Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Finally, a storm

We're having a stormy day. You know how much I love storms, but this one is special. We hadn't had any measurable precipitation since the end of September, at least by official reporting at the Albuquerque Sunport. I know we had a little here at my house on two occasions since then, one in October and the other in November, but apparently nothing happened at the airport. Today, though, there has been rain in the city and snow up on the mountain. By my backyard weather station, I'm measuring two-tenths of an inch of rain. Not a lot, but I'll take it. We just haven't had anything in so long.

I think today's storm feels like an event for a lot of people here. It broke a 96-day streak of dry weather, within the top five driest stretches ever recorded. I'm feeling particularly excited about it. Not just the rain, but also the hunkering feeling that I just haven't had much lately. I had more hunkering time in the summer, during the monsoon, than I've had all fall and winter so far, which is just strange. I won't even be able to spend much time at home today, what with a trip out for school pickup, and two others for guitar and ballet lessons this afternoon.

I've been savoring the morning at home by myself. I started chicken tortilla soup in the slow-cooker (my recipe is here), watched a little Netflix, and read one of my new library books. I used my newest crocheted blanket for the first time. I only finished it yesterday, my quickie stash-buster that only took me two months to make. I really churned this one out. I'll share it soon, but there it is up on the arm of the couch. It was comfy. I didn't really do any housework. I'm proud of that. I needed to just hang out at home by myself on a stormy morning. It never ceases to amaze me how restorative a cold, wet morning spent inside the house can be.


  1. It's very dreary here today, because it's a little warmer so we have a lot of fog from the snow. I'm glad for you getting some precipitation!
    Your couch with the blanket looks very cozy. :)

  2. It sounds perfect, hanging out at home on a stormy morning. You needed these hours of quiet contemplation. Your blanket looks lovely, draped over the arm of the sofa. I was reminded of something I wanted to tell you when you mentioned your tortilla soup: We got the Mexican cookery book you mentioned here before, the one by Pati Jinich. We have bookmarked a few things and will have to source some ingredients soon xx

  3. Jennifer, I think you would LOVE living in Scotland. It rains A LOT here! :oD

  4. Gosh, that's a long dry stretch, I can imagine how happy you were to see rain. A morning at home while it rains outside is a wonderful thing. I love that you made a whole blanket in two months, it must have been very satisfying to use up your yarn and produce something lovely and useful. Off to check out your soup recipe now, I am on the lookout for new things. CJ xx

  5. I can see why, after such a long dry spell. Here, it feels like we've had rain almost every day! Soup and Netflix does sound rather perfect. X

  6. We sometimes have dry spells like that in the summer up in Washington. I know the great feeling of relief that comes with the rain and the coziness of home. I’m so glad you had that time alone at home Jennifer. We’re still in Nebraska where a winter storm is moving in tonight with -35F wind chill expected tomorrow. Brrrr.

  7. Hot here and love the look of your new blanket on the couch. Nice to have a relaxing cool day at home for sure xo

  8. Always nice to have some time to yourself and enjoying the comforts of home. Love the blanket.

  9. Hey Jennifer,
    By contrast, we had a rather glorious sunny day here in St Ives. It was warm, in that way that wintery sun can be sometimes. I didn't have any need for a scarf or gloves. I pottered in the greenhouse and even ventured in to my neglected garden to say hello. Signs of new growth are everywhere, giving me that positive feeling that Spring will soon be here.
    Leanne xx

  10. I can't imagine what it's like to have such a long, dry spell – I'm not sure we've ever gone for so long in the UK without rain! It must've been lovely to hunker down inside and do whatever you felt like doing. Your blanket looks great. Sam x

  11. I'm glad you got the rain you so desperately needed. It was cold wet and foggy here in Lincolnshire UK on Wednesday. I'm not keen on lots of rain though like most people, I do love a good loud storm. Love your blanket and your soup looks tasty too. Cx

  12. Your sense of contentment in this post was palpable. 'No housework and proud of it I love that statement and will use it more. Jo xxx

  13. Wow, that's such a long time without rain, everything must be parched and thankful for the downpour. It's a grey, dismal day here today. It's not as cold as it has been though so that's good.

  14. Good for you for taking time to do some of the things you love best instead of doing housework! I need to practice that more often, too. You had way too long of a dry spell; glad you finally got some rain. A snowstorm is coming our way in a couple of hours.

  15. It's nice to take some time for yourself isn't it. It sounds like you enjoyed it :). Your blanket looks lovely, very comfy and warm

  16. Glad you got the needed rain AND some time to yourself. I treasure moments I have on my own, but they are very few and far between. If it's not the daycare kids here, it's my own family. I know how much those private quiet times can restore. We've had a lot of precipitation this year, both snow, and last week a lot of rain. We're back to the colder temps again and there are snowflakes flurrying past the window, but not settling. It must've felt quite cozy with the crockpot giving off cooking smells and you snuggled in your new afghan. I'm doing housework this afternoon while the little ones sleep. I'll cozy up this evening after supper :)

  17. Happy to hear you got your rain.
    We get enough rain, snow, wind that we are never really in want of a storm.

  18. Oh I love it the rainy days. Thanks for share your cute photos about your storm.


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