|Heron fishing expedition|
On Saturday, Melanie and I braved the unhealthy air for a quick walk along Bellingham Bay, thinking that the air might be a bit less hazardous because of the fresh western air coming off the bay. It didn't bother either of us, no stinging eyes or scratchy throats, so hopefully we didn't make ourselves at too much risk. It was a good thing we went when we did, though, as the air deteriorated more during the day.
Yesterday, it was bad enough that we didn't even open the windows for sleeping. After reading that the best thing you can do when the air quality is that bad is to stay inside, keep the windows closed, and use a HEPA filter on your air conditioner. Well, since we don't have any such thing, we hunkered down and woke to learn that the air this morning is somewhat better. South of us, down in Seattle, it's worse than we have here, so it might change here, too. There are many uncontrolled fires burning all across Oregon. It's all very scary.
What to do with myself? I didn't want to watch the news because it tends to depress me, so I looked on Netflix for an uplifting movie. There were so many choices that I grew a little overwhelmed, and then I saw a movie that I watched before, after having enjoyed the novel so much: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Set in the UK after World War II, it tells the story of the occupation of the isle of Guernsey during the war and its aftermath. I know it doesn't sound very uplifting, but believe me, it is. It not only has a happy ending, but the story is compelling and filled with heroes and heroines. After I finished watching it, my mood had dramatically improved, and I went to bed feeling quite contented.
And now here I am on Monday morning after having made a quick trip to the coffee shop to hang out with my two pals John and Gene, and now I'm going to browse Netflix and see if I can come up with another winner.
P.S. I am now using the new Blogger interface with little problem. Either I got better, or it did. Are other users having any problems?