Lucky Mom

May. 13, 2006

It's All Relative

Yep. Arizona is one hot place. And yes, I mean the heat.

We returned from our trip earlier today to beautiful Seattle weather which was nice considering we experienced nothing but sun that we were desperate for, for the entire stay in Arizona. Had it been a customary dreary Seattle day, we may have erected the FOR SALE sign prior to emptying the suitcases.

Probably the funniest part of the trip was the locals advising us that 102 degrees is not hot but ‘wait until it gets to 110’!

Uh. Right. I think 73 is hot. 102 or 110 – whatever. It’s HOT. It’s not like we’re thinking. ‘we can live just fine in 102 degrees but 110? No way. I’m moving. Brother.

Speaking of relative(s) my elderly (85 yr old) father who lives part-time in Yuma, Arizona and whom we did get to see one day was quite funny about the weather too. He also went in to why we don’t want to live in Arizona. In his shaky, old-man accent:

Kris, ya know, the crime here is really bad. You’ll get your car stolen and your house robbed. Mark my words.


He then reminded me that the friends he knows that live there don’t like the state. Then he told me what parts they live in (which oddly enough were the ones our Realtor advised us to STAY AWAY from.) Um. Okay again. So, why do you and they live there?

Also, my Dad is not exactly in my immediate family’s demographic make-up. My Dad will NOT own (and has no clue or interest in how to operate) a computer because he thinks if he did, ‘people’ will find him and steal his identity. I can’t figure out for the life of me who would want to steal his identity but it makes him feel better. He even flies back to Utah to ‘do his banking’ since he can see a teller from a ‘good, safe state’.

We looked at some houses in the newer, Northern part of Scottsdale and a nice community called Ahwatukee. You certainly don’t get a lot more for your money than you do in Seattle as everyone had promised us. It’s seemed about the same I’d have to say, at least in the areas we were looking.

It was quite nice sitting on the deck of our hotel room, overlooking the pool. It was nice actually swimming in an outdoor pool. I can't remember the last time I did that! The desert is sure beautiful too, especially the red rock of Sedona.
We sat down at a cute place for lunch one day and I immediately said to my husband “I went to high school with the guy sitting at the next table and haven’t seen him in over 20 years”. I went to high school in Brush Prairie, Washington so not likely to run into old buddies in other states much.

He immediately recognized me, (whew!) chatted for a bit and found he had just moved there a year ago and loves it. Cool.

I did feel a bit dehydrated as I’m pretty used to the beautiful bodies of water all around in the Seattle area. Water is quite the coveted commodity in Arizona. I felt dry and a bit dusty.

All in all it was a nice trip, pretty uneventful and now we have an idea of life in Arizona. I do love sun and water.

So, what about Florida? Florida has sun and water. Maybe we should take a little trip out and see!

5 Comments Posted (Add Yours)


Too hot, huh? I love that deserty/sauna feeling! Glad you're back safe and sound. Hope you had a great moms' day!


Hi KW!
Glad that you enjoyed yourselve's and I look forward to hearing more about your trip. Glad you aren't moving too!!! Thanks for bringing back the sunshine!! xo


Kelly D. - Not TOO hot exactly, just hot. I think I could do it as it's not humid.

Dayna - we didn't say we weren't moving. We're just not exactly moving yet. And, we sorta aren't positive we'd move to Arizona but haven't ruled it out.

How's that for being clear?


don't forget Florida has Hurricanes. puts a little damper on the beauty of living there full time.
go where you like, but just keep coming home to us.


Actually I'm kidding about Florida as I'm not good with humidity!

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