I hope all of you enjoyed your 4th of July.
Through the end of July I am going to be donating $2.00 from each Dragonflies in Flight 2 Fabric Applique Pattern that I sell to the LaVeta Fire District. I chose the Dragonflies in Flight 2 Fabric Applique Pattern because there are numerous Dragonflies that live in the area. Here are a few photos of them. These photos were taken by Polly Neldner of LaVeta Colorado.
You may be wondering why I want to do this, I have a strong family connection to this place. In 1995 my parents built a log home in the mountains between LaVeta and Cuchara in Southern Colorado. We have spent many summer and Christmas vacations with them since. Although I have never lived there it has always been home. It is a spectacular location with a wonderful community.
You always know that when you live in the forest that fire danger is a real concern but NEVER has it come so close. As the Spring Fire grew and consumed homes and land on June 27th you think oh, they will be able to get this out right away. It did not happen, the lack of snow this winter, current winds and terrain were a real problem. Many people lost their homes in the area in fact at this time there are over 100 homes lost.
We are thankful that there have been no lives lost. There are so many people have been evacuated including my parents and many others are on Pre-evacuation notice. It has been a very scary time for us all. We kept telling ourselves that it is just a building and that Mom and Dad are safe but... The memories that were made there are priceless and there will be many more. Almost an inch of rain fell on the afternoon of July 6th in some of the fire locations which was a true blessing. The firefighters have been amazing as has the community and their communication with all concerned. At this point it looks like they have saved many of the homes in the area of Cuchara and LaVeta and the firefighters have gotten a handle on this monster. As of today, my parents are able to see their home first hand and all is good. We continue to send good thoughts to the firefighters and the communities on the north edge of this fire as they are still fighting.
There are many fires burning across the west at this time and summer has only begun so we need to do our part and be very responsible with fire and follow restrictions when they are put in place.
Please remember to support business affected by these fires. They loose much needed revenue during and after these events.