How to appreciate what you have (if what you have is crap weather)

by on Saturday, June 12th, 2010

As I’m writing this (I write this stuff in advance so it posts in the morning, btw), the pork that was marinating was just read to go on the outside grill. A grill that we specifically fixed up so we could grill tonight. But someone stopped by, and we had to wait a bit before cooking even as our tummies growled impatiently. Now, as it’s time to make these pork kabobs (with delicious mushrooms, tomatoes, squash…) the sound of the rain moving against freshly sprouted leaves on the trees is a disheartening cry of reality. It’s raining far too much to use the grill now. It’s going to rain all night. And maybe storm – which will make Shopdog freak out as always (poor baby, she shakes and paces through storms), and sometimes (far too often!) knocks the power out. UGH.

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Today we’re celebrating the unpredictable weather that occurs in Spring and early Summer. Whenever I start thinking about clouds and rainbows I go back to the movie Pollyana, and how they used prisms. Sometimes, when the light and weather was right I used to see prisms on the stairs where I lived as a child in the early 90’s. Because of where I live now, the weather is of concern because when there are storms with lots of wind my power lines always get knocked by a tree branch, and then I suffer without power. (Although in some small way, I do appreciate the time to just take a long bath and read and think. But after a while I find myself going crazy with the want of making microwave popcorn and to watch How I Met Your Mother on DVD!)

Lately, the weather has been odd in the midwest. It’s summer, but the sun has disappeared behind oppressive clouds that are lingering the way some unfortunate relatives will do to you. The air itself is hot, even without the visible presence of the sun. When I go outside the air feels heavy and thick, making me feel claustrophobic even as I stare up into the sky, willing the clouds to dissolve so particles of light can work their magic.

Since the sun will be hiding out for at least another week (even when we have 87 degrees!) I need to find a way to appreciate the weather. …Or at least endure it. Well, this is a good time to share with you a photo of a shoe that I love. It’s by Thea Cababra and called Cloud and Rainbow. I think that Rainbow Brite would have rocked these.

One tiny way that helps me to appreciate every day when I’m feeling like life is OMG-SO-UNFAIR-WHYYYY, is to think back to an older era. One thing I have that is great? I get to sleep on an amazing mattress which is as big as it is comfortable (it’s a Simmons BeautyRest). I can even just think about to college days and to compare the mattresses is laughable (let alone the room sizes or conditions of the showers).

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Find a way to embrace whatever weather you are having. If you’re somewhere cold, hot chocolate and marshmallows are a genius idea. If you’re somewhere hot, eating watermelon on a porch stoop is always perfect – even if it’s seedless and organic. Sometimes we forget that even though we aren’t kids, the weather still affects us. It’s okay to admit this! It’s not just kids who can get crabby based on what’s going on outside. I was never one to hate the rain, but lots of kids hated that they couldn’t play outside. As Tim Gunn says, “Make it work!” Make the weather that’s happening work for you. If we’ve found ways to make the snowy seasons fun, surely the other seasons should be a piece of cake.

'Cloud and Rainbow' shoe designed and made by Thea Cadabra in 1979.Cloud & rainbow  Single women's leather flat heeled slip on shoe. Oval toe. 3 lift stacked heel. Blue leather shoe with appliqué leather strips in yellow, red, green and pink in patterns resembling water. V shaped vamp throat. Leather lining and sock. Leather sole and plastic top piece. Right foot. Unworn.  Part of Thea Cadabra's Graphic Collection made in 1984

'Cloud and Rainbow' shoe designed and made by Thea Cadabra in 1979."Cloud & rainbow Single women's leather flat heeled slip on shoe. Oval toe. 3 lift stacked heel. Blue leather shoe with appliqué leather strips in yellow, red, green and pink in patterns resembling water. V shaped vamp throat. Leather lining and sock. Leather sole and plastic top piece. Right foot. Unworn. Part of Thea Cadabra's Graphic Collection made in 1984."

I went looking around with this theme of rain, clouds, storms and rainbows in mind. There was lots of themed jewelry to find, especially when it came to cloud jewelry.

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Quotes about appreciation:

“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and
realize they were the big things.” – Author Unknown

“Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.” – Seneca

“A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humor, for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself.” – Jessamyn West

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