Monday, July 24, 2017

Summer? Ugh! by Brenda Whiteside

We've had a few posts this summer about summer. I'm not a fan of the season. Not when I'm spending it in Central Arizona. The temps are high and now that the monsoons have moved in, the humidity is relentless. The good thing about Tonto Basin is we're really almost in northern Arizona. A thirty minute drive gets us to Rim Country. The Mogollon  (pronounced mug-e-own) Rim is pines and cooler temps. It's amazing how the weather changes in that short thirty minute drive.

We leave our RV parked in Tonto Basin. It's our base. This year, it's not moving. Lots of reasons why, but that's another post. The
Half-way done
owners decided to expand our space. We were thrilled, but it sure would've been nicer to do it before the monsoons hit or in October. We won't complain. We have so much room now. It's just been hot working outside to get it looking good. We're part way there, but I have more plans...a little each day. At least the mess is gone.

Getting there
Today we need to empty the storage shed, clean it, and reload. A large bottle of balsamic vinegar exploded...sticky mess everywhere. That's how hot it gets here. See why summer is not my season?

Brenda and her husband are gypsies at heart having lived in six states and two countries. Currently, they split their time between the pines of Northern Arizona, the desert of Southern Arizona, and the RV life. Wherever she roams, she spends most of her time writing stories of discovery, suspense, and the tangled relationships of life. 

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Jannine Gallant said...

Wow, I think I'd move north for 6 months... It's been in the mid-80s in Tahoe, and we're all whining about the heat. But the trade-off is shoveling snow all winter!

Vonnie Davis, Author said...

Moving no longer appeals to me. I'd like to live in Paris, but that would mean selling everything here because the cost of moving all we've accumulated would be crazy expensive. So, I just think about it from time to time. It's easier than all the work involved. Besides, a 3 room apt. on the Left Bank costs more than an 8 room house here. So, I'll live the gypsy life vicariously through you. Enjoy every moment of your moveable feast, as Hemingway wrote.

Andrea Downing said...

Oh, I feel for you Brenda. I'm not a warm weather gal either and the '80s here with humidity are enough for me to have a dead brain and go back to sleep. And you forgot to mention dealing with rattlers and scorpions down there...

Rolynn Anderson said...

Exploding balsamic? That pushes the five senses to the max...use it in a book! So many tradeoffs we have for lifestyle, but don't give me bugs, over 80 weather, humidity and a lot of rain. Snow? Forgetaboutit! The weather in Arroyo Grande, CA, might be boring, but it suits me. I'm ready to get back home after two months away.

I do like your expanded pad. The shade is appealing, as well. Good job!

Alicia Dean said...

Looks like a lovely place to hang out! I do NOT like summer. I love rainy, cold, snowy weather. We've been over a hundred degrees here in Oklahoma, daily. UGH is right!! LOL about the exploding balsamic, I'm sure that did make a mess!

Alison Henderson said...

You're tougher than I am, Brenda. I'm not a fan of exteme heat at all. One of the best things about where we live now is the remarkably mild weather. I only turn on my a/c 5 or 6 times a year!

Brenda whiteside said...

I would if I could take my granddaughter and my mother with me, Jannine! Then again, not sure. LOL

"Moving" I have come to hate, Vonnie. That's one of the reasons we are hanging here with household in storage until we figure out where to land permanently.

Oh yeah, Andrea. I did forget the rattlesnakes and scorpions. And since I've been stung by a scorpion, I go manic if I see one.

Rolynn, I could use it, huh. The villain is discovered because of the balsamic he tracked in after the murder!

Alicia, you named my kind of weather!

Alison, you do live in an ideal weather place, but I do need a snow fix now and then.

Margo Hoornstra said...

Hot weather is not my favorite either. A thirty minute drive to coolness is nice. I'm getting the bug to downsize, but just thinking about packing and moving stops me cold. Exploding basalmic vinegar? Seriously? Yikes!

Leah St. James said...

UGH is right! I'm used to hot, muggy summers (Central Jersey's typical summer weather is "hazy, hot and humid"). Where I live in Virginia is actually a bit less humid! This summer has been especially icky though. I just count my blessings that we have air conditioning in our house, our cars, workplaces, stores, etc. But I don't like cold, snowy weather either. I'm the Goldilocks of weather. :-) I love your new expanded space! And exploding vinegar...who knew???

Brenda whiteside said...

Margo, we downsized over the course of two moves. Still no fun.

Leah, you have a narrow temperature range for comfort than I do. LOL