Desert Sunrise - 1 January 2014
I don’t know about any of you, but I’m really a weather freak and like it nice, so bad weather affects me a lot. I guess it’s okay to say something about the incredible weather we’re having since January is almost over this year. Usually as soon as you get something out of your mouth, it changes.
This is the nicest January we’ve had since we’ve lived here in the desert. This time of year, we’re lucky to be in the thirties during the day. We’ve had temperatures in the high fifties and low sixties with lots of sunshine and not many dreary days. Much of the “lower forty-eight,” as it’s called in
Alaska, has been colder than the last
frontier itself, including where my poor sister lives in NY, so now I feel lucky. Even today, where most of my family lives
south of Houston,
it was only 36 for a high.
This year is different weather wise for much of the country, but I don’t think its global warming; only a natural trend we get back to after a number of years. We had bitterly cold weather when I growing up, but it’s been real mild since that time. Many days it’s in the seventies in south
Texas in January and
will be that way starting again on Sunday.
There’s a bigger danger for colds and the flu with this yo-yo type
weather. I hope everyone’s taking
precautions to stay well. Heaven knows I
remind them all the time, being the big believer in vitamin C and hand washing
that I am.
Desert Sunset - 6 January 2014
The weather is a big issue when considering where I’ll live next; hence, I’ve been keeping my eye on several places as the last couple of months have gone by. But weather can’t be the only issue because there are many things to consider, such as cost of living. However, I feel I don’t have to put up with the cold winters, if I can help it. Someday, one of these moves will be my last move and I want that to be somewhere warm where I never have to worry about protecting plants from the frost and digging ice out of the birdbath.
Birds enjoying the pool. I thaw it out with boiling water from my teapot.
Of course, we were hoping to have our house on the market in the next two weeks. We’re moving in that direction, but we still have too much to do. I’m sill deciding what to sell or donate, and what to keep, as I organize things to pack. This is a slow process when I also sew, craft, draw, and read, as well as write. I have a ton of stuff I’m not ready to part with yet, especially when I think about the replacement costs at today’s prices.
I’m still working on the rewrites of my mystery novel. A stomach bug that kept me in bed a couple of days has put me further behind schedule. I also had eye issues and found out I have beginning macular degeneration, so that was a shock. I may post more about this later. It’s hard to keep this blog up at the moment, but I’m trying my best.
Things are getting difficult for my sisters in
Texas as they deal with
our mother who has mild cognitive impairment, or so the doctor said in November
after extensive testing. I’m beginning
to wonder if he got this right because she seems to be further advanced than
that in her dementia. Unbeknownst to her,
she is slowly alienated her caregivers with her outbursts. I want them to keep me in the loop here, so I
get regular updates on her condition and all the episodes of the day that I
pass on to my little sister in NY.
It’s hard to think of my mother turning into such a little devil at times because she’s such a sweet person and has sacrificed so much for us growing up. However, I’ve seen a lot of this behavior from the days I was a bookkeeper in a nursing facility years ago. My advice to my sisters is to grow a thick skin; the same thing writer’s have to do, in order to manage the situation. Everyone has a breaking point, but you can’t let it get to you. As far as I know, that’s the only way to keep going and come out the other end. I’ll post more about this later.
I wish the best to all of you and hope you’re on track to meet your goals for 2014.