Wednesday, June 11, 2008

still waiting for spring





















The first ten days of June have been the coldest, wettest EVER here on the wet coast. Meanwhile, back east you're frying eggs on the sidewalk. I hate you.

The upside to weather that sucks: creativity increases. Being stuck inside with only a pack of gum and a natty sense of style can be a positive. Not to mention the way creatures who like the wet thrive. Out for a little run this morning I almost ran over a huge beaver, apparently taking a coffee break in the middle of the trail. Life's a playground when there's a puddle every ten metres.

29 Comments:

Blogger Within Without said...

Ha! Excellent! Well, you know what I mean. Here in Winterpeg, it's been very similar, so now we can be called Weterpeg.

It's been mostly wet, grey, dreary, cold and windy. Ugh.

There are some football players here with the Bombers who are from Vancouver, and they've been joking how they feel so at home.

Ha ha ha -- BONK!

11/6/08 6:51 PM  
Blogger Ellen said...

Ha! Brilliant! and synchronous that I just blogged a few days ago about our crappy weather (although is anyone talking about anything else here?)and some crazy hair (stupid feeds aren't working on my blog for some reason) but I take offense on the abuse of snails. Even in the name of 'Art'.

11/6/08 7:48 PM  
Blogger EmPrint said...

I had a good giggle over your weather forecast. I too am sick of rain, only ours comes with hot temperatures and we are practically swimming in the humidity!!!

Happy creativity.

11/6/08 8:04 PM  
Blogger Angela Rockett said...

This weather forecast had me absolutely weeping with laughter! Thank you, I needed that.

A beaver?! Really?! Wow!

11/6/08 8:59 PM  
Blogger tlc illustration said...

Yeah, I have to concur with that weather forcast. :-) And I have to say it is NOT making me more creative - just @#$%% grumpy!

My local weather says we *might* actually see the sun tomorrow. You know, in the sky. Without a cloud in front of it. For about 2 minutes and 16 seconds.

Good times.

11/6/08 11:33 PM  
Blogger Paper said...

Does it make you any happier to know that here in Italy we've had the rainiest spring for 200 years? No?

12/6/08 1:15 AM  
Blogger citizen of the world said...

Cool, a beaver!

We got rainstorms last night, but are in need of the rain so I just don't knid, The day before it had been 96!

12/6/08 4:17 AM  
Blogger Melody said...

Too funny Andrea! Last week we had the heat wave. Did a lot of sitting around and sweating. Now it looks like they are forecasting rain for the forseeable future. Where's summer?

12/6/08 4:54 AM  
Blogger Donn said...

I was watching the Seasonal Forests segment of Planet Earth last night and was totally fascinated by the GIANT trees (some 100 metres tall) that thrive on the Wet Coast.

Apparently they peaked before the Rockies were a blip on the radar.

It is always a thrill to encounter a beaver in the morning...makes it worth getting up in the first place.

12/6/08 6:27 AM  
Blogger Ian Lidster said...

I loved that forecast item and stole it from you. Yep, you and me and the fucking weather and the depression within me that comes in waves. I am a warm weather guy and this is killing me. It even kills my creativity because I am so pissed off and frustrated. I want to move.

12/6/08 8:53 AM  
Blogger nadine said...

You're trapped inside. I'm trapped inside. I sometimes wonder what it would be like to live somewhere where "the weather" is so consistantly perfect (San Diego?) it fails to be a topic of conversation.
I doubt I shall ever find out.

12/6/08 12:02 PM  
Blogger Hayden said...

weather forecaster is absolutely accurate - never seen such an accurate description! Loved it...

hair hats? too funny. But I'll pass on collecting gum art - can you imagine the faint smell that would permeate your home?

12/6/08 6:41 PM  
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12/6/08 6:41 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

WW: Yeah, I'm finally on board with all the jokers who insult our weather. We've had some nice years recently but these last couple -- bah! I'm moving!

Ellen: I know Art and he'd never abuse snails. (groan)

Em: That's one thing to be thankful for -- reasonable humidity. I was in Florida in August once. Crikey! How do they survive?

Angela: After 10 years of trodding these traisl it's the first time I've seen a live one and he was HUGE.

Tara: Move here! We saw the sun for two minutes and TWENTY seconds today! :)

Paper: Actually, yes, it does help. I hate anyone with the good fortune to live in Italy so it eases the pain somewhat. :)

Citizen: And how humid is it at 96? Bearable I hope.

Melody: (or can I call you Mel? Nope -- my bum crack's well hidden) You've had your summer -- last week! We're still waiting for SPRING. :)

Donn: Yay! I figured you'd be the first and maybe even only to make a beaver comment. You rock.

Ian: You should so what your buddy in Courtenay does and live in Todos Santos part-time. I think that's the perfect prescription.

Nadine: So true! I'm guessing you have huge a/c bills in summer?

