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Sunday, June 22, 2008


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Hi Frances,

I saw your post on Expatmum's blog and thought I'd pop by and say hello.

Amazingly, I used to live close by you in Solano county. Small world, init? Was there for 4 years, in a little place called Benicia. I now live in NE Oklahoma.

Sorry to hear about the wildfires, I hope you and your family are all safe. We are still dodging tornadoes here, but hopefully things will settle down soon.


Sweet little city, Benecia - though no doubt the Fairfield fires made for a pretty smoky weekend down by the Bay. Do you mis the Bay Area, Jan? Now you must have to deal with tornado weather.


Just got back into town from our short Tahoe vacation. Have to tell you that the smoke from the fires was clearly visible all over the Lake. We were wondering what the thick blanket of smog was when we were packing up this morning, turned on the news and heard the fires were in Napa. Thankfully they seemed to be all out, or under control by the time I reached that particular area on the drive home.


Good thing that Tahoe was spared this time at least - don't think there would be enough resources to go around, with over 800 fires now blazing from Big Sur in the South to Humboldt County in the North. Over 600 firefighters are in the front line as I write. It's intense.


I have been reading about all the fires in Northern California following the lightening strikes. Glad to know Tahoe was spared, it is a beautiful area. But then then there are many beautiful areas in N Cal.

I have to say that Benicia was one of the nicest places I've lived. The thing I miss most about California is the ocean. I'm now just about as far away from the sea as I can be.

But I also love Oklahoma, and like the changing seasons, but I hate the hot, humid summer months.


So much smoke! Hard to breathe. Cough, cough. Send lots of good thoughts to the brave men and women fighting the fires. Could be a long season!

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