Friday, February 01, 2013
We Live in a Wind Tunnel
About 5 years ago my husband wanted to move to Palm
Springs-the house was lovely, nice neighborhood and all that the California
desert involves. But we heard that this
particular area was in the 4th windiest spot in the nation. We abandoned the thought.
Six months later, Steve saw an ad for another community by
the same builder and we spent the day out there. I claimed it “nice on the inside of the wall,
but not anywhere outside it.” Plus-it was
nicknamed “Blowmont” for its howling winds.
Again, we abandoned the idea.
After one viewing by only half of this union, we bought this
house. Still the desert, just 300 miles
due east in Arizona.
Guess what? I swear
to you, we live in a wind tunnel! I know
this because on several occasions I went to go retrieve either the Wednesday or
Sunday newspaper (those are the only days we get one now) little me was nearly
blown into our desert landscaping!
The last few mornings-tiny little Lucky has been shivering
away as she was being “lilted” around the backyard. Gotta get that munchkin a sweater. Still trying to find a sock that she’ll allow
to be put over her golf ball sized head.
As you know I’m not a lover of either extreme heat or
extreme cold-to have both at the same time is interesting. Don’t shake your head at that statement-it
really happens! The sun says 82, but the
wind-chill factor is set at “0” degrees.
The grandkids seem oblivious to the air-both boys run out of
their classrooms with their jackets being drug across the sidewalk. Plus, they don’t seem the least bit cold when
they put on their swimsuits for swim class and run into their dad’s car in the
40 degree temps at 5:30. I shiver at the
What is it that makes weather a major topic of
conversation? In my home state-a drizzle
became the top news story on every channel.
A good rain made for chatting fodder for a week. If someone had any home damages due to wind
or whatever people were commiserating with you from all over the nation!
I’m learning it’s not the same here in the great
southwest. At least not until Monsoon
season starts. Then everyone is calling
their various homeowner policy holders.
Although, come to think about it-just a few weeks ago, many of us were
talking about how to prevent “freeze” damage to our pipes in the plumbing
aisles of the local Home Depot.
Okay, enough of my latest discoveries (and laments) about my
On to some interesting news!
I never knew there was an association for private amusement park owners,
but they have one and I’ll be covering a 3-day conference on it next
month. Should be a fun group of people!
Now I’m not sure-I’m might be AWOL next week. I finally met my new pain management doctor
and he’s going to try an epidural that will target both my neck and my
shoulder. I will hope for less pain in
both spots. Then-onto the lower back and