Used to be a ‘new’ Jersey Girl   : now A Colorado Girl

Thursday, June 18, 2009


Gray. Dark. Damp. Soggy. Dreary. Wet. Rainy.

All these words describe our current weather situation. It’s been this way for weeks. Maybe one day out of the week the sun will come out for a while just to prove it’s still there ... somewhere. I actually love rainy days, I really do, but this is bordering on ridiculous. It’s not warm. Temperatures are mostly in the 60’s with very high humidity, which on the east coast means downright damp. uck! The dogs lay around the house in a funk and so do I. Why bother cleaning when I can’t see the dirt? That’s my excuse anyway.

So far this month we’ve only had two days that our weather station didn’t register any rain. We’ve had over five inches of rain since the start of June. One inch of that came within 30 minutes during a thunderstorm on Monday. Just since midnight we’ve had over 1/2 inch. Enough already! Let summer begin! Sadly, when the calendar registers the start of summer on Sunday I don’t think the weather gods will take much note. We’re stuck in a rut.

And the pool? Please! Don’t let’s talk about it. All it’s good for right now is collecting water.

This much rain makes things grow. Or rot. Let’s look on the brighter side for now and take a look at some of the things that are managing to grow in this weather. Yesterday’s weather offered a clear window with a little bit of sun so I took my camera out to see what I could find before I mowed the grass.

These tiny, tiny purple flowers growing in the grass.

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Clover against the white fence.

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A silvery white moth hanging on a blade of grass.

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An assortment of flowers.

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And inevitably with this much moisture: mushrooms!

One left behind on top of a rock like a discarded, half-nibbled apple core.

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An ugly one with a face. (Can you see the face? Kind of a like moaning ghost wearing a sombrero.)

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A gelatinous cup with the sun shining through it.

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More gelatinous style fungi. They have the texture of rubber.

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A puffball. My book says these are edible, but any mushroom that goes poof! in a big ball of brown powder when you step on it after it dries I just can’t make myself eat.

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I liked how the dew was still clinging to the stem of this one.

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I do have a few tomatoes that have set but we need the sun!

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Some of my flowers in pots around the pool that don’t have drainage are rotting away. Literally. I kid you not! I know I shouldn’t be complaining. At least I don’t need to water them by hand every day. Our well is certainly replenished. Everything is green. Oh wait ...  maybe it’s just mold.

I’ve been doing some of this:

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more on the tea towels coming in another post ...

and this ...

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an out of print book that I bought at a local church book sale.

I made this: (Blueberries and Cream Pie)

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And Rick started some homemade limoncello to fortify us.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

We’ll get through this damp patch, I know we will. Remind me later in the summer, will you, when I’m complaining about the hot & humid weather and having to run the air conditioning night and day? Today that seems like a pipe dream as I look out into the murky depths of the yard and watch the rain falling down.


Lynne- you can always come on down to sunny Oklahoma where its been regular dancing with the 100’s for the past 2 weeks. I have been running my a/c for well over a month now. Those flower pictures are beautiful!

The weather is insane!  It has been raining at least once a day for more than a month!  I’m perfectly happy with 60-70, but my eggplants and peppers are not.  We have a ton of green tomatoes and the cucumbers are going haywire, but I’m planning to insulate the eggplants and peppers if I want any this summer.  And least I’m saving on the water bill.

Jess, don’t tempt me! Does this make you long for NJ?

Allison, tell me about it! I like the 60-70 too but without the sun it just feels too cold!

And here in sunny CA it’s another drought year, which portends another bad fire season ahead.  Someday I’ll live where there’s more rain.

what a wonderful mix of photos

the clover picture is exquisite
and the pie looks delicious
and the tea-towels look fab.

and as for the funghi…..
just weird

i hope you get some hot dry sunshine soon!

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