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Rain in the new year

We are grateful to be getting a few raindrops in these early days of the new year since we are far behind our normal rainfall numbers. It could be another season of drought if the rain totals don’t begin to add up. The new year snowfall check was very poor, too. Not only has there been no rain in the valley, there has been no snow in the mountains. One of the local ski resorts closed up before the new year as there just wasn’t any snow on its slopes.

Because of the fires in California, and the fact that the San Joaquin Valley is just a large bowl that collects all the air pollution from around the state, we have the worst air in decades. Just the other day the air in Fresno was worse than the air in Beijing. The bad air irritates throats and nasal passages. Coughs, colds, and respiratory infections are on the rise. If I’m outdoors for very long I get a headache and I know it’s the bad air that’s causing it.

These three weeks of school vacation have been nice. A chance to catch my breath, sit and contemplate the new year and how I will go through it, to read and relax with no demands on my time and energy. I continue to take my probiotics and to eat well so as to build up my immune system. I’m sure I’ve stayed well because I could spend so much time indoors and away from small children who cough and sneeze on me.

Next week that will change as school goes back in session and I get my bag of tricks ready to return to two days of storytelling. I’ve already been to the bank and gotten my lunch money. I will sit with small children and eat lunch. I will get hugs from these children and their small hands will slip into mine. I will be outdoors, breathing the air that may still be polluted if we don’t get enough rain to wash it away.


Feeling of gratitude

It’s a gray morning with a chance of rain for which I am most grateful. Any small amount of precipitation is most welcome. There is also a breeze this morning that will blow out the worst polluted air in the nation as of yesterday. It is a sad day when we reach that point, which usually happens in the summer here when the high heat cooks the pollutants to make them even worse. Our dry weather this winter has acted as an incubator for the pollutants. We were beginning to look like China.

I’m grateful that I get to stay home all day. No where to go. No one to see. First of its kind in two weeks. Tomorrow, though, I’m up early with places to be, people to see. I’m delivering all those Christmas gifts to the family I adopted as that is the day the facility at which they are staying finds it convenient. I’m planning to go further into downtown afterwards to take in some Christmas sights and have lunch.

Lunching. Been doing a lot of that this week with friends. It’s fun to catch up and I eat so much at lunch I don’t need to eat dinner later.

This weekend has holiday parties for each evening. I’m not much of an evening person, preferring to be home in my jammies, feet up on the couch, at the end of the day. We went to a high school concert earlier in the week, in the evening, and had a lovely time. I know it will be likewise with the next three evenings.

For now, I’m enjoying my day at home even if the weather is gray and my view a bit dismal: