Every time you feel in God's creatures something pleasing and attractive, do not let your attention be arrested by them alone, but, passing them by, transfer your thought to God and say: "O my God, if Thy creations are so full of beauty, delight and joy, how infinitely more full of beauty, delight and joy art Thou Thyself, Creator of all!
- Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain

You can’t get to joy by making everything perfect. You can only get there by seeing in every imperfection all that’s joy.
-Ann Voscamp

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


I just hopped over to Mama Pea's blog and found that for once she hasn't beaten me to a blog post about the weather we had last night. (I don't really mind that she usually gets to it first though, since she has a rain gauge and I get to find out how much rain we got. :)
I wish I'd had my camera with when I went to town today. You'd find this all much more interesting if you could see it.
Last night we had a huge thunder storm. It poured for about 2 1/2 hours or so. I really don't know exactly since I was trying to sleep (through the dog's fit of hysterics. She's terrified of thunder.) It rained about 3 1/2 to 4 inches here. There were a lot of washed out roads and driveways, and rivers running down the hills to the big lake that aren't usually rivers at all. There were children swimming in the Co-op parking lot (the water was up to their waists in some places). Yuck! Hattie wanted to join them, but I didn't think that would be a good idea. That was NOT clean water. I don't think the Co-op could have gotten many customers today. People would have to wade through the "lake" to reach the door. I did see some adventurous folks wading through the water to get there though. Kudos to them! As for me, I'm glad I went yesterday.
I was also wondering if Dan would be able to get home from work, since he'd spent the night at a cabin he was working on north of here, over the hill, and I'd heard the roads were washed out in spots. It was a bit rough going, but he made it home. I was very thankful for that, since I really missed him. I'm thankful he has work now, but I'll be glad when his jobs again keep him closer to home.
It's thundering again as I type this. I wonder if we're in for more tonight? The dog is already acting up. There's just no reasoning with her over gun shots, fire works or thunder storms. Oh, and here comes the rain...


  1. No rain here yet but it sure is stormy looking out there! I don't think the ground and soil can take too much more. I need a sunny day tomorrow so the strawberries dry out enough to pick!

  2. Crazy! I saw photos of downtown yesterday and WOW that's a lot of water! How long does it take to run off into the Big Lake? Hope everything drains well at your place.

  3. Mama Pea- I do hope it's done for a while. You're right, the ground is pretty much saturated at the moment. I wish we could save all this for when it's needed. :) I hope your strawberries fare well. If you have any extras after providing for your loved ones, I'd be happy to buy some from you! I haven't gotten any this year. This summer is forever going to be remembered as the summer of swimming lessons. :)

    Erin- By this A.M. things were much calmer. The parking lot at the Co-op was back to normal! You never would have known that it had been like that. Crazy is right.