An Arizona Winter

29 Dec

Now that the holidays have arrived and the weather is colder over most of the United States it seems only fitting to explain some of the interesting differences between
Arizona and our colder US States.  Now keep in mind that a good portion of Arizona is much colder than the Phoenix and Tucson Metropolitan areas so this does not apply to those areas.  But you do know that you live in the Phoenix area when you can relate to these truths.

  1.  You try and figure out if it has gotten cool enough to plant your decretive flowers.
  2. You hope that this year all the leaves will fall off your trees before the new ones start budding and you have to go out with a rake and knock off the old ones by hand.
  3. You can’t wait for your grass to die so that it looks a little bit like winter.
  4. You refer to people that come to visit for the winter months as Snow Birds because they flock in and flock out.
  5. You look at your beautiful winter coat and wonder if it will be cold enough this year to ever wear it.
  6. You can tell if someone is a Snow Bird just by what they are wearing because you’re wearing long sleeves and long pants and they are in shorts and t-shirts.
  7. You can drive down the road and see at least four state license plates and Canada represented all before you reach the next light.
  8. You might get to put a fire in your fire place twice a year at best, and then at some point you have to start opening the doors and windows because it is making the house to hot.
  9. You have to explain to your children about what snow is, and where it comes from.
  10. If a special event announces that there will be snow, you know it isn’t real snow.
  11. Your heater only goes off at night and sometimes not at all.
  12. You can’t buy most of the winter fashions because it never gets cold enough to wear them.
  13. You’re a true Arizonan if every year you can’t wait for it to get cold, but that only
    means around 60 degrees!

So yes the winter months are here, but in Phoenix we pray for snow but usually settle for sunshine instead.  Happy New Year everyone!

 

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4 Responses to “An Arizona Winter”

  1. Patty Davis January 3, 2013 at 1:20 pm #

    We always enjoy your stories whether they be for the kids or just telling us about your/family day. You are not only witty, pretty but a wonderful author of children’s books.

    • kristigrimm January 3, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

      Ok Patty, what do I owe you? 🙂 I’d make dinner for you, but it might be cold by the time it got to your house!

  2. Renee C. January 7, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    That’s funny because my hubby and I have been discussing buying a property in Arizona precisely because it’s so warm there. That would make us Snowbirds! 😀

    • kristigrimm January 7, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

      That is funny! Well, now you know what to expect a little bit. It was in the 40’s this morning, but now the sun is out like normal.:)

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