Hayden: You said it. I wonder about the archival properties of gum, too... :)

12/6/08 7:15 PM  
Blogger Donn said...

I am so bloody predictable!
*starts shame spiral

I love that weather thingamabob..
How does one go about getting a job at Envi'wrong'ment Canada anyway?

They have been wrong about 90% of the time this Spring..don't they have a f*cking window in their building?

12/6/08 9:32 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

This made me LAUGH OUT LOUD!!!! But tut @ the language for fucks sake.

13/6/08 10:46 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

I had the fireplace lit on Monday morning. Crazy PNW!
Here's to sunny days soon.
a.

13/6/08 11:28 AM  
Blogger dinahmow said...

"...almost ran over a huge beaver taking a coffee break..."
See, my wicked mind thought of an overweight lady with a Thermos...
Oh, don't mind me.I'm huddled in my bathrobe, too cold for my synapses to be firing. It's cold.And I can't see the sea for the fog.And my nose got sunburned yeterday and it's sore!

Great post, Andrea and another hats off to the linky geeks!

13/6/08 1:39 PM  
Blogger Son of Incogneato said...

I'm sure I've been here before but I have to say once again how utterly fantastic your paintings are. The Colours! I don't know if they took my breath away or gave me more. The Energy! A feast for the eyes and mind! Very inspiring, too.

Cheers!
Son

14/6/08 3:33 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Donn: They need no f*ing window. They tell weather to Canadians after all, and no matter how wrong they may be, we smile and nod politely. Except you and me of course. :)

Peter: What fucking language are you referring to? :)

Andrea II: Looks promising today ... I hope ...

Dinah: Yeah, but it's WINTER where you are for f*'s sake (Donn got me started) and speaking of large ladies with thermoses, don't get Donn started again!

Son: You have just inspired ME with your comment. You're a prince.

14/6/08 9:07 AM  
Blogger corine @ Hidden In France said...

This weather chart made me laugh out loud. This kind of weather in June, now that's plain wrong!

15/6/08 4:33 PM  
Blogger Ponygirl said...

I lived in PoCo (suburb of Vancover, for you non Vancouverites) for 3 1/2 years and moved back to Winnipeg to get away from the f**kin' damp and chill.

I also spent 3 years in San Diego and keep wondering why the hell I didn't just stay there???? It DOES have perfect weather... and it is gorgeous too!

I just shake my head and blame it on my family... I live here because of them, so perhaps I should make them all move to San Diego, where no one complains about the weather.... but they do complain about wild fires and flas floods.... yikes! (not to mention earthquakes...)

Great post, Andrea!

15/6/08 5:05 PM  
Blogger albina said...

Yeah, f*ing rain, indeed.

15/6/08 10:15 PM  
Blogger La journée de Miss Doodle said...

The same here in Paris, it is raining right now. But Beavers!!! On my little runs in the mornings I only almost run over yorkshire terriers or fatty (but sweet I love them:) Labradors or other citified species:)
love
Andrea
Have a great creative day, week, month, and thanks always for your comments

16/6/08 7:49 AM  
Blogger Jana Bouc said...

Too funny! Did you make that wonderful chart? I love your funny comments in your conversation with your audience. And that person who said they're still waiting for spring! What IS going on with the weather? It's been pretty decent here, except for the wind, fog, and NO rain...we've got drought water rationing going on in No. California.

16/6/08 11:01 PM  
Blogger San said...

Send me some of that f'in rain. WE NEED IT.

I know. I know. Too much rain gets on your f'in nerves. And getting on the nerves gets the creativity surging.

You almost ran over a beaver?

17/6/08 4:15 PM  
Blogger Alda said...

Oh dear. Poor you. And here I thought Vancouver was always sunny.

Oh, and next time, if you could take your camera with you out running. I would have loved to see a picture of that beaver!

17/6/08 5:02 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Corine: You're not allowed to comment on weather if you live in places like California! :)

Ponygirl: And speaking of California -- I didn't know they had weather there! What do they talk about? :)

Albina: Yeah, I f*ing agree.

Andrea: Yorkies are merely urban beavers! Nah -- I think pugs are urban beavers actually.

Jana: OK, northern California is exempt because at least you have that grey sky thing happening. (And I wish I'd made the chart -- if I knew who did I'd credit them.)

San: Well, on foot, not by car. Though I did see a mother duck with her family marching down the highway today!

Alda: It's always sunny for those who hang out in grow-op basements. My camera is so bulky but I often think about taking it anyway.

17/6/08 7:12 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Let's swap homes! You want to move? Me too! You can live here where it's been 99-100 degrees everyday for WEEKS now. I love rain and cool and wool sweaters. Heat beats me down more than cold. Maybe there's a similar weather chart for this friggin', stinkin' oven! In the meantime, I'll siphon off some heat to send up to you and you blow some rain clouds down here, Okay?!

19/6/08 9:03 AM  

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