Friday, August 1, 2008

What Is Going On With Our Weather? I Feel Like I'm Living On Mars. Or Is That Uranus?

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Living in West Texas has never been anywhere close to being delightful. It is as flat a countryside as you can imagine and the weather is harsh, going from triple digits in the Summer to often negative double digits in the Winter. Any time during the year, we might experience hail storms, damaging winds reaching up to 80 mph, raining sideways, raining in a dirt storm (resulting in a mud storm), dirt storms you can't even see to drive in, tornados, and more. The sun is harsh, making it often difficult to even grow anything.


Although we are at least nine hours from the ocean, we are also at least 5 hours from any significant body of water. I'm not talking about the smaller lakes. I don't care to go to those anyway, no matter how great anyone says they are.



Today I worked all day on getting the patio and everything on it, clean. We were supposed to have a dinner party tonight, but I just had to call everyone and call it off. I had the good table cloths out on both tables, had the places set, the boom box ready to go with soft music, and the other ususal things I get ready before I invite friends over (I always have to have plenty of Citronella candles ready and try to hide all the *yard wars* crap that hubby leaves strewn all over the place).

I was at last watering the patio plants, and without warning, I looked up to see us being hit by yet another dirt storm. I raced around like a maniac trying to remove all the place settings, get the tablecloths inside, and taking down all the hanging plants. Once that was all accomplished, I was able to take pictures. Mind you, last weekend, we had friends over for dinner on Friday, and I spent the entire day cleaning everything from the previous week's blowing dirt. I cannot begin to tell you how fucking sick I am of doing this.


I don't believe I have ever been able to go more than one week during the Summer, when I don't have to spend an entire day cleaning JUST THE PATIO before having a party. It is becoming so tiresome that I'm on the verge of pulling out every last hair on my head. I also have to dust 3-4 times per week just to keep the house from looking like I haven't dusted in 6 months. I always marvel at friends who live other places and don't even dust once per week. Or once per month. Okay, I lied. I NEVER dust. The maid does. One day per week. Happy?


So, every year (probably just about this same time of year) I beg & plead with Mr. Snooty to please let us move elsewhere in Texas, to enjoy our retirement (You know... as if we would ever retire). Unfortunately, he was born and raised here and, being the maddening creature of habit that he is, just gives me a blank look (as if to ask why in the world I'd ever want to leave such a wonderful place as this). He's going to make me die in this Hell Hole and I truly am beginning to realize it, more & more as each week passes.


Granted, I'm sure there are thousands of people who live here that don't feel this way. I am not one of them. Perhaps other people don't mind spending money to hire someone to do all the work for them. Mr. Snooty is not one of them. If I don't do it, then it would NEVER get done. It's all I can do just to get him to pay a guy to mow the lawn once a week (he thought we should only have it done once every two weeks, lol). Whatever. Anyway, I am highly allergic to dirt and a storm like this one can literally send me to bed for 1 to 2 days. He thinks it's all in my head. Yeah, right. Blowing my nose, coughing, and sneezing is all in my head.

He also refuses to change the air-conditioning filters more than once every six months, so it just makes the dirt accumulation worse, with all the dirt blowing into the house from the AC unit, not to mention the windows that need replacing. It doesn't bother him in the least and he's never been one to jump right up and take care of whatever, as he rather prefers to pick & chose his times of household duties. He figures I'm going to stay with him no matter what. He would be right.....


Anyway, it is now 30 minutes later and the rain is coming down in torrents. About this, I would never complain. It settles the dirt for a good hour after the rain stops. Then, it's Back To The Dust Bowl Days. The Mesquite soaks it up so fast that many plants and trees never get to benefit from such a rain.

Yes, Dear Readers, this is but a mere sampling of what life in harsh West Texas is like. Be very glad you don't have to deal with this... Although, I do realize there are other places that could give us a run for the money. Tell me about yours.

11 comments:

Insane Mama said...

I miss the extreme weather in Texas. I used to live in Houston. Here in Ca It's always the same. Beautiful but boring.

Snooty Primadona said...

Like I said, every place in the country has *its own* weather. I used to love thunderstorms at the lake, but we don't have the lake house any more, so it's just not the same. I like just about anything besides tornados, flooding, dirt storms, earthquakes, hurricanes and hail storms (Do I sound picky? LOL!). Although... we do need a new roof, lol.

Pearls To Hide My Neck said...

Nothing like that good ole red dirt blowing around. I've been in and out of Lubbock and Plainview quite a bit and the times that I drive instead of fly leaves my car looking red instead of black. We usually get one or two dust storms in the Dallas area that leave a West Texas red layer of dirt on everything. I don't envy you for that!
Since you're even further up I can say the only thing I would trade is the cool mornings you get. I would kill for anything below the 80's in the morning, right about now! Oh yeah, I would probably take a few of your snowfalls too but only for a couple of days.
You need to hire a handyman that comes to your house every couple of weeks who can change air filters and take a list that you've made and check everything off. Maybe the maid has a handyman husband! It would be WELL worth the money, I think.

noble pig said...

We get a lot of wind here too and I would rather have snow than wind. I flippin hate it! It comes in the house, it's everywhere...it's gross. I wish we had more rain.

Treasia said...

It's a dust bowl most of the time here in Arkansas during the summer months as well. Like you I am allergic to dust, farming, cotton, rice and soybean dust. Which only makes it worse. I love to see a great rain coming. I would hate however to have a party planned that day.

Pleasing Procrasinator said...

Here in Indiana it's just the humidity that takes your breath away when you walk outside.
And in the winter, the blowing wind and windchill temps. Urgh!! I told Cookie he needs to look for a job in a warmer climate because when I finish school I am done with Indiana winters.
There are dust bunnies so bad in this house I am going to start naming them. LOL!!

Snooty Primadona said...

I love it! Women I can relate to! Dust bunnies rule here at my house, among other atrocities.

QueenofPlanetHotflash said...

Dust is gods protective coating for your furniture :o)

Meg said...

I do not miss the increment weather of West Texas...especially the dust! Dust bunnies DO RULE!

I hate to hear you had to cancel your "outdoor" party Snooty...The same thing happened to us the last year we lived there during my daughter's graduation party! We didn't cancel it though, we just moved it inside.

I love living in the Hill Country with all the nice weather most of the time. It has been really dry this year, strangely enough I miss West Texas sometime...*sigh*...

Janie said...

I love the rain, but HATE the mudball effect.

asthmagirl said...

We live in the area of moderate... everything. If you love 300 days of 55-65 degrees and partly sunny/mostly cloudy with possible showers, move here immediately! July and August are lovely but at that point, I'm too busy to run the dust mop. And really, who doesn't have better things to do?!

 

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