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Description from Cotopaxi Chickie Sue: Nothing like getting a phone call at 9 pm telling you there's a fire on the mountain - especially when you have the neighborhood fire truck. Neighbors thought it was a lightning strike - turns out it was another drunk neighbor burning a green tree bonfire - it was smoking all the way down the valley. Thankfully, it was a false alarm - but we might not be so lucky next time. Be careful this weekend, especially if you are out camping!

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  1. Chicky Chicky Blueroze
    Chicky Chicky Blueroze says:

    Oh sheesh, thats got to be scary. Glad you were OK and safe. But a very good pick came out of this and a very good reminder this coming weekend.

  2. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    First, I’m glad to hear you and yours are all safe and well, Sue! What a frightening experience that must have been!

    Second, I’m glad it inspired you to create this beautiful pick to share with us! Lovely!

    Thanks, too, for the reminder this weekend — especially with fireworks around. :D

  3. Kitty Chicky Cat
    Kitty Chicky Cat says:

    Yikes!! I’m glad everyone’s ok!! Pretty pick came of it!

  4. Cotopaxi Chickie Sue
    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    What was really spooky is that I had just left LB to post a message on our neighborhood website, since we have a lot of part time summer folks up here and, when they are from places other than the DESERT southwest, they have big bonfires…and they don’t realize how quickly a fire can get out of control…Chicky Cat, remember the Hayden Fire a couple of years back?

  5. ChickyD aka Debra
    ChickyD aka Debra says:

    Sorry about the fire, but what a cool pick! Just finished picking up that Wisdom Tree pendant at ROCK BOTTOM price. It was in the BGBM in case y’all didn’t know.

  6. Cotopaxi Chickie Sue
    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    OH BUMMER!!! So sorry to have missed it – i was probably fumbling around in the dark when it came up! I must say, i’m glad it was a controlled (reasonably) fire, cuz it would have been miserable trying to fight it in the dark!

  7. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Well, don’t feel too bad about the BGBM, Sue. I don’t think it shows the exact same 9 items to everyone at the same time. Elaine/Belly Chick and I were talking one day this week and she told me to look at the BGBM because of something that was listed. I looked immediately and it wasn’t there, but it was in her’s. Hmmmmmm Very interesting, don’t you think? Chicky Babe and I talked about that once, too.

  8. ChickyD aka Debra
    ChickyD aka Debra says:

    Green moonstone is in there now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. ChickyD aka Debra
    ChickyD aka Debra says:

    Hmmmm….that’s very strange. Sometimes I wonder what I would see if I stayed up ALL NIGHT LONG…. Should I try it??????

  10. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Nope, no green moonstone either. Your BGBM is MUCH more interesting than mine is, Debra! LOL

  11. Cotopaxi Chickie Sue
    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    nope, no green moonstone in mine either!

  12. ChickyD aka Debra
    ChickyD aka Debra says:

    Well, usually I get a lot of feldspath that I don’t really care for. Then I begin to think they’re trying to get rid of all the “yucky”; stones on me. And then, something FABULOUS comes along. Do you think the best stones come up while we’re asleep? Something to ponder, at least.

  13. ChickyD aka Debra
    ChickyD aka Debra says:

    Hey, somebody’s buying it ’cause stuff changes to “sold out” or expired on a regular basis. Gotta get back to that green moonstone….

  14. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Sometimes I wonder, Debra! When I can’t sleep, I’ll come to the computer and check the LB site and the BGBM. Sometimes in the middle of the night there will be great stuff, whereas during the daylight hours it’s just blah stuff — free peach pits, for example. ROTFLOL

  15. Cotopaxi Chickie Sue
    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    ok timer just switched over and the first item is african green jasper – probably at rock bottom – anyone?

  16. ChickyD aka Debra
    ChickyD aka Debra says:

    Oops, too late. It just sold out. it was only 17% off, too! Something UGLY has replaced it. I saw it earlier in the day, and it expired that time. Let’s see what happens this time around…

  17. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Mine just changed over to some new items, but still neither one of those that you mentioned, Debra. :-(

  18. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Speaking of free peach pits, the last time they were offered, I “ordered” some. When they arrived, not only did they send me my free strand, they threw in three more! ROTFLOL I could start my own peach tree orchard!!! :D

  19. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Four items just changed over in mine, still none of them are any that you gals have mentioned.

  20. ChickyD aka Debra
    ChickyD aka Debra says:

    no african green jasper on mine. And I would like it!!!!!

    Well, aren’t you the LUCKY one, Lynn Eileen! I only got ONE regular strand. Still sitting there, too, I might add.

  21. No Photo
    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    HI!!! Looks like the fun is here – Sue, I’m SO glad the fire was a false alarm! Crazy stoopid people… We have fools that like to start prairie fires when it’s hot & windy in August & September. Scares the bajeebers out of me!

  22. ChickyD aka Debra
    ChickyD aka Debra says:

    I thought we were the only ones still up, but I just saw a fresh pick by Kitty Chicky Cat, I think. I have had about 3 glasses of very good wine and COULD be mistaken.

