March 1st was the first day of Meteorological spring in the northern hemisphere, and here in Spokane, the temps were in the balmy mid-50s (Fahrenheit) all week. Not much rain, but I do have some rainy-day pics from my archives to share for the theme today.
An abstract view of a downpour in our backyard in Sacramento.
Since mid-December when we made the move to Spokane, Washington from Northern California, we’ve experienced snow, clouds, and sun, but oddly no rain. As if to kick us out of California, the rain came in force as we packed the last of our belongings into the truck the morning we pulled out. We hadn’t seen rain in months.
“Rain, rain go away, come again another day.”Old English nursery rhyme
In winter and spring, 2017, the California drought ended with three months of much-needed rainy weather. As the saying goes, “when it rains, it pours.”
Another abstract view of a rain/hail mix from my archives.
I kick myself for not taking some pics of my grand-niece and nephew jumping in melted snow puddles two weeks ago when we took a walk. The colorful pink boots splashing in the bright reflective puddle is the visual I will leave you with and help from Pixabay free photos to make the point.
A rain/snow mix in downtown Couer D’Alene, Idaho.
In January 2018, we traveled to the Big Island of Hawaii and stayed on the Hilo side, one of the rainiest cities in the US boasting 130 inches a year. It pretty much rains every day, but sometimes only during the night. We toured the rainforest (while it rained) as evidenced by hubby donning his rain slicker, as we walked through the Thurston lava tube.
“Thurston lava tube also known as Nāhuku, is the most easily accessible of the lava tubes on the Big Island and is one of the main attractions of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.https://www.lovebigisland.com/activities-to-do/lava-tubes/
With all that rain, there is not only the after-effect of drenching the Earth but also the beauty of enjoying a walk in the rain or shortly after a rain shower. In Hilo, this Morning Glory close-up shows the simple beauty of droplets.
In my former front yard in Sacramento, I enjoyed seeing the delicate, luminous raindrops on my rosebushes.
“Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.”John Updike
I hope you enjoyed my depictions of rainy days. The floral images are shared for Cees Flower of the Day. Let’s switch gears and enjoy a coffee chat:
If we were having coffee today…
…I would tell you that significant progress was made on the house this week. You can see by our happy faces that we are thrilled with this progress.
The skirting around the foundation was closed up and the contractor leveled all the excavated soil. The half-acre lot looks huge again in this view of the backyard below! Unlike most manufactured homes which tend to be built higher off the ground, our contractor chose to excavate deeper so we only have one or two steps into the doors of the home. We will appreciate fewer steps up and down in a few years!
Since rain is the theme and has to do with water, we started the application process and paid a substantial construction fee to our public utility company (water). I’m told they will install the water meter next week. Now the septic can get started and more interior work continues.
Please feel free to join Natalie the Explorer for her weekend coffee share.
Sunday Stills Photo Challenge Reminders
- Please create a new post for the theme or link a recent one.
- Title your blog post a little differently than mine.
- Don’t forget to create a pingback to this post so that other participants can read your post. I also recommend adding your post’s URL into the comments.
- Entries for this theme can be shared all week.
- Use hashtag #SundayStills for sharing on social media.
Sunday Stills is a wonderful community of bloggers and photographers who desire to connect with one another. Each week I will share the links from the previous week’s post so you can continue to meet and support each other. And with that…please visit last week’s views of a white-washed world.
- Always Write
- Artistic Pension
- Beautiful Photographs
- Bushboy’s World
- Cats and Trails and Garden Tales
- Cee’s Photo Challenges
- A Day in the Life
- Denyse Whelan Blogs
- Easin’ Along Image in Comments
- Frost on the Moose Dung
- Geriatrix Fotogallerie
- Graham’s Island
- Hugh’s Views and News Image in Comments
- Jacquie Biggar Author
- NEW LifeLessons
- Light Write Life
- Musin’ With Susan
- Natalie the Explorer
- Now At Home
- Photos By Jez
- Pictures Without Film
- Priorhouse Blog
- Retirement Reflections
- NEW Sustainabilitea
- The Bloggler
- The Day After
- The Unretired Life
- Travel with Me
- Troyers Loving Life
- Wandering Dawgs
- Women Living Well After 50
- Woolley Muses
“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”Ashley Smith
I look forward to your creative spin on your “rainy day” this week. You have the entire week to share for the theme. Each week I share your posts on my Facebook page Second Wind Leisure Perspectives or Twitter. Please follow me if you wish.
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