Just about the time I felt a bit relaxed about the local fires and smoky air we are trying to breathe, I drive 5 miles from here to see a field on fire.It was so swift. The 7 units were all racing from tree to tree with water hoses and trucks. It was only about 5 acres, and they had it under control in less than one hour. But my stomach was in my throat. My heart pounded. I just can't imagine the magnitude of this kind of disaster that has claimed the lives and homes of so many, near and far.
We are still under such a severe drought warning and smoking ban
which is a huge concern with the upcoming Antique Festival
I just received word from Laura's Mom that both Tim and Lauras
employers have been generous with the next 6 months
of living expenses,
so there is not a monetary need right now. But oh how those boys love their Beanie Babies!! and Laura is on the streets helping her neighbors with their own losses. She is just that kind of gal!
....and we are OK...but thousands of families are not.
photo by me
Our friends above lost their home,
burned to the ground.
photos by Laura
and all the boys have asked for is Beanie Babies. Got some? You can mail them to
PO Box 2177
Bastrop, TX 78602
Laura Cruise is the daughter of my neighbors Linda & Richard Hamilton of