Thanksgiving Came Early.
Monday, October 26, 2020
It was DIFFERENT fire that sprang up very close by and very quickly raged out of control. It caught us (and I believe -- everyone!) TOTALLY by surprise since we were all accustomed to smelling and seeing smoke after almost a month of smelling and seeing heavy smoke from other fires.......
Very much stress to run for your life and not know if you can return.... I've much more empathy for refugees now. I've rested and relaxed for a day and a half, and had some very good sleep, and I feel better. Better enough that I've GOT to at least clean up the kitchen! Maybe not much more..... if not today, then tomorrow.... Whole house smells of smoke and is a mess from our tearing it apart as we searched for "essentials" to grab before leaving.
I made the effort to bring back from the hotel the (what turned out to be a) very large amount of soup that I had made that last day there. DD and I had eaten some that last night there and it was okay -- not great -- but then, it was just leftovers thrown together without all the spices and "magic" that I always have at home.
Once back here, I spent some time saute-ing up a large pan of savory veggies and added the spices and magic and they turned the bland soup into what I call a very delicious Gratitude Stew. As far as I'm concerned, Thanksgiving Day came early! And there's enough for 3-4 more meals! Even MORE gratitude! We'll be eating that until it is gone.