Wednesday, February 1, 2012

embracing the rain.

rain collage 1

We do rain really well here in Washington. In fact, so well I think Washington's motto should be "We do rain really well." And our nickname should be "The Rainy State." (Here a little info on our real motto and nickname, in case you were curious.)

rain collage 2

A lot of us Washingtonians complain and complain about the rain at some point during our rainy season (fall/winter/spring and some summers.) And every time I complain (which is often) I remind myself that all of this lovely rain keeps our grass a nice lush green all year long. You'd think after living here for 38 years I'd be used to the rain. I'm not. I get tired of it just like everybody else. Well, truth be told it's not the rain so much as the dark, cloudy skies that kind of do me in. It didn't bother me as much when I worked. I didn't see the rain and grey skies much because I was stuck in a cubicle, far from windows most of the time. It really started to bother me once I became a stay-at-home-mom. We've got a lot of big windows in our house. And it's amazing how when the clouds roll in and the rain starts the house get pretty darn gloomy. And artificial light just isn't the same. All that said, by the time September rolls around I'm ready for rain. I crave it. Dark clouds, a down-pour, some strong winds - oh, and a little thunder and lightening, which doesn't happen often around here - and I'm in love. Seriously. Whether you love it or hate it, the rain is here to stay, Washingtonians. So we might as well embrace what we do really, really well.

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My friend, Tracey, had a rain post last week. Go check it out. She lives in sunny California.

10 comments:

Michelle said...

Rain is awesome. Your photos are beautiful!!

Tracey said...

I love your rain shots! We haven't had rain since those pictures I took, which is kinda of bad thing bc we are going to be sorry come spring and summer when we are having to ration our water usage! We need the rain!

Naomi said...

Beautiful!

JennD said...

Your rain photos make the rain so much better. :) We do rain really well in Vancouver here as well. But I completely agree with you, it's not the rain that gets you down, it's all the grey.
I'm going to start gardening this year so I'm hoping that will make me appreciate the rain that much more.

Heather M. said...

oh man, these shots are just amazing! i love the rain but we don't get it that often. snow is another story and we certainly do snow well.

Carla said...

I ♥ these photos. So great. Love pics of the rain. Beautiful.

ZeldaMom said...

Beautiful photos, you make rain look very nice.
I hear ya about complaining. I think we all complain about an excess of things, heat, cold, rain, snow, sun, clouds. But what fun would it be if we didn't have the weather to complain about??? My daughter has been in Phoenix for two years and she'll call home with glee in her voice on the few days they have clouds, rain, or it's cool enough that she can wear jeans and a sweatshirt. Being from MN, she's used to a bit different weather than one gets in the desert.

Marvett Smith said...

Gorgeous images! We don't get a ton of rain here. It's pretty much a choice between snow and sun. Not much in between. Too bad because I love the rain!

I'm Veronica said...

beautiful series of the rain.I need to learn to embrace the gloomy days I guess.

Shawntae said...

So I came to comment on the post you made today, but I couldn't find a comment section on that post. BTW I love all these rain pics!

Anyway, I'm sorry to read that you've been down lately. I sure hope you're able to pull out of it quickly, but I know it's hard sometimes. Have you ever gotten around to reading the book I think we talked about once before... by Eckhart Tolle called A New Earth? The book has helped me so much in so many ways. One thing that really sticks out that he says in the book (one of many)..“What a liberation to realize that the “voice in my head” is not who I am. Who am I then? The one who sees that.”

I'm so glad you didn't delete everything! :)