This summer is proving to be a real challenge. I am taking some classes so I have had to alter my exercise schedule. The spring was incredibly windy and somehow the weather must still think that it is Spring....the wind has not quit blowing!
We also have had no moisture and there have been several very serious wild fires. Arizona and New Mexico still have extremely large fires burning and the air quality is beginning to decline severely.
These two pictures are from my front door looking south towards Mexico. It looks as though a thunderstorm is approaching. Actually, it is smoke from what is being called the Horse Shoe Fire that is burning in the Chirichua (spelling?) Mountains as well as from the Wallow Fire in Arizona. I am basically doing all of my training, what little I can get done, at the gym. My asthma is kicking my booty to the point that I can walk about a hundred yards and I am out of breath. I don't want to be out of breath, I want to be out of doors in a smoke free and relatively dust free environment....just for a change of pace.
The Southwestern part of Arizona and New Mexico are still suffering from forest fire problems and the hellish smoke and winds. The Wallow Fire in Alpine Arizona has caused a choking haze here in New Mexico for over a week and is so bad that I had to call the vet for Spanky. Spanky is extremely stuffed up and he is taking Benadryl and Vicks on his nose. Amazing stuff for a dog.
Here Spanky and Weena, the little black blob are huffing up the road for their evening walk.
Cisco and my daughter were with us. Cisco's tongue is enormous and he is panting. The weather was extremely warm at 92. It was 6pm this evening. One of the reasons it was so warm was because the rain clouds were rolling in complete with thunder and lightening and yes, even a few drops of RAIN!
Here are some of the cloud pictures as well as the Spanish Broom in bloom in the front yard waiting patiently for the rain. Normally, the yellow flowers cover the bush from top to bottom but the numerous hungry deer keep the lowest blossoms cropped off.
Spanky napping because of Benadryl. His outside time is being severly limited.
After the little shower, Spanky was already breathing better. Hopefully the wind will keep blowing from the East and the firefighters will get a better handle on the Arizona Wallow fire.
Take care, be safe, and remain active!
Well...the drought still continues and the area fires have the area pretty smokey. The good news is we are beginning to get a few clouds rolling through and some of them are even getting dark. We might get a little rain one of these days, which might be a little easier than re-routing the Mississippi River..lol.
Here a three pictures that show some clouds and a red sun, most likely due to the smoke in the atmosphere. Enjoy!
My husband and I visited Ft. Bayard National Cemetery early this morning. My grandparents are buried there and his mother is there as well. Tomorrow there will be a fly over and lots of other excitement , which is another reason I was glad we went this morning. I prefer peace and solitude. The weather this morning as well as the cemetery with all of its' flags was just perfect.
Enjoy the following pictures keeping in mind this is a very old, very small cemetery.
Have a wonderful holiday everyone. Be safe and active!
Tomorrow is Friday and it is officially the last day of school. I am giddy with the thought of NOT having to deal with teenagers in a classrooom every day!
This Saturday is the Ft. Bayard Gila Wilderness Run. This is like the 24 or 25th year. I remember running it when I was about 14 and I ran the 8 mile course again 6 years ago. Of course, since surgery, I really enjoy the 5K walk. Sometimes it is really competitive. I will persevere to finish. My knees are sore and my hips are really painful, but...isen't old age wonderful?