Carr Fire – Monday Morning

Fire Update 7.20am

Size: 98,724 acres

Containment: 20%

Not quiet finding the zen this morning. We’re still kind of hanging in the air here. The fire calmed down some over night, and now some local residents post on Facebook that it’s picking up again. No new official reports for the day yet (6am.) As of last night the Carr Fire was 95,368 acres and 17% contained.

We are not in the line of fire. The smoke comes and goes. Right now it’s not bad (considering that we’re right next to the fire.) For a couple hours yesterday it was horrible, but then it went down to doable levels again. We woke up without water. We have bottled water for drinking, and the horses are fine for another couple of days. We’re going to look into that. We’re on a well, and not city water. Besides not having running water, we’re decently comfortable. My dog Gretchen, that I wrote about yesterday, did eat a little bit, and are mostly content just resting close to me. She is definitely affected by the situation.

My lungs are still telling me to keep inside as much as possible (I had a couple severe pneumonias as a child/teenager, that unfortunately resulted in sensitive airways.) I stayed inside all day yesterday and felt relatively OK. I read a lot, kept myself updated about the fire, communicated with family/friends, and took care of all the cucumber from my garden that were building up in my fridge. I made three different kind of pickles; Ghost Chili Pickles, Dill Pickles, and Parsley Pickles. It was fun.

I’m hoping to be able to stay here. Just wanted to keep you posted. I do have my bags packed by the door. There’s no telling what will happen. I got a few hours of sleep. Very grateful for that. Thank you firefighter’s and first responders for working around the clock, to save life’s and homes. We are forever grateful!

Before ending this post I need to share two super positive happenings from northern California, in the midst of all the chaos!

  1. Two mustangs placed in top ten, in the world’s toughest endurance race the Tevis Cup (took place Saturday. In northern California.) Cody, one of them WON The Haggins Cup (Sunday,) the award to the top ten horse found to be in the “most superior physical condition” after successful completing!! SO AWESOME!! Especially now when there’s thousands of mustangs in BLM’s holding pens, actually in risk to be sent to slaughter. Perfectly healthy horses, that could, with training, excel in many different disciplines. Just like the two amazing horses we saw this weekend. It made me incredibly happy to see. I’ve gentled, and started a few wild mustangs, and I know how amazing they are. Just so happy that the world gets to see their true potential. They need all the positive publicity they can get. More mustangs need to get out of those holding pens!
  2. Nellie Williams Miller, a local girl from Cottonwood (next to the Carr Fire,) won a prestigious barrel race.


Just a short update to let you know what’s going on, and for my friends and family to know that I’m still here. I hope that your week starts in the best possible way. Praying for safety for all. ❤ If it’s at all possible I will be back with updates.



Ms Zen



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It’s all about experiences, and the healing power of nature. Life is about choosing happiness. I entered the magic world of photography when I was five years old. My gypsy soul have taken me to many different countries, and definitely taught me to be more humble. I believe that you are what you eat, body and soul. I enjoy growing my own food, and spending time outdoors. A Sagittarius loves to travel, have an open mind and, and a philosophical view. It motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes changes. A lot of that perfectly describes me. The fact that my ancestors, on both parents sides, were vikings, doesn’t exactly lessen my desire to explore. Maybe a slightly more mindful exploring, compared to the average viking. My blog, and my art prints is a results of my (inner and outer) explorations. Love, Maria

21 thoughts on “Carr Fire – Monday Morning

  1. Prayer continuing.

    The cucumbers look wonderful! A back-fence neighbor gifted us with three cucumbers, yesterday afternoon. I plan to slice them up for nibbling and to add to my salads. If the tomatoes all ripen at once, this year, I expect that he will be handing out some of those, too. Oddly, we do not have enough full sun in our yard for growing vegetables, and so I stick with seasonal wildflowers. (Which garden I must weed as soon as it dries out, again. It has been oh, so rainy!)

    Best wishes!

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    1. Thank you so much Lizl. I’d happily give you some of my tomatoes, my fridge is full of them now. It’s on my list to take care of that, but as you can imagine not the first priority right now. LOL. Thank you for your kindness. ❤

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    1. Thank you! I really hope so as well. Right now the smoke is keeping the temperatures down a few degrees. They lifted some evacuation orders this morning. (New were issued last night, but further away.) The people closest to me that were evacuated can return home. The fire is moving away more.

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  2. Glad to read you’re all okay, and hopeful! Your dog looks much better, too! Way to find a productive way to keep you occupied during this difficult time.

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  3. Just now reading this at 2:33 pm. We woke up to a smokey sky. Not too bad.. We will eventually have cucumbers and we are seeing signs of zucchini.. We have been experimenting with cooking veggies on our grill. Have you heard of Anne Novak? She is an advocate of horses and trying to drum up help/rescue them. She is at fb. It is heart wrenching to hear about round ups etc.. I have become much more sensitive to animal neglect and abuse. I appreciate the updates.. stay safe and secure and happy canning…

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    1. I’m glad the smoke isn’t to bad where you’re at. It is doable here right now as well, even though it’s classified as unhealthy. Maybe I’m starting to get used to it?

      Yes, Anne Novak is doing a lot of good for the wild horses. She’s been an advocate for a long time. Animal, and child abuse is among the very few things that really upsets me.

      Thank you for your kind comment. I hope you’re having a great day!

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      1. HIi! Good to hear from you.. We’re chilling with our cats and bees. We are wanting to go and pick blueberries. We haven’t decided when. The peaches should be ready too. We’ve extracted honey and will do a few more frames. I hope your work day went well😄


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