What constitutes “cold”?

The meaning of the word “cold” is, apparently, not a firm definition. This week the TV weathercasters have been predicting “cold” temperatures, reaching all the way down to the upper 20s at night here in Tucson. They spend a lot of time on the Four P’s–People, Pets, Plants and Pipes, all of which have to be protected. Having spent most of our lives in Kansas and Oklahoma, we have the good sense to know these things! Daytime temperatures, though, are still in the high 60s to upper 70s and we don’t have to get outside until it warms up, so we’re good. Don’t worry about us!

I almost forgot to show you what happens to snowmen in Arizona! I made these yesterday for a cookie exchange.

snowmen

We enjoyed catching up with other fair weather chasers this week. Phil and Pat Cox from Arkansas met us for lunch in Green Valley this week. We ate at the same restaurant at which we’ve met them several times but it has changed it’s name this year to El Rodeo. They still serve really good Mexican food, though. Afterward, we walked through the large Farmers’ Market spread throughout the shopping center and even made a few Christmas purchases there. Next time, we need to be there earlier in the day.

Another day our friends Bill and Arlette Klein from Washington stopped by and we had a great afternoon after lunch at our favorite Mexican restaurant in our neighorhood, Ole. Bill and LeRoy discussed (what else?) bus problems and solutions while Arlette and I caught up on each other’s families. They, like us, are full timers and their winter choice is Arizona but this winter they plan to fly to Argentina to visit their son and his family for a month or so.

I’ve been battling a sinus infection and my right ear has been blocked since the trip out here. We have never gone to a doctor here other than an emergency clinic but I found a clinic near us that accepts Humana insurance, as well as new patients. I’m just finishing a Zpack and taking a high powered decongestant, so we’ll see if I’m better soon. It’s really irritating to have my ear “whistle” when I talk and especially so when I’m trying to sing.

I need to finish Christmas shopping this week and get things in the mail so our distant family will have presents by Christmas. Gift cards are easily shipped but not particularly personal so I’m always in a quandry about what to do. We will be with the Kansas family, so I don’t have to worry too much about them. Besides, we already made arrangements for some of them. Any suggestions for the rest?

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