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The transition from Seattle on just about the nicest possible April day there to Tucson on a day that feels like the pre-Monsoon stirrings of early June is truly brutal. The strange thing, though, as I've learned before when returning from there or the Bay Area or Back East, is the best remedy is to spend time outside in the heat, rather than avoiding it like a vampire that has to stay out of the sun at all costs. I was just feeding the prematurely active tortoise -- Felicia doesn't like to hibernate and is also apparently a huge fan of plums -- and watering plants in the back yard while giving the outdoor cat Thing Two plenty of rubs and feel energized by my exposure to the elements. Then again, the fact that I finally had my "morning" coffee also might have something to do with it. So might my distance from the computer, which has been making me tense of late. Too much time attempting to write means knots in the back of my neck. Plus, it's Earth Day, right? I'm glad I transplanted the tomatoes that hadn't withered completely in my absence. It feels good to have dirt under my nails. A lot better than it feels to be holding the mobile phone in my hand. I could do with a moratorium on incoming calls for a month.

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bitterlawngnome From: bitterlawngnome Date: April 22nd, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
well it's cloudy, wet and cool today, if that's any consolation ...
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 22nd, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Actually, though many visitors might rue that kind of inclement weather, I missed it when I was there. I wasn't going to complain about Sunday or Monday, of course, since I could see the mountains in all their snowy splendor. But, being a resident of the desert, I seek out the feel of rain on my person. I hope you guys are holding out alright.

I'm glad you got to spend time here under typical April conditions, which are pretty darned sweet. And that you got to see cactus in flower. The spring came late here, even though we didn't have a hard frost, because there were many cool nights in February and March.
bitterlawngnome From: bitterlawngnome Date: April 22nd, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
well when some things happen the weather really becomes irrelevant doesn't it? unless it's catastrophic. so we're not really paying all that much attention.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 22nd, 2009 10:30 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Poor writing on my part. I didn't mean for the "holding out alright" to refer back to the weather. Sorry. I can see how the construction of the paragraph was misleading.
bitterlawngnome From: bitterlawngnome Date: April 22nd, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I didn't see anything amiss with what you wrote :)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 22nd, 2009 11:44 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
But I did. . .

I know you guys are really maxed out, so I wanted to make it clear that I knew the weather was hardly a priority for you. I wish you both the best in this trying time.
elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: April 23rd, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Hooray for gardening. It always makes me feel better too. As does time away from the computer--except when the guilt kicks in, which is totally able to put knots in my neck/shoulders/back without me having to be anywhere near the computer. Glad you enjoyed your trip!
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