Life is beginning to return to some semblance of normal. The skies are mostly blue and the smell of smoke is almost gone. I can see the outline of the mountains - but my former clear views are still obstructed by a smoky haze. It's just as well because when it does clear, the view of the charred foothills is heart-breaking.
Tens of thousands of Colorado Springs residents are still misplaced - but more and more are getting to return home to empty the spoiled food from refrigerators and access the smoke and water damage. But they are the lucky ones. Too many people won't get to go home for a very, very long time. It's been quite a week.
We are getting a new roof! The hail storm in early June damaged our cedar shake roof beyond repair. Once again, our wonderful insurance company (The Hartford) is stepping up to the plate and will pay to replace it.
Yesterday we sat outside on the patio, counting our blessings and watched 5 Black-capped Chickadees play in the yard. They are the cutest little birds!
We also had a visit from this handsome Red-shafted Northern Flicker.
I still have a few pictures from our trip to Yellowstone to post - but it's too nice a day to sit indoors so they will have to wait.