Friday, September 13, 2013

Fallish













It rained and rained, and then it rained some more. We're not used to this kind of weather around here. Rain usually comes and goes, a thunderstorm at a time. It doesn't tend to hang around for days, starting and stopping throughout. This storm made itself right at home in our desert city. Arroyos flowed like little rushing rivers and streets flooded. Driving can be hazardous; some here don't know how to drive in the rain. You don't see many umbrellas, either; we have a few that we keep in a box on the top shelf of the coat closet, underneath winter hats, scarves and gloves. One of my friends just bought herself an umbrella this week; it's her first one since she moved here from the Midwest almost a decade ago.

It's still raining today. We're starting to feel a little bit squirrely because we just aren't used to it. Well, I haven't always lived in the desert so I do know what it feels like to be cooped up in rainy weather. But most of my parenting has been done here. The small Bears have done pretty well with it. Being desert children, they're fascinated by rain and by puddles on the ground. They want to play in the rain and they try to sneak outside when I'm not paying attention. I allow them to play in the rain if it's only misting or raining lightly; I don't see the harm in that. It has been chilly, though. I don't think they'd like to be soaked on a chilly day. There could be a lesson here...

Staying indoors feels good, though. I've been enjoying the cooler temperatures and using the oven more. This week, I've made roasted pork loin chops, baked apples, a spinach frittata, stuffed peppers and various roasted vegetables. I wanted to bake something sweet, but we're still working our way through the GB's leftover birthday cake - even after the Bear took a huge portion to share with his coworkers. I will bake something next week. I'm thinking about apple pie. I've been working on the LB's granny stripe and it's coming along. I like the rich, masculine colors I'm using, such a departure from the brights and pastels I usually use when I crochet. I have a few smaller items to start soon, a hat and fingerless mitts for myself, but I'm really enjoying the mindlessness of a granny stripe afghan. The long rows of stitches relax me. The highest number I need to count to is three.

Raining or not, I'm lighting candles in the evenings now. There's just something about a flickering candle in evening. I keep mine on the cooktop. The kitchen is open to the family room, which is where I like to sit for my evening crochet time. I can see and smell the candle from where I sit and it's comforting. I wore an afghan for the first time this season, the other night. I was reading the most exhaustively comprehensive biography of Mick Jagger, in keeping with my insatiable need to read biographies of anyone. I'm not even a particular fan of Mick Jagger, I just love to read about other people's lives. This is part and parcel of why I love to read blogs so much, you know.

I'm savoring the at-home-ness of this week. I went out, of course; there was all the school driving, shopping, ballet class and the GB's five-year-old checkup (she's almost exactly the same height and weight her brother was at three; she's my tiny peanut-girl). But I was so glad to get home each day, to listen to the rain fall on the skylight and watch from my family room as clouds obscured the mountain. I generally enjoy that feeling of being "stuck" at home when the weather is disagreeable. It's the hunkering I was talking about earlier in the week - that sense of battening the hatches, protecting yourselves from the weather outside, braving the elements only when absolutely necessary. I love home, and filling my home with pretty things and good food. I love the way we are at home, the four of us in our happy little space.

33 comments:

  1. Hey Jennifer, seems as though are definately feeling fallish! I had no idea it could rain like that where you live. Now here in England, boy do we get rain - it is raining today - but not in your desert. Sorry you are all cooped up indoors, I hope it dries up soon for you. Hope you are enjoying your various projects in the meantime.
    When I was younger and lived in dry places we went out in the rain and danced around because it was such an unusual experience. Can't imagine doing that now for fun!
    Hope you have fun in the meantime and that things dry out soon.

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  2. We are having an unusual amount of rain too. I normally love a rainy day or two, but it has rained most of this week and I'm ready for some sunshine! Stay safe and dry!

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  3. I like a chile tabasco, so beautiful blanket!

