I decided to take a break from blogging this past week. I tried to write this past Sunday, but my mind was already in vacation mode. This past week has been wonderful. I love the time I get to spend with my mom. We only had two beach days, but we’re happy no matter what we’re doing, as long as we’re together.
I also get to spend time with a friend of mine who drove three hours last night in a storm to come see me. I hadn’t seen her in probably about two years. She will also be taking me to the airport tomorrow, so I don’t have to take the bus. I’m so happy to see her.
When we were going to bed last night, I noticed a leak in the ceiling. It was getting worse quickly, and there was a crack in the ceiling. It looked like the whole thing was going to fall down. That was not fun to deal with at 1am. Luckily, it did not fall. Someone came to the cottage to check on it this morning, and they will send someone over to fix it either today or tomorrow.
Today is our last day of vacation. I have a lot of packing to do. I’m not sure if everything will fit in my suitcase. I did buy a bunch of gifts for people. I actually got half of my holiday shopping done. It’s probably time to start packing.
Monsoon season has officially begun! It normally starts one week into July and end in mid-September. This year, Monsoon season started a bit later, but it made a grand appearance. Yesterday was the first monsoon of the season. It moved fast across the valley, lasting for only about 5 minutes at our house around 6:45pm. The winds were monumental and it was pouring rain. My back yard was flooded in just a matter of minutes (it’s all soaked now). We’re lucky that none of our tree branches came down. There was no damage to any of our property.
Achilles did great during the monsoon. He barely had a reaction to the noise that came from the winds hitting the house and trees. The only thing he did was come close to us for minute to feel secure, then he went and laid down in his bed.
It doesn’t rain much in Phoenix. When it does rain, it’s weird. For example, it can rain on one side of the street but not on the other side. I tend to feel a little more depressed than normal when it rains. I think that may be part of Seasonal Affective Disorder. Since it doesn’t snow in Phoenix, rain is the closest we get to winter storms.
From mid-June until the end of September, Phoenix has what it calls monsoon season. That’s when we get about half of our yearly rainfall. It still rains outside of those dates, just not as much. It has been raining/sprinkling a lot this past week. I don’t like to go out in the rain, neither does my dog. So I stay in, even more than normal, which just adds to the depression. To get Cash to go outside, I have to put a jacket and boots on him. He hates getting wet. I have to force myself to get up and get out of the house. It’s not easy, but I know it’s not healthy to stay in all day every day.
Today is a rainy day. There aren’t too many rainy days in Phoenix, Arizona. Between July and September, we have what we call monsoon season. It rains fairly often, and when it rains, it pours, literally. It can rain on one side of the street here and not the other. It’s really weird, but I’ve seen it happen myself. It usually rains late in the afternoon when the temperature is at its peak.
Outside of monsoon season, rain is few and far between. I look out side right now and I see rain drops; it started out by sprinkling. I wonder if it will stay this way or if it will pour later. I feel a bit down, probably because of the weather. Even my dog seems sad right now. It’s a good thing that I don’t have to go anywhere today. I really don’t like going outside in the rain.