fires in Portland
(portland, or, us)
Well, as I sit here, I see ashes falling from the sky. Unfortunately, my windows were open when it started, and our side door had broken off the hinges, so every inch of my home is covered in grit.
Right before that two huge limbs had fallen off a neighbor's pine tree, far away from their home because they have a double lot, but 5 feet from my home. Dry pine needles are thick and go up right to my home, like I am trying to turn my home into a campfire.
I filled about 3 trash cans with them, but they continuously come down. Then my x sister in law's husband died, so I am flying out East for the funeral. All I need to deal with is 3 stories of grit all over everything, including my clothes, mini blinds, etc, and avoiding covid.
That is not nearly as bad as others are dealing with. The Portland rioters have had the decency not to set fires while the wildfires burn and we stand in ready to evacuate. At least I think they have had the decency. Either that or they contributed to the fires. It doesn't matter if I know.
Because of the trip to the funeral, I returned my 10 foster puppies at age 5 weeks, and their mommy. My own doggie is coughing. We made an indoor filter from furnace filters and a fan. We taped the furnace filters to the fan.
Because of the trip to the funeral, I will not be taking care of my friend with pancreatic cancer until I quarantine for 2 weeks after I return from the trip, so that makes 3 weeks total. I have been helping her out for a year now. Her next scan will be while I am gone, and will show any changes in her tumors.
So, all in all, I am blessed. A roof over my head, an air filter on my fan, and tickets to a funeral where I will see my two sons who I have not seen in a year, and also one newly married grandson, and one 9 year old grandson.
It was a sudden death, 3 days after a prostate biopsy.
That's all she wrote.