FEBRUARY ENDED with RAIN

If you click on my last post ( The Iris of Inspiration) you see that I ended with

rain rain, rain
don’t stay away for another day.

Because the drought was so severe that we had water rationing in California in the winter!

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taken March 1st. Am not used to this gray-ness.

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Well, my prayers (and that of others) were heard, because on Friday, the last day of Feb. it started raining on and off. At night I thought maybe to sleep with one eye open, because it poured like the sky was falling (a bit dramatic) .

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VaartGroningenCropthe individual stories

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News is that in the areas where there had been fires, the ground was loose, not being able to soak up and hold the rain. Too much water coming down the hills (the sewage system couldn’t hold it either) with a great threat of floods, caused a mandatory evacuation of several communities around Pasasdena, CA.

Also, individual mini dramas: a friend told us Sunday morning that he had to hurry to put sandbags around the apartment to reroute the water, so their place would not flood, because higher up a swimming pool had collapsed and was rushing down the hill with all the rain.

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As common as rain is in my country of origin (Holland, like the UK), it is memorable here in California.
Freeways come to a grinding stop because people don’t know how to drive in the rain.
Even worse, they slow down to a stop for deep puddles (petpeeve  of someone I know)

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Sign2rainonAzalea copy

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Hubby was on the phone with a friend from Pennsylvania today, March first,
and there they’ll get a foot of snow!
Sorry for the cold, you who live up North:(

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andive eintopf

A heart for Endive, Potatoes, & Bacon

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My remedy against gray weather are the Eintopf (one-pot) dishes.
Although this is a very typical Dutch winter dish,
I like the German word,  because it gives a visual image.

This one is mashed potatoes with thin strips of endive and bacon strips –
with Dyon mustard on the side for a little zip.
What could be simpler and more delicious?

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not from this time of rain,  but this rain puddle
in Sacramento was so wide, I had to choose a focus

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sun break through

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I was happy though when the sun decided to break through the clouds:)

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Update of Saturday of the same week. Have my doors open because it’s warmer
outside than inside and wearing flip flops:)

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53 thoughts on “FEBRUARY ENDED with RAIN

      1. Thanks so much! Since Nov. I moved from blogspot to wordpress. Most blogs have a possibility of “open ID” on their comment section, which allows people outside blogspot to comment:) Thank you again for getting back, because I was curious:) Like the song “Hear my prayer” you posted!

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  1. Morning Jesh,

    I feel so badly for California with that rain–those floods, and the Northeast with so much snow. We’ve had drought conditions in Florida for several years, so I know the frustrations of that.

    Happy Blue Monday!

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  2. Well, when you come out my way you better slow down for deep puddles because they like to hide mega car-eating potholes that will cost you a fortune if you hit one too quickly. So, if the person in front of you is from PA, have patience with them til they overcome the years of fear! 🙂

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  3. It is amazing you can make even the rain and puddles look pretty. Lovely photos. So happy you had some much needed rain. We had snow here, we makes people drive crazy.. Enjoy your day and week ahead!

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  4. Can’t have too much of this liquid gold as far as I’m concerned – unless it all comes in one huge deluge. We have had only 20% of the normal 10 inches we usually get. Thankfully, it did rain both of those day, but even the total was less than an inch. Love your azalea.

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  5. Rain isn’t common here in Colorado either, and it usually falls from heavy thunderstorms when it arrives. My country of origin is England, and I lived in rainy but beautiful Holland for 10 years!

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  6. We’ve heard about your drought and then the onslaught on the rain! I was thinking you’d be in trouble with mud slides and such, so praying that doesn’t happen. I hope the earth sucks in all that water so the crops will be plentiful.

    Leslie
    abcw team

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  7. Living in the Seattle area we are used to driving in the rain. It’s always an experience to see how it effects driving in Southern California. Glad California finally got some rain.

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  8. Sounds like it’s gone from one extreme to another. The UK has had what is now the wettest winter on record. Some areas have experienced devastating flooding. Fortunately I live in an area not prone to flooding. I’d have been quite happy to send you some of my rain!!

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  9. Living in Belgium I am very much used to rain, it rains most of the time, lol ! Your Eintopf is of German origin, my grandma and my mother used to cook this in winter !

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  10. Hey — my 2 cents worth about putting your condo on the market
    Statistically, March through June are the highest sales months, so hurry. And look for someone that sold LOTS of houses last year (in an urban-suburban area, that probably means 25 or more). A sophisticated tech platform and great quality pictures and hi-def video are essential.

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  11. Yep! We wanted rain and boy did we get it! It always kills me to see so much of the rainwater doesn’t get collected. I just heard on the news, that we may get some more rain in about 10 days.
    Nice photos…

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  12. I’m so glad you linked up with Guest Heart Thursday! It’s so good to see you!!!!!!! I’ve heard California got some much needed rain, rather too much at once, though. We’ve had 2 days of wild wet and wind, but tomorrow it’s supposed to be dry. yay!
    Your Eintopf looks delish – especially since it’s shaped like a heart :=}
    But what I really noticed was on your last shot – the sky. At the top, there is a glowing outline of a dove! I know I have a good imagination (to see things in clouds), but it’s quite glorious!

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  13. You should always be careful with what you wish… Messing xith the weather can be delicate… ^^ At least you had some water… And so very cool reflections !

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  14. I was caught by this same rain during my recent trip to Arizona – it fell as snow when we at the Grand Canyon – rather good I have to say!

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

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