Things That Are Awesome

Stress!! No, stress is NOT awesome. This has been an incredibly stressful 4 days. As you may have seen in my previous post, we had a wild fire burning very close to town. We’ve been watching all the updates and listening to the press conferences and things are looking better and better. This morning we were given an official 30% containment. Still under the pre-evacuation notice while the clean up and maintain the fire line on the north side of the fire but it’s been holding for 2+ days and they are confident the fire won’t progress past the line towards town. So I’ll just say, I’m sure we won’t be evacuated.

So…The things that are awesome…well 30% containment and good news regarding the fire.

People, men and women, who put their lives on the line to fight these fires for us.

Fighting from the ground

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Fighting from the air






Things That Suck….


This and people who do this. Still no idea if this was human caused or just how it started. My bet is human.

The cedar creek fire was discovered yesterday around 1:00. My mom and I saw it and decided to drive out and see where it was exactly. From the north it didn’t look too bad.

Fire from the north, Just after starting.


View from the south side of the fire


So now we are on a Pre-Evacuation order just waiting for the news. Honestly though, after listening to the press conference, it seems to me that they feel a little cautiously optimistic about this thing.

In 2002 we had a monster fire that had us evacuated for 2 weeks, some people longer. This fire is moving into that old burn area and an area that has been cleared or treated, which is thankfully slowing it down.

As of now there are no evacuations ordered.


KABAM Book Festival 2016

What a trip…and I do mean what a trip. The 4 hour drive was almost a piece of cake. If it hadn’t been for the wind and a trucker who really wanted me off the road it would have been uneventful 😉

So I got to Kingman without any trouble, did I mention wind and truckers? Anywhoo, checked into my hotel and asked where exactly Metcalfe Park was. The lady looked out the window and pointed….I was literally across the street. Within walking distance. So Saturday morning I walked over. The festival was just starting and people were still getting their tables set up. The first table I came to just happened to be my dear friend Victoria Kaer.

At the table next to Tori were my friends Alexia Purdy and Katie Salidas 


Alexia’s links
Katie’s Links
Well this one came out a little dark and you can’t really see these amazing ladies and if I try to brighten it up I lose the book covers. Anyway, My friends Deborah Dorchak and Wendi Kelly. Co-authors of the Bonds of Blood and Spirit saga. Deb lives in Las Vegas and Wendi in Chicagoland. 2 very amazing people and great friends. 
Check out the books..
Coming soon to the saga….
I actually got to hold it….
I was also introduced to Tom Keller, an author from Las Vegas, and I picked up his book “Return of the High Fae” I look forward to reading it.
It was a really great time. I went home with more books than I can possibly read in one lifetime…ok not really I will read them all but still.
My give away loot
My precious….and the only reason I am still speaking to Katie….read the series to understand 😉
Glad I brought a big bag 
This was also in the stash I was given and as it turns out Lacey only lives about 15 minutes from me.
So there you have it, a fun filled day spent with friends and books. What else is there.

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It…..


Blech! Snow!

It’s that time of year again. Break out the fuzzy jammies, the slippers and warm blankets.

The weather has gone from fall right into winter. The first snow has fallen. It was only about an inch, if that, but it was enough to make a mess of the roads and nice clean cars. Now the nights are in the freezing temps and one has to leave a faucet trickling to keep from having frozen pipes.

Welcome to northern Arizona in the winter