Merry Christmas and….yes….it does snow in Phoenix.


January or February 1980s
There is a mountain range you cannot see behind the trees in the background.

In the almost 60 years I've lived in Phoenix, it has snowed twice that I can remember. I'm not counting the few other times where there was a very light flurry that melted as soon as it hit the ground. I'm talking about when we actually got about an inch or two of snow and it stayed several hours. This is a very rare occasion. Everyone usually goes nuts running outside, taking pictures or just standing there with their arms outstretched and mouth open.

The swimming pool below was not frozen at all and the water was warmer than the snow because I think we were heating it at the time. I'm not sure of the exact date of these two photos, sometime in the 1980s, and I do remember it snowing on Valentine's Day one year, also in the 80s. That was during the evening, however, while I was driving somewhere. I couldn't believe all the cars pulling into parking lots and people getting out of their cars to watch the snow.

Merry Christmas from me:
Self portrait on 15 ft scroll done with black felt tip marker, 2006

Detail of tree, bird and box of chocolates on scroll
The above scroll could be 60 to 100 feet long, I'm not sure, because I've never unrolled the entire thing. It is a five foot tall roll of butcher paper, used to wrap meat. Not sure how I got it. I will not continue drawing on it with felt tip marker because it bleeds through the paper. I must find another type of pen or marker that won't do that. But then, what the heck will I do with a 100 foot long scroll of drawings?
:heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :love: :love: :flirt: :flirt: :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart:
May you all be blessed with health, happiness, peace, love and serenity.
A very peaceful scene on the way up north one year.

About pam

I am retired from real 9 to 5 jobs. I do my artwork and occasionally write poetry. In September 2010, I moved to Fargo, ND after spending 60 years in Phoenix, Arizona. Now, five years later, July 2015, I'm back in Arizona. And yes, I love the heat!
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111 Responses to Merry Christmas and….yes….it does snow in Phoenix.

  1. I_ArtMan says:

    fold it like an accordion until it's small enough to pin to the wall. then as you finish each section, refold. that would be easy. 🙂

  2. derWandersmann says:

    Make a big pustaka? Not the worst idea.I had a buddy who put himself through college by doing signs for local merchants to tape up in their windows … you've seen 'em … supermarkets, sale signs, etc. … kinda like big showcards, but on paper rather than card stock.His arrangement was a bench with a big ol' spindle thingy at one end that held a roll of paper similar to yours. He'd pull out what he needed, dash off the sign on the bench, then trim it off and stack it to dry. Then back to the bench, pull out some more paper, and go at the next sign. Not too shabby, and he made good money that way. And … sometimes he needed a banner-type sign, so he set up a receiver spindle-thingy at the other end of the bench and wound up the finished sign as he worked on the next section.And … OK, I assume you're using solvent-based markers, from what you've said, and from your description, I'd eschew the use of water … the stuff appears to have very poor water-handling qualities. So you're stuck with dry media … and that includes the markers. Wetting with a solvent isn't the same at all as wetting with water. Paper is manufactured from a water slurry of cellulose fibres, and the bleed-through of the solvent-based markers will do it no harm whatever.Hope this helps.

  3. debplatt says:

    I don't think she's concerned so much with the marker bleeding through the roll as the ink bleeding horizontally, so a line doesn't stay a line but becomes a blobby thing.

  4. PainterWoman says:

    Originally posted by I_ArtMan:

    fold it like an accordion

    Never thought of that Scott. I'll think about it. Originally posted by derWandersmann:

    Wetting with a solvent isn't the same at all as wetting with water

    dW: Haven't tried any solvent yet. I may experiment on a small section to see what happens. Originally posted by debplatt:

    so a line doesn't stay a line but becomes a blobby thing

    Yes, with this piece, I like the line work and hope to keep it that way.

  5. derWandersmann says:

    The markers are solvent-based, according to your description.

