Friday, March 14, 2014

Burn, Baby, Burn

Today I was eating lunch when I saw smoke outside. I went out on our little porch to see if I could tell what was burning. I thought our neighbors might be burning leaves down the road from us. I went back inside when I couldn't see anything. Right after that, a firetruck went flying up the road. I peeked out front and saw smoke north of us.
Firetrucks were trying to put a fire out on the side of the road. It had run up the hill into the woods because the wind had been blowing hard today.
I walked up the side of the road to get a better look. Some kids were playing in the front yard of one of the houses. They said they called 911 when they saw the fire. The lady who lived there said another neighbor had called asking if her house was on fire. The fire was across the road. The lady said flames were fifteen feet high when she called.

It's hard to believe a fire could have started by accident. Although there is plenty of undergrowth, the fire seemed pretty large. 
Luckily we have a fire station down the road from us. Firefighters are quick to respond to any emergency.

Don't let the green grass fool you. Although we have had plenty of rain recently, a fire can get out of control quickly.

The tree trunks are charred and black. The fire went east up the hill and was trying to go completely out of control.
Even the "law dogs" showed up. I guess they couldn't resist the excitement. Everyone turns out for an emergency in Resaca. Not much ever happens around here.
Firefighters used a bulldozer to try to make a fire break. They parked up Chitwood Road and went into the woods.

Firefighters efforts were rewarded because the fire didn't spread very far. If it had of gained purchase the neighbors on Chitwood Road would have been in trouble. The woods surrounds their houses.
Emergency vehicles were everywhere during the fire. I didn't even know they had access to bulldozers until now.
Traffic was backed up both ways on Highway 41. Several cars turned around but most vehicles waited patiently until they were motioned around the firetrucks.
Smoke was still billowing out from the pine needles and leaves laying on the ground.
The firefighters left after they contained the fire. It was quiet and peaceful again but there were still some hot spots burning.
Donny and I rode up Chitwood Road to see how far the fire had spread. It looked as if hadn't gone very far but it was still smoking.
I guess that is our excitement for the week. I sure hope the fire doesn't start back up later on. A cloud of smoke hangs over the neighborhood. I wonder what started the fire in the first place. It's hard to believe it was spontaneous combustion. I can't imagine that a cigarette being thrown out would have caused such a large burn before anyone noticed it. I sure hope it wasn't arson. 


Monday, March 3, 2014


March started out nice and warm and pleasant. Now it's cold and windy. Brrr ... I'm about tired of all this flipping cold weather and ready for a little warm weather and lots of sunshine. I guess that's why I was born in the south. I couldn't stand living anywhere else.

Daffodils are peeking out from under the ground and risking life and limb to put on a springtime show. I don't know how they'll make out after tonight's freeze. Oh well, what doesn't survive will only be the beginning. We have lots of flowers and shrubs getting ready to break out in color. I can't wait. The only problem with that is that people will be complaining about the pollen instead of the cold. I guess humans are never satisfied.

Lots has been going on in the past few months. Don's improving every day and getting stronger since his surgery. He likes to walk around the church parking lot across the street to get his exercise.

Today Scout and Colt didn't work very long so they came home and we all slept as long as we could. It was too cold and wet outside to want to do anything. It was good sleeping weather. 

Scout and Katie have been painting the apartment, getting ready to move into it. Katie is excited to be moving to Georgia. It's amazing what a little paint can do to dress up a place. You should see the bright colors! 

Bennett can't wait to start going to his new school. I hope he feels that way after he gets out of kindergarten.

Today I cooked a whole chicken and a pot of pinto beans. Mama came down to eat with us. I like having everybody around when I cook a big meal.

Mama had been in Chattanooga visiting her sisters. Patsy and Mary have condominiums next door to each other. Mary is moving to Savannah to be next to her son and his family, and Patsy is going to move back to Illinois to be close to her son and daughter who live up there. We are going to miss them when they move away. Aunt Jonnie Bell will be the only sister living close when they are gone. She lives in Chattanooga too. Mama and her sisters are the best and anybody who has ever been around them is amazed at how happy and fun they are to be around. Nobody doesn't like Patsy and Mary. 

This is a year of change. People are moving, and lives are changing. I hope things start getting better as the year goes by. Right now I am still on pins and needles. I don't know if life will ever be normal again.

Heather, Jami, Dana, Mike, Mary Jane, Johnathon, Jason, Alex, Patsy, Sunshine


Jerry White, Debbie Chitwood,
Crick Marshall, Mary Bell Carter, Evelyn Chastain, and Lela Smith

Blizzard of 1993

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