Sunday, September 15, 2013

Monsoons, Bunks, and Snakes...........Oh My!

Monsoon season is my favorite/worst time of the year.  I love the rain, thunderstorms, and the greening of Arizona, but dislike the headaches that come with the weather systems.  That's one of the main reasons we moved here back in 2005 - to get away from the constant barometric pressure changes that weather can bring.  This season of rain has been one of the heaviest I can remember.

When we first moved here and we heard all the locals talking about monsoons, I seriously thought they were talking torrential rains that you might see in Bangladesh - 18" in a 24 hour period.  Definitely not........there can be a downpour a half mile away and we get nothing.  So much of monsoon season is looking at the clouds and rain that others are getting!  But this year, we have experienced a lot of rain!

Good old Buffy (named after Buffalo, TX, where Joe's aunt and uncle live!).  He's almost ten years old - officially Jonathan's dog.  He was just a tiny pup when we got him in 2004 and  has been a loyal member of the family ever since.

New bunk beds for the boys room.  Lots of smiles to go around!

Swinging at the park, hoping for a train to come by - a BIG thrill for these boys!

Yes, that is a snake.............a really big snake.  Actually, it's a Green Mohave, which is a very aggressive type of rattlesnake. It doesn't look like it in the picture, but they have a very distinctive green shade to them.   Their venom is supposed to be the most deadly and debilitating of all North American snakes,  Jonathan had one chase him several years ago when he threw rocks at it.  Anyway, we had friends visiting and they all went for a long walk while I was finishing up dinner and this is what they saw.  Fortunately, Mr. D. had his gun and blew the snake to bits.

And on that cheery note, I'll sign off for the evening!!  


  1. Yikes to everything but the boys and dogs. I love the weather pictures. Very interesting. The mountains hide our incoming weather. We do have a mountain that gets hidden when rain or snow head our way.

  2. Ugh! I hate snakes...and I seem to be a magnet for them. My parents had one in their basement this summer while we were there. Guess who found it? Ugh! They've lived in that house for 35 years and just had to have a visit from the unwelcome while I was there.
    Are you missing city life now that you're back in the country?