Desert Living, Life Styles

Hot Time, Summer in the Verdes

Happy Fourth of July!  Out here in Arizona, I guess you could say everyday is some variation of a summer day.  But the Fourth is a guaranteed hot one.  Our summer days make us dream a little bit about our youth “up North”, wherever that is for you.  Consistent 100 degree days greet us by the end of May, and do not leave until we are well into October.  By time Fourth of July hits, we also start to deal with the Monsoon season.  Humidity that was ridiculously low in the 3-7% range soars to the 40% range.  Now I know, if you are back in the east or mid-west, 40% is a dry day.  But it isn’t 108 degrees and no shade to be found along with the 40%.  It’s hot baby!

So what can you do when it is that hot?  The pool is an option, but even the water in the pool becomes swampy warm by July.  I guess we will have to golf! Continue reading

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Desert Living, Life Styles

The mighty Saguaro cactus. Plant of many uses.

Standing tall!

Standing tall!

When visiting Arizona for the first time anyone spotting a saguaro cactus will want to pull the car over and start taking pictures.  Often the sign of the American desert, it’s the cactus that can best be described as a big tall green cactus that looks like it is being held up in a robbery.  Stick ’em up!  In real life or a Roadrunner cartoon, the artist knows that nothing says desert like a saguaro cactus.

When watching a western movie, if you see a saguaro in the background you know the cowboy is either in one of two places:  The Sonoran desert in Mexico, or in Arizona.  The cactus only grow here, so anyone saying they are in Oklahoma riding the range with the cactus is pulling one over on you!  Sort of like when Thelma and Louise were riding through Oklahoma on a freeway with California road signs on it. Continue reading

Desert Living, Life Styles, Selling your home

Stage your homes outdoor space for great Arizona living

Staging your home for sale?  In the Verdes our outdoor space needs to be staged as well.  We are fortunate to have comfortable low humidity and bug free evenings, so outdoor living areas are a vital part of your property.  Buyers moving here want to see themselves not only in your house, but on your back patio as well!

You don’t have to have a knockout view or a pool to have an inviting outdoor space: Continue reading

Large Christmas ornaments decorate a Cactus in the yard
Desert Living, Life Styles

Desert Christmas

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Christmas in the desert is a little different.  White  Christmas is a pipe dream!  More like putting out luminaries and plunking a Santa hat on a tall skinny cactus.  Santa himself was seen out for a bike ride, no wonder presents were late this year.  The media is blaming UPS and FedEx, but with this evidence of Santa goofing off on Christmas eve, we know the real story.  A sled?  How about a golf cart!  Mexican food is a great Christmas eve tradition too!