When you start to worry about the critters who call this place home.
Roadrunner at the birdbath
Roadrunner waiting for a lizard who lives behind the shed
I also don’t mind sitting in my car at 100 degrees for about ten minutes before I turn the A/C on.
I know that’s crazy! I must be acclimated to the heat because sometimes it feels so good to me. That is unless I’m dressed in my penguin suit for work when I can sweat buckets because of the collar and sleeves required for the job. That’s probably the number one thing about working as a demo person that I don’t like. That and having to “lose” the jewelry for work. And of course, there’s no flip flops for work, so I have a constant athlete’s foot problem going on.
I look forward to the hundred degree days instead of the 30 degree ones.
I hate to admit it, but this is so true for me. I could almost cry when we hit October because I know by Halloween it’ll be cold for several months. I really can’t stand the cold as much as 115 degrees bothers me.
I’m used to seeing rocks and dirt everywhere I go.
One of the many rocky mountains we have here.
Yes, you can get used to this. Grass or anything else green is rare here, except for trees and there aren’t a lot of those. I can find so much beauty in the carved rocks and mountains around me. They’re stripped bare of any vegetation, so you can see the whole surface sculpted by nature. There’s something magical about that.
The hot desert wind doesn’t bother me
In fact, I can find any kind of breeze refreshing even if it’s a hundred degrees outside. It’s just so nice to have a stir of a wind once in a while to cool down the 115 we endure here in the summer. It reminds me of the Santa Ana winds we had in CA, but they always were around in September and October and, of course, we never hit 115 there either.
Very high electric bills
Oh my! Now this is hard to get used to, but it’s a part of living in the desert. I can just figure one paycheck a month goes to pay the A/C bill. And we don’t keep our house cool. Most people come in here and remark on how hot it is. Thank goodness for fans or we’d never make it. Sleeping is the biggest issue. You can always go naked around the house, if you have to, although tank tops and shorts usually work out fine even if you’re still sweating. My office is the situation because it’s upstairs so it’s normal to be at least 95 up there in the summer months. That’s hard to do if I sweated at work all day. Sometimes I do turn the A/C on up there a couple of hours to take the extreme heat off.
So there you have it. A brief synopsis of desert living. Will I live here forever – no. But I have no plans to move in the near future. Slowly, we’re getting there though.