Red Sky in the Morning …

I woke up this morning to a reddish/orange hellscape of a sky. Right now, it is 8:13 in the morning, and I am sitting here in my unusually darkened room looking out at a thick blanket of orange clouds outside my window. We have had red sunrises for many days recently, but this orange sky is new.

It is the fires, of course, burning all over my state and, now, neighboring states. Apparently, smoke particles in the air can make the sky appear reddish or orange. The air quality isn’t even that terrible right now, but it really looks like the end of the world out there.

Except for the smoky air, we are OK in my city. It is unlikely that wildfires will burn my house down. My parents, however, live in the woods in a neighboring state, and they are not so lucky. They are sitting in a hotel with their two cats right now, waiting to hear if their house is still standing. Crazy stuff.

Anyway … I have been insanely busy with work lately so I haven’t been able to get on WordPress as much as I would like. I have to get back to it as I have a project due (end of the world or not!) today, but I wanted to hop on and say that I’m still sober. I told my friend that I am really NOT drinking on my birthday weekend. She did her complaining, disappointed thing, but I think she heard me. Regardless, I am resolved. So, I will enter my 50s with a clear head, looking positively toward the future, and sober. Hopefully, fire will not upend our beach getaway plans.

Sending much love and support to all of you.

xoxo

Leafy

19 thoughts on “Red Sky in the Morning …

  1. I am sure thinking of your parents right now! Yikes! Awesome you told your friend you definitely aren’t drinking for your beach get away! That’s really hard to do but then again last year we took a short family beach getaway and I didn’t drink and my morning beach time was so worth it! I left very happy I made that choice!

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  2. Glad to hear you are okay, are still sober and planning a fantastic sober birthday. You are awesome and strong. I’m here with you in the smoke… I hope your parents’ home survives. My husband and I were having the same conversation this morning about the red sky…it looks like the apocalypse! I really hope it’s clear for your birthday. Xx

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  3. That’s so scary for your parents! I’m keeping it all crossed for them. I think you have done the right thing making your decision about alcohol on your birthday and setting out the boundaries now. Just think how great you will feel waking up and making the most of the time away. When is your actual birthday? 😘

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  4. I am so saddened by all the fires, and I so hope your parents will be ok.
    ❤️
    Also so happy you are having a sober birthday!
    🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎈
    xo
    Wendy

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  5. What a crazy time we are living in, the fires are so heartbreaking to see/read of. I’m really glad you’re safe & sober & I truly hope with all my heart your parent’s home comes out standing💜

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  6. I’m so sorry about your parents! I have a trip to CA planned (initially it was Big Sur but the fires made that impossible – it’s currently Yosemite), I hope it’s going to go ok/going to happen. Congrats on your birthday resolve 🙂 Ironically, it will make this birthday much more memorable lolol ❤ xxx Anne

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