Oh the rain! I was sure a few weeks ago when we were basking in the sunshine and summer temperatures is was karma for us Portlanders. Karma for our weathering it out through the grey skies day in and day out every fall, winter and spring. Karma for being such excellent recyclers and having great bike lanes. I at least thought is was well deserved after the last few summers which more closely resembled Alaskan summers than the summers I remember here as a girl (normally we get long dry summers, for real it's true - or it was). I was so sure that this was it, summer was here to stay.
But it was a tease and the rain and cold has been back with a vengeance the last couple weeks. I have been too busy and house bound with work to complain much. But now that my deadline is staring me down at eye-level I am realizing that even when I am stuck in my house and I know it's nice outside I am more productive and creative, have more energy and a more positive outlook (a little more "I can do this!" than "wah wah" and "meh"). I am no gardener but having a little garden of veggies and a few pots of flowers to care for feels really mediative and purposeful in the way sweeping rainy debris off my floor does not. Working outside in the shade with a warm breeze makes the work load feel lighter. Taking a walk in the evening is always a bit magical and tires out my boys. And I really miss seeing all the flowers blooming! All the peonies are sadly resting heavy from the rain on the ground and other flowers that started to grow and bloom have given up. Sun, where are you?? Please come back.
Hope you all get some sunshine this weekend! (I am officially waiting for the next 7-day forecast to see if there is more sun in our future.)