Playing with Fire

Forest fires blow!

I’ve seen some bad forest fires over the years, living in the west as we do, but this year takes the cake. I guess it was overloaded with one too many lit candles!

It’s been days since we saw the mountains just across the valley, and it smells like a campfire inside the house. I’m not sure what I miss more, the blue sky or opening the windows at night to enjoy the cool breeze.

Worst of all is being stuck inside all day! We’re grumpy enough from cabin fever, and the irritated throats and itchy eyes aren’t helping one bit. What’s a mom to do?

Walks and playing outside are out of the question. What activities do you enjoy when you’re stuck inside?

How do you deal with the poor air quality in your home? We have a lot of house plants, but I’ve always thought of that as more of a long-term solution.


  1. You might want to look into an air purifier. It probably won’t clean the whole house, but maybe it will improve the air in your sleeping area at least. That fire is terrible! I’m sorry you and everyone else in the area are getting all that smoke.

  2. Gina, that’s a good idea! We compromised by purchasing and installing a really good air filter in our HVAC. That seemed to help.

    The smoke is finally clearing out and we’re on day two of blue skies. My fingers are crossed the smoke won’t come back!

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