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I have lived in Arizona all my life, ...Then again, I would not trade this for shoveling snow.
So you haven't actually shoveled snow, or at least not very much :) West Virginia is real nice this time of year. So is Idaho and eastern Washington. For those of us in the Pacific Northwest snow was a rare event this last winter. Today was hot, into the upper 80's.
I guess I'm pretty lucky that I can just pick a spot and live there. In your situation I would be packing up and moving.
No doubt, of which, we'll be sure to misinterpret, politicize and monetize. Just like we did with the Ice Age scare in the 70s.
It's been hot and humid here. Steambath humid. Hurricane rains were sparse and did little to alleviate the heat. Grass is growing wonderfully well. Sun, followed by shade and a sprinkle, repeat. A short walk to the chicken coop is a requirement for a shower upon return.
I hear thunder...again.
But back to the topic, it may sound counterintuitive, but go south. Tucson flirts with 100 degrees often but rarely exceeds it. Plus you have Mt Lemmon [skitown.com], the southernmost ski "resort" in the US. No snow this time of year but it is an easy 45 minutes up the hill to cooler temps when you need to escape. That is where I will live once I am not tied to a paticular location.
I will do it and take pics. Give me a few days.
You could be overlooking a golden opportunity to focus all of that solar energy into a creatively simple solar oven. A square of tempered glass and a box lined with tin foil will see you eating fresh baked bread/toast with your eggs. Apparently pancakes are out [saskschools.ca].
I'm in the middle of building a house and decided to quit until fall. This is killer weather. Something strange is going on with the global climate. Hurricanes in June are unheard of...I'm wondering if the earthquake in Indonesa tilted the earth's axis or something.
Yes...i know it begins june 1st, but what i mean't to say is "hurricanes" are usually tropical storms in June and July. You would have to agree that we have had a few more catagory 3 and 4's than normal.
Glad to meet a fellow south georgian in here. I'm 45...there was some very hot summers back in the early 90's, but in the mist of a drought...and not so unbearable. Not sure where in south ga you are, near the big swamp here...very low altitude and very high humidity.
Then again...I think everybody down here complains every summer that it is the hottest they can remember. Maybe cronic exposure to heat and humidity is frying our brains and memory.
I've got a mutt with a similar problem. As soon as it starts raining she starts panting, at the first rumble of thunder she turns into a trembling mess and insists on being as close as possible to her humans. She was outside running aorund one day and I took a quick trip to store and a small thundershower popped up. She literally chewed through two screens trying to get in to the house. SHe also managed to chew up the wooden door trim around all three entrances to the house.
She gets valium now. She's the only dog I own that has an issue. She does make a good barometer. I can tell when a storm or shower is coming long before it arrives.
We started with Acepromazine. Made her stupid & dopey for a whole day and did nothing to calm her. We then moved on to Valium, which didn't calm her, but helped her hold her bladder. We were having problems with her getting so scared, being afraid to go outside, and then peeing on the floor. A GSD bladder is very very large. Blech. So, then we moved on to Xanax (our vet is great about helping us try to find something that works), which has worked the best so far. She requires a mega dose that would knock out a human of her weight, but it's helped. It isn't perfect - perfect would be just having her sleep, but it takes the edge off. Also, Comfort Zone pheromone plug-ins helped too, in combination. Comfort Zone actually cured our terrier mix's separation anxiety overnight. After the bottle ran out, I didn't replace it and she's stayed cure. So very very impressive. If they were a public company, I'd buy as much stock as I could.
When I was a kid, our GSD was so afraid of fireworks that he chewed through a really thick wooden gate to escape from the yard. It was awful. Our dog is afraid of fireworks too and it was like a war zone around our house for all of 4th of July weekend...and the 4th. We were trapped at home because of illegal fireworks.
Fireworks are legal here, Molly the mutt spent the day in the house, drugged with valium and listening to Bach and Beethoven. ;) Molly runs and hides when I grab a firearm, Maggie and Fred go stand by the door. I've got so many dogs that pack behavior is quite evident. Molly grooms the alpha female, while the alpha male literally does nothing, at all, ever. Maggie is the alpha female, Molly the beta peacekeeper, so occasionally Molly goes after Mags, which means a fight because Mags doesn't back down from anything, even momma racoon with babies.
People visit and eye the Grand Pyrenees warily, but it is Mags they need to watch out for.
Anyone need a donkey or a chicken? I have a surplus. The dogs, I'll keep. ;)