Arizona · Show Low AZ

My Arizona

What do you think of when you think of Arizona? Like a lot of people you probably think of desert and heat. Well we definitely do have those things but what people sometimes don’t know is that we have mountains and snow. Arizona is home to 3 ski resorts. Mount Lemon, Snowbowl and Sunrise. The Sunrise ski resort is about an hour from where I live.

We are currently under and winter storm warning. Have been since yesterday. Yesterday we got about 2 inches of snow, not a lot but today we’re expected to get about a foot. As long as it holds off until I get home from work at 2:00.

From work this morning

This….Is my Arizona

Bloggers · Blogging · Show Low AZ · Snomageddon

Demo Day #AtoZChallenge

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I don’t think I ave a specific “D” topic for today other than….. IT’S DEMO TIME!

The repair to our house is finally going to start today. February 22nd wasn’t a good day. As predicted we had gotten over 2ft of snow. The weather people on the news had been talking about a doomsday snow storm that would potentially paralyze our area, Normally all of their stormageddon predictions never amount to much of anything. Well this time thay happened to be right. Snowed in we were.  I called off work because of the snow for the first time in 17 1/2 years.  I woke up that morning and the furnace wasn’t working. I wasn’t about to leave my parents home with no heat, They are 90 and 71 AND my dad has Parkinsons. Not happening. Thankfully if was a simple fix and our neighbor was able to fix it.

Couldn’t even see our street, No way I was shoveling that much snow. Work would just have to survive without me. Most everything in town, I found out later, was closed and no one was moving about town anyway.

Later in the morning we were watching TV and we lost power to half of our house. We thought it was probably because of the storm and all of the heavy snow.  Then we started smelling something weird, searched around blah blah blah long story short we called the fire department to check our house. Turns out….we had a smolder going on in the ceiling. No one has any idea how it happened, a wire to….something….shorted out and set the insulation on fire.

All thanks goes to God for having his protective arms around us that day. And to Timber Mesa fire for getting here so quickly and taking care of us.  We have the BEST fire department. Not just because of this but for other things they have been called to our house for, all having to do with my dad.
Later in the day I talked to one of my besties, who’s husband happens to be our deacon, They were our clearing driveways and they came over with some of the youth boys to dig us out and cleared our driveway for us.
So today is demo day. Thankfully we know a guy , ha ha ha that’s a joke in our house “I know a guy”, a good friend at our church is a contractor so he will be here today with the electrician to start the repair!
THANK YOU JESUS!

 

Life · Random acts of kindness

Random Acts of Kindness

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Whether they be simple little gestures or something monumental, in this world so full of hate and violence it truly warms the heart to know there are people out there still caring about one another. Let me tell you my little story.

I live in the mountains of Arizona and this week we have been hit by storms bringing snow and severe cold. Sunday I woke up with no heat. The snow hadn’t started yet but I knew it was coming. I called the mobile home park managers and let them know. I knew there was nothing that could be done on a Sunday but I wanted to be on the list for Monday. The property handyman, Josh, couldn’t make it to my place Monday, something more pressing came up and I completely understand. The storm hadn’t hit yet so I was ok. I have a small room heater and that was doing a good job for my living room. Things didn’t really go south until Wednesday night, when the snow started and the temps dropped severely. I hardly slept Wednesday night do to the severe cold in my bedroom, the little space heater doesn’t do the job for 2 rooms. Eventually I did warm up and fell asleep.

Thursday the repair man was finally able to get to me and sadly my furnace needs parts ordered. So I was prepared to sleep in my living room under my electric throw blanket. But as I was getting ready to take a shower, i had moved my little heater into the bathroom, the property manager was knocking on my door with another heater for me to use. I didn’t cry in front of him but when I plugged it in and felt the warmth coming from this little, yet powerful heater, I sat down and had a cry. It’s not often that people show such kindness to others anymore.

People really do take for granted what they have until they no longer have it. So I will use my 2 little heaters, with great appreciation until my furnace can be repaired. Hopefully today 🙂

This is how I was spending my cold snow day

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Electric throw blanket, kindle and a hot cup of tea.

Be kind to one another. It truly is appreciated.

*side note*….I got yelled at over text messages for not telling one of my dearest friends that I had no heat…lesson learned 😉

Arizona · Winter

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It…..

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Blech! Snow!

It’s that time of year again. Break out the fuzzy jammies, the slippers and warm blankets.

The weather has gone from fall right into winter. The first snow has fallen. It was only about an inch, if that, but it was enough to make a mess of the roads and nice clean cars. Now the nights are in the freezing temps and one has to leave a faucet trickling to keep from having frozen pipes.

Welcome to northern Arizona in the winter

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Show Low AZ · Winter

The Joys & Horrors of Winter

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I live is a small mountain town in north eastern Arizona. We don’t usually get a lot of snow, I love at approx 6500 ft. Just a few inches here and there. About once a year we get one really good storm that dumps a foot or more of snow all at once. HORROR!

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The joy of winter…The snow is beautiful if you don’t have to go anywhere.  This morning I woke up to about an inch of the pretty fluffy stuff. Unfortunately it had rained most of the day yesterday so under all of that pretty fluff was a nice layer of ice, HORROR!  My car door was frozen shut. So without breaking the door handle I had to yank the door open. After I carefully drive myself to work I get out of my car, lock the door (BIG mistake) and go clock in. I come back out to my car and I cannot get back in to my car and no I didn’t lock my keys in it. My door lock was frozen…on the inside.  At first the key would only go in a little. So, I tried some more. Got the key all the way in and the lock would not turn. Nice!

So I sat at work all morning thinking of ways to avoid the locksmith. Both of my remotes are broken so I’ve now decided at least one of them needs to be replaced. Finally at around 10:30 am I was able to get the lock to turn and open my door.

Gotta love winter