Weather has been a lifelong passion for me; while my husband and 4 kids all in college and beyond, one now married, have patiently gone along with me!
By: PugetSoundPost, 3:12 PM GMT on June 11, 2013
July 1, 7:15 AM
I'm sitting outside, enjoying the early morning delights of blue sky, warm air, the birds chirping in all of the nearby trees - they even seem extra happy this early summer morning, promising to be a hot day. Some are buzzing in and out of a feeder we have hanging in a tree.
A hot weekend is spilling over into today, Monday. Our hottest temp so far was yesterday - reaching 93. With no AC, which just about no one around has, our houses really bake on these hot days. Today is supposed to be quite similar to yesterday, then gradual cooling begins tomorrow, but it looks like a pretty nice week ahead. No dramatic cool-down, which usually happens. I guess by that I mean we usually get a "marine push" to end hot spells that just blankets us in cool clouds full of marine air so then it turns cloudy (can persist all day, or possibly burn off sooner) and cool air too. No big marine push is expected this week, maybe a weaker one this time. Hope so. I am content to keep the sun shining.
June 28, 6:45 PM
The forecast high temperatures for today were "upper 70's to middle 80's". Our high was 92. Didn't expect it this hot for another few days. We aren't used to it. I wonder how it will go over the weekend? Thankfully we got our little deck cleared up enough to be able to sit outside and it was nice to have dinner out there. I love eating outside in the summertime.
June 26, 8:30 AM
An active weather week so far. A rainy spell has descended upon the region over the last while. The first part of June was dry, dry, but this later part is giving us some rain. And this week some storms too. Late afternoon/evening last night brought an interesting thunderstorm, with squally winds and rain. I had gone walking with my kids and then we ended up hitting tennis balls back and forth, on a real court I may add, while the storm was blowing up. The walk started in bright, sunny, warm weather, but by the time our outing ended, we were running to the car in quite a wild little storm. More of the same is predicted for today, and this morning has already featured some sprinkly showers. Yesterday's high was 80, with extra humidity. We ended up with just about a half inch of rain yesterday. We are not used to 80 degree days with that much rain. Other places experience that regularly, but not around here. So, all in all, an interesting day that was fun. And so nice to get outside too and get some exercise and air. Helps to refresh in so many ways.
June 21, 7:15 AM
Summer Solstice! But No Sun!
Apparently the sun has reached the end of its northward journey, but it is hard to tell around here. A quite rainy day yesterday (.58") and heavy clouds this morning remaining, with rain or showers in the forecast for much of the upcoming week, is not giving us much perspective of the sun. But trusting that it is up there, somewhere, it does seem like an accomplishment to make it to Summer! Kind of nice to sweep spring away this time.
The yard was happy for the good soaking yesterday. June has been very dry so far. These summer months are our dry season, so with each passing week now we can expect less and less rain overall. However, occasional days crop up that can soak us too. Looks like there could be a few more coming up soon.
Today's Sunrise: 5:10 AM --- Sunset: 9:10 PM
June 17, 7:30 AM
Graduation is over and it was wonderful. Three different ceremonies to attend over three days last week, culminating in the Big commencement on Saturday in the stadium where the Seahawks play football. The weather was great - sunny and warm (just about getting hot in the direct sun for awhile) but the sunshine was a bit filtered, which helped hold down the threat of "too hot" while sitting in the sun. Close to 5,000 graduates made a festive and colorful scene all around, plus sooo many people in the audience. Our daughter "walked" with the nursing school (I will brag here a bit, as the mom, and say the school is ranked #1 in the nation), which had their assigned seats in the far back corner of the grads. The doctoral graduates had their names called as they crossed the stage, while all others just walk across to shake hands and receive a diploma cover, and quite rapidly at that, and even so it took the nursing bunch just over an hour to finally cross the stage from the time the first doctoral student crossed. And less than five minutes later they were finished with that portion. So, a long wait, but we knew it would be and that is okay. I have to say the program is well organized and run and they have it worked out quite smoothly to get all of those people moved around. Well, it was the 138th commencement of the university. The entire program (speeches and all of it) lasted just three hours, as advertised, and they started it all exactly on the mark as the clock struck the appointed hour. A well run machine, as it was last year when our son graduated. After it all we went to dinner and to a small party at our house (family only, no time to do much more than that, and was probably for the best anyway, given the state of everyone's energy levels, including the graduate herself, who has just been going at crazy speed for too long and was a bit sick too) but it was nice and surely a long day and several days for us all. We are proud of her and all she has done over five years in college. She aimed high and hit every target.
