okay. its starting to become like a monty python sketch around here.

oh for petes sake now...


even chippy's ears are falling off ...!

go ahead, 

its okay...

at this point even i had to giggle rather then sniffle...

I gave him a dish of water and the last of the birdseed, but I dont think he would hold still for a spraying of vetericyn or antibiotic turkey flavored baby food!


maybe if Tomez knew he had some competition,
I wouldnt have to cook for HIM so much!!!

looking for small miracles in vast voids...

and they are 

right here


(which i think everyone still has!)




  1. Well My Friend I can see the old Feral coming back. That famous sense of humour is starting to emerge. That is what will get you through this. That and family and friends.
    I had a conversation with a lovely lady yesterday and she made me laugh out loud you should really listen to her she is funny and just for a moment she will make you forget. You are going to get through this and someday you will have great tales of Heros and adventure to tell your Grandchildren. Laugh where you can. hugs B
    Take care

  2. Left with a smile at the same time realizing survival devastation . . . With caring for you . . .

    I agree, laughter is one of our "soul foods."

  3. I agree with above comments. Hope the squirrel have some friends left to start a family with.
    Your new header tells us how it looks around you, what a picture.
    I can see some green trees...How long time will it be until it looks normal again, 1 year, 3 years??
    TOmez ok today too??
    Hugs from Sweden!

  4. Insert nervous laughter ;-D

    You know, your pictures are horrible. So hard to look at. BUT, in a way...I'm having trouble figuring out how to say this...you've painted a realistic, up close picture of what these wildfires we see so far away on tv and don't really "get". You've put actual names and faces to the tragedy. Not to belittle someone who's house has burned down, but, I don't know what I'm trying to say. I'm glad you are there.

  5. Is the new header your own picture? Whatever, it's startling ... you are often in our thoughts and prayers x

  6. Your header shot tells so much of the story...so does the little chipmunk. Thank you for keeping us posted. Hope things are starting to improve in leaps and bounds.

  7. Wishing you the best as always. We hope things are starting to get better.
    Best wishes Molly

  8. Janice, I came to your story via Shirley at Ride a Good Horse. I have a some extra $ that I want to get to you, but I don't know how. Shirley said there was a Red Cross link on your site, but I can't find it. Can you email me? kmertick114@gmail.com. Kim, from Alberta

  9. Poor little chippy! I see a few spots of green in your header photo, that must have been a fast moving fire. Living in a forested area I see a lot of after effects of wild fire, and it always amazes me how the land comes back. It will be interesting to see the changes in this view over the next year.
    Give Tomez some lovin' from us! How are the horses doing?

  10. I'm so glad that you can still see good things around you. I wish you nothing but better times ahead.

  11. Oh the poor wee fella - he does look really cute though.
    I agree with everybody else - laughter is definitely the best medicine. Hope you are seeing light at the end of your tunnel. :))

  12. poor little baby...

    your header and bi-line says so much...

  13. That sweet little fella. Bless your heart for reaching out to him in this devastating time. Praying for you.

  14. Poor little Chippy. They are tough critters though and will get through this just as will you!

  15. I echo the Crazy Sheep Lady's comments. There is something about that chipmunk that just says "will to live" or "we survived" or something big. We have fires that threaten us every year (it seems) and I've never thought about the animals that survive having missing ears,etc. I always pictured them popping up out of the ground where they were hiding whole and healthy.

  16. There is that wonderful sense of humor. It can get you through A LOT!
    The header is amazing, the amount of burn. Just you wait it's gonna all come back to life next spring. Nature has a way! Take care girl!

  17. Oh the landscape is a heart break..animals that survived, hooray.

  18. Some day Feral Woman...some day...things WILL be normal again. The good news is, that chipper survived. God love him.
    And You!

    Cindy Bee

  19. Your header picture is heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time with that one little island of green.
    I'm glad little Chippy made it, even though he lost his ears. It's good that you can find a little humor in all this mess.

  20. Beautiful Jill . . . so much to see, appreciate in life!

  21. It's amazing how life continues after a wildfire. As long as the soils aren't hydrophobic, the land and the animals will bounce back very quickly.

    Here's to rejuvenation!

  22. Oh my gosh- isn't it amazing how resilient the animals are?!

  23. your header picture tells a story!

    keep smiling....

    big hugs and best wishes from new jersey!!

  24. I liked the crazysheeplady's comment! Can I just stamp my name under hers? And your header picture is amazing. It sounds like y'all have crossed the low part of the valley and are starting to climb back up again.

  25. Poor chippy! he still is movin on though, what else to do. Always amazes me how forest fires dont burn everything. But I guess thats just easier for it to recover over the next few years.

  26. I think it will take more than a wildfire to get you tough folks and critters from Montana down. Glad to see you smile. :)

  27. Poor little guy! Good to hear you got a giggle out of it <3

  28. The header picture makes me realize the magnitude of the whole thing. Poor chippy.Sounds like you're hanging in there.I hope all your critters are healing well.

  29. Hi Feral Gal, just saw a small miracle in the vast void......"your sense of humor" ;)


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