Ugh. I don’t know what it is about blogging that I find so difficult. I can get a million other things crossed off my list, but somehow I keep putting off writing a new post. I guess I think of it as too intimidating. There’s so much pressure to say something deep or fascinating, or at least interesting enough that it won’t make my readers jump off the nearest cliff from boredom.
So what’s up with me? Well, first off, I’ve survived the worst Oregon spring in my memory. Here are a few statistics:
- Record number of rainy days in April—25 out of 30
- 3rd wettest May on record, and the wettest in 65 years at 200% of normal
- Coldest May in 20 years
- Latest day to hit 80° EVER (previous record was June 9—we hope to hit 80 this weekend)
- By June 4th we’d already exceeded our average monthly June rainfall
Since May 17th we’ve had 7.2 inches of rain (that’s at my house, I’m not sure of the official number). That’s more in three weeks than we typically get in December, our rainiest month. It’s more than we normally get in April, May, and June combined. We received between a quarter and three-quarters of an inch of rain on 13 of those 21 days. That’s the sort of rain that’s typical of November and December. But what’s not typical is to get it day after day.
This weather is getting to everyone, but for a landscaper it’s beyond aggravating. I’ve been lucky to get two or three days work done in a week. The yard debris compost is heavy and so sloppy it doesn’t look good even when it’s spread. I have $60 worth of seed potatoes withering away in my garage because it’s too wet to plow. And even if I did plow, they’d just rot in the ground. And the weeds—oh, don’t even get me started!
But all that’s coming to an end. After today, dry weather is forecast for the entire week. Hallelujah! I can’t wait to get out under that warm sun and whip my yard into shape.