My world is currently very wet. We’re having an atmospheric river event this week, where a plume of moisture stretches across the Pacific, from Hawaii right to the Pacific Northwest, where it dumps bucket loads of rain on the western slopes of the Olympics and Cascades. I think these kind of storms are what everyone called a Pineapple Express when I was a kid. I always hated them! Every winter day that didn’t bring snow or frost made me really angry. Right now, I feel at peace with the rain. After all, February showers bring March…er, oh yeah. Landslides. That’s not good! We’ve had enough rain over the past few months that more is not going to do us any good whatsoever, especially since it’s warm enough that it’s raining in the mountains too. There are three weather alerts in effect – all flood watches – on my weather app. Not good.
Since I can’t do anything about the weather, I’m just going to settle in for a week of hibernating and nesting. I plan to make use of my free month of HerbMentor, make some elderberry syrup, work on my entry for Evil’s Squirrel’s Third Annual Contest of Whatever, and maybe clean out my root vegetable cupboard because I saw some things sprouting in there when I was looking for a yam.
But to start the week, I will tackle Cee’s Share Your World questions.
What are you a “natural” at doing? I used to feel like a natural at typing. I worked as a medical transcriptionist for awhile and I loved so many things about it – the feeling of my fingers flying over the keys, knowing all the medical terms, watching my to-do stack of charts get smaller and smaller as my stack of done charts grow taller and taller. But the job also consisted of something I’m not a natural at – answering the phone – so I wasn’t at all sad when I got fired.
Nowadays, my fingers are too stiff and clumsy to type very fast, so I don’t think I could get a job as a medical transcriptionist, even if I was willing to answer someone else’s phone (which I am not. I don’t even like answering my phone.)
What comes natural to me now is learning about herbs. When I learn about herbs, I feel like I’m remembering old friends. I love the official names – Taraxacum officinale (dandelion), Nepeta cataria (catnip), Arctium lappa (burdock) and Verbascum thapsus (mullein). Oh, and another one of my favorites – Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s Wort) – it sounds like something you would say at Hogwart’s while waving your wand to turn a goblet into a rat. HYPERICUM PERFORATUM! I love it! 🙂
Would you prefer a one floor house or multiple levels? Definitely one floor. I hate stairs for so many reasons. Aside from being a pain (literally, sometimes) to traverse, they’re impossible to keep clean and I hate seeing Smarty struggle on them. Sometimes I hold my breath as he half walks, half falls down the last two stairs.
What was your favorite subject in school? I liked English. I loved reading books and writing reports on them and, believe it or not, I used to be really good at grammar and punctuation and all that. I wish all of it had stuck with me but I’ve forgotten how to use commas. Like that last sentence, does a comma go before the but? Sadly, I just can’t remember. To me, it looks wrong with and without a comma.
Complete this sentence: If only the rain.. would let up in the morning when I have to take Smarty out. I got drenched this morning. It seriously put a damper on my whole “I’m at peace with the rain” thing!