You know you live in a dry climate when. . .

. . . a local TV station enters a post on Facebook that says: “Do you guys have any great pics of this morning's rain? Post them. . .we'd love to see em!” So what’s the deal with that?  Have they forgotten what rain looks like since the last time we had a sprinkle or two? Before moving to Colorado I was not aware that rain was such an exciting event.
Other indications that you live in a dry climate:
·        Trees that are considered “water guzzlers” are cut down as a conservation measure. Goodbye Russian Olive (beautiful hedge-forming trees in humid states/noxious weeds in Colorado) and Cottonwood trees.
·        Water needs to be added to a compost bin unless one wants the process to be a two year rather than a two month process. My opinion is that there should be no garbage canisters in yards. The rationale for doing so is way above my level of understanding.
·        Creeks have no real need for a bridge. Little or no water flows in them.
·        Lip balm is a staple in purses and pockets. A person who runs out of lip balm can no longer smile.
·        If lip balm is in the right pocket, likely eye drops will be in the left. The “whites of the eyes” have been replaced by the “reds of the eyes.”
·        Twenty ounces of body lotion is roughly a one-week supply. That’s a lot of glycerin and aloe for a body to absorb. Where it goes, nobody knows!
·        People who do not have Xeroscaping are considered unpatriotic. Water guzzling plants must be planted on the sly and one must appear really surprised when they are noticed by a neighbor.
·        Plants that might be considered weeds in places such as Indiana and Ohio are displayed proudly in vases. (Think Queen Anne’s Lace.)
·        A tiny patch of green grass is valued as a beautiful lawn. With relationship to the amount of irrigation required to keep it green, it should be considered a family treasure.
·        A day with high humidity is when the level reaches thirty. When the weather reporter gives the high humidity for the day as nine, it becomes easier to understand the disappearing lotion.
Should I decide to move to warm, humid Florida, it’s possible I might forget what snow looks like. So sometime around December when I’m sitting on the beach soaking up the sun, I’ll send out an SOS on Facebook to my friends who still live in the north.  My post will say: “Do you guys have any great pics of your snowstorm today? Post them...I'd love to see em!”


  1. If it weren't for the cottonwood, there would be no trees in the eastern third of your state. I love the cottonwood.

    Feel free to "lift" my rain pic on my June 17 blogpost if y'all really need to look at some rain.

  2. Let's trade pictures... I'll send you rain photos and you can send me dry ones. We haven't had day without rain in a long time!

  3. Vanilla, the cottonwoods are beautiful here. When I have an overwhelming desire to see rain, I will visit your blog.

  4. Captain Nancy, you need to stand out in your front yard and blow the rain this way. Maybe you can enlist neighbors to help! :)