I have become acclimated to the heat that Phoenix, Arizona is known for throughout the world. When people talk about Phoenix, images similar to the Sahara desert come to mind.
Yes…. ’tis true that we have many months of 100+ temps for months-on-end in the summer. And, yes it is hard to bare if you don’t own an air conditioned car or have air conditioning in your home. It is also important to gain employ indoors that is climate controlled. But it is a dry heat. And it is wonderful.
For someone like me who hates being cold, Phoenix is the best place to live. There are other places I would like to live that are warm year-round as well, but alas, that is not where I’m to be at this time. So Phoenix it is. And Phoenix I love.
Except this past week!
Now I don’t mean to whine, but it has been cold here in Phoenix. With highs during the day of 55 degrees F. and lows at night of 32 F. (we had frost the last 2 nights!) I feel as if I am in need of a set of thermal underwear and earmuffs.
Before you start criticizing me on my winter weather whimpyness….remember 55 is 60 degrees colder than I am used to.
It reminds me of my good friend who went to Thailand for a few years and became acclimated to the warm weather there. When her and her family came to visit us in Oregon for part of the summer she sat around the house all bundled up in a blanket. It was in the high 80’s and we thought it was roasting and wanted to turn on our AC. She begged us, chattering under her blanket, “please don’t turn that AC on!, I’m freezing.” I thought she was crazy.
Now I know how she felt.
While most of the country would enjoy the somewhat mild winter (in comparison) that we experience here in Phoenix, I’m freezing. Just last week we had days in the high 70’s. Now they are reporting that we won’t break into the 70’s for another week or so. And that we are having below average temperatures. Ya think? All the bedding plants I just bought are dying from frost.
And me? I bought knit gloves tonight at Wal-Mart because my hands are numb. I’m layered up with freaking undershirts, socks and slippers!
Others in the country and the world who are subjected to snow, ice and below zero temps would probably think the weather here in Phoenix right now could warrant wearing Speedos and swimming outdoors.
But for me this is winter. And I’m cold. Very cold. This is enough winter weather for me! I’m ready for summer and 110 degrees. I’m ready to wear my flip flops and shorts. Sorry no Speedos for me!