Infinitely healing

Green hills near our northern California home, 2003

Green hills near our northern California home, 2003

“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature– the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter.”  — Rachel Carson

Among the things I miss most about living in northern California is being able to see the beautiful green hills on a daily basis — but only for a relatively brief time in the spring.  The famed California sunshine quickly burns them to a golden brown for the rest of the year.

On the coastal regions of California, we experienced winter as the rainy season.  The rains would begin in December and continue steadily until February or early March.  Although the rain would become annoying at times, we always needed it badly after going months without it.  Whenever I would find myself complaining about the rains tripping the breaker and turning my outdoor Christmas lights off, or soaking my shoes and keeping the skies a gloomy gray for weeks, I would remind myself of the glorious green hills that soon would follow.

This post was originally published seven years ago today. You can view the original with comments here.


  1. We have the same problem with rain here in the PNW. It rains all winter and not a drop when we need it in summer. The weather has been changing over the last 10 years. It wasn’t always that way here. I’m grateful for every drop right now. Especially after what happened in Australia. Hope you are doing well.

    • Yes, I am doing pretty well and I hope you are too? It’s funny, I always picture Oregon and Washington as being rainy all year long, green and perfect gardening weather. I didn’t realize it gets dry in the summer. California could be so terrifying when the wildfires started up. That’s one of the few things I don’t miss about the west coast. Here in Virginia it seems to get wetter every year. I run dehumidifiers at both homes because I can’t stand it to get too humid and I don’t want to see even the faintest trace of mildew or mold. But as you say, it’s better to have a bit too much rain than not enough.

      • Mold and mildew are always a problem here in winter but the summers have been hard. This last summer was better than many before so you just don’t know. I take precaution in both extremes. Spring will be here soon.

        • Hooray for spring being on the way! Coming from California, I remembered water shortages all too well, and insisted upon having rain barrels installed to a couple of our gutters. I couldn’t understand why everyone didn’t do that, but now I realize most people don’t feel they are needed. I guess they are right, but I still like being able to use rainwater (untreated by chemicals) on my plants. Despite lots of use, neither of my rain barrels has ever run dry. It’s just too rainy around here for that to happen, I suppose.

  2. mike c.

    I think it is called in Seattle the maritime climate. Today in Woodstock if feels like Seattle; cold, clammy, chills you to the bone, a dreary mist about with cars having their headlighs on at 10AM. Makes me homesick. Glad i brought my Eddie Bauer rain jacket. I am wearing it today.
    Oh did I tell you my car got totalled??

    • WHOA, no you did not tell me your car got totaled! What happened? I hope no one was hurt?

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