We have now completed all of our "scheduled" activities for awhile and that does kind of feel good. It has been just too busy with so many things happening. Now we can concentrate more on "home" again, and it surely needs concentration. Mr. PSP is still going too strong on all of his responsibilities with estates, etc, and also his own job, and the house is just so disorganized and behind in every way right now. Our other daughter moved back home last week as well, for the summer, and she has a giant cleaning project going now with her room, which badly needs done (sorting things from the last many years, plus "re-doing" after married sister moved out last fall) and, well, everywhere I look, inside and outside, needs major work right now.
We had a little thunder yesterday afternoon with misty sprinkles, and showers are forecast at times this week ahead. We have some clouds around this morning. So overall probably a good week to try to make hay with this house and all of the plates that are spinning over us, which are many and some are on the brink of wobbling. Oh! My zinnias from seed are up!
June 11, 8 AM
June is already over a third over. I pretty well missed May entirely, and now a good portion of June as well. But, I am slowly rejoining the current in the middle of the stream and moving with it, toward future events.
A lot of water has passed under the bridge since early May, when both of my husband's parents were killed in a car crash, when a bus hit them, and there was nothing that their car (and son driver) could do about it. It has been a crazy time since then, with just so much to do, suddenly, and so many, many details to attend to and organize and just plain "do". The memorial was a big event, well attended, with family members involved in nearly all of the elements of it. We have been well supported by friends and family, as well as strangers in the community, as this story seemed to resonate with so many, and the lives of the folks had already touched many, many people in life, and now in death as well. They were blessings to many and it has been returned. We do not know why this accident happened. It is still being investigated, but we know that their days were numbered by God in advance and this is all part of His plan for them, and for us who are left behind; which is only for now.
There is so much else to do as well, including taking care of the house that they had been living in since the 1960's, and all of their affairs of life. Much of the house has been cleaned out now, which as everyone knows, is a very big job. It is not finished, but tremendous progress has been made. Many other post-memorial details are keeping Mr. PSP very busy still, plus other details of the estate that will be moving up the priority list as time goes on. So, just because the memorial and burial have occurred, does not end the story. The rest of the summer will be busy weeks and months, and as far into the future before all is said and done. And there is a lot to be said and get done. Losing three parents in four months (all are gone now) has been very hard. Family dynamics change, life is just very different at events, such as birthdays we have just celebrated. My in-laws were pretty much the life of the parties and it sure makes a difference when they aren't there. We miss them very much.
Now, for this week, we are changing gears, and that is nice to have something else to think about, as we have thought about or done nothing else for weeks, but also hard, when there is still so much to do in the aftermath of the last many weeks. But, our daughter is graduating from university this week! This has been a long, hard road for her, but she is finally finished!! She has completed two degrees - in Nursing and in English, and this week gives us three different opportunities to celebrate her, with scheduled graduation events at school. It has taken her five years to complete it all, and a lot of stress to even be accepted into the nursing school (a quite difficult school to get into) but she has made it all the way through every step and we are very proud of her!
So until this week is over and we move into next week, there still isn't much time to breathe yet. But all of this is very different from where we have been so recently and exciting to see the future for our daughter and her husband.
I think I will finally plant some zinnia seeds in some pots this morning, as a first step in our yard this year, before I take up with so much correspondence I have left to do. I think it may rain over the next couple of days too.
Sunrise: 5:10 AM --- Sunset: 9:06 PM (PDT)
(gaining 44 seconds tomorrow)
Updated: 2:14 PM GMT on July 01, 2013