[Oxford63] Nancy Luke

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Thu Nov 9 11:23:07 MST 2017

Ahhh, Nancy -

How frightening - the fire, smoke, heat ...
How heartbreaking - the loss, the ruin ...
How aggravating - the bureaucracy, the details ...
How intense - the rage, the anger ...

How healing - the love of family, friends ...
How comforting - a new home, new bed! ...
How hopeful - new beginnings, new paths ...

   ... a blessing - you and George are, on so many levels, ok!

Your email, Nancy, was so raw and honest .... I felt honored that you
shared all that with us.

Holding you in the Light ...
With love and hugs,
Debbie E

On Nov 8, 2017 2:11 PM, <oxford63 at mailman.cyber-community.com> wrote:

> Dear Nancy,
>  I can't imagine what you are going through,  but want to send wishes for
> you and George that this will get steadily better. Thinking of you.
> Franny
> On Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 12:37 PM, <oxford63 at mailman.cyber-community.com>
> wrote:
>> Hi, everyone,
>> Time to check in.
>> First, thank you Jane for getting in touch with Primo and bringing him
>> into our loop.  I've been in touch with him by email.  He writes about
>> Courtney with a heavy heart, tremendous devotion, and a faith that I hope
>> will see him through.  I've been shedding a lot of tears lately; Primo and
>> Courtney are up there among the reasons why.  And then there is Nan Fry.
>> Update on my status:
>> George and I have closed on a house in town, on the golf course to which
>> we belong.  We can move in November 13th.  Right now we have little to
>> move.  I remind myself that when we first were married all we needed was a
>> bed, and we made good use of it.  Now we need one just as much - for
>> sleeping.  Some other items will come in handy as well.  Bottom line, we
>> need to get a few furnishings before we move in, but this is no big deal.
>> We are currently staying in a different house (not the one we have
>> bought).  The owners are in Arizona for the winter, so we can stay here
>> until we get settled in our house.  We prefer to be in our house sooner
>> than later, however.
>> Since the fire, I've learned a lot about insurance coverage.  Our
>> company, State Farm, provides different adjusters for automobiles,
>> dwelling, and contents.  We've settled the 2 cars, hope to have the
>> dwelling settled soon (who knows what that means?) and have yet to make a
>> dent in the arduous task of itemizing the contents of the house.  The way I
>> understand it is that we will receive the depreciated value (based on
>> current replacement cost) of the items lost in the fire (everything).
>> There is a 2-year timeframe in which one must replace the items. When we
>> replace an item, we will receive the difference between the depreciated
>> value and the replacement cost.  What a nightmare for all concerned.  There
>> were at least 5000 mostly high-end homes destroyed in this fire in Sonoma
>> County.  There is no way they can all be rebuilt and refurnished within 2
>> years.  The insurance companies are going to have to extend that 2-year
>> limit.
>> My days vary.  Some days I seem to be ok.  Some days I begin to shake
>> with anxiety when I awake.  Some nights I sleep; others not so much.  We
>> survivors often feel as if we've lost our minds.  I'm not sure I truly
>> comprehend what has happened.  I cannot take it in.  The enormity of the
>> destruction is just overwhelming.  That word is apt.  I cannot bear to
>> drive by residential neighborhoods that were formerly green and tree-filled
>> and full of life and now are just gray and black and skeletal.  As one
>> says, it's like a war-zone, as if a bomb went off.
>> I've tried to sift through the ashes in a part of the house where I had
>> some jewelry.  I give up after two minutes.  Our house is just a pile of
>> ashes with assorted metal hulks of appliances, furnace, automobiles.  Our
>> piano is a set of metal strings.  Our china and crystal is welded into ugly
>> globs of broken bits glued with molten glass, charcoaled wood, and ash.
>> Our wooded property is brown and black.  I'm hoping some of the old oak
>> trees survive.  OK, this is making me cry.
>> You get the picture.  Yesterday as I drove by one horribly ruined area of
>> town I cursed and screamed in my car, yelling at the top of my lungs to
>> whomever.  I want to kill whoever let this happen, but of course there is
>> no one to blame.  It was an act of nature (although some are suing the
>> electric company).  A similar fire burned the same area in 1964 - I had
>> seen burnt fence posts along my property line.  The difference is that then
>> there were no houses in the way.
>> Enough.  I've sounded off here.  I am sad and angry, but not all the
>> time.  When I get down I realize I must put on my armor and fight.  I'm not
>> re-reading this because I am on my way out the door, so apologies to Miss
>> Jarrell(?)
>> Again, thank you for all your support.  I love you all.
>> Nancy
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