  6. PainterWoman says:

    Thanks dW. You're right. Just looked up Sharpie markers on Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharpie_(marker)I used them with various tip points. It says in Wiki that "the ink is based on propanol, butanol and diacetone alcohols". Also read somewhere to NOT use them for writing on CDs because it will damage the information.

  7. edwardpiercy says:

    w00t! Snow. You are so lucky!Merry Christmas, Pam. I hope you will be able to attend some pleasant gathering or such. :up:

  8. PainterWoman says:

    Thanks bunches Ed. We are all gathering at my ex's house. He's actually making the turkey. I'm cooking ham, baked beans and green bean casserole. I'm off to the store to get a cherry pie just because I have a hankering for it. I'll more than likely get a few other things too. Hope you and your mom have a wonderful and peaceful Christmas.

  9. SqueakeyCat says:

    prettyi have a friend that lives in Arizona as well, and he hardly ever sees snow

  10. BabyJay99 says:

    Merry Xmas Lady Pam and to all :heart:

  11. 1bluebox says:

    we got our snow, sleet, ice, and the meltdown is going to take well into this evening. this morning the melted snow puddles have turned into black ice. good thing i didn't have to show up at work at 5 am (as usual)! so here i am, me and my dogs; sipping on a good old glass of water (cause that's what the doctor told me to drink) visiting some of my favorite bloggers. i watched the sun come up and shine on the snow in the back yard. the birds are flying about, so it isn't too terribly cold. the wind was calm until the sun arose. now the wind does blow out of the southeast. better wear an extra layer of socks today, because if my feet get cold the rest of me stays that way too!

  12. PainterWoman says:

    Originally posted by SqueakeyCat:

    pretty

    Thanks Kim. If I drive an hour or two north on I-17, I'll see plenty of snow, especially in Flagstaff. They've been getting lots.Originally posted by BabyJay99:

    Merry Xmas Lady Pam

    Thanks Lea. Merry Christmas to you too.Originally posted by 1bluebox:

    if my feet get cold the rest of me stays that way too!

    Same here, plus I always wear an extra blouse or shirt because if my neck and shoulders get cold, that's when I start shivering. I'm glad you didn't have to work today. *************************Merry Christmas all***************************

  13. PainterWoman says:

    Thank you very much Nevin. :happy: :heart:

  14. thesamanyolu says:

    :wizard: :jester: :yes: :love: :up: :drunk: :wizard: :drunk: :wizard: :hat: :jester: :hat: :jester: :heart: 🙂 :love: 😆 😉

  15. thesamanyolu says:

    Pam, you all be blessed with health, happiness, peace, love and serenity.Dostluğumuzun yeni yılda da devamını diliyorum. Sana ve ailene sağlık, huzur, mutluluk dolu nice yeni yıllar temenni ederim. Yeni yıl, Dünyamıza, dostluk, barış, huzur, sıhhat ve güven dolu bir yaşam getirsin. :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart:

  16. thesamanyolu says:

    :coffee: :coffee: :love: :yes:

  17. toridei says:

    I wish there's snow in my back yard he he….. anyways just like to stop by and wish all of u good folks from Operaland a happy, joyful, and warm Christmas to you and ur family.@cloudeb: could you send me some of ur snow he he 😆

  18. Suntana says:

    Merry Christmas, Pam!So … how did the "Silly Boy" behave? 😆

  19. bãO says:

    I've never seen snow in my whole life.Look like you've been living in a wonderland.:)

  20. PainterWoman says:

    Originally posted by toridei:

    I wish there's snow in my back yard

    Stefan, I'd wish it for once a year maybe because it would be so surprising and fun on Christmas Day. But I'm not sure I could live somewhere that had blizzard after blizzard all winter long and had snow built up several feet. I'll be posting a photo my daughter just sent me from North Dakota.

  21. PainterWoman says:

    Originally posted by Suntana:

    how did the "Silly Boy" behave?

    😆 He behaved fine Carlos. He was actually quite jolly. We had a good time yesterday and watched a favorite family classic on tv: A Christmas Story. I just love that.

