Apparently we are in an inferno. Note the weather icon for today. I've not seen that one before. This might explain why the backyard smells like an ashtray.
It just occurred to me that our children have no idea what an ashtray smells like. This is because they have no idea what an ashtray is.
Me: "The air smells like an ashtray."
Them: "What's an ashtray?"
Like watermelon seeds, another commonplace thing from my childhood that is foreign to theirs. In this case, a good thing.