Thursday was the last day I remember the sky and the air having any sense of normalcy. It was a beautiful day with blue skies and sun. There was a warning about the smoke being exacerbated by the marine layer, but everyone was hoping that the reports had been exaggerated. If anything, they were understated and now we anxiously await the upgrading of the situation to unhealthy. I live near one of the largest urban forrests in the nation and the world and we are waiting for the air to not be hazardous, which is extremely sad and ridiculous at the same time. Added to the fact that we are in the midst of a pandemic, it is a bit much to deal with while navigating what feels like every aspect of life online. A bit ironic that I’m talking about this on a blog, no?
Remember that freaky weather I posted about a while ago? Well, it has wreaked havoc on my backyard garden. By now, I was supposed to be enjoying tomatoes, lettuce, herbs and maybe even some peas. But we have had so much cold and rain that when I go outside with anticipation of seeing growth or new sprouts, the soil just looks back as if to say, “What do you expect? Has it BEEN 60 degrees in two days?” So I’ll be starting over again this weekend, hoping for some mid to late Summer goodies grown in the back yard.
Earlier today, an 8.8 magnitude quake hit Chile. Buildings were damaged in the capital, Santiago, 200 miles from the epicenter and the quake was felt as far away as Buenos Aires, Argentina, 800 miles away. It is the seventh strongest ever recorded in the world. A tsunami warning has been issued for the entire American and Canadian West Coast, including Alaska and Hawaii.