It rained today. That makes four days in a row God has opened up dark clouds right over the Hollow, releasing the glorious gift of water hidden within. Hallelujah!!
We desperately need the rain, so I won't complain about having to shut down my computer every few hours because of lightning.
It's not like I don't have plenty to do away from the computer. Yesterday I spent an hour or two sorting through papers in my file cabinet, trying not to think about my book or my blogs or all the photos I need to sort through and edit and post, trying hard not to grumble
Anyway, this is one of my ongoing projects that I'm not sure I'll ever finish. I recycle what I cull, cutting most of it up grocery-list-size or setting it by the printer whole to use instead of 'good' paper whenever possible. Computer printouts of the kids' college application and scholarship information, receipts for deposits, high school class schedules... argh, I save everything!
Sick of paperwork, I headed outside during the next shutdown to watch the amazing light show - but it hurt my eyes, it was so bright! As grateful as I am for the rain, I was relieved when the storm finally rumbled off into the distance, taking its sparklers with it, so I could get back to work.
Max and Belle don't like the thunder and lightning, so they've spent a lot of time indoors the past few days, relegated to a small area downstairs. Except for being stinky outdoor dogs, they're great house dogs... as in, they don't have "accidents" (except for Belle deciding to play with one of my shirts in the laundry room last week, chewing all of the buttons off of it.)
But this morning that scent hit me. You know the one! I found the source beyond their designated area. It seems Max had a tummy ache last night (dead armadillo side effects, perhaps?) but didn't want to bother us, so he climbed over the couch barricade and... well, you know... onto a rug - and some of the floor - in the television/work-out area. Let's just say both ends were working on my poor old boy.
While I was cleaning it up, I tried to think of something 'sweet!' about the situation. It was tough, but I managed... We have concrete floors! So much easier to clean than carpet or wood or even tile. Sweet!
The rug I just wiped a little, rolled up, and tossed outside, though. Tom plans to pressure wash it, but it won't be making another appearance in my house, that's for sure. (Ewwww!) I'm perfectly happy with bare concrete floors for now!
Max seems to be feeling better, but I'm grateful the storms are giving us a reprieve so he can sleep in his own house tonight! I hope in the morning, he's back to his old playful self...
And now, to make up for grossing you out (but aren't you glad you weren't in my shoes?) I'll share these cute critter photos from yesterday and today...
The baby duck is getting big and learning more and more every day!
"Look what I can do, Ma!"
Look! This little woodpecker has a mohawk!
Isn't he precious?
I spotted a young squirrel going through her morning grooming routine.
She was very fastidious!
Squirrel and I are praying you can find the sweet! in every situation!