Back Home

Logan, Stevie, Maya and I drove home from Seattle Tuesday afternoon. I had mixed feelings about heading home. We were ready to go home and be in our environment and routine, but the air quality was still terrible in Portland. The predicted rain kept changing, but in the end I decided to just head home. It WAS nice to be home in our own beds…

The cats were super happy to be home, not quarantined in the bathroom anymore.

Even Bella was happy to see everyone! 😉

I had so much to catch up on with work, even though I did some teleworking from Seattle (minimal). So Wednesday was VERY busy for me. Logan was happy to be back at preschool with his friends.

Portland was ATROCIOUS. The air was absolutely terrible. I did not leave the house for several days and honestly, I stayed in the upstairs or the dining room of the house for several days. I don’t know if I mentioned it but our house is a 1920’s bungalow and the front part of the house where the office and living room are, the windows are original. So……yeah….they smelled like smoke.

The rest of the house was better. The upstairs and the dining room was an addition and have newer windows so the smoke didn’t come in. But it was so bad in the rest of the house I could barely breathe. 🙁 It was such a bummer.

Then on Friday it rained. Like an epic, the clouds opened up, thunder and lightning, the storm of the century rain. Everyone in Portland, I think, woke up at 3am when it happened. I laid in bed listening to the rain and felt so grateful. Friday it rained off and on all day and then on Saturday it was BLUE SKIES. Blue skies and NORMAL AIR QUALITY. I could cry.

I woke up and opened all the windows in the house for several hours. I washed everything. Floors, walls, couch covers, blankets, anything. I just wanted to get the smoke smell out. Maybe I was being paranoid but I felt like smoke was just everywhere.

Saturday afternoon I took Bella for a super long walk. We were both SO happy! It was the first walk she’d had in almost 2 weeks! As we walked I marveled at how the ground was full of orange and red leaves. In a blink of an eye summer was over and now it’s Fall.

Sunday we went for a hike in the morning and it was SO nice being outside.

Then Stevie went to the vet for his last post-op check up and got the green light. No more cone!

It was also our 6 year wedding anniversary. It was such a busy day we didn’t have much time to celebrate. We will do something soon. So we had dinner and shared a piece of German Chocolate Cake.

It’s really nice to be home and back to the “norm”–whatever that means!

Leaving Portland

A lot has happened since my last post!

On Thursday I was home, working, because pandemic. Remember we are still in a pandemic? I was working in our office and around 9am or so it was starting to get a little smoky. I left the office, did some laundry in the basement, went to the third floor to put laundry away, came back down to the office and it was even worse. Decided to take my work laptop upstairs to our bedroom for my 90 minute work meeting.

After my meeting was over, I walked downstairs and our house was so smoky I could barely breathe.

The air quality is so bad in Portland you can’t really breathe, especially if you have issues like asthma. The green on the map is good. The maroon color is hazardous. If you see on the map, 478 and 491 is where my aunt’s farm was. Nearby is 999!!!! Off the charts bad. Portland, near us is in the 300 range.

So anyways, Thursday Michael came home early because our evacuation level was changing. We were at Level (be Ready) and then Level 2 was getting closer and closer to our house (like three blocks or so away, basically on the other side of a river).

Near us, Oregon City/Beavercreek/Estacada/Molalla/Woodburn were Level 3 and so was Lincoln City (at the beach) and they were all evacuating.

Michael and I started packing for real and packing the cars. We waited a bit and then he went to get Logan, gas in the car and dinner. All the fast food restaurants were closed! So we had dinner at home and talked about a plan. We decided that Logan and I and the cats would go to Seattle to my parents house and Michael and Bella would wait a bit and see how it goes and if need be, he’d pack some more stuff. Then he’d come up to Seattle.

My car was mostly packed. We left around 6pm or so. It took over an hour just to get out of Portland. I avoided 205 because it was a complete parking lot with everyone evacuating from down South. I drove the backroads towards downtown and then picked up I-5 North. It was 10-20 mph, lots of traffic. People were nice, though.

Traffic got better once I got past Vancouver.

Then traffic thinned out and we were driving a normal speed. It was clear sailing the rest of the way to Seattle–honestly, traffic was pretty good! Best I’ve had during that drive. LOL

It was dark, smoky, cloudy, a very long drive. Logan would not nap. He was bored. He asked “are we there yet?” Every five minutes. The cats were not happy and kept talking to each other. LOL FUN!

We got to Seattle at 10pm and got settled. It was nice to be somewhere we could breathe. The air was much better!

Friday we got up and had breakfast and I did a little work.

Seattle had some blue skies and fresh air. As the day progressed it got a little more smoky and gross, but nowhere near as bad as home.

And the good part is that the smoke wasn’t in my parents house. So we could hunker down and just chill. I was still getting updates and texts and notifications from home. Still stressful. No idea how long we’ll be in Seattle. It depends on the air quality at home. It looks like it might start raining Monday or Tuesday in Portland.