The rains have come; the dry summer season has ended.
The other day we had 1.1 inches of rain, the most for any day this year. And it looks like it's going to be a rather boggy week, with rain or showers expected every day.
It's when the weather becomes like this, and the terms "Oregon Mist" and "Liquid Sunshine" and "sun breaks" are used to describe our daily experience, that people start saying things like "and you grow cacti?"
Ah yes, even during the grayest days of midwinter.
Even more-so then than in the brightest days of summer.