It’s official, Fall is really here. Natives in Phoenix don’t really get to experience Fall like others out in the world, with their pretty leaves and crisp early mornings sipping hot beverages. Our Winter months are like the rest of the world’s Fall months. Except where you all get leaves and eventually bare trees we get a whole lot of cacti.
The way we know it is officially Fall here in the city is by jumping into our pools and getting a big surprise, because it’s cold. That’s our test, the water goes from hot tub warm to too cold. I feel like I am living in a scene from Goldilocks and the three bears.
Seriously though, the water temps change that fast. One day while I was out finishing a table for the couch in our Arizona room, I decided to jump in the pool to cool off. During the day out in the sun, it get’s warm. An Arizona room is just a back room with lots of big windows everywhere to let in sunshine. It’s a place for plants.
As soon as I jumped in I was hit with that “Yep, it’s October everyone”. I am not a big fan of cold temps. Maybe that’s because I was born and raised here in Arizona and we are warm blooded creatures. I did live in Texas and North Dakota for awhile, when I was a little girl, but never had a Winter there. As soon as it got too cold my dad would pack up and head back to Arizona.
To be honest, I would not recommend a pool, too much upkeep. When I was a kid we had an above ground temporary pool. We had so much fun with that during bar-b-ques. Everyone would get in having fun cooling off. We would fill the whole thing up with float toys. There was hardly any room in the pool, so funny.
Then there was the time my dad filled one of my uncle’s old pickup beds with a vinyl liner, then took a garden hose and filled it up with water. That was called a red neck pool I think from a comedian years ago. I remember the first time I heard Jeff Foxworthy say that and I started laughing and turning to my husband said “I had one of those pools”.
I have had just about every kind of pool you can think of. Blow up, plastic, above ground, old pick up bed, and now this giant pool that takes up too much space that would be better as a garden. When ever my husband jumps in he always says “I am turning this into a underground garden or apartment and we will raise fish to eat”. Wonder what non-mercury fish taste like. My favorite pool by far was that home made pool my dad made out of my uncles truck. All the kids piled in and we just sat it in giggling at how silly the whole thing was…it was beautiful. I still get a laugh thinking about that to this day. I wish I had an old photo of that.
So I am done jumping in that pool. Welcome to October everyone. It’s too cold for me now. My husband on the other hand will get in the pool all the way into January. He tolerates cold better then me. Believe me, it is too cold. We don’t heat the pool. There are some people who have heated pools but we are not those people. We try to be frugal with what we spend our money on because we have two children in college. A heated pool is a luxury. Guess I will always be used to those pools in a pick up bed.
Anyway, I forgot to share with you all the new color we painted the block fence. This summer just flew by so fast I forgot to post the end results. Remember my son picked out the color to brighten it up out there. We went from it being black like this. It was nice enough but dark colors heat up fast here in the desert areas.
Now it looks like this.
I finished it before it got too hot out there.
A garden is one of those places that is always changing. Blue is a very calming color too. Everyone took a vote and we all decided on anything blue. I love the color my son picked.
While I was swimming another white feather fell down and floated around me. You know what they say about those white feathers, they are signs your guardian angel is near. I will swim back and forth and where once there was no feather a fresh one shows up every time.
My favorite part out here in the garden is that tree. At one time it was going to be cut down because one of the owners said it caused a lot of mess in the pool. My daughter ran to it and said “No, this is my tree now and I want it to stay.” She was so tiny then that her arms barely fit around the tree. My husband and I both smiled because we both feel the same way about trees. We need more of them. That is our daughter for sure. We would get rid of the pool before that tree. That tree is more popular then that pool.
My son would climb it as soon as he was old enough to reach it and sit up there watching our chickens all day long. On the other side of the pool’s safety fence is where we keep chickens, and our edible garden. There used to be a swing set back there when the kids were little. We have all enjoyed this tree over the years. I don’t mind cleaning up leaves and pollen from it.
A couple months ago I bought some solar fairy lights to hang in it.Now every night when the sun starts to go down, those lights come on. It is very pretty how it reflects off the water. Just floating out there in the pool at night looking up at the tiny stars far away and those little lights hanging down, it’s very beautiful.
After a long day working on up-cyling furniture, there is nothing better then hanging out under a beautiful tree. That’s right, we finished that table that is sitting behind our couch now. This is how this post idea of mine started, jumping in that pool after a long day of hanging out in the sun.
The table is perfect for extra house plants and for Sammy to hang out watching birds. He normally just sits on the couch.
Summer really is over but another beautiful season is back to hang out with us all. Happy Fall everyone.
Update on our friends up north- Rod came out of his emergency heart surgery and is now healing. Thank you everyone so much for your prayers. The doctors and nurses were so kind and did a great job. Rod and Liz still need prayers in Rod’s recovery. They’re such a sweet couple. God bless you all and have a wonderful Sunday where ever you are out there in the world, from all of us at Our Little Red House.