We are getting a taste of what it's like to live in Arizona year-round with hot temps in the summertime.
But it's only mid-April! And already the temps have been in the 90s (mid- to high 90s) and this weekend and through early next week - 100 and 102 degrees.
We will return to Minnesota the end of April and might think about leaving early except they just had snow in Minnesota. Snow! Schools were closed in Chisholm, north of where we live, due to blowing snow and ice.
It's a crazy weather year, for sure.
Our little tabletop cactus is blooming, proving nothing stops a cactus from forging ahead on schedule.
Most of the ground cacti have finished blossoming now. But the trees have flowered and are full of pink and red blooms. So beautiful lining the roads as you drive down the street.
Snowbirds have returned to their summer homes now, and it appears we are among the last holdouts to leave. It's awfully quiet on our street.
So another week or so and we'll pack the Jeep, load Catrina, the cat, into the back seat and start our 2,000-mile journey home, saying goodbye to Arizona and its heat, and eagerly await the sight of our children and grandchildren's smiling faces.
That's the thought that keeps us going mile after mile to our home destination.