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WQW #39: Brace for Windy Days

October 12: Air: Wind, Storms

“Rock-a-bye baby, on the treetops,
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock,
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall,
And down will come baby, cradle and all.”

first mentioned in written form in 1765 in Mother Goose’s Melody
Prescott Storm October 3, 2022
Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays (a Photo or Writing Challenge)

Featured Bloggers for WQW #38: Fit as a Fiddle

For those of you who contributed to WQW #38, we thank you for your ideas to make us fit as a fiddle.

IT’S EASY TO PLAY ALONG WITH #WQW

Currently, this weekly writing challenge runs from Wednesday through Tuesday at noon. All you need is at least one quote to go with your post. Share photos, and/or write a poem, story, or memoir. Just have fun with it and let the quote or quotes lead the way.

Topics for the year (subject to change) are listed on the WQW Page. Feel free to post weekly, or drop in from time to time – All are welcome. 

On the way from Nine Mile Falls, Washington to Green Bluff.

“Being soaked alone is cold. Being soaked with your best friend is an adventure.”

– Emily Wing Smith, ‘Back When You Were Easier to Love’.

For More Ideas about Wind and Rain

YOUR BLOG POST GOES HERE – FEEL FREE TO SUBMIT MORE THAN ONE POST IF A PARTICULAR TOPIC MOVES YOU.

How’s Your Weather – Brace for Windy Storms

“Wind depends on temperature. Temperature depends on pressure. And pressure depends on wind. It’s an intricate mathematical tapestry that is far too intertwined to unpick by hand.”

– Hannah Fry

Storm Rages in Prescott after the last day of Monsoon Season – October 3, 2022

Prescott had a near-record number of inches of rain during this monsoon season (June 15-September 30) with 13.68 inches at a station just minutes from us. We had the highest rainfall in the state.

“Rain is the reason we have slanted roofs, gutters, storm sewers, drainage systems, retention ponds, raincoats, rain hats, umbrellas, and waterproof clothing.”

Frank’s Beach Walk Reflections
Driving into downtown Prescott in the rain.

Only Light Rain in the Pacific Northwest

It’s coming soon, but we had no rain for the six days we were in the Portland/Tigard/Vancouver area. With temperatures in the 70s and 80s wind and rain were the farthest things from our minds. The weather cooled and wettened as we traveled north to Spokane.

Unlike Floridian hurricanes, in Washington and Oregon, commonly soft gentle rains fall on already moistened fields. Flooding is kept at bay unless the ground gets too much water too quickly. People from dryer areas get tired of the 164 annual days of rainfall. According to Trip Savvy, Portland ranks third in U.S. cities for the number of days with rainfall.

Too Much Wind and Rain

“The wind is mysterious. We don’t see it, but notice its effects. We can’t hold it, but feel it on our body. When we try to touch it, it provides a passing glance then moves on.”

Frank’s Beachwalk Reflections

There are times when enough is enough.

“Ian came ashore near Cayo Costa, Florida, at 3:05 p.m. EDT with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph, tying the record for the fifth-strongest hurricane on record to strike the United States. It was the strongest hurricane to hit Florida since Michael in 2018.”

National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service

By comparison the winds in my videos in Prescott were measured at about 10 mph according to Weather Spark.

Hurricane Ian struck on September 28, 2022 – Canva photo

The combination of strong wind and heavy rain can do so much damage. My sympathies go out to those who lost so much in Hurricane Ian. Besides the loss of lives, “only 18% of Florida homes have flood insurance, according to Insurance Information Institute.” CBS News The cost of flood insurance in flood zones is exorbitant, in some cases as much as the mortgage. Some of the homes were insured for wind damage, but not water.

When I was a teen, we vacationed several years in a row in Punta Gorda, FL, located 20 miles south of Ft. Meyers. My mother’s best friend from high school lived where the iron-colored waters of the Peace River ran at the back of her property. We swam in that river which was flooded by Hurricane Ian. I wonder if the house still stands.

Today, “the city (of Punta Gorda) suffered widespread losses from Hurricane Ian, with city officials saying 1 in 20 structures sustaining major damage.”

Port Charlotte Sun

This post is mostly about literal wind and rain, but for writers, there’s always another interpretation of rain.

“…I also thought of other ways life brings us “rainy days” and while I don’t have a lot of photos it did get me thinking….a flat tire, fender bender, being sick, injuring oneself, losing a loved one”

Kirstin Troyer of Loving Life

What About Your Experiences?

