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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!

Seattle

Logan and I have been in Seattle for a few days now. The air quality in the entire NW is pretty bad but honestly Seattle is not terrible compared to Portland. And my parent’s house is really good. We don’t smell any smoke inside of the house.

The weekend was pretty foggy and cool. We went down to Edmonds to go to the beach and walk on the pier. We weren’t there for long, maybe 45 minutes or so. No one else was really out. It was smoky and foggy but not horrific. And I could smell the Sound and fish and ocean water, so that was good!

It was good to get out of the house for a little bit. Logan got to run around, play in the sand, throw rocks.

Friday night I made this recipe for rockfish. It turned out pretty good!

Saturday night we had Ivar’s clam chowder for dinner! I love Ivar’s!

Sunday we woke up to mist and fog and it seemed like less smoke. It didn’t smell bad outside and everything felt a little wet.

My dad and I took Logan to the park for a bit Sunday morning. It was nice!

Sunday we had tortilla soup.

I was planning on heading home Monday but the weather report changed and the rain got pushed back another day. The air quality was still terrible at home. I decided to stay one more day. Monday the air quality in Seattle was worse, so we didn’t really play outside this time.

My aunt’s farm and house is still doing ok. After the second wave of fires, it was spared again, so that’s good.

I know a lot of people who were not so lucky. It’s really tragic. I feel so terrible for people who lost everything. I can’t imagine how stressful it is and where do you even start to try and rebuild your life?

I am so ready for rain. Lots and lots of rain.