Thursday, September 04, 2008

What a world...

This used to be a barn that held my husband's attachments to his tractor, as well as some other items. The wood parts are gone so just the metal arch of the top is left. It burnt up on Monday while we were at our daughter's house working on their pipes. We thought at first that a can of something had overheated & blown up starting a fire, but an investigator checked it out & said it was arson. This is quite a shock since we have very few problems with anyone, keep to ourselves a lot and generally try to live a good life. Apparently we ticked someone off. We actually can think of a couple of people we've had problems with, but it still amazes me that someone would resort to this. The insurance company has chosen not to investigate since they really have nothing to go on to prove who did it. I just have to hope that whoever it was will consider this enough. This was the only barn that didn't have a door, everything else is locked up tight.

My husband was so upset, he feels like I would if someone blew up my craft room, he has worked for so many years to get this equipment and loves nothing more than coming home and working around the yard. It looks like he'll be able to replace everything from the insurance, but any of you who have had a fire know how it feels, it's not a fun experience and knowing that someone would do this is really unsettling. Now that they got away with it will they do anything else? Will they think this is how to deal with anyone who makes them angry in the future?

It was actually kind of interesting watching the arson investigator do his work. We had had a bonfire on Saturday night and though we were sure it was well out, it was nearby & the fire had burnt it's way to the pit, so we wondered it if was possible. The investigator looked around and knew right away that it wasn't from the bonfire. That made the kids feel a lot better, they should have known anyway, their Dad is really careful about things like that. Anyway, the arson guy could tell by how the cement was broken up in one area that accelerant was used, where the fire started, how the wood burned more in certain areas, how the light figures were pointing in to the middle of the barn where it started. Once he pointed this stuff out we could see what he meant, but we'd have never seen that ourselves.

We've always felt so safe here, but also have kept things locked up since there are always thefts everywhere, especially when things get tough with the economy. Now we'll be installing some video cameras outside the house so we can keep an eye on things when we're not home. At least if something like this happens again we may be able to get the people busted for it.

The thing is, this is an awful thing to happen, but we have insurance. Thank God nobody was here, nobody got hurt. We'll have hassles & it's not fun to have to try to figure out what you lost & deal with all the paperwork & such. Ultimately, though the equipment will be replaced, the barn rebuilt, and everything cleaned up. We just spent a wonderful weekend with our son & his girlfriend visiting from California, we've been helping our daughter & son-in-law work on the home they just bought & just loving the time we spend with our new grandbaby, we're adjusting to an empty nest and enjoying our lives. Meanwhile the sad excuse for a human being who did this is apparently having some anger problems and I'm guessing isn't having a very happy life or I doubt they'd be doing something like this. I believe that what goes around comes around, what you do will come back to you whether it's good or evil so I'll let karma or whatever deal with this & we'll try to find ways to make things a bit more secure & keep on living our lives.

4 Comments:

Blogger Dorothy said...

Oh Sue, I'm so sorry that someone would do that to your family!
It's despicable! It's great that the insurance is there, but that doesn't help with the emotional damage.

7:26 AM  
Anonymous Vicki said...

I am so sorry. There has been arson in my neighborhood and it really saddens me and scared me at the same time. I hope you have a speedy recovery from this.

2:15 PM  
Blogger be*mused jan said...

Sue, what a frightening thing to have happen. I can't imagine.

2:12 PM  
Blogger a simple quilter said...

I'm so sorry that someone did this to your family. It will take time to heal, but thankfully no one was injured.

We just returned from our trip to your area and it was beautiful! We have already scheduled a return stay for next summer. I could even picture living in the area it was so peaceful.

Have a wonderful week, will keep you in my thoughts.

christine

4:48 AM  

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