Today has been so beautiful that I did not need to remind myself to look up. That bright sky drew my gaze over and over again. It's like yesterday's weather both washed and swept everything clean. We have a little break from the pollen and on top of everything else, it has been cooler and dryer as if the storm took all of the humidity with it to feed and nurture itself.
Good riddance. Although my weather app says there's a 70% chance of rain tomorrow. That is fine. It can rain all it wants. I always think of the water filtering down to the aquifer below us and it makes me happy. But it is also a pure blue miracle to have a day like today. The birds have been so busy calling and singing today that I can't help but feel that they are celebrating the day as well although they are probably defining their territories as it is that time of year. I saw two bright scarlet male cardinals on the ground, darting towards each other and they had menace in their eyes. The finches have been crowding the feeder, the cardinals and doves too.
Everything has felt so alive.
I read about yesterday's storm in the paper and realized that we were really lucky. I don't think the tornado actually touched down anywhere but there was a tornado and I'm sure that caused the wind that was so strong for a few minutes. A tree fell onto a car a few miles from here and killed the passenger and injured the driver. Roads and even part of the interstate (the part nearest Lloyd, in fact) were blocked by fallen trees. We had surprisingly little tree damage in our yard. I picked up a garden cart full of limbs and branches that fell and hauled them to the burn pile but honestly, I would not have been surprised to see entire trees down.
I kicked bamboo and this is what the wisteria growing on the bamboo jungle looks like.
I am not fast enough to get a photo of that but I give you this.
That's a black walnut board from a tree that got cut down in our yard over a year ago and which has been aged all that time in the old barn. There will also be cherry boards from the tree that was by the kitchen that needed to be cut. And then he will start using them to make things. He has been looking forward to doing this for most of his life.