Posts Tagged ‘pacific northwest


blame it on the rain

I have been particularly affected by the winter gloom lately. Last week was miserable. It was rainy, cold, windy and dark. Puddles, drizzle, sweaters and red noses followed me everywhere. On top of this, Derek returned to school and I’ve been feeling incredibly lonesome for him.  Double whammy.

Every year I fall into the same trap. I expect winter to be over after the holidays.  It’s a trick.  For those of you who are familiar with Seattle weather, you know that this will last well into April. It’s not the rain that bothers me; it’s the lack of sunlight.  Between the short days and the constant cloud cover, Seattleites can go weeks without seeing the sun.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the Pacific Northwest and I’m fully aware that all of this rain feeds the lush, fresh, clean city that I adore.  So, I understand it’s for a good cause.  And in the end, it all works out because Seattle has beautiful summers. Do you think we would appreciate them as much if we didn’t endure nine months of gloom and gray? If we didn’t EARN them?

But I digress, back to this week. The weather and darkness really had me down in the dumps.  I wanted to cave-out in my apartment, curled up with a blanket all week (which is fine to do occasionally, but probably not advisable for four months). Just when I had given up all hope, Seattle redeemed herself.  Today (Sunday) was so gorgeous. The sky was blue, the sun was bright, and the air was crisp.  Finally!

My advice for getting through the rest of the winter: 1) Appreciate and make the most of the days when we have sun.  2) Try to remember that summer WILL return, it always does. 3) And lastly, be sure to schedule a vacation somewhere warm in February or March – trust me. 

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