If you have a problem raising cacti and other succulents because you overwater them, the key is to watch the weather in Phoenix or Yuma. If it’s raining there, it’s okay to water your cactus! Yesterday afternoon and overnight, we’ve had rain and this morning we even had fog, a really rare occurrence here. Earlier in the week, Tucson had measurable snow two days in a row, but fortunately we escaped that. The pictures were pretty, though. We’ve been whining about the cold for the last week or so, but the forecast for this coming week is for warmer temperatures and sunshine again. Not enough that we’ll put away the fleece jackets in the mornings and evenings, but warmer all the same.
With all the projects that need to be done on our property and new house, we aren’t doing many exciting things now that the holidays are over. We’ve even slowed down the visits to Lowe’s and Home Depot! Yesterday LeRoy was on the roof removing the old ridge cap and replacing it, but I think he’s done with the ladder for the time being. Tomorrow, the Lord willing, we will paint the two sets of steps for the house. We have guests coming in soon and we don’t want to be painting with their gorgeous coach across the yard if we can help it.
One thing never ceases to bring a smile to my face: seeing a grandchild’s handwriting on an envelope in our mailbox. Our oldest granddaughter Jordan was on our phone plan until she was married and she faithfully wrote a note each month when she sent her phone money. While I appreciate texts and calls to say thanks for gifts we send, there’s just nothing like a thank you note that I can keep. This week, we got our first one from Rae, our great-granddaughter (by way of her mama)! Jordan is starting her out right! Isn’t she growing? She was 8 months old on Christmas and when you consider how tiny she was when she was born, she’s a big girl now!
My sister Mary Jo starts chemo this week for a recurrence of lymphoma. I’d appreciate prayers for her and for her husband Ray as he will be having hip replacement surgery this month, too. Florence Marie, the sister who used to winter with us in Tucson, is slowly gaining ground from surgery in October. I know she’d appreciate your prayers, too. For that matter, we all need the practice, anyway, and there are lots of people who need our prayers!