All of Memorial Day, the wind and rain tag-teamed the thunder and lightning; there was a lot of roaring and booming and shaking of the dishes in the cupboards. And then sometime in the early evening the bluster blew away and we were treated to this:
It was the sort of display that makes a neighborhood congregate in the street, for sure.
Actually, a better title would be 'the calm between.' It's been storming here off and on (mostly on) for weeks now; in fact, as I type, the next round of thunder is rolling in. We had a evening's break earlier this week from lashing wind and lightning strikes and flash flood warnings, so I skipped off down the road to chase the sunset.
The silver lining to so much rain (except for those where record-breaking flooding has been and continues to be catastrophic and devastating) is the several-years-long, state-wide drought has been eased and...I've not been able to mow the lawn in ages :)
We celebrated our 17th anniversary on Saturday. Jan Michael brought me roses, waffles and donuts that morning, and for dinner I took him to Taco Bell. We spent the in between hours being lazy and together; it was lovely.
Our very formal anniversary portrait, shot on location at the top of the stairs and in our pajamas:
"What a happy and holy fashion it is that those who love one another should rest on the same pillow."
"The older I get, the less time I want to spend with the part of the human race that didn't marry me."
Our friend Ryan was with us for a few days last week and we took him to....the arboretum. One-trick ponies around here :)
I love snapdragons; they will always remind me of my Grandma. I would have fields of them if I could, meaning I would have fields of them if my black thumb wouldn't kill them on the spot.
And if this was our backyard, I would get nothing accomplished inside the house ever:
This was not taken at the arboretum, but just outside our neighborhood and we will explore it soon. To get there, we'll have to sneak under a bridge that crosses swampy, stagnant water, which means we'll have to dodge a million mosquitoes. Worth the risk, I say!
This wasn't take at the arboretum, either. It was shot on location at Lowe's, but it's too pretty to leave out :) And it makes me miss the hydrangeas at our WA house.
We had quite the thunder & lightning storm while Ryan was here, and he & Jan stayed up until the wee hours taking pictures and video. I should have joined them out on the porch because sleeping was impossible with all of the booming and crashing :)
I think in WA I didn't pay enough attention to spring, mostly because it was just a means to get to summer. Here I appreciate it quite a lot because I know what's coming :)
This was right after Jan Michael left for work one morning, and I remember the sunrise, the temperature and the breeze all combined to take my breath away for a minute.
We're making a habit of Saturday dates; they always have something to do with exploring outside and I like them very much. Two weekends ago we ate apple fritters at a tiny park we visited the very first night we arrived in Texas, and on the way home we ran into a lovely field of blue bonnets.
And I like evening walks under clouds that look like mountains :)
P.S. This is on the late side, but I tried something new with Easter eggs this year: gel food coloring. It worked spectacularly, so much so that I think I'll dye every egg I hard boil from now on :)