It's getting harder and harder to breathe
Friday, September 11, 2020
Here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest things have become quite hazy. For the last 4 or 5 years we've had forest fires come and go which have affected air quality, sometimes significantly. But this year, it is definitely the worst it's ever been. Our air quality is currently worse than China's worst days by a hundred and fifty percent. We have been advised to stay indoors and keep our windows closed. My throat has been scratchy and I've had an ongoing headache for the last three days. And of course, the smoke is very visible everywhere you look.
Three days ago, my brother and his family, who live about 50 miles south of me, had to evacuate their home with their 6 animals. Fortunately, my parents are within driving distance and could take them all in. After 72 hours of not knowing if their house was going to burn down, they were finally given word that the fire was extinguished or contained and they were able to go home. So I guess they were lucky, though I'm not sure my SIL was feeling that way throughout the ordeal. On the bright side, they caught 2 arsonists in our state, one in Eastern Washington and one in Western. and have detained them.
I am somewhat worried about my chickens, as they have no choice but to be out in this. If memory serves me correctly though, they are at stop, drop and roll level which should be to their advantage, As long as they don't jump up on anything. I actually don't know if being down low helps in a situation where heavy smoke is just spreading across the land for days, or if it's only applicable in the midst of an actual burning building, which you'd be out of quickly. I'm going to tell myself it helps them, because that's all I've got. I don't like it Sam I am. Not for a hen, not for a lamb. I don't like it here or there...I don't like smoke anywhere!
I don't know how to end this blog, since saying "stay safe" is absurd, when the very air we need to sustain our lives is filled with thick smoke and will continue to be into the foreseeable future. "Stay out of the pacific northwest" seems more on point, but also not very friendly. So I guess I'll just go with the old tried and true "Have a nice weekend".