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- Published on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 10:29
- Written by Carol Brock
I’ve never lived through a natural disaster before, and I never want to again. Our downstairs, like so many in Boulder County, was severely damaged by the September floods. Since then, it’s been a challenge—and a bit of a nightmare—to restore, mitigate, and get back to a semblance of normalcy. Three months into it, and we’re not there yet, as I know many of you aren’t, either.
So many emotions are triggered by the fact that your home has been lost or damaged. Shock, disbelief, anger. Then the sinking realization of all the hard work and money needed to put things right again.
Throughout this ordeal, I’ve been struck by how acquaintances, neighbors, friends and strangers have reacted to this seemingly implausible flood.
One family I know lost their entire house and the land it sat on because the mudflows were too substantial to mitigate. Out-of-state strangers pitched in and lent them a house they’d recently bought in Boulder until they could move here next summer. “We’re just happy to have somewhere to live for now; we’re not even thinking about what we’ll do when summer comes,” the displaced mother said with a smile.
Another friend lost half her house and her entire business. She’s been toiling nonstop to restore both, as well as help all her affected friends and clients fix their places. “It is what it is,” she told me with a shrug. “What are you gonna do?”
I wish I could be that accepting. I don’t like it when things are out of order, let alone in complete chaos. But the aftermath of this flood taught me a few things, too: You have more strength than you think you do, you have more patience than you ever expected to need, and you have a lot of friends who are sick of hearing about it, but still offer their sympathy when you bring it up for the umpteenth time.
So, come springtime we’re going to bring it up in these pages by offering stories on landscaping after the flood, how to get your insurance company to cough up on your policy, and how businesses in Lyons have coped. We’ll also offer plenty of non-flood-related articles, too.
In this issue, you can read how Neil and Cathy Borman averted September’s disaster through creative re-landscaping, and how to keep your pet safe by making him or her healthy homemade treats with our recipes from local bakers and pet professionals. BTW, a photo of Fritz dutifully admiring Kerry’s Canine Cookies appears on the opening page of that story. Fritz loves Kerry’s cookies, and she supplied a recipe for us. The night floodwaters ravaged our house, Fritz was freaked out, as I know many pets were. But he did his utmost to keep his muzzle up and comfort us, so I figure he deserves some fresh homemade treats!
This issue is full of more treats for you, including locals’ favorite plants from this year’s growing season, how to choose the perfect bathtub, and how to not hurt yourself when gardening season rolls around. You can also learn how to winterize your house. After the arctic blast we recently experienced, it pays to invest in energy improvements.
A quick thanks to the homeowners and gardeners who shared their spaces with us in this issue. Colleen and Joe Bammann’s ranch remodel—that they did by themselves!—is fabulous. Lynne and Peter Troup’s historic Mapleton Hill home is beautifully decorated with Lynne’s magnificent quilts, and the Bormans couldn’t be happier with their re-landscaped front yard—and rightfully so.
Enjoy this issue and please thank our advertisers, all of whom allow us to bring you this publication. See you next issue, and visit us online at www.homeandgardenmag.com. In the meantime, lend a hand—or just a sympathetic ear—to a flood victim.
Carol Brock, editor