These are random musings of my life journey, the people, animals, places, and events which have woven, and continue to weave, a tapestry that is me. We all know there is no real destination, only the ongoing experiences which blend together, creating the trail. Each step gives a glimpse of what is to come, without allowing me to see the end result. It is exciting. I have a home base that is mine, that gives me a place to rest. This is it. This is where my heart is, no matter where I journey...................

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Great Weather, Sun Tea, and A Palmetto Tree

Today's weather has been awesome! It is 77 degrees out there right now, at nearly 5:00. I have enjoyed the gentle temperature and slight breeze I have had all day.

On someone's blog I made a comment about the amount of sunshine we have here in New Mexico. Then I couldn't remember the information I've looked up before about how many days a year the sun actually shines, so I looked it up again. Here is what I found:

"SUNSHINE – Plentiful sunshine occurs in New Mexico, with from 75 to 80 percent of the possible sunshine being received. In winter, this is particularly noticeable with from 70 to 75 percent of the possible sunshine being received. It is not uncommon for as much as 90 percent of the possible sunshine to occur in November and in some of the spring months. The average number of hours of annual sunshine ranges from near 3,700 in the southwest to 2,800 in the north-central portions."

I assume this is figured on an average of 12 hours of daylight each day for the year. that would mean a potential of 4,380 hours if the sun shone every single hour of "daylight." The previous information I had referred to number of days per year that were considered to be "sunny" or "mostly sunny." I seem to recall the figure being around 285 of the 365 being "sunny," and that is 78%, so I suppose I'm close on that. Whatever ... today has been 100% sunny and glorious!

At any rate, I made the first jar of "sun tea" for the season at Mariposa. And it tastes wonderful! I'm enjoying my second glass now.

Oh, wow! The UPS guy just pulled into the driveway and beeped his horn. I love that! Out here in the rural areas, they do that to let you know they are on the property. I went to the deck wondering which of my mail-ordered goodies had arrived, and I chatted with him a few minutes without even looking at the box. He remarked that I'm doing well at clearing the boxes from the deck (Yay! It is noticeable!!) and that he is bringing me more. I replied that it's OK, that I don't know which of my "goodies" it is, but certainly one that I'm expecting. He looked at the box and said, "What are you expecting from (first name)?" I was highly surprised! Nothing I'd ordered, and I wasn't sure who (first name) is, anyway. I know several people by that name.

Well, the UPS guy took off, with another toot of the horn, I picked up the box, and . . . What? It was a box from Patti-Cakes!!! (First name) on the return address is her husband's name on the return address sticker!! I ripped into the package and found:

A beautiful stone with a palmetto tree, the official state tree of South Carolina. As Patti says, now I can always have a reminder at my new home of my friend in Carolina. I love it! Those colors are just beautiful. Thank you, Patti!! I'm looking around now, trying to decide where it will hang. I'll take another picture when it is in it's new home.

Ahhh. Lovely weather, yummy iced tea, kind friends sending thoughtful presents. Isn't life good?


  1. Awww, that was so sweet of Patticake. How cool. Glad you are enjoying some sunny days. It's the usual cloudy spring here in Kansas City. Gee, aren't you glad you moved.

  2. Caroline - Yes, isn't it? Wait till you see it! It is SO pretty!

    LOL! You know very well I'm not missing the KC weather! God, it is gorgeous here!! You gotta come visit!!! Now would be good, while you're not working! ;-)

  3. Ooooh sun tea!

    What a sweetheart, sending you such a lovely gift!

  4. i want a present. that sure was very nice of her. have yourself a great day. i went to bed early last night so i woke up at 4 a.m. and got on the computer. is that nuts or what?

  5. Whew, I was sweating and not from the heat. Stacy is my UPS guy and I threatened him bodily harm if that thing arrived broken! I am so glad you like it. I thought it was beautiful also.
    Wow you guys get alot of sun but you also get snow... maybe I need to move!

  6. Burg - Yum, yes, it was/is good! Patti is really a dear, isn't she?

    Mrhaney - Patti is a special person, isn't she? MrH, you gotta do something about your sleep habits! You're gonna wear out! Take it easy.

    Patti - LOL! Rest easy, and give The Man a hug! It arrived fine! I'm going to enjoy having that around here, for sure!

    Yes we do get a lot of sunshine. I have SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and being in the midwest was killing me. Honestly, in my opinion we have the most ideal weather in the world. Lots of sunshine, enough snow, mountains and high desert. I love it here.

  7. Mmmmmm, sun tea. . . the makings of a perfect summer.

  8. Sun tea and gifts!!! Life couldn't be better!! I LOVE palm trees!! That piece is just gorgeous.

  9. That was so sweet. What a beautiful and thoughtful gift. You are blessed indeed.

  10. Ragged - Yes, it is. Feels good to be so near.

    GD - Perfect day!

    Pepper - Yes, indeed, I am.


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