Pine Lakes Residents NewslettersNewsletters by month and year
We’ve enjoyed a wonderful monsoon season and now it is time to relax and savor the arrival of fall, the colors, the cooler, crisper days, still with enough sunshine to tempt us to walk and hike, and last but not least the spices, foods and drinks that usher in fall and the holiday season.
September brings with it the inevitable realization that summer is coming to an end and soon we will be preparing for fall and winter. We have been fortunate to enjoy a good monsoon season which has helped mitigate our drought conditions a little, and certainly has provided moisture to produce a record crop of weeds.
As we reach August we celebrate the long anticipated arrival of monsoon rains, which we so desperately need to mitigate the fire hazard and replenish our thirsty lakes. It is amazing to see how quickly everything becomes lush and green with the advent of rain. Unfortunately this same green grass will dry out and become a fire hazard when the rains stop.
As we look forward this July 4th to family gatherings, fireworks, cookouts, picnics and other things we were deprived of during the pandemic and now enjoy the opportunity to celebrate together, let us remember how important our freedom is, not just for these events, but in the much broader sense. America has long been viewed as a beacon of hope by those from other nations
It’s hard to believe that we are almost halfway through the year. Time seems to lose some of its meaning when our “Normal”schedules are altered, so it is good to be able to resume some of our regular summer activities. With summer comes the need to be prepared for our ever present fire danger. If we are fortunate enough to receive our desperately needed monsoon rains the danger of lightning strikes will greatly increase causing both lightning caused fires and also fallen trees.
There were no April Showers of any note to bring May flowers, but many of us are thinking about our annual effort to coax flowers into bloom in our somewhat inhospitable soil, and when (or if ) we succeed remembering the times when just as blooms are nearing we find one morning that our plants have become appetizers (or maybe dessert!) for javelinas, deer, or rabbits and are stripped bare.
At last, there seems to be light at the end of the long dark tunnel that was 2020 to many people. As the weather grows more springlike perhaps new residents will be tempted by the gardening bug and start planting. Beware!! We usually get a surprise frost or even snow around the end of April and garden guidelines recommend waiting until Mother’s Day weekend before planing outside.
As we slowly creep towards “normalcy” whatever that may be, the arrival of the COVID vaccine gives hope that the progress of this pandemic and the new mutations can finally be arrested and we can again enjoy the activities we once took for granted and perhaps failed to appreciate fully.
February will hopefully provide a little breathing space to recover from our epic snowfall which may become known as “The Great Snowfall of 2021.” Although the Daily Courier says that our “Snowmageddon” of 2019 was heavier than this one it certainly seems as if we had more snow in this higher elevation this time.
November is a month of thankfulness, first for the sacrifices of our veterans and then for the familiar celebration of Thanksgiving.
As the Fall season progresses we can look back on what was surely the strangest summer many have spent in years. Between the total lack of monsoon rains and the COVID-19 pandemic our normal activities were severely curtailed.