01-18-15 – Sunday – The Rainy Pacific Northwest

It has been raining non-stop here in the Pacific Northwest and it is been difficult to get inspired to do anything outside of the house. There is this wonderful process that takes place here each year where as the rains fall and freeze up in the mountains, which thaws each spring and summer to provide the most magnificent waterfalls, lakes, rivers and beautiful, green specimens of nature. The problem with the process is making it through the rainy season.

The news weather stations here refer to the rain as “Liquid Sunshine”. I know this is just an attempt to inspire people to try to not be effected by seasonal disorder. They claim those here in the soggy Pacific Northwest are “Unstoppable” because we don’t let rain get in our way. But the truth is that it does get in the way. When was the last time you heard someone say how happy they were to be cold and wet most of the time.

I suppose that the best way to describe the way I am feeling right now is that I am in the process of “Hunkering Down”. And that is exactly what I am doing. Time spent indoors to avoid the harsh weather outside. It is actually a natural phenomenon that has happened throughout the history of the animal kingdom. Oh, and yes we are animals.

I suppose the best way to deal with the winter months is by simply giving into the nature rhythm of the season. I need to take it down, relax and take advantage of spending quality time with friends and family. I mean, we are all in the same boat together. Although it is so much more fun spending time with our loved ones in the outdoors, the same time spent indoors can have it’s advantages.

It is much easier being in the “Now”, with nature in the Spring and Summer, but I have found it much more intimate being in the “Now” with people in the winter, while we are face to face, indoors and don’t have all of the distractions of the natural world. The simple sharing of a meal, or just relaxing in front of a fireplace brings about more attention to the individual when feeling relaxed. And since we no place to go…….

So in the end I will come to the conclusion that the rainy season here in the Pacific Northwest is a time for community indoors. A time to really get to know each other and find a common bond, or connection that will carry the whole year through.

Awaking to day #5 of “The Cold”, although I am feeling much better, I still have tell tale signs of much healing and recovery going on inside my body. My lips were totally dry and I still lack the energy that I normally wake up with. For these reasons I will go yet another day without my treasured early morning workout.

Blood Sugar – 98, Weight – 168.2


Breakfast – Fast
Lunch – 2 Eggs, 2 Bacon
Dinner – Pot Roast, Carrots

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At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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2 Responses to 01-18-15 – Sunday – The Rainy Pacific Northwest

  1. Yes. (Or, put on the rain jacket and galoshes and get after it. :))

  2. I hope you feel better soon. I smear a little Burts Bees on my lips at night before I go to sleep. However, when I am sick my lips tend to be dryer than normal (from blowing my nose or maybe from all the mouth breathing lol) So I’ve been known to put on a little Neosporin Lip Health before going to bed when I am sick. If you put on a thin coat you can put lip balm over it and wake up with soft lips again.

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