A Family Builds a Homestead in the Rain

Rain Means Puddles (And Happy Toddlers and Waddlers)

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In nearly four years, we’ve had few enough real rainy days that I can count them on my ten fingers. The drought has been aggressive and draining. But when it does rain here, the episodes are torrential. The clouds grow dark as they turn and flex. Then they open up abruptly and dump cascades onto the arid, tightlipped Earth.

California rain differs from Oregon rain. My hometown in coastal northern California accrues nearly as much annual rainfall as Eugene, Oregon, but in fits and spates relatively rare to the Pacific Northwest. The misty drizzle of so many days in Oregon is foreign to its southern neighbor. It’s that perpetual cooling dampness that draws the verdant abundance of the land, feeds the fantastic fungi, and soothes my soul. It also makes spring sunshine a worthy celebration.

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8 Comments

  1. February 11, 2015    

    Awe, great photos! This is a fun idea too!!! Just thought I’d share: http://www.beeamom.com/diy-rainy-day-fun-puppets/

    • February 11, 2015    

      Thanks!

  2. February 11, 2015    

    Made me smile – what a little cutey!

    • February 11, 2015    

      🙂

  3. February 11, 2015    

    Peeper loooooves puddles too—and I bet she’d go gaga over those geese! Splish, splash!

    • February 11, 2015    

      She’ll have to come visit the geese eventually! It’s ridiculous how much Suzanna loves puddles. She obsesses!

  4. February 17, 2015    

    Our kids have been getting soaked with the recently melted snow!! From snow gear to mud gear in a day 🙂

    • February 17, 2015    

      This warm weather has been crazy– all while everyone on the East Coast and Midwest are freezing! Too bad for our snowpack…but fun for puddle play!

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I'm Kelly. Writer, crafter, forager, country winemaker, cook. Mama of an awesome toddler and married to my best friend. We recently returned to the Pacific Northwest, where we're setting out to grow, make, and learn as much as we can as the future unfolds.

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