Tuesday, June 28, 2016
After the microbursts of wind, the sky opened up and dumped on us. The raindrops were so big and coming in so fast at an angle that Midge heard them hitting the windows, and she went into panic mode. I gave her a sedative and locked her in the kennel. Lighting was flashing all around the house every few seconds, and at times the thunder just kept on rambling and would not stop. I couldn't take the dogs out to do their business, nor could I let the horses out of their stalls, because everyone would be at risk of getting hit by lightning. I figured that when the horses began kicking their water troughs, the neighbors would just think it is more thunder.
It seems awfully early to be getting monsoon storms, but I guess the season starts on June 15th. I went back in my blog to see if we got these types of storms in June last year, and we did. That was the time of year when our flimsy Rubbermaid shed, dog kennel, and plastic tool rack kept getting blown apart. I read about how my neighbor had me running in circles to make repairs on her property every time there was storm damage, and I'm so glad that I washed my hands of that job. Fixing everything that broke over there after each storm amounted to a lot of fruitless efforts, because my repairs were only temporary until the next storm hit.
The last two summers we had were unbearable, but people who lived in this area longer than I have told me that the summers didn't used to get that hot. I've been hoping those last two summers were a fluke, and we'll go back to a normal Arizona summer. So far, the heat hasn't been too bad, and we are almost all the way through June. We did have some record breaking days as far as the temperature goes this summer, but those days were dry. Now that the humidity has rolled in, it feels a lot hotter than it is. The newscasters claim that everyone looks forward to monsoon season because the moisture and cloud cover cools everything down. That may be true from a scientific standpoint, but I find that the humidity makes everything feel hotter, and it causes me to sweat, which means having to change my clothes several times a day and keep tissues in my pocket to wipe my forehead before the sweat drips into my eyes and burns them.
I found a post from last summer in which I was struggling to find a detangler for my hair because I couldn't get a comb through it. I never really found a decent product. I tried mousse, gels, creams, and sprays, but nothing worked, so I started borrowing the horses' detangler products. In the end, what really helped was cutting off most of my hair.
Anyway, last weekend my husband stopped to get his hair cut while I perused the products that the salon had on display. I found a couple of detangler products, but didn't know if they would work, so I asked my husband's stylist which product she would recommend. She made a beeline for olive oil spray. I shook my head. "No spray."
She didn't understand why I wouldn't deal with sprays, so I'm guessing she's new to the area. Spraying hair products on your hair in the summer months is useless, because the spray dissipates before it even reaches your hair, and if you do hold it close enough to get some on your hair, it dissipates off your head before you can pick up a comb. I also refused to use olive oil, because it attracts bees.
So, another stylist stepped in and recommended cream that I can rub into my hair, and I bought it because coconut oil was its main ingredient, which I know does work well as a detangler and isn't as pungent as other scents. The tube was so small, that I was going to buy two, but then I saw the price. Ummm, that stuff was more expensive than horse care products. So far, it's been helping me get a comb through my hair, but it does leave some residue that makes it difficult to get a comb through later on once it dries.
Since I can't ride the horses much over the summer, I try to write a new novel during that time. However, all that sitting around comes back to bite me when we do get a few cooler days and I want to ride a horse. On those days I find that I lost all my strength and coordination while I was in hibernation, so I'm making an effort to exercise every day, which I now can do thanks to my PA putting me on anti-inflammatory medication. I just have to stick to using our indoor gym equipment, because it's not safe to be hiking and mountain biking in the heat.
I was thinking of putting together a little, humorous list called "Only in Arizona..."
Here's the first one, which I thought up yesterday afternoon before the storm:
Only in Arizona can a dust devil deposit a decapitated bird on my doorstep.
Yes, that actually happened.