Saturday, July 31, 2010

So Soothing

This is perfect sleeping weather. It's in the mid-80's during the day with low humidity and drops into the mi to upper 60's at night. (For my non-US readers, thats 30 during the day and 18 at night.) I turned off the central air on Wednesday for the first time in a month. I have fans going to keep the air moving but there has been a delightful breeze and I had to turn off one fan lest it get too cool in the house. I actually had to search for a blanket last night. I have been sleeping with just a sheet.

It started to sprinkle about 12:15 a.m. last night. As I was still up playing WOW, we had actually just finished killing Kel'Thuzad of Naxxramas and getting everyone in the raid an achievement or two or three, I put the windows on the Jeep. There was a line of showers north of me but it didn't appear they were headed my way. I tucked myself in for the night and started to drift off.

About 40 minutes later, I was awakened by the sound of rain. It was magical, really. There was no lightning and thunder associated with this storm. It was just a steady rain. I did have to get up and close, partially, the bedroom window as I heard it start to beat on the exterior sill. That means the rain comes from the south and has the chance to rain in. Don't want that.

I just listened. One of the best things about growing up on the farm was a summer rain. There was a tin roof over the porch where we ate and the sound of rain on that roof is one of the most soothing sounds I know. My vinyl-clad window sills are a hollow approximation of that sound.

Mija was with me at that time. I rolled onto my back and she climbed onto my chest for ear scratches. The combined sound of her very loud purr and the rain beats any 'white noise' I've ever heard. I was asleep in no time.

I awoke refreshed. The sun is out and it appears it will be a glorious day. There is a light breeze from the west. And the wonderfully earthy smell of a rain-kissed back yard is carried in on that breeze. This is the kind of start to a day that you know is going to be productive.


Beverage: Juice


Carole took the above photo. More of her photography can be found here.

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