This year we’ve had a lot a snow, and ice. Not as much as a lot of the country, but more than we usually get in Durham, NC.
In 2006 we moved to Palm Springs, CA for a couple of years. We had two winters there.
Now in January I sometimes miss the smell of citrus in the air. In Palm Springs the orange, lemons, limes, and grapefruit trees are full of fruit this time of year. In our yard we had a small orange tree and a beautiful lemon tree. I used to pick lemons every day during the winter. I’d make fresh lemonade, I’d cook with them, clean with them, and I’d simply have bowls of lemons sitting around my house for the beauty and the smell.
I remember when our small orange tree produced its first orange, Stuart and I split it. It was so juicy. I was so thrilled to be eating an orange that I picked from our own yard. (Stuart grew up in Tucson, so this concept was not as new to him, but he would get so tickled with me.)
We also had this beautiful tree in our yard that they locals called Fairy Dusters.
Here’s a typical sunset seen from our yard:
Living in Palm Springs gave me a great appreciation for warm winters. It was interesting though, you could get on the Palm Springs Arial Tramway to go up Mount San Jacinto (2,643 ft elevation to the station at the top). It would be in the high 70’s and when you got on the Tram in Palm Springs but by the time you reached the top it would be snowing. It was amazing. It really gave you an appreciation of just how different the climate in the world is, in just a few minutes you could go from the desert to a freezing mountain top.
Cold weather to me means 1. more Meniere’s attacks. 2. more Migraines. 3. more general aches and pains (I have simply broken too many bones.) 4. my nose runs all the time. 5. I get a cough. 6. I see more mucus than I ever want. 7. I have to run the humidifier because the heat dries me out. 8. I get grumpy….well, even more grumpy than usual.
Oh I could go on I’m sure….I simply do not like the cold. (*insert here – “bitch, bitch, bitch”*) Because that’s what I would say if I heard someone else go on and on about this. : )
Are you one of those people who just couldn’t live without seeing the snow each year? Who love the cold? Or are you like me – to heck with that! I want a warm winter! Or worse than that….are you one of those who are actually having a warm winter right now? (really I won’t hate you…but I will envy you.)
* A note about living in Palm Springs.*
Palm Springs, is a little different from actually living in the desert. It has plenty of water. They water the grass there all the time. They have no water shortage. I still think it is such a waste. There are more than 125 gold courses in the Palm Springs area (this includes the surrounding towns). All the water they use to keep those gold courses green it made it humid there all the time. We lived in the desert, yet it was humid. So in the summers when it was 125F, it was still humid out. That’s why most of the residents are “snow birds”. Many of the businesses shut down in the summer. Even some of the churches close in the summer. The summers were like living in a ghost town…..a very, very hot ghost town.