when you live in the land of sunnyblueskies you dream of terrible fantastic storms. with lightening and window rattling THUNDER. maybe one where you could get trapped inside by the high winds and electrical danger. every particle of the atmosphere, charged with a sense of catastrophe and excitement. it could go either way. you don’t know which.
los angeles gets a storm like that exactly once every 387 days. so on that 387th day you really really really want to be home. to watch it all unspool.
i was and it did. yesterday. wow.
rain pelted moss cottage. frosty white bite-sized hail dashed against the windows. it piled up on the umbrella outside. i kept running out to check on a GIANT praying mantis that took refuge under the arm of a patio chair. He swiveled his head around to stare at me each time I came out. I put protective covers on all of the outdoor furniture which mr. mantis seemed to appreciate. we chatted a bit in between downpours.
i sat inside at my art table between 2 windows and fooled around with scraps of paper and pretty tape.
and watched sun & rain making rounds across the skies.
Michel Murphy says
Nothing like a good loud thunderstorm but here in Missouri they seem to be accompanied more often then not by a tornado or two. Makes it a little more difficult to “enjoy” them. Love your beautiful photos!
i know, huh! i miss the storms of my youth growing up in the deserts of phoenix, az. i do appreciate a good storm every 387th day up here in northern california. i guess it makes it all the more special and wonderful!
Tiffiny Jackson says
I AM GETTING OUT OF TOWN THIS WEEKEND! I’m taking the boys to the Grand Canyon. Thanks for the inspiration for road trips. I’ll try to figure out how to send you a pic.
I see a few of us are wiping our chins due to the rolls of tape pictured!! I have to get some colored tapes!! Mine are all vintage-inspired. I NEED color!!
Robin Thomas says
I love your posts like I love my lip gloss.
Yes, wasn’t it fantastic? I am in Orange County and it wasn’t quite so dramatic, (no hail) but it was wet and cold and windy. Love!
I truly am living in the wrong spot on Earth. We have those all the time in spring and summer. i’d much rather have your warm temps and sun and flowers most of the year.
so funny about perspective isn’t it? in FL we get rain that like that every summer day almost w/o fail around 3.30pm…what i love is the winter storms, the northeasterns, cold and blustery like pooh mentions..
on another note – where did you find that lovely tape?
Judy H. says
A perfect type of day to play with pretty papers and tape! We had a few mild booms last eve here in KC (mostly thunder, but some folks also felt a bit of jostle from the OKC earthquakes); no dramatics today, just plain ol’ rain! 🙂
I love a good storm! Wish I was there! Can we skip winter this year and go straight to Spring with all it’s wonderful storms?
ellen kelley says
I have just spent the most delicious minutes catching up with you. I don’t understand how and why I get so behind on this very special place.
It is always time well spent.
We had a bit of drizzle but no big storm. I miss thunderstorms….I grew up in IL and we had our share. Love that you looked out for Mr Mantis! And those yummy tapes are making me hungry for sherbet!
Whew! That sounds like quite a storm. I love that your praying mantis friend is still hanging around. And those tape colors are DELICIOUS!
We have some big thunderstorms, mostly in the summer, but the real big (non thunder) storms come in fall and winter. I like them the best when the tide is so high that the ferry cannot reach the island and we are cut off from the main land and the water is so high that a special protective shield has to be put up to protect the town from the rising water. I love the wind howling around my house (I live on top of a dune and my street is like a wind tunnel sometimes) and the rain making loud noises against my window. I like it even better if it’s a snow storm. There’s something very cosy about storms and yet something very exciting. It’s a wonderful mix. 😉
donna, doni, lady d says
Once a year. A nice interval for such a drama queen to make her theatrical entrance. Cleverly, she maintains her charm, always exciting, a little aloof, greeted with anticipation, never becoming what some drama queens surely dread (oh, she’s at it again, syndrome). Has the praying mantis told you his name yet? :o) Donna
Susie LaFond says
Thunderstorms and rain, we get plenty of both and I don’t ever get tired of them. I am in awe every time. I love going to sleep with the sound of thunder over head or having it wake me in the early hours of dawn, lightening streaking across the sky. The only time I worry is if the power goes because when it rains it means that there is so much moisture in the air it has to go someplace and not having one’s AC running on a damp and sticky day or evening is not fun. So storms and I have a love/hate kind of relationship, mother nature is welcome to throw everything she has at me so long as she doesn’t pull the main plug or blow a fuse. LOL. Snow is forecast for us tomorrow so we shall see how that goes. I am excited.
Laurie M says
That one fascinating storm, loved it! As long as its once a year!!
Physics is kicking my arse, so I spent a wonderful rainy day with my nose in a book; would have much rather spent it like you.