25,000 feet in height and stretching 35 miles to the ENE. Radar was showing it was growing quickly. I could see the smoke from my home (about 8 miles south of the actual fire) and it was being reported as “dangerous”. They were rapidly evacuating people from the area and the fire grew rapidly.
The fire is now known as “the Black Forest Fire” and has sadly claimed two lives. 483 homes, 14,200 acres have been destroyed. Numerous outbuildings are not counted in that count but for every home there was likely at least one outbuilding in that area, whether sheds, barns or garages. Thousands of people have been displaced, hundreds of domesticated animals including goats, horses, dogs and cats had to be saved. Currently the Sheriff says there is no obvious evidence of foul play, but the incident IS being investigated as a crime scene (probably because two persons were killed, over run by a fire storm it appears at this point) and they are leaving no stone unturned to find the cause. The last I heard for certain was neither the Air Force Academy fire OR the Black Forest Fire were caused by lightning (confirmed by the National Weather Service, no lightning within 72 hours of the Black Forest fire’s start, which happens to encompass the AFA fire’s time line.)
This fire came just about two weeks short of one year from the Waldo Canyon Fire on the slope to my west. This fire was north of me. Both fires were with 8 miles distance of my own house (neither moved in the direction of my house though, my family was not in danger either time and most of my children were safe at their homes as well).
The Waldo Canyon fire was started by a human. At this point it appears that so was the Black Forest Fire. No suspects or persons of interest have been found yet.
At this point though, I think it is time to get my home on the market. I need to sell it, and I’m sure someone probably needs a house to live in.
It’s a sad world we live in if those fires were started on purpose.