---that is until it curled up and turned brown. :-(
Now I know a thing or two about hot and dry weather. I lived two summers when I was a teenager in Ft. Worth, Texas. We moved there early in June and the first morning we stuck our heads out of our hotel room, it was 103 degrees and it was not even noon! Quite a shock to this Mississippi girl who had never seen such hot and dry weather. We made it through that hot, arrid weather and two years later moved back to Mississippi. Since then I have lived along the Gulf Coast for all of my adult life and I don't remember having such a long spell without substantial amounts of rain in this part of the world.
So imagine my surprise and delight to hear the distant roll of thunder and then that most soothing of sounds---rain falling softly outside the window. It rained vigorously and continuously for 30 or 45 minutes and then switched to that muffled sound known to have soporific qualities that can lull you into the deepest and sweetest sleep known to mankind. Resistance is futile as the saying goes, so a nap in my recliner near the back door began in earnest shortly after it was obviously going to last a while. Ah, sweet sleep....it's not just for babies any more!
While I was snooping around looking for evidence that the rain had really happened, I happened to notice a tiny butterfly---black and white. It even had black and white stripped antennae. How cool is that for creativity of design? He was almost invisible but he happened to fly off when I was looking his way and got a glimpse at this tiny little creature. We have so much life all around us and often overlook it in our haste to go on our way. I urge you to take a closer look in your yard and see what kinds of things you see living right under your nose.....so to speak.
One last thing---while I was checking things out I happened to notice that the fence didn't have a lot of Virginia Creeper vines on it. Larry had cleared many of them off several weeks ago in a yard work frenzy of activity. Somehow he had missed a whole bunch of tiny berries of some kind that are on the vine. They were there today, wet and somewhat dried looking---like miniature prunes. On closer inspection I found that they are beginning to wither on the vine and are a leathery blue color. That made me realize that September is nearly gone. Where did it go?? So those little berries are telling us that autumn will soon be upon us. Another season completed and a new one about to unfold before us.
Promise yourself starting today that you'll notice and acknowledge the good things in your life. You are probably far more fortunate than you know and a simple thing like having some rain can be the best thing that happens all day. Remember, if you're looking for the good life (like we are) sometimes you don't have to look far---it is happening right in your own back yard.