We’ve been breathing in lots of smoke the last few days, but fortunately the billowing clouds remain on the horizon.

The hot, dry Santa Ana winds have pushed the thermostat back into the 80’s and left grit in all our keyboards.

So far, Bella’s teacher’s almost-son-in-law lost his house to the fire, and somebody else, a guy I’ve met a couple times, has been evacuated with his three dogs. Knock on wood, that’s as close as it’s gotten.

Thanks for your calls and emails of concern. We can deal with scratchy eyes and gritty keyboards. Bella’s psyched that cross country practice has been canceled for two days. We’re doing fine.

Read today’s yahoo story about the largest mass evacuation since Katrina here.

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