It's February now and we've had some perfect days after a bout of VERY cold weather in early January. For six days we had temps in the low 20's. We covered Fred, the saguaro with a tall dish pack left over from our move and used other boxes to protect the Mexican fencepost and other small cacti we've planted. On top of the cold we had wind for several days which had me scurrying to replace blown off boxes. Needless to say we were glad when temps rose again to more normal ranges! Glad I thought to do some heavy watering before the cold snap. Now the temps at night are in low 50's or high 40's, daytime hovers around 65-70...perfect for hiking.
Another winter visitor has been the Cooper's Hawk who has landed in the Palo Verde in the front yard, sitting like a statue, waiting for his chance. So far I have not seen him catch anyone but he is beautiful and stately, and welcome, despite the smaller birds fright..
The coyotes are pairing as well, I've noticed. Our dog loves them or at least loves to chase them--think he wants a playmate but of course they ignore him and go on their way.
Our cat has taken to climbing up the wooden posts outside to get on the roof. This wouldn't be a problem except she needs a ladder to get down--we are looking into a traditional wooden one that will add to the appearance rather than the aluminum extension ladder that sits at the ready...today we stopped in at Borderlands, a Mexican import store that has funky painted furniture. As well as discussing the ladder we found a corner cabinet for our bathroom that was cheap and perfect...
And the best news of all is that it's becoming warm enough again in the evenings to sit out with a glass of wine--something I've missed. All in all it still feels like a vacation spot and I hope I never take it for granted.