Portland — A Reality Check

by Katy on November 22, 2011 · 24 comments

Portland -- From November through mid-June. All the hipster food carts and ironic entertainment in the world won't save you if you can't handle the non-stop rain.

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”

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Carolyn November 22, 2011 at 11:38 am

Rain today in Michigan. Call me crazy, but I sure wish it was snow!


Kristen@TheFrugalGirl November 22, 2011 at 11:56 am

Rainy today here. And I was JUST thinking that I hate rainy days and too many of them make me grouchy.

I am so never moving to Portland. I’d have to change my blog tagline and everything…”crabbily living on less”.

It would never work.


Katy November 22, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Or “Just Plain furious.”



fiwa November 22, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Yep – Seattle here. Nuff said.
The rain doesn’t bother me so much now, but man, come April I’m usually going out of my mind.


Jinger November 22, 2011 at 2:02 pm

I could say the same about summer in Austin….the hipster vibe in 112 degree heat is no fun…but we are in our glory days now. Beautiful days. Send your rain this way. We still need it desperately.


Angela & Frugal Living NW November 22, 2011 at 2:03 pm

I should post a picture of my driveway. It’s about 3 days from turning into that mushy mud-like substance. When we were in SE Portland, I used to pray for the street sweeper to come by on days like this!


Jo November 22, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Of my existence, it is the bane.


Hearing all you people in rainy places…


reese November 22, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Rainy in Chicago too. Tis a dreary day across the U.S.

Those leaves would suck to clean up, too 😉


Mary Kate November 22, 2011 at 3:11 pm

The mid-Atlantic region is wet and dreary today. I’ve had enough. With all the traffic driving was not fun today. I like sunny days. I don’t think there’s ever a hipster vibe in the Baltimore area.


Frugal Down Under November 22, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Waiting for our monsoonal rains to start full force. It will rain day in and day out. It will be hot and we will try and go splashing in puddles as much as possible.


Becky November 22, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Rain in Southern Oregon too. But I can see it snowing on the mountains through my office window. So I pretend I’m up there.


Beth November 22, 2011 at 3:26 pm

So true! I’ve told friends to try out Portland in November before deciding to move there.

I miss the coziness of curling up with a book, an apple, and a mug of hot chocolate on rainy days…all through the winter! I also miss having friends intrepid enough to go hiking in the rain.

However, it’s 63 and sunny where I am right now. I’d love to move back to Portland, but I like my vitamin D, too :).


dustimc November 22, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Looks like my patio. I was in Sellwood yesterday and there were big piles of leaves un tba street. I thought if they weren’t wet and mushy, it would have been fun to run and jump in them.


Indigo November 22, 2011 at 4:40 pm

I work all day in a big windowless room. I would be happy to see any weather just to assure myself that there is a sky outside.


Katherine November 22, 2011 at 5:36 pm

That’s really funny.


Madeline November 22, 2011 at 5:57 pm

No no no.. I like a thunder storm now and again but I thrive in the desert. Need LOTS of sunshine.But I enjoyed visiting Oregon last summer to visit a friend– could not handle so much rain and gray skies. But such beautiful land when the sun IS out! Happy Thanksgiving!


Sam November 22, 2011 at 6:46 pm

The Portland rain isn’t exactly non-stop. It’s variable, like your modern windshield wipers. Some days it rains hard and stormy, like today. Other days, it’s just a gentle mist and barely a drizzle. Okay, well, MOST of the rest of the Winter days fall somewhere in between. Our TV weather forecasters here speak of “sun-breaks.” Me, I like it anyway. Late Spring through early Fall is the sunnier payoff. Usually.


Laura's Last Ditch--Adventures in Thrift Land November 22, 2011 at 8:06 pm

I don’t mind the rain, but my top two pairs of shoes have cracked soles that let in the wet, and my only other pair of casual shoes I need to save for things that are better than just dinking around. I don’t want to go to the shoe store. I certainly wish Salvation Army or Goodwill would come through for me.

Katy, what do you do for keeping your feet dry in non-stop rain? We get enough here in Michigan this time of year, and I’m sick of soggy shoes and wet feet.


Jenny November 22, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Cold, cold, cold, and snowy here in Alaska. But sunny! And I will take it over those gloomy Northwest winters any day.


denise November 23, 2011 at 5:39 am

rainy in south carolina, too. i can only go about 2 days without the sun and i begin to get depressed. seriously.


namastemama November 23, 2011 at 10:25 am

Why I tell my sister that I could never live there.


Ann November 24, 2011 at 9:09 am

Not raining here in LA, but it did last weekend. We are so lame when it comes to wet weather that the slightest storm (read: drizzle) causes the radio stations to pull out their “STORM WATCH” bumper music. LOL So silly to me, originally from Chicago.


Kari D. November 25, 2011 at 5:42 am

Looks like home to me!!! 🙂


Katie November 27, 2011 at 2:13 pm

What pretty yellow leaves, though!


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