We had the hottest, driest and most awesomest summer this year. And, when it was still dry and 84 degrees in late September I remember telling myself that we got our share. That we can't complain. Summer had come and gave us a massive piece of it's scorching hot pie this year, so when the rains finally arrived it would feel right. It would be time. Our crust of earth was due.
And now they're here.
Soaking rain, gusting winds, power outages and fallen trees have smacked us all upside the head, and just like any good Oregonian would do, we turn indoors and bunker down knowing the rains have just begun.
With the warm shelters to protect us, we all go into a bit of hibernation. Soups are simmered, movies get watched, and needlepoint projects show their faces again. We hunker down and stay busy with indoor to-do lists. It's only been a few weeks since the weather turned and I've already cooked stew (twice), made several bundt cakes, painted my entire downstairs and caught up on all of my favorite tv shows.
It's nice to have every reason to ignore the unrelenting duties of yardwork right now. The leaves will need tending to, but all the late summer watering and lawn care has faded into the past. Our lawn had been a dry patch of parched earth not four short weeks ago. Now look at it.
I remember when I moved to Idaho for college and attended church services for the first time. Over the pulpit some sweet Idahoan had prayed for moisture much to my shock. It was the first time I had ever heard someone pray for rain/snow. In Oregon we pray for sun.
My mom told me that when she lived in Southern California she used to go to the garden store and buy moss. Can you imagine? Moss is my mortal enemy half the year.
I know that if you live in the desert or a more barren climate the idea of rain is sweet and beautiful. I understand. We always want what we don't have and we always take for granted what we do receive. So for you who want rain, I hope and pray you get it. For us who get it by the bucket full, I hope and pray we can survive it.