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Our house, in the middle of our street

So we've had a family of five living in our house since Thursday. They were evacuated on Monday from the Lake Arrowhead area twice - once from the house they were renting, and once from the Rim of the World house they evacuated to. They decided to evacuate Monday to her mother's house. When we checked with them again on Wednesday, we found out that they weren't living in the best of conditions. The parents were in separate twin beds. One of the girls was sleeping on the floor, another on the couch, and one was sleeping on two chairs pushed together.

We have a spare room with a queen bed and two couches that pull out into beds.

We were rather insistent that they move into our house for a while. So Thursday night, our little house that normally had two adults and a cat had four adults, three girls, two dogs, and a cat. Chaos ensued. Now, please don't misunderstand -- I offered the house to this family and am very glad to help. But our quiet house turned into a madhouse. And did I mention that I'm really not a kid person? Yeah, I was just giddy to have all these ... little people ... all over the place.

Saturday, Jen and one of her friends were going to a Scrapbook Expo, so she had invited this friend to stay overnight and scap all day Friday. That plan was made early in the week. Jen made sure her friend knew what was going on, and she decided to go ahead and stay at our house anyway. So Friday, we actually had 5 adults, 3 kids, 2 dogs, and 1 cat. And because the scapping session ran late into the night, that was same situation Saturday.

Anyway, the family was able to get up to the Arrowhead house today, and all was fine. Their food was spoiled, but that was about it. Not even the smell of smoke in the house, which is pretty darned cool. So they called me to say that they are throwing out the food, will come back down to pick up their stuff from our house, have dinner, and go back up the hill. They are ansy to get back home, which I understand. To be honest, I'm ansy to get my quiet house back.

Ah, west and welaxation at wast. =)


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Oct. 29th, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC)
LOL wow, to be a fly on the wall :) Chaos indeed!
It was super nice of you to let them stay though.
Reminds me of this season of Curb Your Enthusiasm...
Oct. 29th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
Plus, you have doing a good thing for someone else to your credit. Always good for the karma.
Oct. 29th, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC)
thanks for opening up your home to them and exercising patience.
Oct. 29th, 2007 09:30 pm (UTC)
I commend you on opening your house to them. It must have made them feel relieved that they wouldn't have to go hunt down a motel to stay in (plus it's a lot cheaper).

Back during the Old fire in 2003, I gave $500 to our ex-neighbor up there to help pay for hotel costs (remember, the entire Big Bear Valley was evacuated).

(Totally understand the kid thing.)

My m-i-l was able to go back up yesterday and be reunited with her husband.

If I may ask, w/o detail, which part of Arrowhead are they from?
Oct. 29th, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
North part of Lake Arrowhead, off of North Bay Drive semi-near 173.
Oct. 29th, 2007 09:40 pm (UTC)
Ouch, right by the point of origin.

My m-i-l and her husband live on the east side of the golf course, near where Golf Course Rd. & Golf Course Ln. intersect.
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