New Hobby Idea

New Hobby Idea

There are people out there who are great at growing things. People who have a real green thumb as it were. I’m definitely not one of those people. I’ve managed to kill bamboo plants. So…like, if there is an opposite of green thumb, that’s me.

But! I’m still determined to eventually figure out how to grow at least one plant. I mean, there has to be some plant out there that I can successfully grow. So, I’ve been considering what could be the easiest and least difficult plant to start over again with.

I’m not going to ever be a green witch or hedge witch. I’m realistic enough to know that. But, at least having some green things growing around the house would be nice. And there’s lots of plants that are poisonous to cats–so I have to be careful about those. Which meant, I did some research. Continue reading “New Hobby Idea”


Northern Lights

Northern Lights

Were the air to be clear here in Washington, I might get a chance to see the northern lights again. Alas, Washington is just like the rest of the western US (California, Oregon, Idaho, Montana) – and we are all burning to the ground with dozens of fires raging. This of course means that the smoke is thick, our air quality sucks, and sight is obstructed.

It’s been years since I saw northern lights.

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Smoke chokes Washington

Source: ECOconnect: Smoke chokes Washington

This is what we’re dealing with here in Washington. And I’m absolutely dying (exaggeration here) because of it. Okay, so not really. But it does feel like it, considering just how horrid the air quality has been. Really, it’s been kind of like living in some post natural disaster dystopia. The yellow air, the haze…all the smoke in the air–it’s been hard to really deal with it.

I’m on day 3 of a migraine; absolutely disgusting and painful really. Smoke is a major migraine trigger for me, so this has been rather miserable since we got the warnings that the smoke was going to be sticking around. Not to mention, it’s also been rather difficult to breath when it feels like your throat has schmutz in it. And while I know that it’s not as bad here as it is in other areas–I’m still not doing well with it.

So I’m hoping all the best to everyone in BC, that the fires clear up for them quickly. And in turn, when things clear up there, it should clear up for us down here, too.

Mount St. Helens: 37 Years On

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It’s 37 years…which is absolutely shocking. I mean, logically, it’s been that long. I wasn’t even born when it blew on 18 May 1980. But here in Washington, especially Western Washington, you don’t need to have been born yet to really feel this. But it’s funny in a grim way–because this is so indelibly ingrained in Washington consciousness.

I remember growing up with lahar drills, with classes on what we should all do, should a volcano (in Tacoma we were more worried about Rainier) erupt and cause mudslides, earthquakes or lahar damage. What we should do if St. Helens or Rainier blew and caused the ashes to rain down. I spent my college years living on a Volcano Evacuation Route–always aware of the fastest way to get up into the “hills” as it were to avoid the mud slides and lahars that would sweep through town within 30 minutes of Mt. Rainier erupting.

Mount St. Helens erupting was amazing, awe-inspiring and terrifying. My family in Spokane had ash come down on their house! My family in the Seattle area were watching everything unfold around it all. Everyone I know who was alive then can tell you what they remember of that day, of what they saw.

It’s amazing how this one eruption reshaped the study of volcanoes in the Cascades and has provided an amazing wealth of knowledge. The total devastation that this caused is beyond the real scale of understanding; over a billion USD in damages. It’s the most destructive volcanic eruption in US history.

To this day, it’s huge in our state history.

Blitz – Lightning!

Blitz – Lightning!

Blitz! Okay. So it’s lightning. Lots of it. Like, over 2.000 strikes in the last few hours lots. So the news are all reporting (all channels) that they can’t remember a storm like this in a long time around here. I certainly don’t remember such a large storm with hundreds–like nearly 800–of strikes of lightning per 30 minutes.

Currently there is a mass of storms rocking all of the Puget Sound, having swept up from the south and making its way through. Our state capital was already hit pretty good, lots of slamming rain and pouring rivers of water. It’s crazy. And lots of hail down south, too.

I’m actually enjoying it. I’m safely inside, ensconced in my safe apartment where nothing is going to hit me on the head. And so just looking outside and hearing the thunder, it’s great. Really awe-inspiring, to consider just how powerful nature is.

I’ve always loved lightning and thunder storms. They’re fun, pretty, and somehow comforting for me. Of course, I’m also cautious, because they’re dangerous. But at the moment, safe in my apartment, I’m enjoying listening to the shaking and rumbling of the thunder, and seeing an occasional lightning bolt that I can see from my vantage point.

So to anyone else in W. Washington right now–stay safe!*

Stormy Weather

Stormy Weather

So we’re battening down the hatches around here. Or rather, getting ready for the wind storms, massive gusts, and inches of rain that are supposed to fall between tomorrow morning and Sunday morning (Thursday-Sunday).

I do love rainstorms and lots of rain and wet. Hell, I definitely grew up in western Washington and I love a good storm–especially if it’s a thunderstorm. Even a good little windstorm is great. I love wind, the way it makes you feel alive to have the wind brushing at you, blowing away, and just alive with so much power and fierce energy. But this isn’t really the normal “storm” that we get around here, and I don’t think this one is going to be nearly as much fun as what we usually get to deal with (in my opinion). Continue reading “Stormy Weather”