Sitting on bed looking at smoke bank low on the horizon from a wildfire south of us. We saw it blow up two days ago when we had a couple of hours of very hot dry wind - enough to start a burn. No danger to us with some evacuations in small communities near the fire, but it's pretty much contained now.
OG: Will leave early and drive straight through tomorrow. Ms. D has been here at daughter's house all week as it's midterm break (so early, but then they go back to school the beginning of August here!) Granddaughter will be over tonight for dinner. She works tomorrow and will pick up Ms. D after that to take her home. I think my daughter will be glad to wave us all bye-bye. :-) Granddaughter's partner (they've been renting) is in escrow on a house not too far from this house, which will make things easier for granddaughter.
Diane: I routinely stop for gas and a bio break at Congress, a tiny community about 1.5 hours from Prescott Valley. The gas station/convenience store is the hub of the community and everyone was wearing masks this time - nobody had been wearing them on previous trips. Arizona is in play for the election and granddaughter says she's seen a surprising number of Biden-Harris bumper stickers around and I've not noticed as many Trump stickers as before. However, those that are out their are certainly waving the flag. Had to laugh while I was watching an anti-Mark Kelly Senatorial ad (he's an ISS astronaut and husband of Gaby Gifford), saying that Kelly - and Biden - were both owned by "the liberal mob." That's me folks. Did you hear what Bette Midler said in response to something similar some months back? "What are we going to do? Attack them with our PBS tote bags?"
Went out and fed horses early this morning with daughter, who didn't sleep well and has gone back to bed. Ms. D still snoozing...
Thanks all for chats; take care.
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