Southern California is famous for its sunny days, blue skies, and beach weather. But sometimes–even when it comes to sunshine–there can be too much of a good thing. This winter has been uncharacteristically dry and warm. While it may sound wonderful, the lack of rain increases the risk of fires, poor crops, and of course, results in a serious water shortage. Needless to say we were all extremely grateful when the storm clouds rolled in last week. The temperature dropped, the skies darkened, and finally...the rain fell.
I grew up experiencing rain and thunderstorms that would last for days on end. To this day, if I close my eyes I can recall the smell of damp earth or the feeling of perfect stillness right before the skies break apart. I have always found the rain to be comforting. Cleansing.
Last week I pulled my rain boots out of the closet for the very first time since moving to California. Once the rain began it continued for four days straight. I danced in the rain and it felt like I was home.
Here are some of the things that are currently making me smile.
Splashing in puddles.
Five varieties of local organic dates!
Vibrant colours at the local farmers market.
The sound of raindrops against the window.
A gift to myself, just because. :)