This morning I am glued to Facebook and the steaming video from WHNT 19, a television channel in Huntsville Alabama. Already this morning there have been tornado touchdowns in the north Alabama area and the day is only beginning. Do I really miss the weather of the southeast? Well, some days, yes, I do miss it, but today is not one of those days. Today I am enjoying a typical southeastern Arizona March day; crystal clear sky, light breeze, sunshine and temps expected to get to sixty (which is actually a bit on the cool side for this time of year).
In January I was able to repot my plants outside on my patio.
In February I was picking bouquets of pansies.
Winter can be cold here. Our first winter here (2009-10) was very cold, with too much wind and too much snow for my taste. But the subsequent two winters have been mild, with only a few very cold days and just a light dusting of snow on the Huachuca Mountains to the west of us. Spring and Fall are beautiful weather-wise and Summer here in Southeast Arizona is almost like living in the southeast, with temperatures in the 80s and 90s and a lot of moisture in the air with the Arizona Monsoon. Other areas of Arizona have more extreme weather; Tucson and Phoenix get very HOT in the summer, with days and weeks on end over 100 degrees and the northern areas of Arizona often get massive amounts of snow in the winter. So I am grateful that we live where the weather is quite pleasant most of the time, avoiding those extremes.
In April, there were memories to preserve:
- Bill and I celebrated our birthdays (both in April) by taking a long weekend trip. We drove to Cottonwood, took the Verde Canyon Railroad train trip in Clarkdale, and did a drive through Sedona and up Oak Creek Canyon before heading home. A busy three days. We even packed in a quick stop in Phoenix to visit with my cousin Roberta and her family. Even though it was a cold, wet weekend, we had a great time and will definitely try to travel up that way again.
- Spending several days visiting with Ed &Helen Raynor, square dancing friends from our Alabama years.
- Hummingbird Banding at the San Pedro House.
- Touring ASU Polytechnic Campus in Phoenix with David.
- Driving up Carr Canyon, or at least partway up, and then chickening out and turning around. What a view, though, from even partway up!
In April, there were things that deserved editing:
- The April 27 tornadoes that devastated parts of Alabama and other southeastern states. We have so many friends and family there that were impacted by the storms that day; some were simply inconvenienced by days without power, others suffered minimal damage, while some lost their homes and businesses. We are grateful that no one we knew was among the hundreds killed in Alabama.
- Bill’s job hunt intensified as it became more obvious that the contract recompete might not even get awarded. At this point we have narrowed our search to here in Sierra Vista (highly unlikely, given the current government budget situation) and Phoenix, although Bill is also talking with a company in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. That position might allow us to live anywhere we would like, which would be wonderful!
In April, there were the moments that hold our lives together:
- One last cavity filled for me. That leaves a cleaning in May and then I’m home free (or is that “dentist free”?) for six months!
- More blood work done to retest my thyroid levels and then a readjustment of the medicine (again!). The good thing is I think we’re getting the dosage about right because I am sleeping sooooo very well now! No more hot flashes all night long like I was having in March. Yipppee!
- Unfortunately, for various reasons (out of town, visitors, etc.), we only made it to square dancing one Friday out of five this month and I didn’t make it to clogging at all. Hopefully we’ll have better attendance in May.
In April, there were mountains climbed:
In April, there were pitfalls to overcome:
- I meant to have 2011 Quicken up to date by the end of April, but the job hunt and other things prevented this. I’m mostly caught up, but just need to fine tune some early entries and then add in April’s receipts.
- Again, no progress with my LeapingFromTheBox.com website or LeapingFromTheBox.com blog. When I checked yesterday, I was stunned to see that my last blog entry there was in early March. I know the reason I am not working on it is because I have mentally moved on from homeschooling, but the Leaping website is making me money every month, so I really should devote some time keeping it current.
My favorite picture this month
David, taken at the Hummingbird Banding:
I took a lot of pictures in April, including over 500 during our birthday getaway weekend. As I scrolled through all that I posted here on the Musings, Mischief and Mayhem blog I realized that I did not post up my favorite picture of all, so here it is!
I am feeling at loose ends today. Not really bored, just can’t seem to settle on one thing to do. I was the same yesterday but I figured it was because I was thinking about Bill flying. He flew out of Tucson yesterday morning and I finally heard from him this morning at 9:30. He made it to Germany, safe and sound, but did not get a lot of sleep on the flight. And it’s cold and rainy. And he had to walk a lot in the Frankfurt terminal, which he says is the largest in the world. And now I’m waiting for him to get back from supper so we can talk again briefly before he goes to sleep. So I suppose it is understandable to feel sort of unsettled. It’s times like these that I wish we lived so much closer to the East Coast. I could just take the car and drive to visit relatives, Munchkin, someone, and still be back in time to pick Bill up from the airport next Sunday. But the distances are just too great to do that. So I should just settle down and accomplish something this week! And I will. I already called the Pest Control people and they will be out tomorrow afternoon to deal with these ants!!! Enough with the ants, already!!!
Last week’s retake on the mammogram went fine. I got a call from the doctor’s office this morning; it seems there are a couple of areas they want to watch, something about calcifications or some such. The doctor herself is going to call me this afternoon. In the meantime, they are setting me up an appointment for another mammogram in six months just to see if anything changes in that time.
We are supposed to be receiving an insurance settlement check this week for the damages done to our mobile home in Alabama. It wasn’t as high as I would have liked, but it’s higher than I expected, so I guess I should be happy. And the water bill came and was not anything more than the usual monthly minimum charge I pay, so that was a pleasant surprise. It tells me that the break-in occurred only a day or so before it was discovered. I was envisioning several hundred dollars of water charges, like we ended up paying when the water pipe broke from freezing two years ago.
I began working on three different crochet projects this weekend, two for Munchkin for Christmas and one for myself. I’ve wanted to make myself a shawl for a long time and actually bought some yarn last March for the project (although I didn’t buy enough). The shawl is going to be tricky, though, so I cannot work on it when I don’t have my full attention to devote to it. No pics of anything this week, though, as Bill took the camera with him.