Today has gone by a lot quicker than I expected. I had a lot to do today, and of course, none of it was fun. I had to pay a bunch of bills and do a whole lot of chores around the house.
Yesterday, I took Achilles to the vet for a wellness visit. Some of his vaccinations needed a second dose. However, when the vet was doing the physical exam, Achilles snapped at her. I’ve never seen him do anything like that. He must have been having an off day. However, from now on, every time he goes to the vet he will have to wear a muzzle. Achilles hasn’t snapped at anyone since that one time yesterday, and hopefully it stays that way. I had to fill out an insurance claim form for Achilles. Getting the claim together is a pain in the ass, but it’s worth it. This claim will probably have us meet our yearly deductible, but that means that we will get refunded for the next claim.
Just now, it started pouring rain heavily. Apparently it’s the first monsoon of the season. The winds are extremely strong and the rain is coming down in buckets. I’m not sure how long this storm will last, but I’m grateful that both me and my husband can stay home. We’re lucky that we don’t have to go anywhere or do anything tonight. The picture for this post is one that I took looking out a back window in our new house.
My husband and I took Achilles for a walk last night, as we always do. We wait until late, about 10pm, to make sure it’s cooled off enough for Achilles. The high yesterday was 114 degrees. Even when the temperature cools down, the pavement is still hot and takes extra time to cool off. During our walk, we saw a pack of coyotes, there were three of them. They were about 200 feet away. I’m not scared of one coyote, but when they’re in a pack, they are much more powerful and very scary, at least to me. Luckily, Achilles didn’t notice the coyotes. If he did, he probably would have wanted to investigate. Instead, they pack went on their way, probably hunting rabbits. One of our neighbors let us know that there are coyotes around, but I never thought I would run into a pack, especially at night when we were walking on the main road. I was really nervous for the rest of the walk, but I made it through until we got home. I won’t let this stop me from taking walks. I will just make sure I’m prepared for any issue.
I absolutely love this time of the year in Arizona. I can keep the doors open for most of the day without have to turn the air conditioner or heat on. It isn’t often that the weather is this nice in Phoenix, AZ. I don’t mind keeping the back door open, but I can’t have the front door open unless my husband is home with me. I’ve tried to do it before, but every single noise freaks me out. So I keep one door open, and then when my husband gets home from work, I open the front door too. Then we get the wonderful cross-breeze, which is so refreshing.
It’s not often that there is this perfect weather. It’s usually either too cold or way too hot. The chilly air here is just enough for me to put on a sweater and get under a blanket. I don’t really need one, but I enjoy getting all bundled up. It reminds me of the cold days in Connecticut, without having to deal with the actual extreme freezing cold weather.
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.