Life in the Desert, Phoenix in July

Laura Pic untouched

amy elizabeth

Last night a monsoon dust storm visited the Phoenix area with strong angry winds causing havoc in our peaceful desert. Our tidy farm is in disarray but the trees are still standing, chicken coops are undisturbed, even the barn is standing proud in it’s defeat against mother nature.

Unfortunately the storm didn’t produce a single drop of rain. It’s now more than four months since the vegetation on our farm experienced anything more than a sprinkle of moisture.

I read more and more about sustainable living, growing our own food, and how to better use the land on which we dwell.  That’s obviously not an option here, at least not without having a water bill in excess of $350 a month. I just paid the water & electric bill this morning, just shy of $600… and it will go up next month as the heat rises to a steady 110+.

Phoenix, Arizona… a lovely place to live, if you are content to be at the mercy of utility companies and grocery stores.

And Furthermore…

This is me, living in Phoenix in July. Where it’s so dang hot that you begin dress like an idiot… and don’t even care!

On the Positive Side…

My pride and joys are many, but today’s gratitude belongs to the three stunning pine tress on the property that flatter our farm, and the fresh eggs from my lovely ladies. Oh… and my husband who pays for mostly all of it.

nest run eggs

 

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amy elizabeth, writer, author. Lives in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert on a small hobby farm raising Ornamental Bantam Chicks and Laying hens.
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7 Responses to Life in the Desert, Phoenix in July

  1. That’s a good look. ;-)

  2. Anonymous says:

    So sorry to hear about the nasty weather. You are a hardy people that can take such conditions. I’ll keep my polar vortex -37 degrees any day over your heat. Pretty chicken eggs…it looks like easter.

  3. shadowlilies says:

    Love your sense of humor!!! I get it about “dressing like an idiot and not caring” when it is so hot, but I have to say it must be blistering down where you are. I don’t think I could take it as well as you do. Your eggs are gorgeous! Love the pictures! So good to find the good in everything. :)

    • tbnranch says:

      This morning I was blessed with NO SUN for 2 hours while the weather was deciding to give us rain… or not. Turned out, NOT. I was able to work in the barn setting up the new chicken area. Almost there! Now the sun is back out and almost 100 and it’s only 10:30 am. I just tell myself our summers are like everybody else’s winter… we all have our turn being trapped in the house. There’s just no perfect place, except maybe Hawaii!

      • shadowlilies says:

        Oh…Hawaii is not perfect either…unless you love humidity, like snuggling into your moist sheets at night… I lived there for awhile. ;)

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