Sunday, July 2, 2017

The monsoon season of afternoon rains is about to begin in the Placitas/Albuquerque area. Many people who have lived in New Mexico for any length of time joke that the monsoon rains begin on July 4 between the time you’ve eaten your picnic lunch and the time the fireworks start! The afternoon thunderstorms can be intense and dramatic, but generally last less than an hour and cool down the temperatures for a pleasant evening outdoors!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer heat. Everyone in New Mexico is talking about our heat wave this week. Afternoon temperatures over 100 degrees. When I go out in the late afternoon or evening, the heat lets me know it is SUMMER. It makes me feel nostalgic. I remember being a kid in Albuquerque in the summer. Lots of extra freedom. No home work, no schedule. Playing outside with friends and neighbors in the heat of the day (finding the shady spots or running through the sprinklers). Hanging out in the long, warm evenings---telling tales, sharing secrets. Sitting in the twilight on the still-sun-warmed sidewalks. Feeling the coolness of the lawn as you walk barefoot from the hot pavement to cool grass. Sticky popsicles that you can't eat quite fast enough to keep them from melting and oozing an orange path from your hand to your elbow.

The memories hit me the second I feel the heat---they rush at me even before I can think the words that describe them.

I don't mind the summer heat.

Thursday, February 16, 2017