It’s the end of the workweek (not that I work anymore), which means another Five on Friday! I wish I could say it’s been a great week, but for so much of the state, it has been a nightmare.
1.Mr. V was called up on Sunday to go help with the fires in Central Washington. He’s acting in an administrative role with the Washington National Guard, so he’s not in any danger, but I worry for all of the personnel who are battling these fires and the residents who are in the path of danger. So many homes have been lost, and now three firefighters have lost their lives: Tom Zbyszewski, Andrew Zajac, and Richard Wheeler. Daniel Lyon, the fourth crew member involved in what is thought to be a vehicle accident while escaping the fire, suffered third-degree burns on 1/2-2/3 of his body.
More than 400,000 acres are burning across Washington, with gusty winds forecasted for this weekend. DNR is setting up a coordination center to handle offers of help or equipment. Omak City Hall and the state Department of Transportation office in Colville will organize training sessions for those not currently qualified to serve on the fire line.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
To volunteer your time: For Omak, call 360-826-2546 or email CRC.Omak@gmail.com; for Colville, call 509-675-7847 or email CRC.Colville@gmail.com. Offers will be reviewed starting at 7 am Friday.
The Community Foundation of North Central Washington is collection donations for victims of the fires through the Chelan Valley Fire Relief Fund. www.cfnce.org/fire or 509-663-7716
Okanogan County Community Action Council is providing aid for immediate needs such as gas, food, and shelter. www.occac.com 509-442-4041
Room One in Twisp is accepting donations. www.roomone.org/fire-recovery or 509997-2050
The Salvation Army office in Wenatchee is collecting money to supply fire victims with gas cards and thrift store vouchers. www.salvationarmynw.org or 1-800-SAL-ARMY (designate gift cards to “Northwest Fires”)
The Red Cross is accepting donations. www.redcross.org or 1-800-RED-CROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10.
The United Way of Chelan and Douglas Counties is taking donations through its Sleepy Hollow fire relief fund. You can specify in comments a specific fire to direct donations. www.uwcdc.org or 509-662-8261
Vern is taking advantage of Mr. V’s absence to stretch out on that side of the bed. Since both Mr. V and Vern snore, it’s almost like I’m not alone in bed, although one definitely has worse breath than the other.
2.It’s hard for me to use the blow dryer anymore, so I went to my wonderful stylist and had her color and cut my hair. My scalp is still a little pink and I clearly don’t bother with more than running a comb through my hair but I’m happy with it ;p
3.I’m pet sitting this beautiful kitty once again while her humans are on vacation. Isn’t she just a gorgeous cat? She’s very cuddly and insists that I pet her while she eats.
4.It’s been a good week for photos, for a change.
5.Still no word on my referral to the rheumatologist. I did a home sleep study last weekend and that came back normal, which I expected. I’m surprised they learned anything from it – it’s not easy to sleep with a big chunk of plastic stuck to your forehead.
6.Bonus item, I guess?
Madonna quietly released a new video not too long ago. No waves were made, but it’s everything I wish music videos still were.