First monsoon activity of the year. (Desert tortoise update!)

Our desert is a flashy drama queen in the summers, and it never fails to delight me. Late this afternoon we had a sudden burst of weather, classic Arizona: dramatic wind and blowing dust with thunder, lighting, and rain all at once, the humidity pushing the heat down into the upper-90’s. The rain really started pouring down a minute after I got home – fortunate timing for me – and that was when I looked out and saw Geronimo walking across the yard. I’m convinced that few creatures on Earth are happier than desert tortoises in the summer rain.

So of course I took a few pic to share with you.

Rain parade!

As usual, Geronimo took me on a tour of the backyard. He always does this as if I’ve never seen the place before.

Where are we going, Geronimo?
Snacks.
Fresh flower snacks!
Dried flower snacks!
DRINKS ARE ON ME.
(He wears a crushed flower poultice on his mouth like lipstick.)

My beautiful boy.

I missed you last week, friends. Stuff happened, mainly a water heater leak that flooded my laundry room. I’ve since managed to clean up completely in the aftermath, and now I can take pleasure in going out to the laundry room to admire my shiny new water heater. This has to be it for a while, though! Sheesh.

I love my house, but it’s old, you know? Things happen. It’s normal.

May this find you enjoying a peaceful Friday eve, or whatever it is where you are.

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