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  4. HI Jennifer, I really enjoyed reading your post today. Your so good at writing a wonderful story about the simple little things that are happening all around you and your family. Happy to hear your little ones loved playing in the rain, I am sure they loved a new experience since it rarely happens in your area. It rains here in Louisiana quite often in the Fall and Winter, but not so much in the summer unless a hurricane is a coming.
    Love your blanket your working on. I just finished one myself and ready to jump right into another.
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Shari

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  5. What a lovely fallish post! I'm just catching up here and loving sharing your journey into the new season. It's raining here too, but it didn't stop us taking the dogs to the beach, they needed a run :)

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  6. Jennifer. Still one of my favourite names! Have fun in the rain and cosy on down if it does not stop.lovely pictures xxxx

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  7. Its rained here today but we are used to it!That feeling of being stuck in the house is quite cosy.We had it earlier in the year when we had snow.We couldn't get the car out for a week and I couldn't walk in the snow because I had just had knee surgery.I loved it,all cosy inside crafting away.

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  8. I remember last year here, it seemed to rain constantly! All through the summer too. I was really so sick of it. We haven't been so bad this year, but it has been raining the past few days and I believe we might have heavy rain this weekend. We are the same, it just gets so crazy with nobody knowing how to drive and the traffic being busier than normal! My kids love to play out in the rain, we let them get soaked and sometimes let them take their shoes off and run in bare feet across the mud! Then it's quickly off home to clean, dry and warm. :o) I don't blame you for lighting candles, I have been doing exactly the same lately. It makes me feel cozy now the dark nights are setting in. Have a great weekend, Jennifer! :))

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  9. There is something great about being forced to stay in - it makes you stop and take note of your surroundings and get cosy. It's raining here at the moment and I've just lit the candles and Mr K is lighting the fire - we've been forecast gale force winds and rain on Sunday and all I'm thinking of is what sort of cake shall I bake! I'll get sick of it soon enough as it's not such a novelty over here in the UK but doesn't it make the photos look nice?! Have a wonderful weekend x Jane

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  10. You tell a story well.. you make the home what it is, my friend -- and you're a good wife and mother so it's to your credit it's a lovely place. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  11. Charlotte has done her fair share of playing in the rain and jumping in puddles. It rained here most of the summer. Your spinach frittata looks delicious! And I love your pretty candle. There is something wonderful and cozy about flickering candles in the evening... I love them! I have started to light several in my kitchen every evening.

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  12. Some very beautiful fall photo's. It has been raining here pretty much all week too, but then it is England and we are so used to it. Your granny stripe is looking lovely and yes I have to say I find it rather relaxing too. Enjoy your weekend and the rain tap tapping on your windows. xoxo

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  13. Such beautiful photos Jennifer! I'm loving the fall type weather, I just hope that it lets up a little since there has been some flooding. Where we are at, we haven't seen a lot of flooding. I do know that some parts of the Springs has though. (Manitou, and old Colorado seem to have the worse flooding over here.)
    You made me want to cook up a delicious dish. Weekends are spent enjoying family time, and creating new dishes. Don't you just love burning candles during this time?! (I sure do) :) Have a wonderful weekend~

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  14. So cozy atmosphere by you! I do love autumn and your photos make me feel its approach closer ...here, it's still hot and humid , this is not the kind of weather I would expect for this season ...
    Your home sense the happiness of a beautiful family, I can see it through your photos dear Jennifer!
    Wish you a wonderful end of week!
    Olympia

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  15. Hi Jennifer,

    Your photos of the rain and after, are refreshing, so much so that I can smell that after-the-rain aroma in the 'fallish' air, a sweet, earthy and slightly perfumed scent that inspires both a need to get out and explore, but also a calling to cozy up and enjoy the indoors, where cocooning and cooking are the highlights of the season. Enjoy!

    Poppy

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  16. It's raining here right now as well, and the weekend is supposed to be wet and really windy. I will be standing outside watching football. Also thinking about making an apple pie. I have lots of apples and no doubt will have even more after the weekend of gales. I love your photos and the thought of you sitting with your candle crocheting. Lovely.

