Wednesday, August 31, 2011

“Red Flag”. Really? That Was So Not Very Helpful.

Elle C just commented in the last post to ask if we’re ok.  She is a super-sweetie.  We are not, as it happens, on fire.  Which is always a good thing, as far as I’m concerned.

Possum Kingdom is a ways away from us, which is where they’re continuing to have the Big Fires.  We’ve had a few more small ones today (which isn’t surprising, the surprise is that we haven’t had more before now).  We’re under a red flag warning, but we’ve been under that since… um… May.  So that’s not really telling us anything. At all.

On the other hand, my eagle-eye view on the overpass at 5:00 pm showed the entire sky for miles and miles was filled with a haze of smoke and right now (7:30 pm) everything on the ground is hazy and smells like the world’s biggest bonfire-night.  So I’m not sure if that’s blowing in from PK or if something else is burning that we just haven’t heard about yet.  Here in town we’re most likely not going to feel the worst of any fires, unless something really catastrophic happens or we just happen to be unlucky and have a local house fire.

Anyway, we’re all good.  Well.  The Evil Monkeys are on their second week of school.  Apparently they formed some sort of evil plan between them to the effect that they think their bedtime should now be 10 pm.  They are sadly mistaken in this belief but as they persist in trying to stick to this devil’s pact they are, shall we say, a wee bit crabby.

I’m contemplating making them run around the backyard in the smoke for a little while.  Surely a little smoke-induced asthma will make them, uh, sleepy.  Right?



  1. Glad to hear you're non-incinerated. ElleC is indeed one of the internet's great sweeties.

    My kids start school tomorrow and we've been trying to "ease back" into a normal bedtime, without great success. Tomorrow morning should be FUN. If it helps, even my eleven-year-old can't stay up past 8:30 and still function in the morning.

  2. Only in TX would a housing development with million dollar houses be called Possum Kingdom... Glad you're ok...I think making the evil monkeys run around the back yard a great idea..... :)

  3. I fixed the problem of my children thinking that they should stay up later than usual. I got them up an hour earlier than usual and then didn't allow naps when they got home - suddenly, even the 14 yo wants to go to bed by 9:30. ;)

    Nighty night. Sleep tight. Don't let the bed bugs bite. Mommy is going to enjoy her little bit of free time... right before she passes out.

  4. Over here in bizzaro world we're expecting another typhoon... glad to hear Y'ALL are ok.
    Make the kids run around the yard with buckets of water. When it all evaporates they can come back in.

  5. Glad to hear you're okay! You have my complete commiseration on the bed time; DS, 7y, is starting to need less sleep than I do. AND I need some alone time (read: without kids) at night to function happily. Yes I have made him run laps in an attempt to tire him out. (In my defense, no, there weren't any fires.)

  6. So glad to know you and yours are okay. The interwebs certainly make the world a smaller place.

    A "super-sweetie), why, thank you. I'm blushing.

  7. just reread my post, is it just me or do I sound kind of stupid? reminds me of why I shouldn't try to write anything that makes sense at 5:23 am (my time) or within 15 minutes of waking...........

  8. Stay wet out there!!! I'll keep my fingers crossed that you and my sis stay out of harm's way...

    and smoke induced asthma TOTALLY works.


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