Sometimes life can be one problem after another, as I’m sure most of you are aware. Living in this state has been a learning experience for sure. I’ve never lived in a place that is home to so many irresponsible people. I’m beginning to think that the only thing about the state of
is the magnificent scenery. But does
this alone make up for all the other problems here?
Getting a contractor to come out for anything we can’t take if ourselves is nearly impossible. We are trying to get our home ready to sell and there are some regular maintenance issues to take care of before we put the sign up. The contractors have been this way since we moved here in 2004. They make appointments to come out for something and then never show up or have the courtesy to call and cancel the appointment. It’s impossible to get anyone on the phone, so it usually takes days to make an appointment in the first place; hence, we do most things ourselves. Unfortunately, we can’t do some things.
As stated earlier this state has a lot of issues, many more than just the people living here who are in service jobs. The air quality and water quality is very poor, if you ask me. The wind blows a lot. When it does, the sky fills up with read dirt. This is a bit worrisome because this state was downwind from all the bomb testing carried on in
Along with this is the water quality, which the officials say is within government standards and not a concern. If that’s the case, the standards need to be updated and tightened up. I pity the poor people who drink water from the tap around here. We have a whole house water purifier and a separate R/O system for drinking water. You should see the filters when we change them in the R/O system. They are loaded with red dirt and are very heavy. We even took a used filter down to show the city officials who brushed us off.
On top of all that, it’s about impossible to get even a part time job here because you are shunned unless you’re part of the dominate religion. All jobs go to those people first.
Unfortunately, the weather is another downside. The desert is a harsh place with its temperature extremes. I feel so bad for all the little critters living here that have to adapt or die. At least we’ve done our part by always supplying them with water and food when there’s nothing growing in the desert for them to eat. I hope the next homeowners here will at least make sure all these animals have water. They have entertained us with all their antics over the years. It’s like living in the middle of national geographic in our back yard because our house backs up to the desert.
So yes, after giving this a nine-year shot, I think the scenery is the best thing this state has going for it. It’s definitely a photographer’s and a hiker’s paradise. Almost everywhere you look is another magnificent rock formation that astounds you.
On another note, we’re trying to weed stuff out and organize ourselves to move, which won’t happen now until spring, so unfortunately we’re here for another winter. It’s time to psyche myself up with the old saying that “things could be worse”.
The garage is full of crap to go through, but I figure I can put on my sweat pants and work on that project all winter. At least we had the common sense to insulate it when we built the house in 2004. I hate the cold and of course, we’re still having the debate of where to move. I’m going south and my husband wants to go north. We’ll see what happens with that.
We’re still medicating the cat who will be fifteen tomorrow. The poor thing has such a stopped up nose and this has been going on since early September. Giving her the new liquid medicine twice a day has been a challenge. My husband says, “Why do they have to make animal medicine that taste like bubble gum, why not chicken gravy?” He has a point. We’re wrapping her tightly in a towel, like a burrito, to give her this liquid – sadly there’s no pill popper for this. She’s slowly shredding this towel. I imagine it’ll be a rag once this is over.
With all this on my plate, I’m signing up for the NaNo again this year. I’m crazy to do this I know, but I love writing and may as well. After all, 1667 words a day isn’t all that much. It’ll be a nice break to let my imagination run wild once a day.
Now for some strange news in time for Halloween:
Many radio listeners thought that aliens were invading us, on October 30, 1938, when they tuned into Orson Welles' broadcast of War of the Worlds. As part of the realistic radio play, an announcer interrupted a dance orchestra to describe a crash in a farmer's field, and then later he warned of creatures with tentacles inside giant attack machines. The public went into a panic--it's estimated that as many as one million people believed a real invasion was underway.
Happy Halloween everyone! I may be posting only once a week for a while with so much going on in my life, but I’ll do it more if I can.
Note: I'll upload photos when I can. This seems to be having trouble that they haven't worked out yet.