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Thursday Thirteen Ed. #56

August 30th, 2006

End of August means hello, rain! I haven’t missed you much the last two months. Guess we’ll be hanging out again ’til end of June 2007. Nice to know you, summer. See ya later. For my Thursday Thirteen I bring you…


1. August sprinkles = Do I bring laundry in off line? Yes? No? No = It keeps raining. Yes = the sun comes out.

2. September drizzle = Yes, bring laundry in permanently. And patio chair cushions too. And the kids’ easel. And the camp chairs I forgot were out there.

3. October spitting rain = You’re at the Oregon coast. Sorry, no one told you the rain stings here? Welcome!

4. November downpour = raincoats, boots, cotton pants that get soaked. Jeans that get soaked. Dog who gets soaked and stands there looking miserable. Cats who laugh at dog and make him feel more insecure then he already is.

5. December rain = Dang it, when will it stop raining? Basement is flooding again, even though I thought that hole was patched. Are the gutters full? We just cleaned them out. Why can it never snow here for Christmas? Kids: “Mommy, will Santa be able to fly in the rain? I thought his sled needed snow?” Me: “Santa’s fine. Go back to bed.”

6. January sideways rain = This is why no one here carries an umbrella. The rain blows in sideways, so what is the point? I love my Columbia parka.

7. More January rain = I need to re-waterproof my Columbia parka cuz it is soaked through.

8. And still more January rain + cold temps = the Wackies, ice skating in their driveway. (We did, for real. I have the videotape to prove it. It was so cool. But when Hockey God skated off down the street, and around the block? That, my friends, was the coolest. That was the second or third day of being stuck inside. By day six, nothing was fun anymore. Not even Trike Races in the Kitchen.)

9. Big downpour rain in February = Remember that week of nice weather earlier in the month, and you said smarmily, “See? We sometimes have a nice spring in Portland. It doesn’t always rain.” You were fooled again by our girl Mother Nature.

10. Gusty winds and rain in March = Why did I wear this white T-shirt that is now see-through (peekaboo!) and forget my rain jacket? Why does it always rain here? Why does it always rain all week during spring break? Want. To. Cry. Now.

11. April showers = May flowers. Flowers! Pretty. Nice. Sunshine, yes?

12. May flowers need more rain, apparently. May comes in like a lion and goes… oh, wait. That’s March.

13. June rain = Rose Festival! It’s a festival… with rides! Three parades (Starlight/Kiddie/Grand)! And sailors! Sailors impregnating local girls! We’re all hap-hap-happy. So no rain, right? Just sunshine and dreamy summer nights, right? Ha. See you in July, summer!


  1. Mysterious Lady says

    Sounds like alot of rain going on there. Not sure I could handle it.
    Wishing you a sunshine day! Happy TT!

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  2. Kimmy says

    Wow! Now that’s a lot of rain!!! But it really made for a wonderful T13 list! I’m sorry about all the rain, but you turned it into something fun!
    Happy T13! My list’s up!

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  3. Jenny Ryan says

    Wow-I commend you on being able to deal with so much rain. I could not do that.

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  4. shannon says

    Oh gosh. Kind of depressing. Should we send you an umbrella?

    Happy Blog Day 2006 (http://www.bogday.org)!

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  5. guppyman says

    #10 Dang it- no pictures!

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  6. Mama Duck says

    Lots of rain indeed! Hope you are having a wonderful day – our TT is up and we’re also hosting the Carnival of the Vanities this week if you haven’t visited it already ;).

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  7. Nancy says

    How do you stand it? It rained here a lot this summer and I have been going crazy.

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  8. Zipdodah says

    We do not tan here in Oregon, we rust.

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  9. shetha says

    You just reminded me I need to waterproof my gore-tex coat again! You also forgot that it always pours at easter so we have to do easter egg hunts in the mud. I love it. It’s a lot of rain but after a while you don’t even notice, and then when the sun comes out again it’s like “oh yeah — that!”

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  10. Lisa says

    lol, great list. I can almost related, lived 3 years in Seattle :)

    Thanks for stopping by my 13!

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  11. Robin says

    Sounds like lots of gloom..but loved your wet t-shirt comment!

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  12. Barb says

    I think I’ll never complain about rain anymore! We’ve needed it lots this summer, and it never came.

    My TT is up.

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  13. PaxilPrincess says

    Whoa! Are you kidding me? I won’t be complaining about the rain here any more! *lol*

    Happy T13!

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  14. Himself says

    What you forgot to mention is that for our 9 months of rain (okay, sometimes it’s 10), we get two or three months of ideal weather. Sunshine, highs in the 80s, and cool breezy nights. Oh sure, we get a hot spell or two each summer, but who can complain about 75-80 and sunny day after day after day in the summer?

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  15. Shetha says

    Note to himself: That’s information of a proprietary nature so be careful what you say!!! ;)

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  16. sobeit says

    Neat list! If I had a list like that….it would be about the heat!Thanks for stopping by my TT!

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  17. Jersey Girl says

    I don’t do the hang out to dry thing…I did for a short while in Texas, there was always a breeze..watching jeans blow against the wind is neat.

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