Reporting winter in the desert

I am writing this on New Years Eve after watching the local news from Las Vegas.

A view from my front door. December 31

A view from my front door. December 31

Here in our little town of Mesquite Nevada it is winter.

The weather report included a snow warning of “trace” amounts, while the traffic report showed street cameras with a few flakes in the air.  The TV anchors interviewed medical personnel about  hypothermia!

So how cold is it going to be? : A Low of 27 degrees.

To put this in perspective, my husband and I have just driven back from a Christmas week trip to Colorado. As we drove into Denver along I-70 we  hit a winter storm.

Heading home on I-70

Heading home on I-70

Luckily my husband is retired from Federal Express and has some serious skills when it comes to driving in poor weather conditions.  We made it, but it was not fun.

 Most of the week the temperatures during the day were below 20. Yesterday in Colorado it was 22 degrees BELOW zero!

The lesson in this experience  for me is:    Be aware of the larger world and grateful for every blessing.

Photo taken by Rachel Greiman

Photo taken by Rachel Greiman

I may be feeling cold here in the desert but I am not a homeless person in a Denver park and  I am not a single mother with young children in a drafty mobile home near the Wyoming border. I am not a person living off Social Security wondering if they will be able to pay the heating bill.

I have a warm and wonderful home that I share with the man I love. My children have grown into responsible and loving adults.

I am so lucky!

As a way to count my blessings I have donated to the Denver Rescue Mission this season.