When I was in second grade, many moons ago, we learned about the 50 states and weather they might be particularly noticed for. I learned that Washington state is the wettest, raining almost constantly and my 7 year old heart fell in love and decided I'd like to live there someday. I never made it to Washington but instead have set down my roots in the beautiful mountains in East TN. Tony says if I want to move to Washington he sure will miss me! Living in TN is not really a compromise; I love it here, but it is in a way that 1/3rd of the year it's weather I like, 1/3 of the year it's weather Tony likes (90+ and SUNNY 14 hrs a day) and 1/3 of the year it's cold and neither sunny, rainy or snowing so we're both unhappy LOL!
This week we have been having my very favorite kind of weather: rain. And not just any old rainy weather. Beautiful rainy weather. The kind where it's overcast and dark and very peaceful. It rains or drizzles not continually but enough during the day that even when it's not raining it is damp. As if a billion little raindrops are too small to be heavy enough to fall and so instead linger around playing in the air. The clouds forget their boundaries and settle in the tops of the trees just above your head and some even float amongst the trees looking like smoke--ghosts of past fires. The sky is all different, beautiful shades of gray. Everything that should be is green. Impossibly green with so many shades of the color that your eyes can't take in or understand them all. Everything has more texture too; leaves turn over on trees making them look fuller and different than they usually do.
I love it. Especially driving around in the car and coming over the rise of a hill where you can see a valley and mountains in the distance. It is hard to tell where the mountains end and the sky begins. Truly breath taking.
I am so in awe of God's beautiful creation all around me, even if most everyone else would think it was dreary!