Tying up Loose Ends…

Today is the last day for this challenge! I am planning to leave the links up through July 10th for people to post links to their wrap up posts and May/June reads. For those of you who forgot to post links to reviews in the early part of the challenge, you may feel free to post those links to the May/June reads link page. There were 60 people who signed up to participate. So far 15 have completed it (based on the links to wrap ups). This was a very fun challenge to host…and for those wondering, I will be hosting it again in January 2009 (with perhaps a couple of changes). Thank you to all who participated…hope you had fun!

UPDATE on Northern California Fires

As of today, my husband and I are no longer being directly threatened by the two fires closest to us. The Withrow fire and the Shingletown Ridge Road fire are both 100% contained. We also did not get the predicted thunderstorms over the weekend which were a huge relief. Thank you to all who commented or emailed me and who kept us in their thoughts and prayers.

Unfortunately, although we are breathing more easily, there are still many Northern Californians who have been evacuated or who are under the threat of evacuations from fires. In Shasta and Trinity counties combined (per the CalFire Website) fires have burned 48,000 acres to the tune of $9 million. Currently 2 homes have been destroyed and 230 homes are threatened. Many of the Northern California counties (including Shasta County) have now been declared a State of Emergency, and also Federal Disaster areas.  Your continued thoughts and prayers for our communities are much appreciated.

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    • Kristi on June 30, 2008 at 21:13

    I’m very glad you and your family are out of danger, Wendy. I continue to send thoughts of strength to the CA firefighters, however, they must be exhausted!

    I really enjoyed the themed reading challenge. I’m glad to hear that you’re thinking of hosting it next year — I have several themes in mind ;>).

    • Wendy on July 1, 2008 at 08:16

    Kristi: Thanks for the good thoughts. I feel so much for the firefighters – they really are heroes. Glad you enjoyed the challenge…I think I could do this one for the next five years and barely dent my TBR piles!

    • Teddy on July 1, 2008 at 18:35

    Congrats to everyone who completed the challenge or attempted to!

    Thank goodness you and your family were spared from this devistation! My thoughts and prayers are with all of the other families affected by this. Do you have any smoke damage from it? It was so close to you.

    • Wendy on July 1, 2008 at 20:54

    We pretty much kept windows closed when the smoke was at its worst. During the nights, the cool air pushes the smoke into the valley, so we can open windows and get some fresh air. The afternoons are the worst up here….but no smoke damage.

    • Teddy on July 1, 2008 at 22:18

    Thank goodness for that!

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