6 Feet

Last Saturday we had another couple over for a late lunch outside. We were supposed to do it a few Saturdays ago but it was a little rainy and we all felt more comfortable socializing outside, so we rescheduled.

I prepped the snack plates for lunch (a plate for us and one for them so we didn’t have to share or get close to eat) and Michael kind of teased me for wearing my mask while I made it, but…better be safe than sorry!

We sat 6 feet apart and stayed outside and if we were near each other we wore masks (we weren’t really near each other except when they first arrived).

Lunch was smoked salmon, salami, cheese, crackers, nuts, dried apricots, carrots, apples, olives. My friend Sam made Babaganoush, which I’ve never had before but was delicious!

It was really nice to spend time with friends and catch up and have some kind of “normal” (it wasn’t normal, but let’s fake it, right?). After not seeing friends except from the porch waving to the street for 6+ months, it felt really good to socialize. And to catch up. And to talk about the drama of the week! It felt so weird to not hug hello or goodbye, to wave from 6 feet even though we just spent 2 hours chatting in our backyard. All of it is weird. But you make do. Something is better than nothing.

After they left Logan and I decorated for Halloween.

It’s a huge bummer Halloween is cancelled. I’ve started explaining to Logan that it’s cancelled and that people aren’t trick-or-treating this year but he doesn’t really understand and he’s been talking about it for weeks already. 🙁 2020 just sucks. Even though everything is cancelled, it was still fun to decorate.

Lastly, Stevie is doing awesome. The surgery and healing went really well and he’s doing so good! I am really happy with the surgery and how the emergency vet and our new vet has helped us. I am glad he’s back to normal and happy and playful and just…healthy!

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!