  22. PainterWoman says:

    Originally posted by bãO:

    Look like you've been living in a wonderland

    Thu, it looked like a wonderland for only a few hours. It usually never snows in my city. Both my daughters live where it snows a lot every winter. I'll be posting a photo soon that one sent me today after two recent snow storms.

  23. 1bluebox says:

    just come on down here (or up here) we'll be getting the stuff again towards mid- to end-of-week. oh boy so much fun! NOT, because i had plans to go camping over new year's …. such is life take it as it is one day at a time. i'll be looking forward to your ND post pam. you can bet if we're gonna get the weather, so will your daughter. :pingu:

  24. wickedlizard says:

    Wow! Beautiful! Hope you had a lovely Christmas! Hugs! 😉

  25. PainterWoman says:

    Originally posted by 1bluebox:

    you can bet if we're gonna get the weather, so will your daughter.

    Deborah, I always forget where you are.Originally posted by wickedlizard:

    Hope you had a lovely Christmas! Hugs!

    Thanks Issy. I sure did and hugs right back at ya!

  26. Suntana says:

    Originally posted by PainterWoman:

    😆 He behaved fine Carlos. He was actually quite jolly. We had a good time yesterday and watched a favorite family classic on tv: A Christmas Story. I just love that.

    Well, that's Good News and Bad News.The Good News is you didn't have to deal with a scene.The Bad News is you missed out on having material to write a Post about how you had to send a Daisy Dukes-wearing Maid home and put a grown Man Silly Boy in the corner for a Timeout. :jester:

  27. kentsopera says:

    Who is that new, dreamy or thoughtful lady on my friends. Oh!It's Pam The Painter Woman, traveling incognito for New Years maybe. Well, whatever the reason, HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and Arizona. Right now, the theme appears to be, KEEP SHOVELING!Regards from snowy Norway,Kent

  28. I_ArtMan says:

    intriguing picture; your new avatar pam, i really like that expression. :happy:

  29. PainterWoman says:

    Originally posted by Suntana:

    The Bad News is you missed out on having material to write a Post about how you had to send a Daisy Dukes-wearing Maid home and put a grown Man Silly Boy in the corner for a Timeout.

    Carlos! 😆 For one thing, she wasn't there. AND you don't put Italian men into timeout. But the visual of it made me laugh.

  30. PainterWoman says:

    Originally posted by kentsopera:

    Who is that new, dreamy or thoughtful lady

    Originally posted by I_ArtMan:

    intriguing picture; your new avatar pam

    Kent and Scott, this is a painting from a few years ago. I decided I wanted more color against the black background I am using now. Pictures seem to stand out more against the black and I really like it. The reference for this painting was a perfume ad with a model with very long hair. I really liked the pose. I gave her very short hair and kind of put my face in it. The weather in Phoenix, Arizona has been wonderful. Sunny and in the high 50s during the day and low 40s at night. Nice walking weather.

  31. kentsopera says:

    Thanks for the explanation Pam, it does show nicely, regarding the picture. Did you have to rub it in about your 40-50 F weather, I'm standing here in a meter of snow – that is 39.37 inches or 3+ inches over a yard, but who is counting. Wednesday we are expecting -20 C or -4 F, but to cold to snow. Send some warm on the Gulf Stream, would'cha hah! Brrr! I'm fed up with shoveling and the season has just started.A Happy Healthy New Year to you and yours, Pam!

  32. PainterWoman says:

    Kent, in a couple of weeks, I will be visiting my pregnant daughter and her husband again in North Dakota. They are experiencing much the same weather as you. Tomorrow I will post two photos she took looking outside to her deck and yard. It will be quite an experience for me. A Happy and Healthy New Year to you too.

  33. toridei says:

    LOVE ur new profile pic…the color is so nice 🙂

  34. PainterWoman says:

    Thank you Stefan.

