Saturday, 2 November 2013
saturday sky redux, or , where there's smoke there's fire
Today there is another example. Much of Sydney and the Central Coast has been blanketed in smoke today, much of it from backburning before a forecast very hot day tomorrow. The fires are contained but are not extinguished. They could burn for weeks in deep mountain valleys unless we get substantial rain. Then, if wind and temperature combine as fires need, they roar up with little warning in a different area and the nasty cycle begins again.
This photo which can be enlarged by clicking on it, shows what the sky was like here just after lunch. The closest suburb here is about ten minutes' walk away if I were capable of walking that far. I'm not at the moment. I can barely see it. The next suburb is obliterated by smoke and the harbour bridge and city skyline of major buildings is just totally hidden. I've been inside most of the day with the doors and windows closed. I've sneezed many times. I don't want to think about those who really have respiratory and related problems. According to the Ambulance Service they have been rushed off their feet attending to severe asthma attacks and other problems caused by the smoke.
The second sock in the sixth pair was to have been finished by the end of October to fit in with my calculations. The arthritis has flared again, see comment about walking above. My thumb on right hand often is swollen and can not be bent much off the perpendicular. That happened last week but worse was the swelling of the ring finger on the same hand.
It was so painful that scraping it on mattress as I turned in bed woke me up. The knuckle was bruised from the swelling and the whole of the joint closest to my hand was very swollen. I've been rubbing cream into it several times a day and it's a bit better now. However, knitting was totally out of the question, so the second sock is still only about 30% finished.
The photo shows the swelling in the one joint. The joints above the swollen one are fairly normal. My right ankle is also swollen. When the osteoarthritis was first diagnosed years ago, the doctor prescribed tablets to be taken all summer. I don't want that, I hate the effect on stomach, but I need to get something to have in the house. I have to get a repeat script for another medication so will raise this matter when I go.
I did not realise just how difficult it would be to get a photo of this. Son still has my Nikon and I had to use my left hand and phone to take this. Clumsy, very clumsy and awkward.
I just had to edit this photo. I realised my brother's name was clearly visible in the inbox on the left. A very private solicitor, holding top government positions, he would have been horrified to see his full name there. Once I realised it, I couldn't leave it, although I doubt anyone who knew him would ever have seen it. I've edited the photo.