One Year Ago Today

by Kristina Sloggett

in summertime, Sunday Garden Series, yard & garden

I remember checking my schedule remotely from home. I had no meetings / appointments of my own, and the spa was slow. There were no classes or events scheduled in my meeting rooms. Having the ability to work remotely via computer, I called in and said I was doing so.

About 4:pm, I was glad I did:

We were having a wind storm. It BROKE A TREE in our yard. That tree? Landed on the power lines and started to smoke.

I watched it for a while. When I saw FLAMES, I called in the Big Guns.

Portland’s Finest. Hello, boys. Can you fix this for me?

They christened our street with this:

and continued to watch THIS:

There were five fires in the tree at one point. The fire trucks stayed a while. They eventually came to my door and said it was not safe for them to do anything until the electric company turned off the power. The electric company was seriously busy, dealing with emergencies all over Portland, the wind storm aftermath. (Tree actively burning? Non emergency?) Okay. I was FLIPPIN. They instructed me to call 911 if “the situation suddenly takes a turn.” Fire in a tree? Wind?

You know? It actually didn’t take a turn. There was a police officer sitting in their car, there to watch our property. It made me feel better. At one point, the fire was HUGE. I think the officer called fire department back in…

I could not sleep. Finally, at 2:AM, the electric company turned up, to turn off the power.

The fire department stopped the fire, and within a few days time, the tree was cut back. As much as it could be. We have a river going through our property, that is part of the Fanno Creek system. The Friends of Fanno Creek keep property owners from doing much in the way of change or development, which is good, generally. In this case? It means a tree cannot be fully removed.

ah… well.

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jill July 7, 2010 at 4:40 am

What a terrifying ordeal! I’m sure you’re very thankful that one year later you can look back on that experience and be relieved that nothing happened.

And thanks for the blog props! I’m going to check out your other favorites and see if I can’t add a few to my Google Reader. XO, friend!


2 dorrybird July 7, 2010 at 6:07 am

Oh my goodness – you are just the sweetest! Truly, I’m humbled to be included in a list of such awesome bloggers and so thankful that we found each other in the vastness of the internet. 😉

Your smart humor and your incredible recipes reeled me in and I love reading every single thing you post.

And yes, I WILL come to Portland to visit you and swim with Basil and eat yummy food!

Thank you, thank you!! xoxoxo


3 spabettie July 7, 2010 at 6:41 pm

well of COURSE ! :)

…and thanks for making me smile and happy with each thing you say!


4 agirlandhermutt July 7, 2010 at 8:47 am

I can’t believe your blog has only been up for 2 months! You are doing an awesome job!


5 spabettie July 7, 2010 at 6:39 pm

thank you SO much! :) it means a lot to hear this.


6 thehungryscholar July 7, 2010 at 10:35 am

You too sweet. You’ve only been around for 2 months? You seem like such a pro!

I’m glad they stopped the fire. Yikes.


7 spabettie July 7, 2010 at 6:39 pm

aw, thanks ! :) I like this blog thing… :)


8 kaztronomic July 7, 2010 at 11:40 am

Thank you for the kind words and for passing it on back to me. I’m totally glowing right now. xD

I love your blog, too! <3

I can't remember what happened a year ago today, much less a month ago today. Oh! A month ago, I started this blog. 😀 Hah. A year ago, though? No idea.

That fire looks intense, though. Yikes. o.o Glad everything turned out okay!


9 spabettie July 7, 2010 at 6:39 pm



10 Alycia @ Fit n Fresh July 7, 2010 at 3:12 pm

That is such a crazy story! I’d freak out if that were me!! And congrats on your award – your blog is awesome (:


11 spabettie July 7, 2010 at 6:38 pm

thank you thank you thank you ! :)


12 simplyshaka July 7, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Wow, what a story. Thankfully everything worked out though and no one was hurt.

A year ago life was really boring…..just going to the gym and working out. I really have no pics from last summer which is sad since it was a lame one. This one is already better fo sho!


13 spabettie July 7, 2010 at 6:38 pm

YAAAY ! have a fabulous summer!


14 Julie @ Wearing Mascara July 7, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Awww thanks so much! *sniff* That means so much! I loved this post. I had something significant happen to me on July 7, 2006 (post here: Anyways, thanks again! xoxoxo


15 spabettie July 7, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Wow. That’s a doozie of a story – things DO happen for a reason and there IS a reason you are here!! :) I cannot imagine going through that, and the after effects.

Glad you are okay, and that I got to meet you in blogworld ! :)

and anyone else wanting to read it… that link goes to your #298 post for some reason?? here is the post, I found it :)

thanks for sharing, Julie! :)


16 Lynn July 7, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Spabettie you are the firat blog I have ever subscribed to! SO thank you and keep ’em coming! I will check out the others too! :)

(No word yet STILL! Grumble)


17 spabettie July 8, 2010 at 7:13 pm

YAAAY Lynn I love you! :)

Hmmm…. sorry you haven’t heard… um… call them? :/

come back & visit, bring Tater Pup !


18 Amber from Girl with the Red Hair July 8, 2010 at 1:49 pm

I just love blogging. It’s opened up so many doors for me and literally changed my life. Don’t know where I’d be without it :)

PS: That tree fire is kind of crazy!


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