  23. Cotopaxi Chickie Sue
    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    OK, currently there is a mop flower at 15% – anyone?

  24. No Photo
    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    And I forgot to mention that this pick is HOT! I really like the way you captured fire without any destruction!

  25. ChickyD aka Debra
    ChickyD aka Debra says:

    Hey, Lori! Glad you’re still up. What time zone are you in? I’m in Central.

  26. No Photo
    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Nope, but I’ve got AquaKitty @ 14%.

  27. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Nope, you’re correct, Debra! What kind of very good wine are you drinking? :D

  28. No Photo
    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Me too! You’re Texas, right? It’s 12:16 here.

  29. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    No MOP flower, no AqK. :-(

  30. No Photo
    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Mmmm, sounds good, but I’m getting sinus-y, and any kind of alcohol dries me up worse!

  31. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Debra, did you see that I responded to your question about the rutilated quartz on Little Chick’s pick “Open a Window”?

  32. ChickyD aka Debra
    ChickyD aka Debra says:

    A French rose. I won’t touch an American one…WAY too sweet. I like a nice tart European rose. Excellent for summer sipping. Went to the package store this evening and found my favorite French rose on sale for $3.98 a bottle. Usually it’s $10 a bottle. Needless to say, I bought 4 bottles and didn’t even use a $20 all up.

  33. ChickyD aka Debra
    ChickyD aka Debra says:

    No, I didn’t see it. I’ll have to check it out.

  34. No Photo
    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Hi Lynn!!!! I’ve missed you! Just got AquaK for 17%

  35. ChickyD aka Debra
    ChickyD aka Debra says:

    Yeah, I’m in central Texas….where it’s HOT…back in the TRIPLE digits. I’ve gotta check Lynn Eileen’s post now. Back in a minute…

  36. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Wow, Debra, you got a really good deal on the wine! :D

  37. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Lori, have you checked out the Pick of the Day yet? :D

  38. Cotopaxi Chickie Sue
    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    hey Lori, glad to see you’re still up! Bob just got home, and i had to fill him in about the fire – prairie fires in August and September??? Are they brain dead???

  39. No Photo
    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Oh, I hate the heat! It’s cooled off here a bit, high 80′s & low 90′s. I can’t believe what a difference a few degrees makes!

  40. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    I thought you went to ask him what his fave color was, Sue! Priorities, priorities…… LOL

  41. ChickyD aka Debra
    ChickyD aka Debra says:

    The teardrop ones are the ones I’m interested in. Sometimes stones seem to take a lot of their color from the color of the string that goes through them.

  42. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Lori, glad you could join the party! I got AqK a couple of weeks ago via the BGBM but haven’t yet told him I got him “marked down” — not sure his ego could take it. LOL

  43. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    I know what you mean, Debra. Sorry I couldn’t help you with those.

  44. ChickyD aka Debra
    ChickyD aka Debra says:

    I’m gonna have to hit the sack in a few minutes. Just love summer, though!!!!!! I like to stay up LATE and I HATE getting up at 6:00. I don’t sleep really late in the summer, just til 8:00 or 8:30. HEAVENLY!!!!

  45. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    American purple shell rondelles just came up in my BGBM!!!!!!

  46. No Photo
    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    I remember being in Colorado & seeing smoke coming off the mountains – just horrible to think of the waste.

    Yes, we live next to a state park, that is mostly native grasses. About 15 years ago someone was going around starting small fires that quickly turned into big ones.

    The park started to burn, we could see it from the upstairs window. We had to leave town for a very sad funeral. A very good friend of my husband had died in a small plane crash (he was piloting, and getting re-certified) and his wife was due to have their first baby literally the next day. As frightening as it was to leave the house to possibly burn, we knew that this wasn’t anywhere near the worst that could happen.

    Luckily, they got the fire stopped about 1/4 mile from our house. And our friend’s widow had a beautiful baby girl, and sang Amazing Grace at the service.

    Talk about a lesson in faith.

    Sorry this is so long.

  47. No Photo
    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    No purple shell in mine yet! Funny Lynn!! Poor AquaK!

    Oh, Debra, if I could stay up all night & sleep till noon I would!

  48. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Thanks for sharing, Lori. It really does help put things in perspective. After what our familiy has been through this past year, we’ve learned not to take a single day for granted.

  49. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Wouldn’t that be nice, Lori? Of course, we’d miss you here in the Garden….. LOL

  50. No Photo
    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    That whole story is one of the most amazing events in my life. My poor husband was working the control tower at the time, and got the call. He had to go & tell the wife what happened. I’ve never seen him so shocked. And I just remember the calm we had leaving that night. And the awe when his wife sang, after just giving birth a few days earlier. I was a wreck, and she was this picture of peace & trust.

  51. No Photo
    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Ha! I’m such a creature of habit, it’s hard for me to be on the computer & not log on to Lima!

