As I drove up to our property today I was greeted by a brightly painted wood star, sticking out of the ground on a green painted stick. It warmed my heart to see these in front of every property as I drove through the neighborhood. On the back of each star is the first name and initial to the last name of the student who painted the star. Apparently this was part of some school effort to reach out to fire victims in Bastrop. I’ll have to get the full story and update later but its very cool. Ours was made by “John W.” Whoever you are you made me smile today when I saw your precious creation. As the rest of the Ristow family comes out to see it, I know they will too.
God Bless you, John W!
Today was another day of clearing bricks from around the perimeter of the foundation. But the end is quickly drawing near. I was able to clear nearly half of the south side of the foundation, the last of the sides to be clear end, in about an hour today. I was grateful for the cloud cover hanging with me all afternoon. It sure beats a blazing sun overhead while hauling brick. The remaining bricks will probably take another 1.5 to 2 hours to clear, which I plan to finish up later this week. It feels good to be reaching the end of this part of the clean-up. After I’ve finished with the last of the bricks I’ll call the county again to pick up this last pile. In a way it is a bit sad to reach this point, too. The last of the brick means the last of the debris that was our home will be gone.
Of course there’s still the foundation. Recently there’s been some exciting news involving movement toward a cleanup effort for that concrete slab that I hope to share here within the next week or so. More on that soon.
Before leaving for the day I snapped a few more stills around the property for my weekly update. I’ve posted several of them here. Some of these are a study in contrasts, such as a really bright sunflower, and some really dark trees stubs. Although you may not be able to see it real well from the picture, some of the tree stubs are shedding their burned bark. Thats not because they’re dead. Its because the Pine Beetles are back and they’re busy boring away at the interior pine tree wood. Even a fire couldn’t stop the Pine Beetles for long.