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Rainy Day is my alter ego. She is the little angel that sits on one shoulder and whispers in my ear to forgo that 6" piece of triple chocolate fudge with the four scoops of ice cream on it; she is also the little devil who sits on my other shoulder and convinces me that I can eat just one bite of each and be satisfied, and then laughs with such great abandon when in fact, I eat the whole thing, she falls off my shoulder. Mostly, Rainy Day helps me see the humor in living and, mostly, she encourages me down the right path. Not necessarily the straight and narrow one (how fun is that?) but the path that offers the most adventure and fun.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Rainy Day and the Treat

UPDATE ON CNN QUICK VOTE: It has disappeared from cnn.com! Now, back to our regularly scheduled nattering------

Winter in Port Charlotte, Florida
Rainy Day had a treat the other night – we had a thunder and lightning show like she hasn't seen since leaving Florida. There were few things Rainy Day did not care for in Florida, the biggest and worst being the humidity. In the summer, it was so humid that Rainy Day's few functioning brain cells could barely tread water in a tepid bath of brain fluid. She had to escape and come back to Washington and the desert.

Winter at Rainy Day's House
Alas, when she escaped, she left a lot of really good friends, and some fascinating wild life (especially alligators), and thunder and or tropical storms. Oh, Rainy Day loved those storms. She loves the noise, the light – but not the damage when damage happens.

Rainy Day would like hurricanes, too, if they didn't cause so much damage. Of course, if we didn't have air conditioning, the hurricanes wouldn't cause near the damage they cause. And, Rainy Day thinks, if we didn't have air conditioning, Tropical Storms wouldn't cause the damage they cause, and for the same reasons. Without air conditioning, people wouldn't choose to flock to the Gulf Coast by the millions.

Wildlife in Florida
Wildlife by Rainy Day's House

So, the other night, her friends in Florida must have all gotten together and somehow convinced the gods that be to send a real thunderstorm to Rainy Day. Believe me, after going six years without a really good one it was more than a little appreciated. Rainy Day just hopes she doesn't have to wait another six years for the next one;-) Rainy Day heard the Elves of Heaven roll their bowling balls and see the lightning of their strikes for close to an hour.

Wide Open Spaces by Rainy Day's House
Thunder Storm in Florida
Wildlife in Florida
Of course, Rainy Day knows there are no Elves in Heaven bowling and that thunderstorms are caused by the physics of warm and cold air coming together in just the right amounts at the right times, but she rather likes the image of bowling elves.

Sometimes, Rainy Day wonders why she moved, and then she realizes she's written several novels and made several quilts since moving – things her few functioning brain cells couldn't handle in the high humidity of Florida, but once they dried out a bit....

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