Have you ever been in a tornado or hurricane? What happened? What did you and your family do? Have you survived a rainy situation in your life?

Remember if you are researching a topic, you have found a gold mine of quotes. I summarized articles, and the name or website behind the post adds the gravitas I might lack about a topic. Don’t forget that songs count as quotes, too.

Possible Name Change for WQW??????

The challenge, “Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays” has changed a lot since Colleen hosted this challenge. For one, I’m not the writer she is. I am more of a photo diarist or journalist. Poetry plays into my writing sometimes, but rarely stories because I have too much reality to share (and I’m not super creative that way).

Most of you like the idea of a name change to Wednesday Fun Quotes, and some of you had some other inspired ideas. Thank you for responding to the question.

  • “Inspired Wednesdays”
  • “Wednesday Quotes, Photos & More”
  • “Friday Fun Quotes”
  • “Writer’s Quotes Wednesday” is fine.

Do you have a favorite name for this challenge?

More Important Question

Even more important than the name is whether or not the challenge is relevant and compelling to your blogging experience. When I compare this challenge to photo challenges like “Lens-Artists Weekly Challenge,” “Thursday Doors,” “Flower of the Day,” “Squares,” or “Sunday Stills,” I wonder if is a challenge that makes you hunt for photos or provides fodder for stories or poems.

I had such fun when Janet of This That and the Other Thing was here in Prescott. We walked downtown searching for unusual doors. With Terri of Second Wind Leisure and Kirstin of Loving Life searching Ft. Vancouver we found the color of lava or took compelling pictures for Sunday Stills.

WQW does not have themes that remain the same and are easy to remember – like doors, windows, benches, public art, etc. Do the WQW themes and topics inspire you?

Thinking ahead to next year, do you think WQW fills an important niche in the blogging challenge world? And finally, IF it IS a challenge you enjoy, what name might describe the challenge accurately and compellingly?

The last question – Is WQW or whatever the new title might be – a challenge that you might be interested in co-hosting next year?

Ongoing on Always Write

  • PPAC Photographing Public Art each Friday – no theme – one more day to post for this week.
  • Upcoming topics for WQW
    • October 19: Cold Weather Tips
    • October 26: Holiday: Halloween/or Writer’s Choice/ or YOUR WOTY Review

For a list of past WQW posts visit my WQW Page

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  1. My recent experiences with wind and storms pale in comparison to what you describe and I have seen in the media about Hurricane Ian -my sympathies go to all those affected – and yet in a much smaller way stormy weather is bringing changes for us too.
    I do enjoy your WQW prompts even if I don’t post in time often! I do love searching out quotes too so it gives me a chance to use my archive photos, or make new ones to fit.

    Thanks for the opportunity.

    https://lightwritelife.wordpress.com/2022/10/18/wqw-39-air-wind-storms-the-winds-of-change/

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  2. We enjoyed family fun at the pumpkin patch just yesterday under similarly rain-laden cloud cover. Didn’t see a drop of precipitation but the overcast skies made the whole afternoon much more comfortable. Your photo is outstanding. So moody.

    I have added the prompts for the next 2 Wednesdays to a post I have started that includes photos for the Lysha’s iSpy challenges and Terri’s Sunday Stills. I have been away from blogging and photography for months but missed both. Hope to ease back into blogging slowly and gently.

    What is wrong with this country that the folks that need flood insurance the most can’t afford it?? Good grief. I live in El Paso where we have so little rain that more than an inch falling in a day can cause problems and concerns. We had a devastating monsoon season in 2008 or 2009 where several inches fell in a very short span and our streets flooded, neighbor’s homes were destroyed inside. Amazing what water and wind can do.

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  3. Thanks for linking to my magnolia post Marsha. I usually enjoy using quotes in my posts and go looking for them if I’m writing about a particular topic. I like the way you describe your blog and you seem keen to change the WQW in some way – having said that I feel a bit bad because I tend to write about random things, as I have the urge and forget to check what challenges are out there that could fit in with my post. I’m not a huge planner when it comes to blogging and I feel I haven’t joined in regularly enough with your challenge to make comments on how or what you should do to change it up. I participate in a few challenges regularly and do like the fact that the topic is known ahead of time like Terri’s Sunday Stills, and then if I have anything to offer for that week I’ll write a post. I should look at linking in to other challenges at the same time but I never seem to be that organised! You’re doing a great job Marsha 🙂

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    • Thanks, Deb. It is time-consuming to link, and I don’t always do it. I know hosts appreciate when people link. To be honest, I’m not unhappy with the participation. The people who participate regularly are as active as I am with it! There are always lots of comments and it give me a chance to journal about my travels, usually. I kind of use Natalie’s challenge to wrap up things I’ve missed during the week. The PPAC has become a focus for photography. I don’t know that it’s the best of even the most interesting because I’m not creating art, I’m just documenting it. That said, the photos make great puzzles, which are my current mindless passion right now. But you know bloggers, we always try to change things up and make them more relevant to our fellow bloggers and keep it interesting for ourselves.

