Summer in January

It’s been in the mid to high 80’s here lately.

Yes, I really have been running the air conditioner in January.

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It’s crystal clear, beautiful, and the warm Santa Ana winds are blowing.

The mountains loom in the clear, sunny, skies as nearly-touchable beings.

The winds aren’t a big deal for most of Southern California, but they wreak havoc in the canyons.

I live in a canyon, of course.

The winds pick up strength in the evenings.

They howl loudly enough to wake me several times each night..

In addition to the downed trees and branches, there’s a huge mess of floating, blowing, STUFF in the air.

My sinuses are staging a protest.

My eyes are red and puffy, my nose is dripping almost continually, and I find myself coughing and sneezing a lot.

To say there’s a lot of pollen floating through the canyon would be a strong understatement.

Those of you who don’t live in Southern California might find it odd we’re under a “fire weather warning.”

Fire trucks are very visible in my neighborhood these days.

I see them everywhere.  I’ve been told they’re “stationed” here as a precaution.

As another precaution, my neighborhood is running sprinklers daily behind the canyon “perimeter” homes.

Ironically, the wind is blowing hard enough to lift the sprinkler water into the air and send it flying into my backyard.

(I’m pretty sure that won’t help the canyon from igniting.)

I do love warm weather, but I wouldn’t mind if the winds let up for just a day or two.

You know, just long enough to give my sinuses a pollen break.

Achoo!

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