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  17. Pretty fall photos. Disagreeable weather but it's nice how you're making the best of it. Sounds cozy in your home. Have a wonderful day...remember your umbrella :)

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  18. The weather is a bit strange. Just heard the weather forecast for where I live, high winds and heavy rain - oh joy, think I will stay in on Sunday.
    S cx

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  19. Hunkering that such a great word so warm and cosy, It been raining a lot here this week too, here in the UK we've had a very abrupt end to Summer, straight to full on Autumn weather with two Atlantic weather fronts due to hit over the weekend. I love the candles though and switching on my fairy light of a evening. xx

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  20. I LOVE rain, I absolutely love it. I often think I should live in Seattle not Florida. I love to hear it, smell it and even don't mind driving in it. Enjoy this cozy time.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  21. While reading your post, it's raining here in the U.K. It's been raining all day and I think it's here for the weekend.
    I love the rain, I like to sit and watch it and listen to it. It's coming to the end of our summer so the rain is warm and smells sweet.
    I like the colours of your Blankie, it makes a change to see masculin colours. Looking forward to seeing it finished.

    Sally xxx

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  22. HI Jennifer - another lovely post - beautiful pics with well told tale!
    Rain is such a refreshing cleansing blessing but one can have too much of it at times - I hope everything balances out for you and your lovely area over there!
    Joy x

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  23. Your home sounds full of love !
    I am a happy homebody most of the time too :)

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  24. Thanks for such a beautiful-in-every-way post , Jennifer. I enjoyed seeing the world around you, and reading the lovely story of your days. After several days of temps in the 90s [unusual for the Portland area] we might be getting some rain soon and I find myself looking forward to it and the progression of autumn which is barely falling here, so far:) While I was in Kansas at the Eastern Orthodox church, I bought a biography of Mother Maria Skobtsova 1891-1945. I have a childhood friend and a nephew who are members of the Eastern Orthodox churches and I want to understand more about the practice of their faith. Several months ago I read Viktor Frankl's auto-biographical book Man's Search for Meaning. Both books have to do with time in a Concentration Camp, not a subject I am keen on reading about, but it seems important to me to do so at the moment. By the way, I have been disappointed to find that I can not get all Create TV has to offer. Our local OPB carries a few of the programs, but I guess I will have to let them know I would like to have access to all Create TV has to offer. Thanks again for making me aware of it. I just watched Rick Steve's hints for traveling in Europe several days ago and really enjoyed it.
    Gracie xx

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  25. Such a gorgeous post Jennifer, you write so beautifully. Your crochet blanket is looking so lovely too.
    Marianne x

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  26. Hi Jennifer,I know the feeling of rain-rain and more rain when you live in a desert area!!!It's both scary and exciting at the same time!!!Enjoy your weekend with your family!!!
    Love
    AMarie

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  27. You make the rain sound so enchanting! We get so much here it's a chore - it never occurred to me how happy-making puddles could be for kids growing up in a hot, dry climate like yours. I love to hunker down too - especially if it's snowed, that's magical - and quite like an excuse to be stuck at home and bake a cake. xx

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  28. I think autumn's definitely here too, it's much cooler than it has been and we're forecast rain and wind over the next few days. The blanket is going to look lovely, I'm just finishing one in boy colours at the moment for my son who's heading off to university.

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  29. We have any good rain in ages but summer is coming and that's went we have our big storms.

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  30. Such a lovely post.........we are used to endless days of rain here in the UK and I have a good array of brolleys (umbrella's)in the understairs cupboard. Loving the colours of your crochet blanket........I could really do with hooking up a few here for the cold winter to come.

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  31. We have been so spoilt this year with the weather in England, in fact its been so hot I have been crying for Autumn, like you we are all in doors and cozy as we are expecting bad storms and gales.So I will sit with a craft and watch and wait it out.loving the colours in your new crochet project.Have a nice cozy weekend x

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  32. I love candles in the evening too. They are very relaxing. We get those type of storms every year. Last year was the worst though when we had the nasty storm in October and were without power and my inlaws had three feed of snow :) I'm hoping that fall this year is a little calmer!

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  33. Lovely rainy day photos. I love a candle in the evening too :) x

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