Way back when, Karen Carpenter sang about "rainy days and Mondays". From the lyrics, the listener realized that these were depressing things for the singer. We are having our rainy day on a Monday right now, and it doesn't look like the rain is going to contain itself to Monday. Welcome to the Pacific Northwest in the fall! Unlike in the old song by Ms. Carpenter, a rainy day does not depress us in the least.
It sort of comes with the territory in these parts. The rain is to be celebrated as it helps to clean up the air, bring fresh water supply to the reservoirs, and keep everything green. This is The Evergreen State, after all. Unfortunately, too much of a good thing happens every year to some area of our state and there is flooding. In our immediate area of Tumwater this doesn't occur, but south of us just 20 miles has been a whole different story. Disastrous floods have happened during past 2 winters. We'll hope and pray that this doesn't happen this winter.
We have been lucky since we returned "home" that the warm summer weather kept going on and on, just like the Energizer bunny. That warm weather came to an abrupt halt in the wee hours of the morning today. The prediction is for a cold front to be moving in quickly and it will bring lots of rain with it for the next week, at least.
This morning when we set out for our walk, it was 39 degrees outdoors. Clear skies at that time as the rain hadn't moved in yet. I also took our flashlight with us to use as a sort of headlight to alert drivers of our presence. A couple of times last year we nearly got run over by cars.
Planning ahead last weekend, we got our winter coats, hats, and gloves out from our basement storage in the RV. Just in time it seems. We keep all of our clothing, for all seasons, with us in storage bins tucked away in the basement. We do not maintain a separate storage pod or room for extra "stuff". We don't want the extra expense of keeping a storage unit.
So, I can truly say fall is upon us here in Tumwater. I enjoy fall and winter, too, most of the time. (Last year was that winter exception, though) However, we have been making our plans for our winter escape which will take place on December 26th this year. We plan to go to Yuma, Arizona, and then to Orange County, California and finally on to Pismo Beach, California for several weeks. For the moment that is our plan, and we're sticking to it!
Until next time.....so long for now!