Desert Life.

Sunrise to Sunset.

Lucky is the man that sees both the sunrise and the sunset of the same day.

And speaking of lucky, Lucky and Jinx certainly enjoy their sunset walks. Usually they go out with Mike and Chris, but once in a while Uncle J.P. and Uncle Earl will take them for a walk. They still follow their usual routine, once we’ve determined the asphalt is within everyone’s tolerance levels.

White Sands.

We are home. After a pleasant drive from Roswell, N.M. to Tucson, we are safe in our home in the desert and it has been a glorious storm chasing experience. There’s much to come over the next week or two. I have dozens of hours of video to go through.

On our way through New Mexico we stopped at White Sands National Park. It was my second time there but my husband’s first time at this famous park. Folks were sledding and sliding like it was piles of snow everywhere, but it was warm and sunny and beautiful. It is truly a spectacular place.

We stopped at the Visitor’s Center on our way in, perused the small museum, and purchased a Camelback water bottle so we’d have extra water on board in the park. It was a smart thing to do.

‘Twas a very nice adventure to bring the vacation week to a close.

Sunset.

Three photos of two sunsets. I will never get tired of sunsets in the desert.

Money, Money, Money.

Let’s see. When I woke up this morning my husband said, “Don’t freak out but something is wrong with the car. The Check Engine light is flashing and it’s lurching and losing power”.

Ah, another ignition coil bit the dust. Earl took the car in, they initially told him it’d be a week to even look at the car because “no one wants to work”. Let’s face it, “no one wants to work for your low pay”. But after calling in again indicating this was an issue a year ago with one ignition coil and asking why they just didn’t replace all the coils at once, a cancellation suddenly appeared, we asked them to change out all the coils since they had to take the engine apart to do it (love modern designs) and $1.5K later we have a well running car again.

In the midst of all this our main air conditioning unit died on a record heat day here in Arizona. Another technician for another problem and our unit has bit the dust. Because the unit is over 20 years old and the refrigerant used in it isn’t allowed anymore, we need to get a new unit but don’t worry, tax breaks and TEP (Tucson Electric Power) credits will make it bearable.

$16K later we will have air conditioning in the main part of the house by the end of next week, with a new furnace to boot. But don’t worry, there’s tax credits.

Meanwhile, I’m attending Zoom calls at work with fans pointed at me and a t-shirt in place of my usual polo shirt.

Mars?

A thunderstorm mixed with dust at sunset makes for a very interesting sky!

Boom.

I had just fallen asleep when the house shook and every light in the house blinked on and off a few times before coming on for real.

Another storm blowing through, some impressive lightning, and home automation lights confused by multiple power flickers. I’ll get some sleep later tonight.