How often do I mention we badly need rain?

Well, guess what!

We had some!

Rainy work day

It didn’t last long. And I know it’s the proverbial drop in the bucket, but I still did a little happy dance.

The first good downpour occurred while I was still at work and although I wasn’t in a position to stand out and get a good soaking, I enjoyed some time on our little porch and took in the sound–and the long overdue fragrance of the world washed clean.


It was wonderful–for as long as it lasted.

Later the same day…

Blue skies

Maybe it will actually feel a little bit like Thanksgiving after all.

And here we have the irony.

I was hoping we could use our beautiful outdoor tent for our Thanksgiving gathering. When it’s 75 degrees, as typical, it’s certainly easier to move a large group outdoors than to crowd us into my average-sized dining room–or spread us out all over the house.

Backyard Party Tent

But weather reports warn I might be a little busy this week implementing “Plan B.”

Seems we might have rain next Thursday. I’m still saying “yippee”–but I wouldn’t be too disappointed if the rain makes an appearance Friday rather than Thursday.

I can plan for many things, but I’m not in charge of the weather, so we’ll see!

If rain visits your home on a regular basis I don’t suspect this video will mean much to you! Β But if you’re also in the parched southwest, well, you’ll understand why I stood outside my office and had to make a recording. It was lovely!

There’s a turkey already resting in the refrigerator and all the food assignments have been handed out. Now I just have to watch the weather reports to see where we’ll be seated!

But rain would still be nice. We hardly ever get to use the fireplace!

52 thoughts on “Autumn…finally!

    1. I hope we do get a little bit more rain this week, Andra. No matter what day it comes! It isn’t very cold, so we can’t complain. I’ve seen the national weather predictions and we have no call to complain out here. LOL!

  1. We are also in our rainy season now and getting plenty… the only problem is we’re also getting the hail the size of tennis balls that are doing damage in some areas… but water from above is always welcome no matter how…

  2. We woke to fog yesterday. It was sodden with soft soaking misty rain, the kind that reaches right into the lungs. We had a reprieve for a few hours, but the foggy rain returned at dusk. We are well past the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, our present variety comes with plus or minus 3Β°C.

      1. The damp or wind can make the temperatures feel much colder than they really are. 😦 The fire is blazing and I am gazing at the yarn stash to decide where to begin. At times like these, I wish I had six hands!

    1. There will be 20 of us for Thanksgiving, Nancy, aged 1 to 82! The tent was a purchase last year when I found myself hosting two baby showers in the dead of summer! Then we used it for Thanksgiving for the first time and that was the easiest hosting we’d ever done. I didn’t have to move any furniture around and we weren’t crowded! We’ll take what comes and figure it out. It’s rain…not snow! LOL! If I cold be sure the tent is waterproof I might decide it’s still a good option, even in the rain! πŸ™‚ I hope you have a nice Thanksgiving day, too…turkey-less, but yummy!

  3. It’s awful to think some times how other parts of the world don’t get rain while others get an outpour causing devastations. We do need rain in California. Those waterfalls are drying up, and need resupply.

  4. We have had four straight days with NO rain and may get several more like this. We’re enjoying a rare, persistent continental polar air mass that is diverting the rain down your way but keeping us dry (and COLD) during what should be our wettest time of the year.
    You’re welcome!

    1. Ah! So that’s where the rain came from! Fascinating, really. We rarely have rain at all in November, and there’s more coming, so perhaps that means you are still dry! The local weather guys have been having a good time with this little bit of rain. They must get so tired of saying the same thing day in and day out and trying to make it sound exciting…and they finally got a little change in the patterns! Thank you! πŸ™‚

  5. I hope the weather works to the best advantage for you – dry on Thursday, rainy on Friday. Here in the northeast, we’re already freezing, we jumped from fall straight into deep winter. It’s an unusually cold 23 degrees this morning and the winds are so heavy that the wind chill is only 10 degrees! They’re predicting rain and/or snow for Tuesday and Wednesday, but supposedly partly sunny skies for Thanksgiving. With the Wednesday before T’giving being the most heavily traveled day of the year, I really hope it’s not bad out for the sake of those travelers. People get nuttier and more stupid on the roads during rainstorms for some reason, and with the additional volume of traffic, well, let’s just say I’d like to see everyone make it to grandma’s house safely. πŸ™‚ Have a very happy Thanksgiving Debra!

    1. I’ve been following your cold snap! The freeze seemed to come on so quickly! I have a couple of friends traveling from California to the east coast this coming week, and so the talk has been hoping they don’t spend their Thanksgiving in an airport waiting for delayed flights to get moving! I have always been grateful that I don’t have to leave home for the holidays, so I’ll be sure to not complain if we get some rain! LOL! It will be a warm rain…I’ll just give everyone an umbrella. πŸ™‚ I hope you have a nice Thanksgiving, too, my friend!

  6. We too are having an unseasonal cold snap. Last night was 21 degrees with howling winds that made you snuggled with all the pets under the covers. Today is a high of 27. Two days ago we were bouncing near 60. Weather! I know your Thanksgiving will be wonderful no matter where it is.

    1. A high of 27, Kate? Oh my goodness! Do you know I have never even felt it that cold. LOL! I’m such a wimp, I’m not sure what I’d do! LOL! You can’t cry–the tears would freeze! I do think that one of the reasons we go on and on about “cold” when it comes along is that we don’t own coats and boots and hats–I don’t actually own a “winter” wardrobe. I hope a warming trend is headed your way…at least a little one! And you enjoy your Thanksgiving, too…and a good week!

