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?

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~ by bearyweather on October 19, 2012.

7 Responses to “Precious Rain . . .”

  1. We seem to have had similar weather patterns this year and we are getting rain too this weekend. I even got up into some snow today and it was so beautiful coming down!

    • This time of year we can never predict … snow or rain as the temperature tends to hug the freezing mark. The road to work each morning is full of weather surprises .. and deer running crazy. (hunting season starts on Saturday)

  2. Hi Bearyweather, Funny your post that I am reading today, Nov. 12, 2012, is about rain. It rained most of the day here in my area of TN! Quite a windy day, too. Not great for watching wildlife, that’s for sure. Winter will be upon us soon. Have a wonderful Tues. tomorrow!

    • Our weather has been strange … back and forth … rain then snow. It is tough on the birds. I feel sorry for them, but they are also eating tons of seeds … I can’t keep up with this Fall’s Feeding Frenzy. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. bearyweather, has your rain turned to snow yet? We had somewhere between 5-10 inches of snow this morning. I can’t imagine that you didn’t get any moisture?

    • Wow, 5-10 inches? I am not ready for that, yet.
      We have had several snow falls of an inch or two in October, but all melted.
      This weekend we had pouring rain and even thunderstorms … more rain we really needed. It turned to snow later and we have about 1-2 inches on the ground .. most will melt in the next few days as upper 30’s and low 40’s are in our forecast for the next week. Winter is coming … but, I hope it waits until December.

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