Precious Rain . . .
“And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.” ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton
Northern Minnesota has been without a good rain for months. Our Fall leaves turned color very fast and left us even faster … and way too early. Things in the woods are dry and crispy and we have been living with an “explosive” fire danger level for way too long. And, we miss really our outdoor campfires at home – the social events of Fall.
Gray skies moved in on Wednesday and we finally have had two days and nights of a good, gentle, soaking rain. The ground was so dry I could not find a puddle to take a picture of this morning, but I am happy to report the rain is going where it is needed most .. into the ground to feed our trees and plants. They have been very unhappy and weepy.
The rain has the forest sparkling with moisture, evergreen trees are much greener, everything that had been coated with dust has gotten a good washing, the birds that remain are wet and happy. I did not want my entire 4-day weekend to be wet as I have yard work to do, but the rain is making my woods a much healthier place to live and forcing me to do that indoor work I have put off – which is a good thing.
Rainy days are great for curling up with a book or a good movie, taking naps, baking cookies … but, most of all rainy days sort of wash away the old dust and dirt and give way to new and brighter days.
How do you spend your rainy days?