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Smoke and more smoke

September 4th, 2017 at 05:10 pm

Southern Oregon, like most of the west, has been ablaze with forest fires for weeks. We are now so socked in with smoke from these fires that the air quality is fluctuating between very unhealthy and hazardous. For someone with asthma or other respiratory issues, this causes breathing issues especially with any time spent outside. We were going to go up to the lake yesterday, but there just is nothing around that is beyond the deteriorated air quality. So, plan B ended up staying home and indoors. My laundry is done, Ive read, cleaned, surfed the net, watched a movie...and am bored silly today. Of course, this shies in comparison to what others are facing with the fires or floods throughout the country...but it is still frustrating.

At least yesterday was a no spend day. There is that!

The hub decided to make the most out of the hole left by the large old oak tree that was blown over by the storm last month. The hole is just about the right size for an outdoor fire pit and in a good spot. We have been wanting to build one and voila! nature got us started! He spent some of the day yesterday researching how to build it and has a pretty good idea of what to do now. He also cut up the tree and so we have plenty of fire wood for the pit...enough for a few years as it was a huge tree.

Z update

Since Z came back to us a year ago, he has been diagnosed with PTSD and has been showing behaviors of reactive attachment disorder. My fear before he initially left us was that attachment disorder would become a factor, and now those fears are being realized. DD2 is going to see about additional counseling for both of them, but there are days she is struggling with parenting him. It breaks my heart and I am jumping in to help as much as she wants, but I worry what this means long term. Ugh. People should get to choose drugs or pregnancy and children, but not both. Knowing baby #5 is on the way exacerbates the frustration. And so it goes....

6 Responses to “Smoke and more smoke”

  1. Pnwmom Says:

    We are covered up here in Portland in a haze also, due to all the fires...the expected temp today is 102. I think we are all ready for Fall!

  2. Amber Says:

    I wasn't aware of the fire in your area, please be safe. I'm also sending prayers for Z and your family.

  3. VS_ozgirl Says:

    I absolutely love the idea of turning the hole in the ground into a an outdoor fire pit - how inventive and resourceful! Talk about turning a negative into a win Smile!

  4. rob62521 Says:

    Those fires are awful. Sorry about the smoke for you.

    Nice that things worked out for the new fire pit.

    Your family is a blessing to Z.

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    The haze hit us yesterday and we have a full on smoke cap again today. It's really hot, too. It's hard when you have to have the windows open to cool off the house, but the air coming in is nasty.

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Is the haze any better?

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