Saturday, November 10, 2018

Surrounded by smoke

There are 5 fires rage in California at the moment. 5. To people watching the news, the images coming from the front lines can seem surreal but here in the Bay Area the smoke is evidence of how destructive everything is.

For the past 2 days, we've been told to stay indoors. The sun is blocked for much by all the smoke that it is a red ball easy to stare directly at (something I normally wouldn't advise doing).

Breathing has also been an issue. Give that we are all fighting off a cold virus, Grey and I have been vigilant about Maddy and Teddy's breathing while watching one another. Apparently, I've been the worse of the lot, coughing and feeling fatigued easily. It's been a bit humbling.

It's been an interesting past few days. I watched my neighbors confront smokers, asking them to be mindful about where they dispose of their cigarettes (something they normally don't do) due to the fear of losing everything. I've seen people wearing masks to protect themselves while outside (which has been abnormally quiet). And I've witnessed severe anger at political leadership over flippant comments about how all of this is being managed, with them having loved ones currently on the front lines fighting these fires. 

In summary, we're living in a world surrounded by smoke. I'm hoping that it clears soon, ushering in the rains that are long overdue.


  1. Thinking of you! That sounds positively post-apocalyptic. I hope that you stay safe, and the air clears with the rains that I hope come soon. And I hope that people who know nothing about wildfires (or anything, really) quit saying stupid crap on Twitter that is not at all helpful.

  2. Ugh, so sorry you are being affected by this. :( I've just watched a few people interviewed on CNN who had to abandon their cars (because there were so many people trying to escape the fires, they were just crawling along) & literally run for their lives through the smoke & flames. Scary, scary stuff. :( Hoping for rain soon...

  3. It is terrifying to watch the reports. And heartbreaking. Please be safe.

  4. That is a haunting picture, being able to look into the daytime sun.

    Please do be safe.

  5. Stay safe! The pictures and videos coming out of CA are heartbreaking.


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