Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Raindrops Keep Fallin'

Hi All!

Is there anything better than drifting off asleep to the sweet sound of raindrops on the roof and the distant rumble of thunder? I think not!

Last night I had the treat of falling asleep (okay, I didn't really fall asleep but I was drowsy! It took me a while longer to fall asleep and by then the rain had stopped.) to the sounds of a Texas rain. Normally, rain in Texas is a chaotic event. The rain comes down in heavy sheets in a pretty much horizontal direction. Umbrellas are an exercise in the futile because no umbrella can deal with the whipping winds which accompany a typical Texas downpour.

Last night, however, was different. This was a gentle rain that slowly soaked the ground and basically played by the laws of nature by coming straight down from the sky. It rained for over an hour in this constant, steady way and was a treat to my ears.

I had spent the day at a friend's house watching her two children while she went to a doctor's appointment. To help her out a bit more, I then made dinner for her and her brood - her husband was out of town. It was a nice way to end the day and I was glad to help her out a bit.

Anyway - on my way home from her house a light mist fell on my windshield and thunder and lightening livened up the sky. I was thrilled (we don't get much rain in Texas in the summer so any amount of precipitation is cause for excitement). I kept praying that the rain would reach our house and thirsty yard and not just play favorites by drenching my friend's neighborhood.

My prayers were answered! As I pulled in my driveway the sprinkles started to fall once more. Nothing major but anything is a blessing! Because I was gone all day I spent about an hour doing those little things I needed to do - feed the cat, clean the litter box, check my email, tidy up the kitchen. I didn't notice if it was raining or not.

Then, I heard it - the sound of water flowing through the gutters to the downspouts. The patter of raindrops on the roof. My heart beat a bit faster and I hurried to get ready for bed so I could relax to raindrops. One of my favorite things to do.

It was bliss! The sound of the drops on the roof were lulling me into sleep. Nirvana!

Sadly, the rain was over when I woke up (but it did keep the temperature in the 70's for my morning walk!) and the humidity was soaring. Such fleeting wonders are only appreciated more.

Now I just have to decide if it rained enough to get me out of watering the lawn!


Voice Update: My voice is certainly the worse for wear after a couple of days without exercises and headaches and stomach issues. I am missing a lot of sounds and it made it "fun" to deal with two young children yesterday. I know I was talking too loudly trying to be loud enough for the kiddos to hear me. All of the things I shouldn't do! When I talked to Hubby on the phone last night he commented that my voice was having some "problems." How nice of him to remind me! I guess this just goes to show me that I need to get back on the horse - so to speak - and buckle down to do my exercises!


noble pig said...

I would do anything for a rainy day right now, sounds wonderful.

Flea said...

Sounds wonderful. :) We've had more than our fair share of rain this spring and summer, but I'm always glad to have it. Hope you get more!

Chris H said...

We have had far too much rain! I love love love storms, thunder and lightening.... thrilling. I hope your voice starts to improve soon.

Anonymous said...

I'm laughing at your description of a Texas rain! Only because we get rain often enough in Seattle that we're very blase' about it!

I hope you voice exercises go well today!