We’ve been having Seattle weather here in Maryland, and I couldn’t be happier. It’s made me realize how much that climate and the beautiful surroundings became a part of me the eight years we lived there. I was walking back from taking Jay to the park, and it literally was misting. I felt rejuvenated, soaking it up, the grey skies seemed comforting–no need to squint.

Just one day of cloudiness had neighbors moaning here in Takoma Park. In Seattle, no one complains about the clouds, and they don’t use umbrellas (bumbershoots). I had to chuckle when I arrived through the mist to pick up Selma from the bus yesterday afternoon, and folks were standing under umbrellas. (We don’t have downpours very often in Seattle–just steady light rains).

In Seattle we celebrate the rare visits of the sun, we have optomistic names for cloudy weather–instead of “mostly cloudy” Seattle weather reporters will say “there will be sun breaks today!” People will talk about whether or not “the mountain” (Mt. Rainier) is “out” (i.e. visible) There’s another mountain, Mt. Baker, to the north of the city that’s only visible about 10 days per year–it’s almost like a gift to see it.

Selma and I are reading Pollyanna before bed these days–and I’m sure Pollyanna would be glad for the clouds because “it will make the return of the sun all the nicer!”

One Misty Moisty Morning…

4 thoughts on “One Misty Moisty Morning…

  • August 31, 2006 at 9:10 am

    See, I am spoiled. Elena wants to know if the sun is “ever coming out again”. I do like the cooler temps today though.

  • August 31, 2006 at 10:45 am

    Although I do love sunny days, I am so grateful for the break in the temperature that I am thrilled! Knitting on our covered back porch is the perfect thing to do on a day like today.

  • August 31, 2006 at 11:14 am

    It’s gonna be sunny out here all weekend (as it is now!), but you should come visit in February. 🙂

  • August 31, 2006 at 11:21 am

    It’s true–I didn’t mention that August is the dry sunny time in the PNW, shhh! That’s supposed to be our little secret. (You know how June is the big wedding time in the rest of the country?) in Seattle, everyone has their outdoor weddings in late August.

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