I just haven’t felt like posting lately. Don’t know why. Maybe I’m just afraid everything I have will be negative in spite of all the positives we still have in our life. One of the negatives is the heat. The positive that comes with it is we have learned to deal with it, adjust, and we are acclimating.
We’ve had high temps in the 3 digits every day since early June. In order to keep cool we had to use our big diesel generator to help run the RV air conditioners. The big diesel genny isn’t meant to be run in hot temps, but we had to use it or melt in our house. In the process of keeping us cool, the generator worked too hard and just quit, never to run again. Luckily we still have our Honda 2000s and the portable room air conditioner, plus the BLM’s solar system and propane generator to supplement when the sun was scarce so we were able to get by for the couple of days until the BLM rented and brought out a 20K Whispersoft Generator. The rental agreement allows us to run the 20K for 16 hours/day.
We are now getting high temps running 110° and higher consistently. We are managing to deal with it by running our portable a/c with the solar system from the time we get out of bed until the temp in the house gets uncomfortable, then we switch on the large RV a/c and turn off the portable, running it occasionally to boost the cool… still on the solar system. We usually run the propane generator an hour or so in the morning to top off the batteries on the solar system. At 3:00 p.m. we start the 20K generator (diesel), switch our power cords to it and run the whole RV on it’s generated power until 6:00 a.m. Then we start all over again the next day. If we have to go someplace, like Yuma or Blythe, we leave the portable a/c running so the pets don’t get too hot. It’s a challenge and sometimes a hassle, but we’re getting by. I do have to admit there are times when I wonder just what the heck we were thinking when we signed up to do this, especially on a particularly hot weekend and I have to spend more time outside with guests than I do inside in the cool air, but then I remember all the plusses and joys. The heat and discomfort only lasts 3.5 months while we have lovely wonderful weather the rest of the year.
Monsoon season has started and will continue now through August and into early September. We have had no rain, but have had some wind. We had one night with thunder and lightning, but it was happening a few miles away from us so we only got a smattering of rain drops, not even enough to wet the ground, just enough to smell good and drop the temp by 10 degrees. I hope we get at least one good rain storm in here. For the rest of the summer we have to pay attention to what’s happening around us. If there are storms to the south of us we probably won’t be able to get to Yuma unless we go the long way around through Quartzsite. Even going through Quartzsite might not let us get there. This week they have been hammered by two storms. Extensive damage to RV’s, carports, windows blown out and flooded washes closing roads. The wind caused two RV’s to roll over, one of them 3 or 4 rolls with 3 people inside. The people only had a few cuts and scratches, thank heavens.The owner is a BLM volunteer, working maintenance during the summer.
We’ve been getting a lot more critters through here since it started heating up. I’ve seen several migratory birds – two types of Tanagers, 2 types of Orioles, 3 or 4 types of Warblers, and the Black-headed Grosbeak. AZ also get the Blue Grosbeak and Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and the Cardinal, but I’ve never seen any of these. I’ve seen 5 different types of Hummingbirds out here – the Black-chinned, Anna’s, Costa’s, Calliope, and Rufus. I may have seen an Allen’s, but I wasn’t able to verify it. We get lots of different water birds. We’ve seen Bobcat (Willow chased one), Cougar, Raccoon (Willow chases these every time she sees one), Skunk, Cottontail Rabbits, 1 Rattlesnake last year, 1 King Snake and 3 Gopher Snakes. Two of the Gophers and the King were 6 feet long, the 3rd Gopher was about 5 feet and the Rattler was about 4 feet. We haven’t seen any Rattlesnakes this year yet. Lots of different lizards. And, of course, we have a gazillion bugs! The Apache Cicadas have been vibrating very loudly for the past 3 weeks. Today I finally got a picture of one in a tree. They blend in quite well.
This heat makes it difficult for me to cook. When it’s 84 to 86° inside you don’t want to use the oven or stand over a hot stove. When it’s 110° it’s difficult to keep the BBQ cool enough to not burn your food. We’re not necessarily eating healthy right now. We do eat more salad though, it’s easy to fix and requires no heat.
We had to go to Yuma yesterday so I got a very large pork picnic roast going in the crock pot before we left. We now have enough leftovers for lunch and dinner for 3 days, plus meaty bones for yummy soup when it starts to cool down. The crockpot did warm up the house a bit, but not too bad.
If anyone wants me to share more of something or want me/us to share more about our living where and how we do, just email me or post a comment.
Now I’m going to share some of the photos I’m taken the last two months.
Black-chinned Hummer – male Cedar Waxwing
Cottontail Rabbit eating Birdseed Desert Spiny Lizard (8” w/o tail)
6’ Gopher Snake
Special Guests having fun Apache Cicada
Widow Skimmer Dragonfly 3” Palo Verde Borer Beetle
Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!