I Love The Rain, but Not Getting Wet
Do your children resist using umbrellas? They will love using these umbrellas! They can be ladybugs, sharks, or even frogs or butterflies.
One reason I haven't used an umbrella much is because it seems that by the time I get out of the car and get an umbrella open, I'm already getting wet. I've also had a problem managing umbrellas in the wind. Lastly, umbrellas take up room in the car and then, when I need them, they are out of reach. Since we have so little rain here, I've just opted to stay home when it rains or park close to where I'm going if I can, and dash in and out with a jacket and wide brim hat on. If I can't get a good parking place, I get wet.
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Photos after the Rain
Now that we've solved the umbrella problem, let's look at today's photos of what the rain left behind. They will show you why that umbrella would have been handy to have. It's been a long time since I've seen water along the curb like this. I took this shot this afternoon during a pause in the rain -- after I'd already gotten wet from getting the mail an hour earlier.
As I was on my way to the car to get the mail, I saw something I'd never seen in the entire time I've lived here -- a squirrel running near the sidewalk on my front lawn. By the time I got my camera, it was gone. But it was right where I put the brown dot on the photo below. In all my walks through the neighborhood over the years, I've never seen a squirrel except in the park down near the river. I have, however, seen them not too far away on Oak Lane.
|The brown spot shows you where the squirrel was. © B. Radisavljevic|
When I checked the back yard, there were puddles in what used to be the lawn before I stopped watering it. (Fortunately, I had some rain boots*.) I told the gardener to stop cutting the lawn because I saw what appeared to be lettuce growing in it -- perhaps from seeds that had drifted there when I was growing lettuce on the patio a couple of years ago. I also eat the henbit -- the weeds with the purple flowers. The entire plant can be used in salads, stir-fries, and soups. The lettuce seedlings aren't in this part of the lawn.
|Puddles in the Backyard. Pink flowers are henbit. © B. Radisavljevic|
Just as the sun was almost gone, I took this last shot from the front porch, since it was raining again.
|Dusk on a Rainy Night. © B. Radisavljevic|
Are you enjoying the rain, wishing it would stop, or wishing you were getting some of it?
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