Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Haze and Ash, Heatwave and Debates Amid the Pandemic

I failed to to mention that along with the heatwave those in my area have been experiencing, there have been several wildfires in nearby towns. The sky has been hazy as a result of the ash. It seems weird to be feeling temperatures in the 90s to 100s with a hazy sky. Just another way the days, months, and seasons have been confusing this past year. I'm beginning to feel for thsoe being forced to evacuate the areas affected. I now want the heat to go down and the fires to be contained.

Already having to shelter in place has been hard enough the last six months (still can't believe it's been that long), but the current heatwave is just adding to to the difficulty of staying at home. Going to the store this week is going to be as anxiety-producing as it has been during these trying times, but I am now suspecting wearing a mask in public in the heat is going to seem even more suffocating than it already has.

I want to say right off that I have not been following the Democratic Convention on CNN, though I do plan to vote for Biden and Harris. You may have seen that I have not made one political post on my blog. It's just not a topic I like to get into. I can tell you right now I won't be watching TV on elction night (I never have done so). Rather, I just wait to hear the results following day.

And even though it's still more than two months away, I am wondering about celebrating Halloween this year. Having seen the Halloween items already at Dollar Tree in July, I got to thinking about the holiday. Some events, like those at various theme parks across the country have been cancelled. Just decorating the porch as I always do just doesn't seem enough. It seems a bit ironic that the one holiday focused on horror and wearing masks is being threatened by what has been a year of horror and by mask-wearing becoming mandatory. No party at work, that's for sure, and probably none at the bars in town. This isas far as I can see.


Elephant's Child said...

I feel for you.
For much of our summer our skies were full of smoke, ash. The death and destruction did my head in.
I hope (so much) that the fires can be contained.

Sandra Cox said...

I'm sorry to hear about the wildfires. That's worrying.
Very glad to hear you are voting for Biden-Harris. I haven't watched the conventions in the past, but I have this year and I'm so glad I did. So much of it has been so inspiring and I'm learning things about the members of the party and their backgrounds that I never knew, that is just fascinating.