Wednesday, October 5, 2016

hope


This past summer kicked my ass. The sun was brutal. The heat was relentless. It wore me down, freaked me out, and left me exhausted from doing literally.....nothing.

It was the summer of epic veterinary bills. Thankfully it was nothing tragic, just puppy stuff and senior dog maintenance. Expensive, these dogs, but worth every penny.

It was the summer the yard turned to sand. What little grass that remained became infested with grubworms. Even the artemesia bush, the one I cut the tip of my finger off while pruning, died and I dug the remains of the poor thing out of the ground today.

It was the summer we could not find a house in our corner of Colorado.

But today....today the temps barely reached 75 degrees. The light was thinner, paler, and the leaves have just begun to turn color.

There is hope.

We hope for rain. We hope for snow. By next summer we hope to have the permanent getaway house in Colorado.

Tonight, as the sun went down, there were the tiniest wisps of clouds on the western horizon.

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  1. It was a brutal summer... but they all are in the desert! I spend a lot of time there, but I don't think I could live there full-time without a break from the heat.

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    1. I can honestly say the heat tried my patience this year. Desert cabin fever set in big time. Now that it's cooler, life's a whole lot easier!

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  2. I hear ya. My summer was intense also. The weather was pleasant but the personal changes…
    May all your hopes and dreams come in with the new season.

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    1. At least we got through it, right? Let's keep hoping and dreaming....
      x

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  3. Reading that was like looking in a mirror:-) Funny even the part about a house. I was poking around the hinterlands of the Mojave this summer, looking for a cozy shack with a few acres of raw desert around it for a nice buffer. Some place to grow old listening to coyotes, talking to ravens and hopefully becoming the crazy lady that everyone leaves alone;-) Not sure why since the heat does me in & I go batty, but I keep telling myself it's really only 14 weeks out of 52 that are horrid.
    Your finger! Ouch!
    Love this!


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    1. I do admit that the older I get, the less I tolerate the heat. When summer comes around, I get desperate for that house up in Colorado. You know the one....it will be the house surrounded by coyotes and ravens. And sagebrush. ;)
      xx

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  4. Most people I know get depressed when it's rainy or cold or cloudy. I'm the opposite. I love the cold and I LOVE the rain. It was a very hot summer here for us too. It was also a very dry summer. We've had maybe two or three days of rain since June. I think Mother Nature might make up for it with snow this winter. Last winter was a bust. Barely a foot of snow in total all winter. The days are getting cooler here and the leaves are just starting to change. It seems like every year it takes longer and longer for the foliage to change. I live for this time of the year!! Looked at your finger photo. All I can say is yuck!!! Do you have feeling in it now? Here's to a happy fall!! xoxo

    ~ Wendy

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    1. I moved to the wrong part of the country. I admit it. I miss the snow and the rain. I miss the change of the seasons. The drought here in NM has taken a huge toll on the yard and on my mind.
      I know your weather has been crazy too. But you know, I think I saw a leaf turn color yesterday. :)

      The finger? No feeling at all. I'm just glad the doctor was able to reattach the tip (gross, right?)
      Happy fall to you too. Maybe if we all wish hard enough, fall will come!
      xxoo

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  5. Just when you're at your weariest. When that scorching sun has done you in, and you have no more energy to even complain. When the rains never come and the yard looks like Saudi Arabia and you chop your fingertip off trying to do the right thing...
    Well, all I know is, after such miserable events, one day you look up and the clouds roll in and you open your arms and say YES! FINALLY! THANK YOU!

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    1. The yard DOES look like Saudi Arabia! The rain never came. I WAS weary! So we left and went to our mesa. It was the only sensible thing to do. ;)

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  6. Ugh!!! Summer time... hate you!!! ;) Valley, California...*sigh* bloody heat!!!

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