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1001 am Sept 23 sky

Nope, not a sepia tint – this is really how it looks outside right now!

10 am sept 23 sky

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The air is full of dust.  Super fine red grit is all over everything.  And it tastes… dusty.  We’re both snuffling and sneezing and my eyes are watering (it’s going to be a day when I use a LOT of my eyedrops – I have chronically dry eyes anyway, so with dust in them? BLEAGGH!)   Planes have been diverted from Sydney to Brisbane (! ) and Brisbane planes are waiting for the dust to clear.

I’m going to be hiding in bed, possibly with my CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine running  – it has good filters and the humidifier really helps – I can feel my chest getting tight so I’m off to grab some ventolin (bronchodilator) .  Hope everyone else is ok!

(Still haven’t found the Møøse!)

Did two hours at gym today  – I need to remind myself that I feel SO GOOD when I get done, it’s worth dragging myself there!  Also it was my first day without the ankle brace – woo!  I’ll definitely be propping it up on the upturned washing basket for a good hour or so before I sleep tonight, though.

This week:

SEWING: – yep, this is the week Sue and I are going to CONQUER our overlockers, oh yes indeedy! (Provided we can fit it in around other appointments – I have another busy week, *sigh*)

Coverlock 4862

Coverlock 4862

I WILL MASTER YOU, oh Coverlock 4862!

Also – hoping to cut out at least one top, and finish a pair of yoga pants for wearing to the gym.

I have a medical for the Weight Loss program this week  – that’s going to be interesting! I’ve been able to stop my blood pressure medication completely, which is AMAZING considering I was on 16mg a day this time last year.

Please spare a thought for the Aussies battling disasters right now66 (that was a few hours ago  – now it’s 84) people so far have lost their lives in the bushfires down south, and goodness knows how many homes… meanwhile, Queensland is 60% flooded (none down our way, it’s up north) and lives and homes have been devastated there too. On Friday the Victorian Coroner had already announced that the Melbourne morgue was full to capacity from heatstroke victims, and now these horrendous fires on top of that…

I was in Canberra during the 2003 fires, and even watching fires on tv is still very frightening to me.  Houses in my street were just – gone.  We were incredibly lucky, but so many others weren’t.

It’s going to be a very tough year for everyone – lives, homes, infrastructure and crops have all gone in fire or floods since the start of the year.  Add the world economic crises and well – belt tightening all round.

Do what you can to help, eh? If you can donate blood (I can’t) PLEASE PLEASE DO IT.  Burn victims need lots of blood and plasma, apparently, so call the Red Cross and give…