Up In Smoke
We got to Redding finally and found it mired in horrible smoke, even worse than the conditions at home. There was ash on the car in the morning. It was hot, hot, hot (cough, cough). We were dreading the wedding itself, scheduled to be held outside beside a river amidst the heat, smoke and mosquitos. You can tell that the weather was making me pessimistic. The wedding actually turned out to be pleasant and beautiful, the smoke having lessened a lot overnight, the temperature dropped a bit, and the location was gorgeous.
We drove back with both inlaws, and the trip took even longer because we had to stop several times to let Grandpa walk around, and to make a lunch stop. We left at 9:30 and got home at 3:30. Six hours, holy cow, could have driven to LA in that time. We were so exhausted.
This morning after the spouse left for work, I went out to pick some green beans and almost put my hand on a large dead squirrel in my garden. What on earth happened to the squirrel?? We think maybe it fell out of the tree and crashed onto the stepping stone in the garden, or maybe the neighbor threw it over the fence, his 'friendly' dogs having killed it. Or maybe the new people renovating the house in the back put out poison. Your guess is as good as mine. Blechh.
All my books and sewing and knitting stuff are packed up in preparation for the construction work. There is nothing to do but watch TV and listen to books on tape.