Paintober, Day 30 – Soothed

When I moved to the Portland area in late January, it rained every third day or so for months. I became accustomed to the perpetual drum of precipitation on our roof, to clothes and shoes never quite drying before they were soaked anew, to splashing through mini-moats every time I drove.

And then in early June, it suddenly stopped, and didn’t start again until October. At the same time, we had the third-hottest summer on record, AND the hottest August ever recorded in Portland.

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Also, we did not have air conditioning, and with temps frequently exceeding 100 degrees, even multiple fans didn’t cool us down.

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Oh, AND the region also had a dust storm for several weeks, plus an enormous wildfire that’s still burning.

Things were a bit uncomfortable.

 

And then, one glorious day, the rain finally found its way back, and NE’ER WAS THERE A MORE BLESSED DAY IN ALL THE KINGDOM.

“Soothed” is the transition to relief, that sigh of contentment that only the long-term parched know.

Original version:

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With soft light and color burn effects:

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