Monday, February 27, 2006

YAY!!! It's Raining!

Rain is pounding on the kitchen skylight and our excitement is shared; we feel like doing the happy-we-get-to-turn-the-irrigation-off dance. It's nothing like the 68.9" of rain that pounded us last winter but the parched chapparel around us desperately needs water and just like most things in life, there's a fine balance between too much and just the right amount. Too much rain causes excessive growth of everything and it looks green and lush and gorgeous. Trouble is, it doesn't normally rain here between April and November, which causes all this green and lush growth to become dry, yellow and brittle and, well, it's really just like kindling on the mountainsides. Too little rain and that tinder dry stuff is still sitting there ready to burn. Just right amounts of rain create the right balance. So while I love warm, dry February days following by coolish February evenings, I really, really love rain in February.

5 Comments:

Blogger granny p said...

It rained last night here too. Isn't it wonderful? You have to live in a dry land to appreciate such things.

1:33 AM  
Anonymous minnie said...

and whoa! it is raining hard here too! darn california drivers can't ever seem to remember how to drive in rain...

10:38 AM  
Blogger junebee said...

It rained here Saturday night. First time in a long time. Enjoy your rain!

11:36 AM  
Blogger JB said...

Ooh… we live in SoCal, too, and it rained all last night and this morning. But right now all smells earthy and lovely. This afternoon I took my dog for a walk and, I swear, even though the rain had just stopped green things were already sending up their delicate, little shoots. I even spotted a few wildflowers I hadn’t noticed before.

And did I mention the smell? There is nothing I enjoy more than damp sage—wonderful!

7:22 PM  
Blogger GraceD said...

Oh, yes! Damp sage!

Lin, it's a crazy balance down there. The rain, the flora, the fire, the botox.

10:46 PM  

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