The Week in My World 2/20/11
Not a good one. Jobs that don’t come through, sick dog, sick partner, expenses way bigger than income. There’s no way out. Every day kitty litter gets thrown on my parade and adversity humps my leg. Pretending everything’s fine is not always possible, so please indulge me my sick inner child. All part of life’s rich pageant my ass. Knowing many have it worse is no consolation.
I drove to Whitewater Draw yesterday, a state-managed preserve near Elfrida, AZ. It’s been wicked windy, common here. En route the motor of the passenger window in my car died with window stuck open, natch. Do I really have to drive around with a sheet of plastic duct-taped to my window? Apparently.
Dust storm near Elfrida
Tumbleweeds are not charming. We call them "thumbtack plants." They're pretty in the summer, then die off and the wind whips them around and they collect against fences. When the dogs step on one, they yipe and limp, as do I. In the summer they go right through your flip-flops.
Driving into a dust storm
Pecans are grown here. They plant acres of them in perfectly straight rows. In the summer there are roadside stands selling fresh pecans, they're really good. The farms are irrigated and well-tended.
It's dry, dry, dry.
The wind and dust barely fazed the dogs.
Whitewater Draw is a destination for thousands of sandhill cranes, ducks, and creatures seeking water. The water was very low, but it's enough.