I’m sitting here looking out our TV room window at 8:18 am on September 10. It’s a little lighter out than yesterday at this time. The difference is that the smoke is now on the ground, which makes breathing much harder.
The winds are starting to shift a little bit. The good news about that is we probably won’t be need to evacuate. The bad news is we won’t be out of the smoke at least until Sunday. The smoke band runs a few hundred miles out the coast and the winds will slowly shift it all back over us.
We are looking for possible rain on Monday and Tuesday. I’m sure the firefights should enjoy that. There are many firefighters who have not eaten or slept in over 96 hours trying to keep fires from small towns through out Oregon, Washington and of course California who’s had fires longer than we have.
So today, I’m locked in our smallest room 10-15 feet with the dogs. We have two really good air filters running on high. My weakest point on my body is my lungs so we are trying to keep them as clean as possible. If I leave this room, I have to wear a mask. There is just a thin layer of smoke in the rest of the house, that is visible.
We really don’t have anywhere to run. South of us the fires are worse. East is where our fires are. North (Portland) is smoke filled and also I don’t want to get caught in the riots. The fastest and easies way to get to the beach, the roads are closed, due to fires and smoke. We can’t get to Lincoln City, which would be our closest beach. Lincoln City is being are evacuated to a city 30 miles down the coast to Newport, which would be our second choice and a much longer drive.
Plus Freddie, our 20 year old cat, can’t travel with us. He’d have to stay crated in the car. The girls might have stay in the car, as well. In fact with so many evacuations, we all might have to stay in the car, which would make the air just as bad as here.
Anyhow, I’m taking a blogging vacation until through September 20. I will still post my FLOWER A Day challenge as long as I have electricity. All my other challenges remain open from the last topic I used.
Here are links to my challenge home pages:
I’ve gathered a list of challenges and their hosts. So if you know a challenge host, please direct them to my blog. Feel free to contact me anytime. I hope everyone will be able to use my lists.
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