prairie daze

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i should live in portland

this morning graced me with my favorite weather…misty, in the upper 50s, no wind. i was stunned by how our trees still look like winter…but don’t look away, green life is coming, i know.

spring trees looking like winter

6:45 in that early morning light hidden by the blanket of clouds made the green that was there seem extreme…extreme green…

morning rain on spring growth

i grabbed my coffee, went to the porch and watched people more awake than i get on with their day…i wonder where they are going.  i wonder if they are settled.  i wonder if they ate.  i wonder if they are hopeful.  and i long for them to know all those things.

coffee and cars

the sound of birds calling and cars on water, the smell of rain and exhaust, the feeling of warm in my hands and the near prickle of rain on my arms…a morning broken well.

is it like this every day in portland?

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10 comments on “i should live in portland

  1. katiecl
    April 17, 2008

    good for you. i’m glad you were aware enough to feel that moment with all your senses, and deep in your mind. i love it when these moments soak in.

  2. Kate
    April 17, 2008

    Nice.
    I have experiences like this all the time, however, I would never in a million years be able to articulate my thoughts as beautifully as you do.
    Bravo for living the moment fully and having the communication skills to share it with all of us. Thanks for that!

  3. Grandma Vicki
    April 18, 2008

    I’m so thankful to know someone who enjoys rainy days. They’re a gift!

  4. Auntie Bri
    April 18, 2008

    I could handle this if the sun almost always came out by noon or so.

    I am a sun child.

    I don’t know about portland, I think you may be right, but I think Seattle is definitely like this. I do love the smell of rain!!!

  5. AnnMarie
    April 19, 2008

    Okay. So seeing that picture of the cup of coffee… did you think, “oh! Blog post!” and run in and get your camera? Or even, “I don’t know if this will be a blog post, but I must get a picture of this?” because last night? I spent, like, 20 minutes taking pictures of dice and a Homer Simpson figuring JUST for these reasons.

    Oh, and I love mornings that.

  6. AnnMarie
    April 19, 2008

    “figurine” and I have only had 2 Vodka and OJ’s thank you very much.

  7. prairie daze
    April 19, 2008

    Ha!

    So often I want to remember slices of life. I want to remember pieces of what I see… I can’t wait to see how an experience can be captured in still form.

    Oh yeah, 20 minutes on dice. Been there.

    : )

  8. prairie daze
    April 19, 2008

    p.s. i did sit and wait patiently for a car to drive by so i could capture the rainy red brake lights…ah yes, the things we do.

  9. nonlineargirl
    April 20, 2008

    Portland is like that right now at least. Grey and cool. No tomato planting for another couple of weeks, despite the starts that sit patiently on my porch (and get pulled inside at night). We had beautiful 70 degree weather last weekend that tricked me (and 20,000 of my closest friends) into buying tomatoes at the farmers market.

  10. Visty
    April 22, 2008

    Yep. It loses it’s charm after about five solid months.

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