Apparently, the rainy season is officially here.  There’s a price to pay for all that green in the great Pacific Northwest and it comes in the form of approximately five long months of rain.  The top photo below is often my view first thing in the morning.  Sometimes the fog is so deep, it’s impossible to even see the first line of trees.  After a few hours, the fog begins to lift and the view is more like the second photo below with the mountains in the background barely visible.  It is pouring down rain in the second photo although you can’t see it.

Yesterday, the sun came out in brief spurts and the sky turned a beautiful color of blue.  Before long, however, these deep, dark clouds rolled in.  Just clouds…promising many more months of rain.  I miss the thunderstorms of the South…with the immensely loud claps of thunder and the jagged bolts of lightning dancing across the sky.  We seldom, if ever, get an old-fashioned thunderstorm.  Just rain.  Lots and lots of rain.

This is why there is a widespread Vitamin D deficiency in the Pacific Northwest (medically documented according to my physician).  He ordered the Vitamin D bloodtest on me to find me severely lacking!  Imagine that.  Currently, I am taking 3,000 mg. of Vitamin D3 daily and making a slow progression upward according to follow-up blood tests.  If you’re going to take Vitamin D, do your research – the most effective is Vitamin D3.    There is also, apparently, a high incidence of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) in the Pacific Northwest.  Hmmm….imagine that one.

So, if you happen to enjoy a beautiful Douglas Fir, Noble Fir or Grand Fir this Christmas…just think about all the rain it took to produce that majestic tree.  We live on a 58-acre tree farm and that’s what  I’m trying to tell myself!  In the meantime, for the next five months, I’ll take my Vitamin D3, get out of the house in spite of the rain and order the light therapy box!

Note:  Christy in Texas just left a sweet comment which reminded me, with wonderful grace, that while it does rain for an extended period of time in Oregon…it is, for the most part, a slow, gentle rain.  Also, we don’t have tornadoes here and for that I’m thankful.  So, Christy in Texas, thanks for the reminder and I’ll try to be thankful for the rain.  I’ll just pray for some sunny days interspersed between the days of rain… 

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10 Responses to Paying the price…

  • Sharon says:

    I know it would take determination for me to get outside during a Northwest winter. The mitigating factor of the long cold winters in WY is that there is so much sunshine.
    I suspect there will be many fewer sunny winter days in KY–this first year is a time of getting acquainted with the seasons in a place so different from either my long-time home in VT or the 12 years spent in WY.
    I have thought parts of OR and WA beautiful when we’ve traveled there, but a winter there would present challenges–but then, don’t most places?
    I trust you have lots of indoor projects, will take your vitamins, and don wellies and warmies to walk in the mist.

    • Dianne says:

      You can believe me when I tell you that WHEN the sun does come out during the winter here, EVERYONE is out and about enjoying it. I do have lots of indoor projects but my studio/workroom has long windows facing the mountains, so I enjoy it most when the sun is shining at least some of the time. I spent seven winters in Kentucky and it did snow a good bit, but I think I remember it was very bright and sunny then as well.

  • Shirley Bigham says:

    Does it really rain every day for 5 months? that would put me in a panic around here with the flooding issue.

    • Dianne says:

      Once it starts to rain, it rains a lot…sometimes for weeks at a time during the rainy season. The first winter I was here, it rained for something like three months straight! Some sort of record I think.

  • ChristsyinTexas says:

    Hi: I’m currently in North Texas (5 years and counting), but spent 20+ years in the Pac NW and am SO looking forward to moving back! I very much miss the rain – gentle, soothing rain. Here we have ‘severe weather’ (lost the roof to a hail storm a few years ago – in May!) where it rains so hard you can’t see to drive. The sun seems to shine incessantly and it is way too hot most of the year…and I won’t mention the threat of tornados, myriad bugs and poisonious snakes! We came here for my husband’s work and I love the people and independent spirit, but my heart is in the Northwest – want to trade places? Now if the housing market would just loosen up – hmmmm. We do hope to move back in retirement. I’ve lived in various parts of the country, but, to me, you can’t beat Oregon/Washington.

  • Dianne says:

    Hi, Christy! You’re right – it is, for the most part, a slow, gentle rain and for that I’m thanful. I’ve never lived in Texas but I do believe I’ll keep the rain instead of tornadoes. I have lived in tornado country. I’ve had a tree limb in a bedroom and the back porch blown off! Obviously, we are not in charge of the weather, but IF I could, I’d love to spread this slow gentle rain of 5 months over 12 months! 😉 Thanks for taking the time to comment and please come back!

  • Jennie says:

    Here in Wales, being on the West coast, we have a fair bit of rain too, and it doesn’t just keep to the winter – we can have it all year long! This is a dark and gloomy house too, so perhaps a lightbox and/or some Vitamin D3 wouldn’t go amiss here either!

    • Dianne says:

      Jennie, I’d definitely recommend the Vitamin D3! It really does help. I definitely plan to order the lightbox…the doctor recommended that as well!

  • Angela says:

    Beautiful photos of all of that gorgeous green! I hope your vitamin D increases soon! Mercy.
    Peace, Angela

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