I’ve had several people, including friends and family, contact me in concern over the Southern California fires. Thankfully, Kevin and I, and both of our families are unaffected. We are all doing well. :)
For us, the fires are about 43 miles north of us (1 hour drive), in Malibu, and about 106 miles south of us (2 hour drive), in San Diego. Sure, we can smell the smoke in the air because of the blustery winds, but that is the extent of what we are experiencing.
I’ve been thinking, however, that I can’t just sit here on my duff and watch as people and animals need help. As stated above, San Diego is only 2 hours away. I can even go for an evening and help out. My friend Cat and I have been throwing the idea around of volunteering down there over the last hour or so. If I go down there, it won’t be for very long because I have work and appointments to tie up loose ends before our trip that I have to keep.
As usual, though, I want to jump in, but considering that I am still dealing with somewhat severe health issues (toxins in my lungs, liver and blood) from the post-Hurricane Katrina animal rescue work I did New Orleans, I am leery of making things worse with the possibility of inhaling smoke.
Of course, I will keep you updated if we do go volunteer and if anything changes.