Today we had a very smoky sky that darkened the day. It has been darker than normal in the house all day and it just felt weird to look out the windows at the sky.
Inside I had to turn on a light for most of the day, especially during meetings. In one meeting one of my colleagues had a background picture of the surface of Mars, and we joked about it being a live picture. We have to at least have a little fun to try and lighten the mood.
We have had triple digit heat for most of the last week and my roses have significant heat damage. You can also see a bit of ash on this rose. Today the ash has been falling, but not as much as in other areas close by. Luckily Bluey is in the garage, although I took him out to go to the grocery store tonight.
My cousin, who lives to the north, was able to write ‘ash’ in the ash that was on her car. She washed her car when she got home from work before putting it in the garage.
Here you can see the ash being deposited on the leaves of one of my rose bushes. I will definitely be sheltering in place as much as possible and wearing a mask even to go out and pick up my paper and go to the mailbox. The air is very bad.
This smoke is coming from a fire to the north. The wind is blowing in the wrong direction for us, and is sending a plume of smoke south through the Central Valley of California.
I hope you had better air where you were today.