You know that old saying ‘If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen’? Well, I think the people in my home state need to revise that to say ‘If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of Arizona’.We’ve had weeks of record heat this summer, almost 120 degrees in Phoenix on some days. The airport was closed for a while because in hotter air, planes have a tougher time taking off – or possibly the tarmac was in danger of melting, bogging down planes that were trying to fly. The alternative might have been taxiing from Phoenix to Albuquerque, hoping for cooler air.
Here in Tucson where it’s a few degrees cooler, even desert plants that have evolved to take the heat are shriveling up, ready to throw in the towel. My poor lemon tree, which used to produce so much fruit I was tempted to have a talk with it about birth control, looks ready to drop its unripe lemons and faint dead away.
However, our monsoon season has finally arrived and, even though we haven’t had a real rainy season in more than a dozen years, we are ever hopeful. Sharp-eyed Tucsonans on the east side of town have spotted actual rain clouds and experienced real rain. Those of us on the west side are still waiting. Keep your fingers crossed!
Patricia Forsythe is the author of many romances, both traditionally and electronically published. Her most recent releases are the Oklahoma Girls series. At Odds With The Midwife was released in November 2016, The Husband She Can’t Forget in February 2017, and book three, His Twin Baby Surprise in May 2017. She hopes there will be many more Harlequin Heartwarming books to come.