  35. kentsopera says:

    Oh boy, North Dakota, brrrr! Welcome to Winter life Pam and for those of you who live the life tropic, do not forget your: woolies, gloves, hats, ear muffs, boots, sweaters, flannels to cover everything, muffs for anything else. Just a precautionary check list. You can leave the bikini, shorts, T-shirts, cotton jeans and shirts at home. The only useful article of common use in both environments is Sunglasses, which will help against glare, but useless in snow. Also, for those tropic troops who either do not eat breakfast or eat light, you're strongly encouraged to "pig-out" for breakfast: Oatmeal, Eggs and bacon and/or sausages, home fried potatoes, toast, 2 cups coffee or tea. I'm sure my pal from Michigan, Captivevet – Tyler, would say a big rig trucker's meal. Let it settle before going out in the frigid cold, so as not to cramp. The old body needs the energy for keeping warm and functioning in the cold. Jus try'in ta hep!Most of all enjoy your trip to your family and be careful out there.Regards,Kent

  36. pthhieubilly says:

    happy holiday 🙂 :hat:

  37. 1bluebox says:

    i'm in central west texas pam. the north dokatans live up there in the plains. a bit too cold for this old bird!happy new years my friend.it is only 25 degrees with the wind chill right now.

  38. PainterWoman says:

    Originally posted by 1bluebox:

    i'm in central west texas

    Deb, I was thinking you were in Texas. I've got two other Opera friends in Texas, Linda (L2D2) and Carlos (Suntana), except I think Linda has changed her L2D2 to something else. Can't think of what it is. Brrrr….25's cold but I'll be in for colder in two weeks on my trip. It gets down to the low 40s at night in Phoenix. We did have about a week of mid 30s at night. So many people cover their plants but I don't.

  39. L2D2 says:

    Hi Pam, it's me, formerly known as L2D2 till Opera changed me to Linda, so now I am what you see here and may be someone else till OC gets their s— together and quit messing with stuff. If I had wanted to be Linda, I would have put that as my username. Phhhht!

  40. PainterWoman says:

    Originally posted by kentsopera:

    do not forget your: woolies, gloves, hats, ear muffs, boots, sweaters, flannels to cover everything, muffs for anything else.

    I won't forget to take them with me on my visit Kent. If I can't fit it in my small carry on luggage, my daughter will have loads of stuff for me to wear. Only thing I don't have are ear muffs. Used to have a really pretty turquoise pair. Will go look for some before I go.

  41. L2D2 says:

    Pam Chuck and I both have been having nightmares trying to get blog designs to install. It has driven me almost to drink and cuss. I think I have finally found out how to deal with it though. Finally got my new year design to install, and Chuck had good luck using my method, also.

  42. PainterWoman says:

    Hi Linda. I saw that you and a few other people had name changes. At first didn't realize it was because of Opera. Kinda strange. And that was really weird what happened when you tried to change your header theme. In any event, meet Deborah (1bluebox) who lives in west Texas.

  43. L2D2 says:

    Hi Deborah, where in West Texas do you live? I have seen you around as 1blueblox, but didn't know your name till Opera decided to put what name we used on our profile when we filled it out. We can get our user names back if we go into profile and change the name there to the user name.

  44. PainterWoman says:

    I wonder why mine didn't change.

  45. derWandersmann says:

    Drinkin' an' cussin' ain't so bad … it might not fix nothin', but it lets ya vent. Sometimes blastin' a few rounds out the back door helps, too.

  46. FIFINELEB says:

    7TRUE.COM

    May all your wishes come true,Pam.

  47. NLDH says:

    Love your avatar :love: Is it the painting of you? ^^

  48. PainterWoman says:

    Jean and Kim: Happy New Year to you too! LD: Yes, the avatar is me. I got the pose from a perfume ad, then gave the model really short hair and changed her face to try and make it look like me. I didn't look in the mirror while painting it. It was just done from memory so it isn't exact.

  49. Zulia says:

    BEAUTIFUL PICTURE AND BEAUTIFUL DRAWINGS!!!!i love it Pam!!!!HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU TOOOOO!!!!!!! (((hugs)))))

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