First Snow

First Snow

Officially first snow! Or, as far as I’m concerned first snow. It has been lightly snowing for the last 2 hours here, in the outskirts of Seattle where I live.

Not enough to really stick, not to the ground–but it is sticking to the roofs a bit, and to the bushes, trees and plants.

I’m hoping it will stick. But only long enough that I can go introduce Thorin to the snow. It’ll be super cute and I really want some photos of him in the snow. Just because I love kitties and snow. Something magical about it. Plus, his reactions to new things are hilarious and super cute.

But. If it continues to snow overnight…we might get the first “White Christmas” I will have had since I was 17 years old. That would be pretty cool. I’m not going to hold my breath on it. We’ll wait until tomorrow morning and see what Christmas morning brings. In the meantime, welcome snow!


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.

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!*


So the weatherpocalypse didn’t happen.

Luckily (for us) the remnants of the typhoon hit way off shore. Which of course had all the local preppers freaking out and screaming at the National Weather Service for making them “over-prepare”. But really–better to overprepare, rather than underprepare, and then blame the NWS for not giving “enough” warning. Or a severe enough warning. I’m particularly glad that the NWS acted the way they did; as well as our local government officials, all in warning people to be cautious, stock up, and be ready, should the worst happen. I mean, from the beginning no one wanted the worst, but that’s how it goes.

Prepare for the worst, hope for the best.

Which just shows how people view this differently. A bunch of people are upset; but that is just the way it went.

I enjoyed the wind storms on Thursday and Friday though–and got a nice little recharge from spending some time outdoors to watch that. I love good windstorms, especially when I’m in no physical danger at all. Then I also enjoyed the heavy rains on Friday; and on Sunday and today as well. Those weren’t the huge deals that we were worried about, but a good cleansing, heavy rain was nice again.

All in all, not a bad weekend. And I’m just very grateful that things went easier than we were expecting to hit. That’s a good thing for everyone involved.

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”