  52. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Have you checked out the POD yet? ;-)

  53. No Photo
    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Yes!!! Wow! I went looking for everyone and there it was! Haven’t finished reading there yet…

  54. Cotopaxi Chickie Sue
    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    Sorry i took so long to respond – after catching Bob up on tonight’s events, I needed to post the info on our neighborhood website.

    Lori, what a tragic tale – and to have to leave your house, not knowing if it would be there when you got back. Tragedy, and rebirth…we live our lives one day at a time, and hope we’re good enough..sorry, rough night….

  55. No Photo
    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    No worries Sue. I’m glad you’re okay. So is your Bob a volunteer firefighter, or a full time fireman?

  56. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Lori, I truly can’t imagine what that must have been like for you to leave your home and not know if it would still be there when you returned, and yet, you say you felt calm, maybe knowing that what was important in life had made it out safely and was with you.

  57. Cotopaxi Chickie Sue
    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    Lori, I guess you could say Bob is a volunteer firefighter – we actually own the firetruck, pic attached. he doesn’t have a lot of formal training, and I have virtually none – guess this was a wake up call to get the team re-trained and mobilized. We would never be able to put out a forest fire – they move too quickly up here, and jump from tree to tree, so you’re fighting at a height as well as at the base – not a good situation. And the firetruck only carries 500 gallons of water – it’s a temporary stop, at best. The valley’s fire department has never guaranteed that they would come up here if there was a call – and even if they did, it would take them a minimum of 2 hours to get here. Living on the edge…

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  58. No Photo
    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    We were talking about just that before we left. We didn’t have kids yet, just us & our dog & cat. We were allowed to go home to get them, & load up what we needed to leave.

    I wish I could get that calm whenever I need it. It is so easy to get caught up in the material world – just look at my bead stash!

  59. No Photo
    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Oh my goodness. So did he have to go put out this overgrown bonfire tonight?

    And do you have more than one way out if there was a fire? I’ve seen dramas & documentaries about forest fires, and how explosive they can be. A 500 gallon truck would maybe just wet down a house…

  60. Cotopaxi Chickie Sue
    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    Bob was at a meeting about 30 miles from here when the call came in – and I totally forgot my training. Lucky, one of our other neighbors came by who still remembered his! No, we didn’t put out the bonfire, but we had called the sheriff and he went up after us to have a little chat…

    There’s only one main way out of here – the other routes are all rough 4-wheel drive roads. don’t like doing them during the day, much less at night!

    As you know, no one expects a fire – and you are never prepared when there is one.

  61. No Photo
    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Kind of like us – with tornadoes.

    Glad the sheriff got involved, put a little fear into them. I hear you about mountain driving @ night – even a good road scares me in the mountains!

  62. CAS
    CAS says:

    I’m happy that the fire was contained quickly Sue, and that you had a home to come back to Lori. It’s a lovely pick.

    The closest fire to my home was a grass fire in the field across from our house when I was a kid, fortunately the fire station is just at the end of our road, and they got there very, very quickly, it was a kid shooting off rockets that started it. We don’t get alot of forest fires here in NH, we have had alot of arsons though the last couple of years. In the northern-most part of the state one town had 8 arson fires in three months two years ago.

  63. Cotopaxi Chickie Sue
    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    Town fires are certainly the worst, Christine, cuz you know there will be property loss and loss of lives. They are usually controlled within 24 hours, though. Here, trees burn and smoulder for days, even months. last year, there was a fire in a remote area, which i could see from my deck. Firefighters couldn’t reach it, either from the air or land. Since it was remote, they did nothing but monitor it. it burned for 3 months, until we got a big snowfall.

  64. Valentine Chick
    Valentine Chick says:

    OMG! I can’t believe what I’m reading! Wow! I’m glad everything turned out ok. When I first saw your pick, I thought you were talking about a volcano!?! What are people thinking?

  65. Cotopaxi Chickie Sue
    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    Valentine Chick, it really amazes me that people can be so irresponsible. Sometimes it takes a real incident to make people aware – but I sure don’t want this one repeated. It’s too close to my house!

  66. Kitty Chicky Cat
    Kitty Chicky Cat says:

    O how awful Dizzy Chick!!
    That must have been So scary Chicky Sue!!
    Last year (before the snow and during the dry time!) some people were looking into renting the house behind me (I think). Anyway there were about 4 collage age/ 20 something boys checking out the backyard when someone of them had the brilliant idea to start a fire with the plethora of dry pine needles that had dropped from the big trees Under one of those big trees!! You know how dry needles burn! The blaze was Tall and licked at the branches which had been trimmed up high! I was afraid that it would not only take the tree and spread to the next and next but spread all long the ground on the dry needles. Someone had already called the fire department and they came over and talked to the boys who, to their credit, were very respectful and put out the bonfire immediately. But how stupid!! They hadn’t thought and it could have been disastrous!! Thank GOD didn’t spread and no one was hurt!!! Miraculously!! O, and they didn’t rent the house. A family did.

  67. Kitty Chicky Cat
    Kitty Chicky Cat says:

    Dizzy Chick, I’m So glad your house was spared!!

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