Oh queenb, I am so sorry your sister and her family are going through this. I hope the Red Cross is helping out. If you want to pm me your sis's sizes, maybe I have some clothes she can have.Originally Posted by queenb;2403916;Ugggh--sorry to keep dragging this depressing thread back up. But I have to this time. I had just finished talking to my Dad last night, and he called back ten minutes later--I was expecting that he just forgot something, but no, he wanted to tell me my sister's house had burned all the way to the ground. Thank God it was midday when it happpened, so no one was home--they were cat-sitting for my brothers kitty though, and he obviously didn't make it. . Anyway, they have absolutely nothing left, at all. I went over last evening with a couple of coolers and a box of trash bags, and there was not anything left to salvage-- just a couple of cast iron antique things, and one desk drawer with a few things in it. They have 2 teenage boys, and also tthe oldest daughter, with 2 year old had moved back in. I just hate this--they had had a hard time financially a while back, and had to go into rental housing, and just moved into this place before Christmas. It was a 100 year old farmhouse, and wasn't very big or anything, but they had already renovated the kitchen and were making good progress on the rest of it, doing it themselves. The firemen said that it appeared the fire started with an aquarium pump, and that you would not believe how often that happens. Fish owners beware.
I'm just sitting this morning, already talked to Sis and told her to get up a list of stuff to do before everyone else starts milling around creating confusion. (Unfortunately, out of the 6 kids between 'em, only one will be any use at all.)
I especially want to hurry up and find something to do with the 2 Boxers, including Raisin (my step-dog AV) who are now at Animal Control. I can't take them in my house due to my cat, but I will find somewhere better than AC, today
Unfortunately I had just given my sister some decent clothes that didn't fit me right, but I'm hoping to dig up a few more at least tshirts and stuff for her.
I guess or hope they will call me as soon as they get all their medications and so forth replaced- don't need to miss the blood pressure pills in this situation especially! There's not really much I can do in this situation, except be there, so I want to hurry up and do it, as soon as I find out I won't be in the way.
I have told them they can come here if need be, but my house is tee-tiny, and I'll have to get on it and clean out my junk room if they want to stay--a good time to do that anyway. I think they may prefer to rent a motor home and put it on the property, though as the kids have one more week of school, plus to supervise any cleanup, insurance, or whatever people my have to do work over there.
I know I can always get support here, and really appreciate it; I glad I've got somewhere to come admit "I feel helpless here". That's very hard for me in real life. Thanks for hearing.