Record-Breaking Rain. And Turning Thirty.

Does anyone else have their blog post composed in their head, but when you actually sit down to write it, everything goes… away? Yeah, me too.

I’m still staying kind of on hiatus, got a lot of things tumbling through my brain that I’m trying to sort out. More on that later, after the hiatus.

But… May has been eventful.

Mr. Loper and I went on vacation with his mother and brothers for a week, and it rained. A lot.

But we were in Branson, so we missed out on even MORE rain in Oklahoma.

Yup, that’s right.

Oklahoma decided to screw any and all state records for rainfall in May.

I can say that I have officially survived the wettest month (out of all twelve months) in the state’s history (records back into the 1890s).

The record-breaking average for the entire state was 14.41 inches. The previous record was 10ish inches. Tulsa, where I’m at, had 15.53 inches for May. Lane, OK, took the cake with 28.17 inches of rain last month..

It was worrisome there for a while.

The ground is so wet and saturated that even though it hasn’t rained in 48 hours, I still have standing water in my yard. My tomato plants have blight, and the peach tree is suffering. I’m not sure if the tree will survive, honestly, it’s looking so bad right now. But we’ll see.

If it doesn’t, we’ll do what every farmer has done for all of history – pull up, re-plant.

In other news, I am now 30 years old.

I can’t say I’m where I thought I would be at this point in my life, but I’m coming to terms with the main fact that I just don’t move as fast as most people. It takes time for me to accomplish things that are worthwhile, and when I rush, things don’t go so well.

I also get distracted a lot, which is something I’m working on. Blah.

But mainly, I listen to much to what ‘they say’ – you know, the elusive ‘they’ that seems to know everything, and I’m ready to stop listening. What ‘they’ say only brings me stress, and I want to enjoy my life. I want to be productive, even if my success doesn’t look like what ‘they’ say success should be.

All this to say, that hopefully soon I will figure out for sure what I want to spend my time focusing on. Because I’ve got to get some priorities straight with myself, so I can put boundaries up for other people.

This really shouldn’t be as difficult as I make it for myself.

Hope you guys are doing awesome!

Recent Comments

  • S.B. Roberts
    June 1, 2015 - 1:43 pm · Reply

    Happy birthday! Sounds like it has been an eventful month!

    If there’s one thing that I’ve learned lately, it’s that life definitely doesn’t quite go as planned sometimes. But that’s okay. It’ll all work out in the end. 🙂

  • helenrj
    June 1, 2015 - 4:21 pm · Reply

    Happy birthday! Texas, too, set records. We are officially drought-free. Think of thirty as a time of renewal. Good times and great writing lie ahead for you.

    • Rebekah Loper
      June 1, 2015 - 4:39 pm · Reply

      We are drought-free in most of the state now. There’s a couple places in western OK/the panhandle that aren’t drought-free, but they’re nearly there! It’s amazing.

  • Maria Zannini
    June 1, 2015 - 4:51 pm · Reply

    Happy birthday! 30 is a great age to be.

    We got hit with the same storms. I’m glad that’s over for now. We need some time to dry off.

    I’m so glad you had a nice vacation. Branson is so picturesque.

  • jazzfeathers
    June 1, 2015 - 10:58 pm · Reply

    Hey, Bekah, happy birthday!
    You’re the second of my friends turning thirty this week. Hey, that’s an awesome place to be, isn’t it? 🙂

    I know, we always think we’d like to move through life a bit faster then we do. But I think things happen when it’s time, and that might not be when we would like them to happen.
    But that’s fine, really.

  • Jean Marie Bauhaus
    June 2, 2015 - 3:25 pm · Reply

    “Does anyone else have their blog post composed in their head, but when you actually sit down to write it, everything goes… away?”

    Story of my life.

    I actually got my yard mowed today (well, the back today. I did the front yesterday). The grass was pretty wet but not as bad as I was expecting. Here’s to more dry days ahead!

    You’re way ahead of where I was at 30. Thanks for letting me be part of your birthday!

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About Rebekah

Rebekah Loper writes character-driven epic fantasy featuring resilient women in trying and impossible circumstances who just want to save themselves but usually end up saving the world, often while falling in love.
She lives in Tulsa, OK with her husband, dog, two formerly feral cats, a small flock of feathered dragons (...chickens. They're chickens), and an extensive tea collection. When she's not writing, she battles the Oklahoma elements in an effort to create a productive, permaculture urban homestead.