The wildfires continue to burn near us, but so far the winds are keeping them away from us. The nearest fire has now destroyed 12,500 acres (latest report I’ve heard), about 100 homes, and is only 60% contained. I’m following a FB page called Montgomery County Wildfire Info, and it’s heartbreaking to see all the displaced folks and animals, yet heartwarming to see all those wanting to help in every way you could possibly think!
The rest of life seems to pale in comparison to the fires, but there are other things going on. Bill has been dealing with mouth pain for over a month, so we finally got him in to see the dentist. I didn’t know what to expect, since the pain had been pretty bad for quite awhile, but it was determined that two teeth had to go, and a crown on another. I felt pretty relieved that it wasn’t something worse, and although he is still in some pain today, we are hopeful this fixed everything.
Dannye Reigh has had her share of medical issues, too. Before she went to Bo and Em’s, she developed a viral infection in her left eye. The doc gave her some steroid drops that helped a lot, but during her visit up north it got real bad again. We got her back in today, and the doc upped her dosage and wants a recheck next week. I am praying that this will do the trick – eye issues are even scarier than teeth issues!
I don’t know if I told you all, but just before we went to visit the kids Bill asked me to quit my job. I was so torn about it! I definitely enjoy being a homemaker, and having my only “boss” being my sweet hubby, but I LOVED MY JOB! I also enjoy the freedom that being at home gives me, like being available when Bill wants me to go places with him, or doing things with Jeanne during the day, or running off to visit the kids for a month anytime I want to! But I know I will miss the challenges of my work, and the little dab of money I made doing that work!
Bill’s reasoning for asking me to quit was many fold, but one biggie is to give me more time to work on Petty Family Photography administrative stuff. Bill and Dannye Reigh are definitely the photographers, but neither of them enjoy the office or public relations stuff much. Bill handles it better than Dan, but he’d much rather tell me what they want and let me handle the phone calls, website updates, and print orders! So the next week or so will mean getting our upstairs office organized so I can better know what I’m doing. Now if I just knew how to organize this stuff!! We have a pretty small space, but I think if I make the best use of every nook and cranny, it will service us very well. If I can keep Bill from spreading HIS stuff out all over every flat surface up here!! Goodness!
I may have put these up before, but here are some of my favorite of Bill’s photos we are selling as art prints. You can tell we’re from Texas – the biggest seller I have is the Texas Flag by Moonlight, with the second biggest seller being the Longhorn in Bluebonnets. I love those, but my favorite right now is the blue-hued tree landscape. It came out of the camera like that, and I love it!
I thank you all for the sweet notes of prayers coming our way over the fires, as well as the different health issues we’ve had around here. As one of my Xanga friends said in a recent post, “…and wonderful friends who’ve been so supportive, and when i say, friends, i mean those of you here too.. a friend to me is anyone who takes the time to express interest and show kindness, and though i’ve not met many of you, i feel that term “friend” defines you well.”
My feelings exactly!
How blessed I am to have these friends who care enough to pray for our needs!
God bless your day!