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Monday, June 8, 2009

Rainy Days and Mondays

No, they don't get me down --- in fact, I LOVE rainy days, and today is one of those. After such a long season of drought here in Florida, we are finally seeing a return to those daily showers, and sometimes --- just long, rainy days! Like today!

The day started out sunny, but it gradually got darker and darker as the gray clouds moved overhead. Then, I heard the drops hitting the exhaust fan thingy on the roof. And Buster and I headed for the back porch. He's not much for playing in the rain, but does love it when I go out and sit in the rocking chair, so he was all gung-ho!

It was one of those steady, hard rains, no wind, no thunder and lightening -- just rain coming straight down. I noticed all the leaves on the trees dancing as they got showered and washed. Puddles were forming fast, and the birdbath soon overflowed. A very large toad, afraid of rising flood waters, hopped across the lawn, through the fence and off to safer, higher ground.

And then it happened. . .

Buster was bored with it all, but for my sake, laid down on the porch and tried to act like he was enjoying the whole thing. All of a sudden, he was up like a shot ---- a squirrel was sitting on the sidewalk, wondering where to go to keep dry. I don't think he had a chance to decide as Buster was fast on his tail, telling him where to go. Up that tree he went, but I noticed he was smart enough to hang on the underside of a big limb which served as an umbrella. He was a little smarter than Buster who stood there in the pouring rain looking up the tree! Poor Buster! He just can't seem to catch one.



I'm always amazed at the birds during a storm. The whole time it was raining, I never saw or heard one bird. But it seems they just know when it's about over and begin to sing. There is nothing more beautiful than the choir of birds singing at the end of storm. Today, it was the wren who started off with the solo part. Then the woodpecker made it a duet. Wasn't long before the bluejay added a perky little tune, and then the flycatcher. Soon, the titmice, cardinals and others joined in. I always wonder how they seem to know when the end of the storm is near????

And you talk about making the best of a bad situation!!!! A pair of cardinals came out and perched in the cherry tree, then began rubbing up against the wet leaves. Definitely a very unique way to take a shower!



I always loved the song playing --- Rainy Days and Mondays. But they don't get me down. Today, it cheered me up! I came back inside, enjoyed a bowl of hot, homemade hamburger and veggie soup, and thanked the Lord for all His goodness towards me! Buster is laying next to me, soaking wet but dreaming of squirrels, and we are both waiting for the next rainy day to come our way!

19 comments:

Princess Of Pink said...

Well, they sometimes get me down but not today, lol. It was raining here too, almost all morning but in the afternoon the sun came back. WHAT a pretty photo you took of the cardinal! Gorgeous colors, really stunning!!!

Roxanne said...

I just loved your blog today. Made me think I was right there standing in the rain. The pictures were beautiful! I love the cleansing that the rain always brings. So reminds me of God's grace!! Blessings, my friend.

Dani said...

our weather here is similar, cool, windy and rainy in parts...we had electrical storms the other day too...love the photos!

Claudia said...

oh how this post has made me smile!!!! I, too, enjoy the rain (although not so much when I'm on vacation, I must admit) and I LOVE watching the birds.

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

They don't seem to get me down either Cora and yours today just filled me up to overflowin just like your birdbath.
The squirrel and your birds are so beautiful.
Bet it smells wonderful there now doesn't it! We're suppose to get some this week as well. I hope so, the tomatoes would love a shower.
Holykisses my friend!
To Ole Buster too!
Lea

Penny @ Miss Pootsie's Primitives said...

Oh my! I just love reading your posts. You are so talented at descriptives that it makes me feel like I'm there, hearing the birds, seeing Buster chasing the oh-so-smarter-than-him Squirrel (poor Buster). I could just read your writing all day. Thank you for sharing sweet Cora!
Penny

Nancy M. said...

Sometimes I like rainy days too, they are nice for relaxing! I think animals are just more in tune with nature. They always seem to know when things are going to change.

KathyB. said...

I have always loved rainy days, except for the time the rain joined forces with the strong winds and blew big trees onto and into our roof.....but I still love rainy days. Great post, I hope Buster is having fun in the sunshine now.

"Just Me - NC Beth" said...

Sometimes a rainy day is a nice reprieve and even have a calming effect, but here lately we have had so much, that it has been a downer for sure!!!

Beautiful pics!

~Beth

Farm Chick Paula said...

What beautiful pictures, Cora! I LOVE the last one of the red bird- that one is sooo pretty!
I love rainy days, too! Especially after it's been hot and dry- it's nice to have a break!

Scottie and Patty said...

You need to send the pic of the red bird to "birds and blooms", It is a great picture. The other is great also. Enjoyed, glad you folks got the rain you needed and some got more than needed. God is still in control. Thanks

Julie said...

We have had a lot of rain, and I love it as long as I'm not camping in it!! We don't get a whole lot in July or August--so it gets kind of parched around here. Hope your day has been nice. Julie

Nancy M. said...

Cora, you asked me about how many squash I planted. I'm embarrassed to say, really! But, I planted about 30 squash plants and 20 zucchini. This is my fist time gardening in about 20 years, so I'm afraid I went a little, or a lot, overboard.

Everyone told me, after the fact, that I should have only planted maybe 5 or 10 plants of each. So, they are keeping me plenty busy. But, at least I love squash, lol!

Denise said...

I just cannot believe that I have not had my name on your followers list! What in the world is wrong with me! hahahahha I love the rain and I love to sleep with the windows open and listen to the rain.. Just lulls me to sleep! And your pictures are wonderful...... That Cardinal is just beautiful!

Sending you a hug for the weekend girl!

Denise said...

Good morning girl! Just had you on my mind. Praying that your inner man is growing strong and that this beautiful Saturday morning finds you singing!

ByLightOfMoon said...

Your photos are always so clear and perfect, I would like to be on your porch also by your rocking chair. We also have had the rainy days and so clear and pretty afterwards. The rain has washed all the pollen off, everything is so bright and clean. Even my car! I have sat the cats in the window perches to watch the birds and you are right, they are gone when raining hard.

Smiles, Cyndi

Joyfulsister said...

Hi Sis,
(((Hugz))) How are you doing my friend!! I pray all is well I have been thinking about you and I just wanted to say hello and see how you were feeling. I love the rain too, here in Hawaii it is so hot and the humidity is high. Some of the other islands are experiencing some bad drought so we are praying for some rain.
Hope you are having a blessed Sunday.

Luv ya Sis

Mildred said...

Hi Cora, Thanks for your visit to my blog. You have described a perfect day here. I love to read or do crafts on the porch on a rainy day. I too have a dog who loves to chase the squirrels! Your previous post was very sweet too - I'll have to share with my sister. Enjoy the rest of your Monday.

Daria said...

Those pictures are wonderful.

I love rainy days because growing up on the farm ... on rainy days we stayed indoors and had family time.