Friday, February 4, 2011

Snowcalypse

Living in the desert, the closest thing I got to the Snowcalypse this week was the need to dust off my winter jacket.  Yesterday, it actually dipped down to 45 freezing cold degrees Farenheit in Phoenix.  And for Arizona, particularly the Sonoran Desert, that's dang cold.  I even had to throw a couple of sheets over my cactus last night to (hopefully) prevent frost damage.

No snow, though.  No snow days.  No snow men.  No ice-skating or skitching in the streets.  Having grown up in Illinois, in the heart of the Midwest, that was kind of par for the course during the winter.  I miss those days.  How cool was it when you woke up in the morning and your mother told you to go back to sleep because it was a snow day?! They didn't happen very often but when they did it was like you were handed a little piece of heaven.  I remember one blizzard when my dad took my sisters and I on a sled into town to buy some groceries because it was impossible to get a car down the streets.  Fun times.

To those of you across the States in the path of the Blizzard of 2011, I hope you weathered the storm safely and snuggly.  The Snowcalypse has SyFy movie written all over it, don't you think?!  The Return of the Abominable Snowman!  Maybe he's a she?  So many possibilities...

Happy reading and writing.  Have a great weekend! Go Packers!!

20 comments:

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Sorry Phoenix doesn't get snow. We saw it plenty living in Albuquerque.

Áine Tierney said...

I had to go convert that to celsius! That's practically balmy! And how hot does it get mid-summer? I couldn't cope with the heat of a desert. Do ye spend much time outside in the summer?

Liz Fichera said...

I saw a little snow on the mountaintops in the distance, but just a dusting.

It gets very hot in July-August, usually anywhere from 105-110 F. Most everyone in Phoenix has a pool or access to a pool. If I go outside, it's to swim. :-) Too hot for anything else, until the monsoons start. When they do, it cools off a little but not much.

N. R. Williams said...

Many years ago when I was first married, 29 in fact, he had a blizzard in Colorado. Now you may say, so what, isn't Colorado supposed to get weather like that? Well, yes, in the mountains, but I live in the foothills, Denver and all the suburbs. Any, people at the grocery store and everywhere else were stranded. So down the street to the store went all my neighbors on skis. And someone put a sign in their yard, Ski Aurora. It was fun.
Nancy
N. R. Williams, fantasy author

Danette said...

We actually didn't get too much snow in Denver but we had bitter cold temps that closed down my son's school district for two days. That's pretty unusual but when it's 18 below here (and it was 6o the Sat. before!) the kids just shouldn't be out in it! the big people mostly had to be out and about. :)

Heather M. Gardner said...

I've lived in the Northeast my entire life. I'm still not sure why. I hate snow and I'm not fond of being cold. This year has been particularly rough. We muddle through and hope for a lovely spring.

Maria Zannini said...

How's your family in Chicago holding up? They've really had it rough.

Colette said...

Yes, I complain about the snow, but I would miss it too if I had none at all.

Donna Cummings said...

That's too funny about having to protect the cactus! I never would have thought about that.

Here in New England we've had more than our fair share of snow--supposedly 5 ft of it since Christmas. It's piled up so high everywhere, it's hard to see around when driving!

Linda Leszczuk said...

When I'm dealing with all the ice and snow here in Ohio, I remind myself of the years we lived in sunny southern Califoria and how much I hated it. Gotta have all four seasons - including this one.

gideon 86 said...

We're still digging ourselves out in Chicago, but the sun is bright and shiny.... As long as there's sun I can get through the day.


Michael

Orlando said...

I grew up in Cleveland and I'm pretty used to the cold. I now live in Florida where it pretty warm all year round, give or take a few degrees. My wife was born and raised in Cleveland where it is very cold in the winter. The funny thing is that now she feels cold sometimes on cool Florida nights.

Liz Fichera said...

I miss the seasons too! Fortunately Arizona has the four seasons in the northern part of the state, so we go up to the mountains in the Fall and Summer.

My family in Chicago is surviving the storm. My sister's kids had two days off from school (lucky them) but the temps have been really cold. They'll be visiting us in March when they're good and sick of the snow. :-) Can't wait.

Nas Dean said...

We don't get any snow either. We do get tropical cyclones and hurricanes though.

M Pax said...

Definitely has Syfy saturday movie written all over it.

We've been warm in the northern high desert [Oregon] - 50's & 60's which feels like summer in these parts this time of year.

Liz Fichera said...

Nas and MPax, I think we might be the only three people in the whole country to see mild weather!

Angelina Rain said...

Liz, you have no idea how much I wish I were in Phoenix right now. It sucks here in Chicago. They actually shut down Lake Shore Drive. That like never happens! I really feel bad for all the homeless people and animals.

I hope your family is doing well.

Jean Davis said...

Michigan here, we're on snow day off of school #3. The roads are lined with walls of snow and every parkinglot is home to a snowy mountain. :)

Liz Fichera said...

Angelina and Jean, I feel for you! I know that part of the world all too well. My sister lives in Illinois; my cousins live in Michigan. Come visit where it's warm(er)! :-)

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