Ponderings on Major Changes

Today, instead of being partly cloudy in the morning with thunderstorms in the afternoon, the thunderstorms started this morning.  Hopefully it will clear up long enough this afternoon for me to install the Casita’s new door window.

I started thinking about how weather over the past few years has changed my life.

Our multi-year, brutal drought probably influenced my abandonment of gardening in favor of camping in beautiful green places by large bodies of water whenever possible.

I remember sunshowers every day in summer growing up in Florida.  I don’t remember thunderstorms every day up here until fairly recently.  Maybe they happened and I just didn’t notice the pattern.  But powerful winds springing up out of nowhere without warning are new to me.

It seems to me that changing weather patterns are making it more difficult to plan hobbies, activities and projects, and sometimes, even a direction in life.

BUT, we have been so blessed.  Although the drought was terrible, I never missed a meal or did without anything I needed.

Others have had unprecedented natural disasters — fires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, record snows, derechos with all kinds of devastating economic repercussions including loss of life.  We have experienced nasty weather, but it has caused little damage to our property.

I do live with the awareness that the world is changing, and that unusual weather phenomena and earthquakes and volcanoes in unexpected places are a distinct possibility.

It has helped me switch from a materialistic view of life to a more spiritual view.  It has encouraged me to savor my special moments.  It’s given me the knowledge that the things that matter to me are relationships, my pets who depend on me, and a spiritual life that transcends this earth’s values.

Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of mankind, the things that God has prepared for those who love Him.

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  1. Jane

     /  June 27, 2013

    I lived in AZ for 4 years; found good camping there. Rainy season is mostly in Aug. If you can get in the shade you always have a breeze. The low humidity is nice, after having been reared in the South. I live in AL now. Been 95 with high humidity for a week now!

    • Jane, I have always lived in the South. The humidity is stifling. We have learned not to even attempt camping in June, July or August, and sometimes September — unless we can get to higher elevation, although sometimes we try and suffer through it. 🙂

      Maybe next year we can get to the Southwest. I would love to experience the low humidity there.

  2. EmilyO

     /  June 27, 2013

    Moving post, I liked it. Don’t forget, if you get to my new living area, you have a place to park and explore. And, there are lots of places to explore and see in NM.

    • Emily, that is a treasured invitation. If we get the opportunity, I will definitely take you up on it!

  3. Like you, I have realized how much weather matters. Traveling and camping (or trying to) really highlights the issue. I don’t recall such violent weather either.

    This southern heat and humidity seems to get worse every year. I’m thinking I’ll spend next summer waaay up north.

    • Kim, I thought of you when I wrote that post, particularly since your house suffered major tornado damage. I also thought of your trip when you had to detour to miss bad weather.

      I am really looking forward to our trip to Mile High Campground in NC in mid-late July. I read that when it’s 85 in the valley, it is 65 on the mountaintop. So 95 in the valley should equate to 75 up there.

      I’m really surprised at the temperature difference at that low elevation — it’s only 5400 feet. It must have to do with the topography somehow.

      Way up north sounds great to me! 🙂

  4. Yes the weather is changing. My beloved Mountain is hot. Finally putting up an awning tomorrow over the slide. Hope it works even a little bit.

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