We were all set to host a small gathering of friends to ring in the New Year. We were going to have a feast and play some games while ushering out 2021 and ringing in 2022. However, we decided against it. Mother Nature has not been kind to us in these last few days of 2021. In fact, she has been very cruel to us here in Colorado.
Yesterday and all through the night, our part of Colorado saw the worst and most expensive wildfires in our state’s history. We were VERY lucky, but we too had a bag packed and were ready to gather up the fur babies and head for safer parts. The fires were less than 3 miles from us. Fortunately, we were spared, however, I know to many people who were not. We had high winds and no moisture and the fires were horrific. Over 600 homes and counting were lost in last night’s fires. We are only just learning of all the actual loss and devastation.
If this isn’t bad enough, we are expecting heavy snows and bitter cold temperatures today and throughout the night as well. We are expecting 5-10 inches of snow in our area and the mountain areas are expecting 1-2 feet of snow. We sure could have have used some of this snow and moisture last night. The moisture would have definitely been a blessing. With all that is currently going on, we just decided it wasn’t a safe or good idea to be celebrating when so many have lost so much and it just isn’t worth risking everyone’s safety for a few short hours of celebrations. We can always celebrate another time. This year, we decided it was better for everyone to stay safe instead.
I think it is safe to say, like the end of 2020, we are all very glad to see 2021 come to an end. It was a better year than 2020 in some ways, and in some ways not. I am hoping and praying for a much better, safer and healthier 2022 for everyone, whether near or far. Be safe and count your blessings. We are fortunate and have many blessings.