  7. I so understand your feelings about the rain. It rained for two days and nights here and, you are right, more to come for Thanksgiving. Our reports out of Bakersfield, predict a high chance of rain for about three days then. I say great to that, but I have no big party planned. But visiting with family and being grateful is all that really matters for Thanksgiving and I know you will approach all the cooking and planning that way.

    1. You’re so right, Inger. We need the rain so badly! And I’d have to be crazy to complain about a little rain with the big storms across the country. We’ll be a little crowded if we stay indoors, but supposedly we all like each other. LOL! I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving, too, my friend!

  8. My sister says every day in LA is the same as the one before. Always blue skies. While I do prefer that to London weather, some variation is nice and like you say, you definitely need the rain. I’m loving hearing about your Thanksgiving plans and would love to see some images of how the day pans out, if you’re willing to share. Good luck with all your preparations and deciding on where you’re going to dine xx

    1. I will definitely try to take some photos, Charlie. My family is camera-shy, but I will certainly take photos if we end up outdoors. It’s such a nice way for us to gather. Your sister is pretty accurate! I do notice some subtleties in weather changes, but for the most part, we do not vary much! πŸ™‚ Thankfully, if it’s going to be the same from one day to the next, I’m grateful it’s mostly warm and sunny! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you, Karen. I hope you, too, have a really nice Thanksgiving. I will do my best not to complain even once if it actually does rain on Thursday! We need it too badly. πŸ™‚ (But Friday would be better! haha!)

  9. In Oregon it rains almost daily during the winter time. It is for this reason, I am smiling because we gave cold weather but with sunshine the past few days. I enjoyed watching the video and seeing the young men waving. πŸ™‚ May your Thanksgiving be without rain and a joyful one.

    1. Thank you so much, Marie? How are you? I was thinking about you the other day and popped over to see if you’d posted. I hope you’re doing well and that you, too, have a very nice Thanksgiving. I would prefer rain Wednesday and Friday, hahaha, but I’ll take it at any cost! We are really in need. The students walking with their lunch amused me. I didn’t see any students with umbrellas. I think it caught everyone by surprise. πŸ™‚ ox

  10. I certainly relate to your excitement! I don’t recall getting rain this hard by us, but the soggy made me very happy. I hear it might rain on Thanksgiving!

    1. I know! When is the last time you remember it raining on Thanksgiving? I can’t remember it at all! πŸ™‚ As the family host, I’m not all that eager to have rain on THAT day, but I’d be crazy to complain! I hope we have a nice wet winter, don’t you?

    1. I spent the day figuring out where we’ll sit on Thursday if the rain really does make an appearance! I’m so thrilled with the rain, but it is honestly quite humorous to me that it doesn’t rain more than about once every three months and it might arrive on the day my house is full! Even in the rain it won’t be cold, so maybe I’ll send everyone outdoors with umbrellas. LOL!

      1. Oh Debra, as soon as I read that about the umbrellas I pictured everyone fancied up, sitting with colored umbrellas and food so delicious they didn’t even notice! πŸ™‚ Good luck with the planning.

  11. Cheers to getting some rain … of course I hope you don’t get that winter of mud. Meanwhile, because its fall, in case you want to rake or use a leaf blower, I probably have one more leaf event for my season. I hope the weather works in your favor on Thursday! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  12. Joy, supreme, Debra. Merciful rain!
    It is frigidly cold here, with some snow flurries. Brrr! Our turkey is resting in the refrigerator, as well, and cleaning is on the agenda for now.
    Here’s hoping that the weather is perfect for you and your guests to eat in the tent, THEN, after all the food and dishes and such are brought in, a soft rain and dessert in front of your fireplace.

  13. Indeed, we did get some rain! And why is it that it rains after you get your car washed, Debra? LOL

    I hope your Thanksgiving festivities will bring you joyous memories and fun times…rain or shine! We’ll just be heading to Irvine to have a Thanksgiving lunch with my dad at his assisted living home. Pics of the feast, please! (ps Those students – must be nice to be young and carefree.)

  14. I’ve been having trouble leaving comments on WordPress blogs, Debra, so trying again now….

    So glad you’ve had some rain at last and I wish you plenty more, though not on Thanksgiving. Enjoy the preparations and the day. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks for trying to leave comments even when it doesn’t work well, Perpetua! I’ve had some of the same problems and there have been times I haven’t known if my comment does go through! Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and we’re going to have a lovely family day. Thank you so much!

  15. Unnecessary to say, but yes, rain is important. But then sometimes we get too much of it – at least in places I tend to stick around. I guess it’s not easy to please everybody. Enjoy the preparations for the Thanksgiving, Debra!

  16. You’re rejoicing that Fall and rains have arrived, while we’re bemoaning that Winter is coming too early. We humans are a fickle lot, aren’t we. πŸ™‚
    I hope the weather cooperates, Debra, and that yours is one memorable Thanksgiving.

    1. Thank you, John. The rain is going to skip us entirely tomorrow. It’s just hard to figure! I always hope my bemoaning weather of any kind is understood is mostly tongue in cheek. I look at the national (and lately international) weather patterns and shake my head in disbelief. I wouldn’t dare really complain! We’re going to have a very nice day tomorrow, I’m quite sure, and I hope that you do, too. πŸ™‚

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