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  4. Hi Marsha, I was about 10 days early for your ‘wind and rain’ prompt. Not by choice, but by circumstance. I wrote about Ian in this post https://picture-retirement.com/2022/10/02/the-price-of-living-in-paradise/. It doesn’t qualify for your challenge, since I didn’t use quotes, but I thought you might like to read my thoughts about living in Florida and specifically this hurricane.

    I am inspired by your quote challenges and I like that you publish the subject ahead of time. It gives me time to figure out how to fit it into my regular post. Much like you, my blog is a photo journal and I enjoy incorporating challenges that make sense. I understand that you might want a fresh look for WQW, but I still like the old name and format. I think you have clearly articulated what this challenge is about and your posts illustrate each subject matter perfectly.

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  5. It’s blowing a gale here today so this post is very apt. Luckily it’s not pouring rain like it is in the southern states, where widespread flooding is occurring. We went through a cyclone when we lived in Darwin in the 1980s. It was only a category 1 storm but that was bad enough.

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  6. Quotes often hit the nail on the head and I wish I’d thought of them, Marsha, but they would almost never prompt me to write a blog post. I just don’t think that way. Sorry 🙄💖

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  7. Wow, the photos and videos of the extreme weather gave me goose-bumps…I know we are all aware of the weird weather around the world this year, but – when it hits home – it must be devastating. When we retired from the UK to live in Spain, ‘im indoors read up on the usual climatic conditions in the Costa Blanca region and the World Health organization pronounced it as being “The healthiest part of Spain,” so that’s where we settled. Apart from the extreme heat of July and August (humid) .living near to the Med has been an enjoyable experience, but – like many places on the planet, this year the weather has been strange, with far more humidity than ever; while living near the sea does help! Take care. xx

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      • Barcelona, Madrid, and Valencia are brilliant cities to visit Marsha and Spain is a large, varied, super country to explore. We’ve poked around many foreign corners in our travels over the years, and lived in Toronto, Canada for 18 fascinating months before our three, ‘handsome’ (natch!), sons were born. Great memories for old age! xx

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        • Very, I’ve only been to the west side of Canada, but seeing pictures of some of my blogging friends makes me want to see Toronto at least! I’ve been to several European countries, but it’s quite a trip. Some of our friends leave for a cruise tomorrow in Italy, Spain, Sicily, and France, I think. Her husband is 75 and she is 65. They are going to Egypt in May. Another neighbor is in Turkey visiting her daughter for the next two weeks. She is close to 80 and all by herself on this trip, so it can be done!

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  8. Great shots of various weather patterns, Marsha! It was refreshing to go from very warm Portland back to our area and into one day of rain. Hot again here, LOL! This week’s WQW theme will go very nicely with my upcoming “fleeting moments” theme this Sunday. After seeing what my dad went through with the fire, even though their house was spared, these natural disasters are devastating in countless ways. You know how much I enjoy WQW. How about Weekly Fun Quotes? Hmmm, photo diarist–I really like that!

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    • That’s a good thought. I do love looking up quotes to go with a theme, so I would miss doing WQW, but it doesn’t have to be on Wednesday. That’s the day it was traditionally, and since I’m still doing PPAC, I would continue doing the challenge on Wednesdays, but not necessarily call it that.

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  9. Hi, Marsha, thanks for including my post here. Regarding your challenge, maybe a separate site for it? There’s so much going on in all your posts, which I greatly enjoy, but the challenge part kind of gets lost for me. As for storms, I lived for 10 years in “tornado alley,” where my family had basements and cellars outside of the house. Later, I lived in South (East) Florida on the coast, at a time when flood insurance was required. The last year I was there, I had to evacuate 5 times. (One of the many things that encouraged me to leave!) The whole state is so vulnerable, and I believe as the planet gets hotter, the storms will get worse. My mother lives in the central part of the state, and I wish she would agree to come to Arizona! Have a great week, my friend! 🌞

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    • Like I said, I visited there as a teen, but I would never want to live there even without hurricanes. It is way to humid for me. Thanks for the good input about WQW.

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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