During The Rains

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Upstairs, where I was happily, obliviously enjoying a moment of sunshine during the rain…

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Who the *&#%$*  knew that the porch gutters over my kitchen were so overflowing with leaves that it could’ve been an Al Qaeda hideout and I wouldn’t have known? (It does face East)  OMG. I walked into the kitchen and my first thought was; How charming! that splashing of the rain… so dramatic and unusual for us!  Second thought-hmmm…sounds so close-almost as if it’s raining inside.  Third thought as I round the corner-could there be ANY more water coming through the windows if they were actually open?!  I seriously contemplated pushing them open to deflect the river of water absolutely pouring in and onto my desk (and computer)  Even “Rachel U.” the spider didn’t survive the onslaught-or at least her web didn’t.

So, that was my upper body exercise for the week, thank you very much.  My husband and I were working in shifts with mops and brooms and umbrellas like two lunatics until help came.  We haven’t had a single leak in this house (built in 1895) for the sixteen years we’ve lived here so I guess I got just a liihhtle too complacent about the whole “WINTERIZE” your house drill.

Oh well.  At least I didn’t have that grown up nails/manicure resolution thing pulled together cause that would have been a waste.  :)

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The photo above is from a sumptuous book my parents bought me for Christmas called The Life and Love of TREES by Lewis Blackwell. (Chronicle Books 2009)  It’s a MUST for all lovers of trees- a real beauty.

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All Photos by Lewis Blackwell From The Life and Love of Trees

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Now the sun is out and it looks like we might even get a rainbow.

   Oh, now it’s gone again and it looks like more rain, they say we  might even get thunder and lightening storms.

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An absolutely perfect day for this song;   Four Seasons in One Day  (Crowded House)


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Lastly,

I leave you with an example of when water rushing onto a table is a beautiful thing

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The Planted Dining Table with water runnel and fountain designed by Suzanne Biaggi and Patrick Picard at The Late Show Gardens in Sonoma earlier this fall

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