So here we are....

July 3, 1912
taken the morning after the fire

(do you see one of our vehicles in the field? thats where we were for 2  1/2 hours, while the sky fell down...)

i put this up for contrast to

a little something I put together

~dedicated to you, our blogger friends, & our blogger friends & family in the Colorado fires~

because its all I can do right now; such is the way with fire. 
you wait.
a year later,
what you told me
was right...

Thank you for encouraging us all through the fire,
all of you sending your prayers and thoughts and gifts and hugs'
all the way

because it DOES matter.

Both are experiencing firsthand wildfire in Colorado,
and could use your encouragement!

Dedicated to our friends going through the fire in Colorado, June 2013 - though it may not seem like it , it will be green again....

This is Our homestead one year after the Taylor Creek Fire - this fire was connected to the one of the largest Fire in Montana's history, the Ash Creek Complex, which burned over 260,000 acres, a quarter of million acres of land - this wasnt broadcasted much on national news because it is Montana ranching territory- but we live here along with our neighbors and good friends so it is important to us! While we watched from our vehicles from one of our hayfields -the one pictured with the "green ponies"- we were held hostage by a crown fire with 45 mph winds for over 2 1/2 hours on July 3, 2012 - a red cinder blizzard raining from the sky, lighting on fire everything around us - wondering if we were going to be okay, wondering if our brick house was still standing, wondering if our rancher neighbors got out alive, wondering if our animals were alive...

the green did come back.

Here are some other ways you can give or get help according to a Denver Post recent article-

• El Paso County has established an online information clearinghouse at This is where displaced residents can download copies of the re-entry packet, which includes key emergency phone numbers and other helpful information.

• Several Colorado broadcast stations will host a live phone bank fundraiser 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday to raise cash for American Red Cross relief programs in the Black Forest area and other fire zones, and help fund preparedness work in other Colorado communities facing potential disasters including fires, floods, tornadoes and more.

The television and radio stations participating are: KMGH (7News), KUSA (9News), KCNC (CBS4), KDVR (Fox31), KWGN (Channel 2), KCEC (Univision), Rocky Mountain PBS, Colorado Public Television, KUVO, KUNC and KRCC.

• The Margarita at PineCreek will host a benefit on its patio — rain or shine — 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday. Participants' $20 donation at the door goes to the Pikes Peak Community Foundation Emergency Relief Fund and covers a round of drinks, appetizers and live music from The Other Band and The Acme Bluegrass Band. RSVP at 719-598-8667 or

• Panera Bread stores in Colorado Springs are hosting a food drive for Care and Share Food Bank and will throw in $1 for every pound of food donated, up to $10,000. The food bank is seeking canned and boxed meals, soup, cereal, peanut butter, canned vegetables and fruit and snacks.

• The American Red Cross continues to operate an overnight shelter at Palmer Ridge High School in Monument. The Red Cross cannot accept goods of any kind, but money can be donated at or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS. You also can make a donation of $10 by texting a message to 90999.

• Evacuees and family members can register to reconnect through the Safe and Well program at

• A multi-organization assistance center has been set up at the El Paso County Public Health Department, 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road, Colorado Springs. Evacuees can speak to representatives of major insurance companies, utility providers and local nonprofits, as well as grief counselors, health care workers and emergency personnel. Comfort Kits containing personal hygiene items and stuffed animals are also available. The center is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Phone: 719-444-8301.

• Additional Red Cross aid stations distributing clean-up kits — sifters, shovels, trash bags, work gloves, rakes, paper towels, and face masks will be available at fixed site locations and mobile distribution beginning Thursday — water, snacks, and offering informational resources and emotional counseling are open at School in the Woods, 12002 Vollmer Rd., Colorado Springs, 11a.m.-6 p.m.; Colorado 83 and Hodgen Road, noon to 6 p.m.; and Woodmen Road and Black Forest Road, noon-6 p.m.

• Large-animal shelters remain open at Cactus Creek Ranch, 18550 Midway Ranch Road in Pueblo; Flying W Ranch, 3330 Chuckwagon Road in Colorado Springs; and the Elbert County Fairgrounds in Kiowa.

