Prettyish picture, anyway. Not the best shot of the Sandia Mountains but I wanted to give you an idea of how beautiful they look with a little snow.

The big concern for Albuquerque this past week was the temperature, not the amount of snow that fell. The freezing temps wreaked havoc – water pipes burst all over town, there was black ice on the highways, there still isn’t enough natural gas to heat everyone’s homes.

As if the cold wasn’t bad enough, yesterday there was a three-alarm fire at an apartment complex near the airport. You can read about it here, or see video of it here. Two firefighters were injured (they’re ok), over 40 people are displaced and crews are still on scene trying to put the damn thing out. The New Mexico Red Cross provided emergency shelter for the victims, as well as food and clothing (residents had no time to grab coats – they just ran out of the building in whatever they were wearing).

Such a sad, scary event. My heart goes out to all the victims, and I tip my hat to the emergency personnel who have been battling the blaze so bravely.

The victims lost everything, but they all made it out safely. One man told a reporter, “I’ll be ok, I live in America.”

It’s a good reminder to check your smoke alarms, make sure you have a fire extinguisher, never leave a space heater unattended. Stay safe out there, my friends, stay safe.

On an unrelated note, I think my plant puzzler yesterday may be more difficult than I thought because there’s only been one guess so far. So here’s a hint – the leaf discoloration is a water issue. There were no temperature problems, it has nothing to do with fertilizing or lack of fertilizing. Water – too much or too little. If you think you know the answer, leave a comment for me. I’ll reveal the answer next Friday.

I’ll be back on Monday, hope to see you back here. In the meantime, go Packers!!