Should I Stay Or Should I Go Now?

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. What a week this has been. It is only Friday. Shouldn’t it be Friday two weeks from now? I am already there. Actually, I wish I was, because this nightmare in California would hopefully be gone.

One day it’s fine and next it’s black


When things like the fires happen, it makes you think of what you would do in that situation. For many of the families we have met this week at camp who have lost their homes, they have impressed us beyond belief. And it takes a lot to impress this Sheriff for sure.

You sometimes hear of people coming together in a community to help each other. And we knew that Sonoma County would do that. But the way they did it was just something that you had to see to believe. Yesterday at camp, we had police officers driving down the road asking Girl Person if we needed any dog food. Guess they don’t know I eat organic steak, but still very nice of them to ask.

Now only were other law enforcement officers at camp, but there were people at camp too that were helping the officers by unloading donations and firewood to keep everyone warm. Some donations even had to be turned away because there were so many. Digby was disappointed though that no one brought him any pancakes.


Every day this week were ups and downs. First, we would think that the worst of the fires were over. Then another would start, or get worse.

It’s always tease, tease, tease
You’re happy when I’m on my knees
One day it’s fine and next it’s black

Darling you got to let me know
Should I stay or should I go?

Then the winds shifted and people were evacuated. Many of our friends lost their homes, or had to evacuate and it was scary. Very scary. We even made room in the Big Blue Treat Wagon. It is still going on, and there is no very clear end in sight despite all the work and efforts by the firefighters and everyone helping. There have been so many helping. We thank them.


So where does this leave us? Every day, we wondered. Are we ok? Are we in harms way? Should we stay? Should we go?

Darling you got to let me know
Should I stay or should I go?

For us, the persons had to decide every day what we should do. We got food and gas so we were ok there after a long day of searching. But then we couldn’t find diesel fuel for the RV, and we have been parked here so long, we knew we were low. The persons made the decision that if we had to leave in a dire emergency, if the rare thing would happen and the fires would make it out this far, that we would have to leave the RV. It’s just stuff. We had the important things ready to go.


Now, we only have reservations here at camp until Monday here on the coast. And we can’t find anywhere available to camp of course because of so many displaced people. So now. What do we do? We want to stay and help when the smoke does clear, but can we? Can we take the smoke? These are all things that the persons have to decide this weekend. So bear with us. What we have to decide is nothing at all compared to the many dilemmas of the wonderful people of California. We never thought in a million years that this would happen. But life has a way of surprising you. It also has a way of telling you what you need to do.  Now…if we can just listen and figure this out.

Darling you got to let me know
Should I stay or should I go?

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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Heads, Shoulders Knees And Toes

This is Deputy Digby Pancake.  This has been a real bad week over here.  So lets take a moment to regroup. Bear with me.

Girl Person has been driving me crazy this week.  First, she is singing to Sheriff Brickle about some Buffalo gals coming out tonight.  Then she starts singing this crazy song to me.  Because she says that I have the cutest elbows in the world.  The cutest toes in the world.  The cutest everything in the world.  And she kisses me, kisses me, kisses me.


Now, if my claim to fame was winning an elbow contest, so be it, as long as there were pancake trophies.  If my claim to fame was the cutest knees, well, so be it.  And I don’t need to finish that sentence. Just. Pancakes. I am just glad that apparently, just by existing, I can help out the persons when they are so stressed out with the fires around us.


Usually, Sheriff Brickle has the monopoly on adoration around here.  But even his handsome cannot be overshadowed this week by cute.  And I usually don’t brag, but when you are getting this crazy song sung to you every five minutes, you have to say to yourself, self?  If cuteness could make all of these problems go away, I could do it.  And I wish that I could.  I also wish I could make this song go away as well.  Can I state the obvious here? This song does not mention elbows. Which in fact is added by Girl Person.

When bad things go on around the persons, usually, they can’t see the simple things that they still have in the world.  For us here at camp, we are seeing families that are sleeping in their trucks because they have left their homes.  But we are seeing that they are still happy.  Why?  The children are riding their bikes that they took with them when they evacuated, they are singing, they are enjoying each other. And it is hard to believe that they are even laughing.  Why?  They left with what was important to them.  Each other. And this is a very big lesson for our family. Could we do that?


We realize that we are fortunate to be here.  Many would say that it is sad when we got back to this place that we love after five years of hoping, that this would happen.  But we have something to say about that.  We are privileged to be here when we are needed most.  We also say that if there is something that you want to see, or do…do it.  Don’t wait and enjoy it while you can!  You may not be able to do it tomorrow.  For us, we wasted alot of time worrying about the future when we could have been taking in all the beauty around us.

IMG_7174.JPGSo heads, shoulders, knees and toes? Oh, and elbows too?  Girl Person says that the things keeping them going and positive are the things that matter most.  She says that if she didn’t have my elbows to kiss right now, that would make her saddest of all.  So I willingly give up my elbows to person slobber.  But I cannot guarantee that they are clean.  Sorry.  You can’t have everything.

For Sheriff Brickle, here is his update as well.  He has briefed me that our family will be deciding how long we are going to stay here once the fires are contained and we are allowed into the area.  We are camped here until Monday in Bodega Bay as long as we are not evacuated.  It is a minute by minute situation, and although I sleep through most of it, I will let Brickle update you as he deems necessary.  For me, I have to put some lotion on my elbows. They are most needed around here.

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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