Saturday, September 15, 2007

Dripping Gemstones


We waited for Joe to arrive for dinner at the clubhouse on Friday night. From Maryland, he drove through tornado conditions in Virginia and a very long back-up on I-85 south in North Carolina but he took the time to stop at a grocery store nearby to hand me a pretty bouquet of flowers. Very sweet!


The view from the 9th hole was cloudy. The rain kept us under cover and we were all happy about it!

We spent many hours at dinner. Our sides ached from laughing and drinks flowed generously until we faded before midnight in our family room. Michael, Joe, and John share the same stressful occupations and enjoy being “boys” for needed relaxation of golf and Casino Night fun.
Two days prior:


I took this photo just before “lights out” on Wednesday. Chloe & Bella wore him out. Mr. Biggins spent two nights and days here because Bam Bam was neutered on Wednesday. The day after his surgery, however, he was rushed to the emergency vet with respiratory complications that scared us! English Bulldogs are very special surgical patients. His distress was temporary and he arrived home a few hours later feeling great.


During the wee hours on Friday morning, I heard rain tap the windows. Rain? The soft sound was music to my ears and I returned to bed heaving a sigh of relief. I spent most of the day watching soaking rains we haven’t seen for months.


I listened to tiny splashes and did not feel the blistering sunshine.

Diamond drops from heaven. Tiny gemstones.


The cool air invites me to stalk birds and take long walks again.


I think I've lost my knack for photographing birds. She would not cooperate! Practice will help me get into the groove again.


What a voice! Loud and sweet. Sing to me!


I shouldn’t be able to see a Carolina Wren in this tree. The summer has sucked the life from it... It's been so harsh.


The green gems are still plentiful and active. Please stay for a while longer?

Now, I'll find a jacket, pull up some sweat pants and check on the pond fish. I can breathe again. The refreshment is almost too much to handle. I want to sleep for twelve hours or more.


Q said...

Dear Mary,
Rain, glorious rain! I am so happy for you and your birds and bugs! Plus you have a cool down! Yes, Autumn is coming to you.
Your photos look refreshing and beautiful. The sweet Carolina Wren I love them so very much. The Hummers will stay a little bit longer. Maybe when you are Hummingbird lonely you could look back at all your amazing Hummer photos! You still have the photographers eye!
Have lots of fun with your friends.

Susie said...

What a wonderful relief it must have been to hear those raindrops. Your photos look as though everything is getting a nice refreshing bath!

dmmgmfm said...

I am so glad to see you are getting some relief from the heat and dry conditions. Your photos very much portray your joy.


LostRoses said...

Is there anything more delicious than hearing rain in the middle of the night and then snuggling back into the covers? Glad you got to enjoy it, Mary, and I certainly don't think you've lost your bird photography touch!

Alyssa said...

Well, it's about time! Mother Nature must have been mad at you guys, but it sounds like things are looking up. Isn't it amazing how the weather can color our whole out-look on life. I'm happy to hear your long dryspell has lifted.

The flowers are lovely and it sounds like you had a lot of fun. Sometimes the most satisfying thing in life is to sit with friends and laugh and laugh.

That must have been quite a scare with BamBam. I'm glad it wasn't serious. I know pugs also have to be watched very carefully when they have surgery, because of their breathing. I think breeds with pushed in noses are prone to that.

Have a good, wet rest of the weekend.

Jayne said...

Oh, I KNOW Mary! The rain started here on Thursday evening and it rained and rained and rained... probably 3 or more inches! Ahhhhhh.... thought the pool was going to overflow it was so full, but blessed relief!! Today it's 54 and crisp in the morning. The birds are finally returning here too. I'm smiling right along with you dear heart. :c)

Unknown said...

Mary I can see it in your pictures, read it in your words and almost hear it in your voice the cooling sensation of rain. Sweet rain that can wash away the dust and cleanse the soul. Sounds like a great weekend.

NatureWoman said...

Yay Mary! I'm glad you're getting rain so you can get out and enjoy nature again. Your photos are beautiful.

JeanMac said...

So happy you got rain! Your post is terrific, as usual.

Annie in Austin said...

I love your bird photos, Mary, but am even happier to see your raindrop photos - this is from Humberto, maybe?

And after living in Austin for 8 years I know all about the intense desire to sleep once rain interrupts a long spell of heat and drought.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

entoto said...

What lovely gemstones. And a nice guest to boot. I am glad you are getting some rain, that fairway sure looked parched!

Anonymous said...

I love that shot of your water lily bud in the rain - so much anticipation for rain.

Anonymous said...

You have been in search of the rain for a while but the weather can be a little too much some times! I only hope it soaked it up as needed!

Larry said...

Glad to see you've decided tostart walking in the great outdoors again.Refreshing post!-

cat59 said...

Hi Mary,

Wasn't the rain fabulous?! And, today--what a glorious day. Enjoyed your photos as always. Glad Bam Bam is okay.

kate said...

Hi Mary,

One good rain helps diminish those memories of the blistering sunshine. I think your bird pictures look pretty darn good - I love seeing your hummingbird ones.

Good to know that Bam Bam was okay - that would have been a scare! It sounds as if you had a wonderful time with Joe!

Dorothy said...

I shook and shook my rainstick for you Mary, and I'm so thrilled it finally worked!

I'm relieved BamBam is better!

Your bouquet is beautiful, as are your photos. Sounds like a wonderful visit with your friends.

Susan Gets Native said...

I am so jazzed for you!
Yay! Mary got rain!!!!

Mary said...

Glad you had fun with your friends and that it has rained!! It must be such a relief

Naturegirl said...

A refeshing post for sure! Rain is always a welcome sight since we have
NOT had much..I am still watering by hand!Autumn skies bring cooler temps but no rain. :(
Whew about Bam Bam! Ahhh..what a sweet hubby bringing you flowers!
I think we'll keep our romantic men! hugs NG

Anonymous said...

As always, your photographs are fabulous. The raindrops are so perfect. I love it when it rains after a long dry spell. Don't all the trees look like they have a fresh coat of paint.

dguzman said...

Mary, have I mentioned before how much I LOVE your blog? So glad you got some rain finally! What a relief. As always, your photos make me green with envy; you've really got a great eye. Here's wish you more rain!

Mary C said...

Hi Mary! And how do you spell relief? R-A-I-N!!! I'm so glad you finally got some relief. Hurray!

~Red Tin Heart~ said...

Mary, I love the picture of the fly! That is unique. I also love the pictures of the flowers, so pretty. Thank you for your kind comment. xoxo nita

nina at Nature Remains. said...

So glad you've gotten rain!!
Your raindrops are beautiful--makes me thirsty just looking at them glistening on the leaves.
I'm sure you need more, tho--it will take a deluge to make up for lost inches.

RuthieJ said...

Oh Mary, I'm so happy you finally got some rain AND cooler weather!

I love that picture of sweet Mr Biggins under his pink blanket with a rawhide bone. It was always a surprise when I would get into bed and find a rawhide bone under the covers--usually where I sat down! Ouch!

sonia a. mascaro said...

Wow! LOVE Mr. Biggins's photo! He looks very cute!

LOVE all photos, Mary, they are very beautiful as always!