We enjoyed a glorious, relaxing and fun week in Maui. But more on that later when I get the pictures done.
You may recall that it started raining in Texas well before we left on our trip and a series of thunderstorms *quickly* filled up the reservoir that supplies some of our water. It hasn’t stopped raining since then except for a few periods lasting no more than about three days at a time. While we were in Maui, I kept getting severe weather alerts on my phone for our home area, and several friends shared about the downpours we were receiving.
As I’m typing this post this morning after my first cup of coffee, it is 47 degrees with 90% humidity, and the high today will struggle to reach 60. Normally, the average high for late May should be around 85 degrees, but it’s not uncommon for the temperature to go well above that, too. So, I decided to check the average weather in the Pacific Northwest this time of year, and it seems we are right on track with Seattle’s weather in May!
So, if I never visit Seattle, at least I now what it feels like to be there in May. And it is “loverly!”
With more severe storms in our forecast for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, we have decided to scrap some tentative plans to go out in the RV for a little getaway, hopefully with our son coming along. I’m not into camping during super-cell storms at all, and we are having an epic load of them these days. Some friends of ours went to Copper Breaks State Park two weekends ago with their trailer in tow, and not long after they arrived that evening and set up, they found themselves running to the bathroom/shower building nearby to dodge an oncoming tornado. Apparently, it absolutely rained buckets of water during that storm, along with some small hail. We were flying out to Hawaii that day and receiving regular text updates about what “dogs” we were while they were trying to not die at Copper Breaks! It is funny now… ;-) Glad they, along with their trailer and truck, are fine most of all.
You have to be tough to camp in Texas in May and June at times, and there are lots of tough people out there. I’m just not sure I’m one of them, but kudos to them for being brave souls!
More lakes are rising dramatically, and it’s an amazing thing to witness. “All droughts end with a flood” seems completely spot-on at this time. Just check out a few of the lakes that have seen a dramatic increase over the past few days and weeks, especially the first one.
It’s amazing what the rain has done for the spirits of the people in our area. It’s like hope has finally returned and the doom and gloom of the drought may actually be behind us, at least for a while. And right along with the lifting of spirits with the return of rain, it seems my own spirit is finally on the rise after several long, depressing months following my mother’s death. I swear she is up there levying God to make some good things happen for me and for this area that was her home for 93 years because everything just seems to be making a 180 degree turn right now in so many ways. It would be so like her to do that. Always thinking of others.
I enjoyed several hours alone at a lovely spa in Hawaii while Hubby played golf, and it was a great time of reflection and peace for me. God felt so very close as I had the unique opportunity to spend time with him in this gorgeous place. The various health treatments must have helped the blood start flowing to my brain again, literally, and I have felt so much better physically since that day, and walking quite a bit while we were gone certainly helped, too. The quiet time with God helped me to realize that it’s time to start moving on while remembering Mom and our good times together. I had one teary time as I sat alone amid the beauty, but I have not cried a single tear since then.
There is too much of life left to live, and it’s time to quit wasting it on being sad. I’m not sure what all that will mean for me going forward, but I’m ready to see what life has to bring my way.
One thing that became clear was that it is time to pursue my photography hobby once again. I’ve put it away for too long, and the passion that God has given me for photography is going to waste in some way. This happened *before* I even mentioned this small revelation to my Hubby. When he told me on my birthday, the day we flew home from Hawaii, that he wanted to upgrade my camera equipment when we got home, it confirmed my earlier revelation. God works in mysterious and glorious ways, and the blessings are flowing all around right now, for sure. The new camera and lenses are already in hand, and I’m looking forward to new photographic experiences with them and hopefully improving my skills significantly.
The drought is finally over. Spring has returned in so many ways, and my heart is grateful for the sustaining power that saw me through it all once again. <3