Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Fire at my house and my trip to Monterey

Last week a neighbor pounded on my door in a panic to alert me to a fire burning in a field just across from my house. We have a real fear of fires here in California in the summertime because we don't get a drop of rain from May-September and things get quite dry. So, I rushed out to keep an eye on things. Because I was in a panic, I neglected to take any pictures of the fire when it was burning, but I did get a couple of photos of the burnt area. Thankfully, and thanks to God, the Firemen showed up pretty quickly and put it out. Here's a picture of my street. We live on a cul-de-sac and my house is on the left out of the picture, and the field that burned is on the right. You can see the dark brown mark where the fire was just above the car.

Here's a closer picture of that car (which happens to be my son's girlfriend's car)

I took a day off last week and went to Monterey, California with my husband and his 2 sisters who were visiting from Washington State. Monterey is about an hour from our house and sits right on the Pacific coast. We visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which in my opinion is one of the best in the country. Here's some pictures from our fun day!

Here's what they call Bird rock, right outside the Aquarium.

A school of Anchovies

A shark

Some absolutely gorgeous jelly fish!

Believe it or not, this is a sea horse.

And last but not least, I found a friend. I'm givin' him me best Argggggg.


  1. Wow, beautiful pictures! God's creation is most certainly marvelous! Thanks for sharing them. I am thankful you are safe from that fire- how frightening!

    Also, I am currantly reading "The Reliance." I have to tell you, it is wonderful- plain and simple. This is what I think of your books: first one I was hooked, second I couldn't ever stop reading them, third I am a fan for LIFE! You can't get rid of me now!
    And NEVER stop writing!!!!

  2. I'm so grateful the fire didn't get any closer. Praising God for His protection.

    Love the photos of your trip!

  3. Thank you, ladies! The fire was a bit too close for my comfort. Casey, thank you for nice comments about my books! I'm so glad you are enjoying them. And I have no plans to try and get rid of you anytime soon :-)

  4. those are some great pictures of your trip! i love the jellyfish!

    that is amazing about the fires! i guess califonia does get pretty dry. i'm glad everyone is ok though! God is good! [=

  5. Awww i loved your pictures Marylu! They are really beautiful all the under water pictures and my favorite was you and the pirate..that is so something i would do if i found a fake pirate! :)
    Im so glad that you didnt get hurt from that fire and no one else, too.
    Well im looking forward to reading The Blue Enchantress!
    God Bless your sweet heart.

  6. I'm glad they were able to put out the fire! Fires always scare me! The aquarium sounds fun!

  7. Wow, close call with the fires. God was certainly watching over you.

    Beautiful photos of the marine life. Just outa curiosity, what kind of camera do you use? You always take such gorgeous pics!

    * Honey

  8. I'm so glad the fire didn't get closer to your house!! Looka like the aquarium was fun and I hope you have a blessed 4 of July! ^_^

  9. Wow, the fire must have been big. That would be scary to see so close to your house. I'm glad it didn't get any farther.

    Your pictures make me want to go to Monterey : ) The water is so pretty!

    I love the picture of you and the pirate. Very cool.

  10. Shiver me timbers!!

    What great photos!