Day 27 SLOLC: 2000 beats all

Laying in bed, I knew what kind of day it was going to be before my feet hit the floor. An eerie yellow glow came in through my bedroom window…ominous…foreboding. As I walked down the stairs, I could hear the woosh, woosh of Frank’s trainer. He was riding hard and fast. The girls were curled up on the couch with a book and didn’t notice my approach.

Our living room has vaulted ceilings and the window is floor to ceiling, wall to wall. The curtains were wide open and the whole room was lit up in yellow and orange tones. Quickly checking my phone, my suspicions were confirmed–2000 AQI, a sandstorm had blown in overnight and our Sunday was to be spent indoors. There went my mountain bike ride. There went the girls’ time with their crew outside. Sigh. . .



  1. Julie McGowan

    Wow! I have never experienced a sandstorm. It sounds ominous. Thank you for sharing some insight on what it is like to experience one.

  2. Holly Mueller

    Oh wow! I’m reading Kristin Hannah’s new book, The Four Winds, and your sandstorm description reminds me of the duststorms Hannah describes!

  3. Suzanne

    As I read your piece, I was wondering why a yellow glow would be ominous. This is a very interesting piece because, again, it comes from a part of the world where the day to day challenges are so different from my own. I appreciate the way you drop me right into those new experiences. I appreciate the seeming calm that you handle them with. Your writing sends out a powerful message that way.

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