February 11, 2018
First of all, thank you to everyone for your very kind thoughts and moral support, I am grateful and humbled beyond words. We are excited to think that sharing this weird and unexpected journey might be helpful to others facing the rebuild experience. It’s daunting, like looking up at Mt. Everest from the very bottom. But hopefully, one step at a time will get us there.
I spoke with one neighbor today who has come to the realization that rebuilding his dream house will probably not be possible due to insurance, finances and the time and energy commitment required to build from scratch. It’s heartbreaking, because he and his family loved their house and neighborhood. I know there are so many in the same situation and they will have to take their journey one step at a time.
I’ve never fancied myself a writer, and although I’ve tried a few times in my life, I have never been able to keep a journal or a diary. My life always seemed fairly boring to me, and it was such a struggle to come up with anything interesting enough to write about on a regular basis. Now, thanks to the Tubbs Fire of October 8, 2017, every single day is the opposite of boring! I have to-do lists with indexes and sub-chapters. I now know the difference between an excavator and a backhoe. Esoteric insurance terms like “Option ID” and “Dwelling Extensions” trip off my tongue. I have tons of saved ideas on Pinterest and Houzz, and I’ve bookmarked the HGTV and Better Homes & Gardens websites. I wonder what I did with all that free time, in my boring pre-fire life?
This week we will be getting forms and re-bar installed in preparation for concrete being poured by the end of the week, so stay tuned!
I look forward to hearing from you! You can always send comments/questions to my email: email@example.com