Soft Rains and Healthy Brains

While enjoying the sound of a soft rain outside my window, I looked for articles that explain my sense of euphoria with each passing storm.


Anna’s Hummingbird having a drink at one of the feeders

Apparently I’m a pluviophile!

According to an article in LifeHack

People who love rain bask in their experiences. They can describe the rain in vivid detail, from the mesmerizing pitter-patter sound, to the hypnotic way each drop magnifies and changes the scenery on the other side of the window pane. Pluviophiles appreciate the scent of a fresh storm and the delicious feel of water dripping down their skin. They even know the taste of fresh drops as they look upwards with arms outstretched and welcome a cool drink from the clouds.

It’s nice to be understood. There are dozens of articles on the mood-altering effects of rain, most of them describing how people feel sad or out of sorts when it rains.

curb-garden-variegated-plant-in-rainIt took some digging to find an article supporting my rain-loving ways. I quickly forwarded a copy to my older son. He’s home from college for the Thanksgiving break, and heads out the door every time it rains. He loves it as much as I do.

My garden certainly appreciates the rain. The plants stand a little taller, grateful for the cleansing rinse. Leaves brighten to a shiny green as the plant’s roots welcome the long, steady drink.


Sweet Peas, blooming for the second time this year

This Anna’s hummingbird took a shower from the branches of the Chinese Pistache. Apparently he’s a pluviophile too.

Anna's hummigbird in the rain

Male Anna’s Hummingbird enjoying the rain

Post-Election Processing

I read a blog post this weekend that resonated with me, so I’m sharing it here. Martha Brettschneider writes of the benefits of mindfulness to help us process and move forward in a positive way.

She described the election outcome as triggering a sense of “social mistrust.”

Psychologist Kelly McGonigal explains that social mistrust is a stress response to not feeling safe, respected, or valued in our community. It’s a deeper, more toxic level of stress than your normal everyday stress, with even stronger physiological impacts on our health and well-being.

You can read the full article here.

Martha discusses ways to transform your stress from “paralyzing to empowering.” If you’ve been struggling with this as I have, than this article is for you..

I’ve done a number of things in the past ten days along these lines. I’ll share more in a future post.

Rain, Glorious Rain

After an incredibly dry year, I’m so happy it finally rained.  Twice!  That’s a bit of a big deal around here after one of the driest years in memory.  We’re semi-arid to begin with.  We need all the rain we can get.

sweet peas in the rain

Sweet Peas refreshed

The air smells wonderful.  After a few hours of grey clouds, followed by sunshine, I feared we had already seen the last of it.  Then around 1:00 this afternoon, another storm blew in.  I’m loving it and enjoying it while I can.  We’re back to ‘sunny and 68′ F (20’ C) by the weekend.

hyacinth emerge

Hyacinth emerge

Our season runs from July through June.  Season to date is typically 2.18″. We’ve recorded 0.66.”

I realize it’s all relative.  Parts of the world are shoveling out snow.  Others are already fed up  with wind and rain.   Super Typhoon Haiyan besieged the Philippines and the mid west state of Illinois will take years to recover from late-season, powerful tornadoes.  Such devastating losses our weather can bring.  My heart goes out to everyone suffering  these profound injuries and loss.

Today, in my little corner of the world, I’m happy the rains are falling.  I’m also filled with gratitude for all I have.

'Maori Sunrise' New Zealand Flax

‘Maori Sunrise’ New Zealand Flax

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