I am a weather geek so living in southern Arizona is rather boring. Ninety percent of the weather is hot and sunny. We do have winter and summer monsoon seasons but they have been pretty tame most years since I have lived here. This winter we have actually been having winter. Well, as wintry as it can get here. But still, it is exciting to have a reason to watch the weather channel. And be able to wear my sweaters.
My son was off from school Wed thru Friday this week. We had planned on going camping at Madera Canyon but changed our minds when we saw cold and rain and snow in the forecast. Tuesday night we had a hard freeze, temps down in the twenties. So Tuesday is when the ‘inclement weather’ work began.
On Wednesday my son and I took advantage of the sunny day and went to the library. Books and UNO are hunkering down requirements.
Thursday morning I got up in great anticipation of a foul weather day. An 80% chance of rain, wind gusts up to 40mph. I continued to work preparing to hunker down.
First order of business was to make cookies. In case the power goes out. (The power has never gone out here, but still, one wants to be prepared.) Oatmeal cookies so they are suitable for breakfast if required.
Now it is 4:00p on Thursday. It is finally beginning to rain! And there is wind spattering the rain against the window. (See picture at the top.) I just want to sit here and stare out the window! (And that is exactly what I am going to do after I set this post up for publishing in the morning.)
The plan is to post photos next Friday of whatever weather we get tomorrow (today for you).
Fabulous February? I have been battling a ferocious head cold these past few days but I am trying to not let it keep me down. I pick my projects for the day wisely, enough to feel productive but not so much as to overdo it. I give myself permission to take breaks as needed, drink lots of fluids and know when to say enough and go to bed early.
So in my attempts to dwell on the positive and ignore my alternately stuffy and drippy nose here is a joy list for, yes, Fabulous February:
My last batch of rose blooms have been marvelous. So large and velvety.
Weather. We have actually had a nice variety. A few windy days and a few rainy days interspersed with the typical sunshine. Even had a ripping thunderstorm one evening.
AFRIN before bed allowing me to get some badly needed decent sleep.
Using the lemons off my very own lemon tree – yummy.
I am addicted to “The Great British Baking Show”. I allow myself one episode a day and now that a season is being rerun that I hadn’t seen before (on my local PBS station) I am getting quite good at picking the ‘Star Baker’ and who is going home. (Yes, that would be before they are announced!)
I rearranged my small bedroom to see if I could make it feel less cramped. I think it is better.
The water was really flowing at Sabino Creek. It hasn’t rained in over a week so it must be snowmelt from higher up.
When I came home for lunch I watched the weather channel. I miss having weather, real weather. The kind you have to prepare for and that forces you to hunker down for a few days. Oh well, I still have hope for some more rain this winter. Everyone out East please stay safe!
Yesterday there was a high of 82 degrees and we had rain off and on all day. We also had sun off and on all day and sometimes rain and sun at the same time. That would be life in the desert. Since this is the closest we have been to autumn like weather here in Tucson I decided it was a soup for dinner kinda night. Plus I had the remains of a whole roasted chicken in the fridge and decided to boil it up.
I had to stop and laugh as I was listening to the rain and stirring the soup. What was the temperature? Eighty-two degrees. Um, that would be a typical summer day in Western New York. Sigh.
Today is much rainier and only in the sixties! Pumpkin chili in the crockpot is making me very happy.