when it rains, it pours…literally

The weather forecast for the valley has us at about 10 days of non-stop rain. None-Stop-Rain. I just checked the forecast and we are supposed to get over an inch of rain in the next 24 hours.

And so it begins.

Long gone are the days of walking barefoot through the grass as the hot rays of the sun kiss your tan skin and drops of sweat bead up, slowly sliding down your back. We made our first fire late Sunday morning and stoked the charcoal logs until we went to bed last night.

Outside, sounds that would resemble WWI echo from all sides but the normalcy of cannons and shotguns being fired start to go unnoticed and everyone goes about their day knowing that it is necessary. This is wine country after all and as we near harvest, the threat of bird damage to the grapes has to be controlled. Someway or another.

As I enter my second season in my new home I once again find myself learning something new. I’m use to rain. I grew up in Seattle after all, but that was different. Here, I’m miles away from entertainment that is at your fingertips and any friends for that matter. Instead I may have to dig a little deeper and find that girl who was once so creative and imaginative. Maybe this is perfect weather to finally teach myself how to sew or heaven forbid, maybe its perfect weather to cozy up on the couch and read a book. An actual book.

That sounds delightful. Any recommendations?

my favorite season

September has pretty much come and gone and October is sneaking up on us. It’s okay though because this happens to be, hands down, my favorite time of year as I think it is for most Pacific North-Westerners I’ve talked to.

I always love that late August day when either my mom or I call each other and one of us says “it’s here” and we both know exactly what the other means. Fall is here. It happens around the same time every year, August 22nd, my brothers birthday. It still may be warm during the day but the early mornings and evenings have a crispness to it that screams warm apple cider, the sweet smell of autumn leaves, carved pumpkins, football, and warm sweaters. And I absolutely love it!

The last month and a half has left me longing for a slower pace and cozy days on the couch watching Lifetime television while cuddling up by the fire. To be honest, I think the last three-months have left  me longing for this. What a summer. Though I’m not complaining, I am a bit of a home body and haven’t spent a full day at home in six weeks. Bachelorette parties, Vegas (and my 31st birthday), wedding, oh my! An amazing time was had but now I say bring on the stew simmering on the stove, the crisp sunny fall mornings, cooking with apples, pumpkins and squash galore, and all new episodes of my favorite TV shows! Finally all my questions from season finales will be answered.

So my friends, let the clouds (not rain) roll in and my spot on the couch stay warm cause it’s gonna be a great long fall!