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Thursday, August 19, 2010


In our neighbouring province of B.C. (hello Bobbie) there are forest fires blazing, and today the thick, acrid smoke hit Alberta big time. It is very hard to tell by these pictures just how thick it is:

At the moment I've been home sick for a week battling bronchitis. Of course today the health officials are warning that people with lung problems (ie: asthma, pneumonia, bronchits) need to stay indoors and keep all windows closed. I can see why, and that statement isn't just "pole vaulting over chicken poop". Before I saw what was happening the smoke started streaming into the house through all of my open windows and I was hacking up a storm. I can safely say that there is no way I would be able to breathe outdoors right now. Scarey stuff!

Bobbie how is it where you are in B.C.?

Apparently this is supposed to hang over us until the weekend is over. I hope it's gone much sooner than that, and I also pray for the folks in B.C. who have homes and lives at threat.

Take good care of each other and have a good weekend.


Love Jude


Blogger Bobbie said...

We've been having very hazy skies too, Jude, and some days you can really smell the smoke depending on what direction the breeze is blowing. It's far worse up north in the Cariboo and Peace areas. With the heat we had and the bad air, I spent most of last week indoors. Last night we got some much needed rain but today is just overcast and hazy. This year is a bad year for forest fires in BC. Sorry our smoke is drifting over to you!

Take care and hope you feel better soon.

5:51 PM, August 19, 2010  
Blogger Bobbie said...

I just read this on the CBC site.


5:53 PM, August 19, 2010  
Blogger Jude said...

Thanks Bobbie, I'm sorry to hear you're getting some effects of it too. I feel bad for anyone affected by the fires there, and I hope they get them under control soon. Boy this sure is acrid!

6:04 PM, August 19, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I hope you feel better soon and that the smoke clears. I don't do well with smoke either - allergic. Take care and I will keep you and your neighbors in my thoughts and prayers.

9:55 PM, August 21, 2010  
Blogger Jude said...

Thanks Jer, so appreciated! The smoke is all but gone now, and since yesterday I've had my windows open for fresh air again. :-)

A good thing too because as I'm starting to feel a bit better (bronchitis) I have to go out on a grocery run today. Have a good Sunday!

9:32 AM, August 22, 2010  
Anonymous Michael said...

Oh what a disaster! Fires can be a good thing on a smaller scale for forests, but nothing of this size can possibly be good!

Stay indoors Jude! And, FEEL BETTER! I'm sorry to read about your lung congestion, and I'm sure this just makes life even more difficult with smoke in the air!

11:50 AM, August 22, 2010  
Blogger Jude said...

Michael! Our up and coming rock star!! So great to see you here, I hope your band just keeps growing and growing with fan base honey! Just don't forget, I knew you "when". :-)

Thank you, it's so much better now, both the smoke and the bronchitis. I'm back to work tomorrow, as long as I can keep the gross coughing fits at bay.

Have a fab weekend!

12:06 PM, August 22, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, it's really rough when you're a waiter with bronchitis. I know those gross coughing fits all too well - and have actually left work early because of them.

The problem is, if you call off every day you had coughing fits, you would be off work for a couple weeks. Who the hell is going to pay the bills!?

9:27 AM, August 26, 2010  
Blogger Jude said...

I hear you. The hard coughing only came up a couple of times in my 3 days at work this week, and they weren't near as bad as last week. It's bad when you're dealing with the public like you and I do!

10:20 AM, August 26, 2010  

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