Oregon writer, Rain Trueax, and Oregon painter, Diane Widler Wenzel co-author Rainy Day Thought. Diane generally posts on Wednesdays and Rain on Saturdays. There may be extra days or changes as situations warrant. Comments are always welcome and appreciated as it turns an article into a discussion.

Saturday, March 08, 2014

When it's raining


 Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. 
Robert Frost

For anyone who writes a blog, I am sure there come those days when you go-- but I have nothing to say. This is one of those for me. I know Saturday is coming up where I like to have something uplifting for this blog. It's not easy some weeks. My life is pretty consistently onward and upward. We are getting the much needed rain but, of course, now the issue is, will flooding follow it? I don't think our creek will go into flood stage but other rivers already are. By the time this blog comes out, the rains should have let up.

It's actually been a delightful rain for me as this is one of our pineapple expresses where it's in the high 50s with heavy rain and some wind but not too much (so far). That means I can have the door open when I am writing. Being a native born Oregonian, I love rain. Sure, I like sunshine too but rain makes my part of Oregon what it is. If I need sunshine, I can head the other side of the Cascades but most of the time I feel about rain as some do about sunshine-- it is sustenance. Misty days are also good, but the drawback with them is no rain is falling-- and our trees and land need rain. Can't hardly write a whole blog though about rain now can I?

We did see a rainbow coming back from town the other day. It was a big one  that stretched across the valley, the kind that is hard to actually photograph (but I didn't have a camera with me anyway). The photo above was a different day when we took it along for a Sunday drive and hoping for a photo of mist and a neighboring valley.

I am doing a lot of writing. Writing three blogs a week for Rain Trueax is generally pretty easy (the current one is on short story writing). Lately it's been about the coming anthology of fifteen western/romance writers and their short stories or my own novellas that I am in the midst of researching and writing. 

There has been a lot more to that anthology coming out than just a simple-- it'll be here. Does anything get born without some birth pains? I have mentioned I did a blog for that, which I will also have a link here when it's live-- likewise two trailers-- one about the western and what it means to us as a culture. Writing one on that for Sunday's Rain Trueax also as I think it has a lot of elements to it that make the western interesting to think about for today.

Once in awhile I write a guest blog for someone else. I have one of those coming in April for a new blog. I'll definitely give a link to it when it goes live as I think readers here would find interesting what I wrote, but can't write about that or I'd give away their blog guest post.

And yes, I do relate to that poem by Frost. I too have taken the road less traveled-- more than once, and have always felt likewise-- it made all the difference.

8 comments:

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

I agree with you...

Tabor said...

It is comforting to know that even you who writes like a waterfall can have days with nothing to write!

Celia said...

Reading about your open door with the rain falling outside gave me a wee bit of homesickness. I miss the rain on the "wet" side of the Cascades. When I drive up the gorge into the green hills and mist outside Portland I feel I'm home. It seems to be getting wetter here. National Geographic published a map showing our Walla Walla Valley as one area destined for wetter seasons, global warming. We've had three cooler and wetter springs in a row now. I too saw a rainbow yesterday and we've been under a flood watch. Enjoy your lovely Oregon spring Rain.

Rubye Jack said...

Life begins in pain, ends in pain and is riddled with pain inbetween. Other than the fact that we live with pain, fear, anxiety, and dread there is certainly much to embrace when not being consumed with the negative. The trees all have little purple buds now and often I see a rainbow from my window when I look to the northeast. Today is going to be another beautiful day but it may rain this afternoon they say. That's fine because it's warm and like you, I'm beginning to enjoy this Portland rain. Now, off to walk the dog who knows no pain.

robin andrea said...

I would like to learn how to love the rain as much as I love the sun. I like rain, but days and days of it starts to really wear me down. Balance is really the best. But I think it is important to live where it rains, because water is essential for life. The drought here has been rather enlightening.

Diane Widler Wenzel said...

I like rain and the way it smells. Today when I went for a walk, I would have enjoyed it mre if there wasn't any burning.

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

I love rain, and living in California is just not the right place for me. I love a lot of California, I just love rain. Glad you're getting some and enjoying it!

Brighid said...

I love the rain in Oregon, and to have the doors and windows open, to smell rain approaching, and hear it on a tin roof...