We are at the end of our first year, in this strange new land where water falls from the sky! Here is a bit of our story...


Saturday, January 19, 2008

Desert Rat, in negative...or do you call it?

I am watching the ten o'clock news, and for some reason they are tossing hot water into the air outside, and watching it turn to steam, instantly. What the heck does that mean?? Is that anything like frying an egg on the pavement? (which I have done, several times)
So, its negative 25 right now, with the wind chill. I am always standing corrected, as it is 25 below, in the breeze. I am not kidding, just a breeze..something so sought after in AZ, turns this place really, really cold, if you have bare skin. So what do you think, that I will sit inside and stay warm? Oh no, I wanted to know what all the hubbub was about. After all, I have taken many, many desert survival classes while growing up...couldn't be too different could it?
So, after listening to the newspeople 20 minutes you could have frostbite..I put on two pair of long underwear..snow pants..2 pair of wool socks..tank top, long underwear top, cotton turtle neck, ear thing that covers neck face and head if I want it fuzzy leopard hat..wool mittens..goosey jacket, and snow boots...and just in case my eyeballs might fall out...goggles...,
well, for any of you that have ever been in the cold...

I wanted to make sure the birds had seed, and the barn cats water bowl was plugged in, and that they had some food, (because all the mice are trying to get in here) and I had to walk mattie of course, so while I was at it I thought I would get more wood too...just in case.
So, you get to guess...was I cold, warm, or sweating my arse off?
As you look at these pictures, look at how blue the sky sparkly the snow is...and I wish I could share with you just how still...silent...and peaceful this new home of ours is. I wasn't cold, I did get sweaty hauling the wood in..Kiersten came out then and helped me..our breath almost froze in crystals..and we made angels..and laughed..tried to sleigh ride, but just kind of plowed the powder.
When we were quiet, a wood pecker was all we heard.
no, he was not pecking at our house..although I worry about it.
I could never take off enough clothes to be as cool as i was warm looking like an idiot today.