It’s been two weeks since we’ve called Arizona home. One week if you count when the furnishings arrived. In that time, we’ve learned many lessons, from the news, online, and from friends who have experience living in the southwest, especially Carole and Carolyn, our mentors for living here, though they now live in Indiana. Hmmm? I never wanted to learn any of these lessons, I assure you, and they are never included in “where to retire” articles.
Here are my ten quick take-aways, and don’t get creeped out – leave that to me. Just read to the end.
- How to plug a snake hole – If the center seam in your garage floor leaves a gap when the door is closed, gum it up with some Wal-mart brand disposable ear plugs. That is the only brand sticky enough to stay in place.
- Check the holes in your pool noodles – Apparently, snakes also like to seek solace in the hollow core of a pool noodle. Are you freaking kidding me??? Maybe I need to put ear plugs in the ends. Or just keep them in the car.
- Listen for crickets – Scorpions love crickets so when you start hearing the chirp-chirp of those buggers, keep your eye open for the creepy crawlies.
- Scorpions can crawl up bed skirts – This is a no-brainer. I’ll risk the dust bunnies that procreate under my bed.
- How to kill a scorpion – Use something long and sharp to pierce their back. Let’s hope I never have to use the mega, never-used meat fork we brought with us, but we’re prepared in case we need it. I’ll have to stop gasping first, however.
- Monsoon season is upon us – Late afternoon into evening often brings a short, and often powerful storm. Unlike Michigan or Wisconsin, these storms do not clear out the air, but simply drop the temperature to a balmy 98 or so. This also means we are dealing with humidity of 50 – 60% some days.
- Toxic toads – Seems the current monsoons bring out toxic toads. But I’m not worrying – they are only toxic to dogs!
- Many uses of car screens – We’ve recently discovered that when you back into a parking space between two trucks and against a wall, your car’s sun screen transforms your vehicle into a dressing room. Perfect solution for two women on the go. Ha!
- The heat – We’ve been stuck in a heat extreme (today’s high is up to 113) and by the end of the week, we should be back to the normal of 105, with 101 by Sunday. Oh, Glory Days! We have solar energy for our home, so I don’t feel so guilty setting the ac as I have been. It will take me a while to ease into setting it higher.
- Appearance takes a hit – It is impossible to look good when it’s 110 degrees. My hair hangs, my clothes sag, make-up is simply pushed to the back of the drawer. Comfort has been redefined.
In all seriousness, Kathy and I are both loving it here and people we’ve met have never seen snakes or scorpions around their homes. This is not an issue in everyday living where we live. Out on hiking trails is another story, and of course, we will be vigilant in pest-management every quarter. And my hiking days may be limted.
Our days are still spent getting settled, but this week, we are beginning to check out the clubs and activities we are each interested in. We’ve gone to the pool in the evening several times and have met wonderful people. It’s really like living in the Midwest here, as so many people have moved from there. I’m really excited for the lives we will develop here, and the learning curve that will continue, but I hope I never have to write on snakes or scorpions again!