Home safely

A photo I found online on Flipboard of Montecito, a small wealthy town next to Santa Barbara.

We picked up my friend at the airport, showed her our new house and the two little towns by us. Fortunately I had planned on a good dinner of grilled tri tip, corn on the cob, salad and mashed potatoes. I don’t normally cook that much, but I had found a tri tip on sale and the corn looked good!

She planned a good day to get stranded at the airport, since I was cooking. The next morning she had a flight and we dropped her off at Sky Harbor airport. She is home safely now.

We were busy last night looking at the news from Santa Barbara County. Montecito especially got hit hard and was entirely evacuated. It was five years to the day that 100 homes were destroyed and many lives lost. I remember my Physical Therapist telling me a doctor she used to work with had half his house swept away and he lost a child to a raging mud and rock slide.

This year, there were videos of Ellen and Harry and Meghan getting rained on. Five years ago, Oprah posted a video mucking around in her backyard.

I think about what a gorgeous town Montecito is, but also that it gets hard hit by floods and fires.

Another place, like my old home Palm Springs, that is a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.

Where is a place you like to visit, but wouldn’t want to live there?

Montecito Creek image from Yahoo News.

21 thoughts on “Home safely

  1. Wow, that place is really hard hit. Some places are in such a location that they are exposed to nature in a precarious way. I’m glad you and your friend are safe.

  2. Glad you are safe, Liz. I know California badly needs the rain, just not all at once would be nice. Indeed, when it rains, it pours. To answer your question: Washington, D.C., and Ebey Island, Snohomish County, WA. 😉

  3. I’ve fantasied about living on the ocean on the Southeastern coast but would never really do it because of the hurricanes. But, I’m more than happy to visit!! My heart goes out to those living in areas where these weather events are so catastrophic. We have our tornadoes in the midwest, but I’d say the California fires and floods surpass that fear.

    • I would be so afraid of tornadoes. I read there was a tornado warning that went off on people’s phones in CA telling them to stay safe in their basements. Most homes in CA don’t have basements!

  4. Good to hear your friend made it home. It’s always strange for me seeing places that you read about in the news as being home to the wealthy and famous, instead in the news for weather disasters. It’s such a striking difference, but shows that floods and hurricanes happen everywhere. Makes me appreciate what I have. Hope the rains in Arizona aren’t too bad!

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