Wednesday, April 21, 2010


I am a hypocrite. I am a known rain hater and yet today when I stepped onto my front porch and I smelled the coming rain I was filled with glee.
You see, I lived in the Seattle area for 7 years (moving there from sunny AZ). And it really is as bad as they say. At first I didn’t mind the rain. I was in high school and I was busy enough not to notice. Then I married a native Seattleite and we settled down to raise a family. The starting point of raising said family was me being pregnant; 9 months with only 5 sunny days to claim. Plus during that time I was serving with the kids at church. We could tell on Sunday if the weather had been bad all week—the kids were crazy.
Two months after our darling baby girl was born we left the rain. We moved to the high desert of Utah and I’ve never really looked back. (My husband took a little longer to adjust, but he’s doing fine now.)

We visit the Pacific Northwest almost yearly and it is an amazing place to be . . . but the 9 months of rain gets old fast. (Now, a good monsoon cloud buster is another matter—the rain is warm and you can dance in the puddles. Plus lots of thunder—I love thunder. Seattle doesn’t see much thunder.)

But secretly, I love a little bit of rain. I love to be in the NW sometimes and put up with frizzy hair and cold toes. Just a little.


  1. You crack me up! I know what you mean, though. While I've never spent any time in the NW, I know I couldn't handle it. I need me some sun! However, the smell of a storm on the desert is priceless. I don't think you can replicate that scent.

  2. Nice picture, DJ. I love the rain and am a snow hater. I think we have a great balance here in the the High Desert. We get a little bit of everything.

  3. I love the rain too and have often fantasized about moving to Seattle. It is so beautiful and GREEN. I wonder though if I would love it once I was there? I'm not a huge fan of the desert and have been missing my ocean lately.

    Thanks for your thoughts DJ.

  4. You pay a price for everything. Green foilage means lots of rain. I would take the NE climate a little better. Another difficult thing about Seattle is that the trees are tall--really tall and so you rarely see a sunset unless you are on a beach. After savoring Arizona sunsets, I missed them. I feel claustrophobic in that dense forest.