• Small animals can be dropped off at the Humane Society of Pikes Peak Region, 610 Abbot Lane, Colorado Springs. Lost and found animals can be registered at the Black Forest Fire Lost and Found Pets on Facebook.

• People interested in volunteering for the recovery effort can get guidelines from

• Vacant and ready-to-move-in properties can be listed by clicking on the Colorado Disaster Housing Resource button at or by calling 877-428-8844. Available housing is listed, too.

If you have other resources to share, e-mail with "FIRE HELP" in the subject line.



  1. It seems like just yesterday that we watched you go through that hell. So glad to see all the green. What a lovely video. I especially love the invisible herd :)

  2. Hi! I saw it on our Swedish News about the fires and wondered if you would be near it. Hope you this time will not have a disaster like last time.
    Great video, incredible how nature recovers. Thinking of you all! Majsan//

  3. I still cannot begin to imagine the terror you must have felt...and that the others are feeling now. So thankful that you are on this side of the fire, and that things do, indeed, turn green again! Praying for our friends in Colorado!

  4. Oh my dear Feral Friend this is the best encouragement that anyone that has been there can send to someone going through the same thing. Most of us could never send this kind of hope, as we have not experienced such a thing. You are truly a loving caring soul. I remember every bit of that horrible time and my profound feelings of helplessness watching you go through it. It was truly overwhelming knowing I could not do anything but pray. You have given the gift of HOPE to those in Colorado who are now looking for anything to grab hold of and need to know things will get better while wondering if they will make it through.You,your Foresterman and your four legged family made it through and so can they, and you have shown that in this beautiful video of hope.
    You made me cry again. Truly beautiful video. My prayers are with all those suffering in Colorado.xoxo Hugs B

  5. Beautiful job! A much needed message I'm sure.

  6. Yay!!! Beautiful and I loved the Grass Ponies!

  7. Oh, I'm so glad to see the recovery taking place. And your love for that Mr. Foresterman just shines!!!

    Oh, and that late afternoon golden light is my favorite time of day.

  8. *Crying*
    This is so beautiful. May I share it on Facebook, or at minimum, on my blog? I'd love my friends to see it... those who will be returning to blackened rubble. Luckily my house guests' homes remain untouched.

    Love you!!!

  9. I will always remember your fire posts..they really touched me. Seems like yesterday. So nice to see green again-

  10. Every time I see a picture from the rescue on FB of a burned animal, I think of your beautiful Tomez and want to cry a little bit.

    I can't look at the pictures of the fire south of me without thinking of you and being so thankful that you are resourceful and made it. Thank you for the much needed boost. Southern Colorado is having a tough go of it :(

  11. It is hard to believe the destruction of last year looking at all of that beautiful greenery now. Such beautiful countryside. Thanks for sharing the loveliness :))

  12. I loved seeing the grass ponies in your video! What a beautiful song too! All that green is so lovely to see after those horrible fires last year. I'm off to visit our Colorado blogging friends now.

  13. This brought tears so much that you all went through ,I am adding my prayers for all affected! And celebrating the joyful rebirth of your world

  14. I read Dreams blog. I haven't been reading in awhile, or watching the news, so I didn't know about the fires. Such scary times for them. I remember when you went through it. So nice of you to encourage those that are going through it now. I think God puts us in situations so we can encourage others. Good job girl!

    Cindy Bee

  15. I'm so glad to see the beauty that has emerged from the blackened ground in Montana. Green is my favorite color! I look forward to seeing our beautiful Colorado Black Forest transform into a new beauty. Thank you for your well wishes and encouragement. Fortunately, the fire never burned into my neighborhood and it still looks pristine on the prairie, but it is very close. It destroyed many of our friend's homes and lapped right up to the houses of many others.

    Just reported: 509 homes destroyed. 85% contained. They identified the deceased as a married couple, Marc Allen Herklotz and Robin Lauran Herklotz, who were just moments away from leaving. They were overcome in their garage with their car doors open. My heart goes out to them and their families.

  16. SO thankful that the greens of spring and summer have returned to you and all who live near. How is your kitty doing?


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