And Then, It Ended

Hello, it’s me!


We moved down here full-time on June 25. That day, we filled up the gas tank in Lake Havasu, where it was 122 degrees outside … in the shade. Few noticed, but my eyes boiled steam that day.

And they’ve boiled steam ever since.

This is particularly problematic when I need to tinkle … or worse.


I look outside and think to myself, “God, I don’t want to tinkle out there.” I’ll ask Dad to provide an alternative solution.


He’ll look at me and say “do you want to go outside?” And I’ll give him a look of terror that mirrors this …


But Dad will try to pick me up … I can’t go for that … no can do …


Yup, he can’t get under the table … see, I’m downright nimble, #amirite?

And if he tries to coax me out from under the table, I’ll find other places to hide.


Unfortunately, Dad will get me, somehow … and when he takes me outside, I’ll jump on the first neighborhood golf car and attempt my own getaway to cooler locales. But it is hard to reach the steering wheel. You’d think engineers could design these things better.


There are even times when I’ll eat a whole pint of frozen custard in an effort to cool down after going out and doing my duties.


But then something happened … yesterday … the storm clouds passed.


And as the sun set, one could perceive that change was in the air.


This morning I awoke to significantly cooler conditions. It’s not even 90 degrees out and it’s almost noon!


Yes – fall is in the air!!

And I decided to spend a good portion of the morning outside, enjoying the comparatively refreshing conditions.


I thought it might be nice if Dad worked outside while I relaxed, but no, he’s looking to drop another 7 or 8 degrees before he’ll join me outside to work.


And so I asked Dad to come back in …


I spent nearly three months in a boiling cauldron of an environ … and then, all at once, it ended … overnight. Hello There Fall, my dear friend! Take Care Summer, see you on the other side in eight months.


5 thoughts on “And Then, It Ended

  1. Fall has arrived here also–but it is in the mid 70’s not 96 degrees. I guess it is all relative. When are your parents going to start the pool, casita and potty field? POTTY FIELD!!!!!! Do they get it?
    I saw that mom has finished her %#$@^%$% 1876 quilt. I think I heard that sigh of relief and the tinkle of the margarita celebratory cocktail all the way here. Way to go girl!!!
    Take care and enjoy the cool 96 degrees????????weather. Auntie Janet


  2. Hooray for all of you! You managed to thrive and survive your first summer in sunny Arizona! Enjoy the cool down and prepare for all of your “sure-to-happen” snow bird company.
    No matter where one lives the first whiffs of Fall air are always such a wonderful thing! Enjoy!


  3. Welcome to the sweet sigh of relief my nephew! It only gets better from here. Though it’s 97 on my porch it’s gorgeous with the breeze you’ll learn to appreciate the subtle change in temperature like your mom learned to appreciate the subtle shades of gray up north. Xoxo. PS u will meet ur new cousin soon!


  4. Good news! May it continue to be fall (no slips back into summer’s tinkle inconveniences) and even get cool enough for Dad to be able to work outside :)!


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