After a couple of days of almost nonstop rain, we had blue sky and pleasant temperatures yesterday. I was pleased to see that our backyard, which at first looked like it was just as saturated as it had been before we had the French drains and the regrading done, was looking much better because so much water was running off. I guess having all of that work done was a good investment.
When I went out to check the mail yesterday, I was surprised to see a hint of spring. I don’t know if this little dandelion is just an optimist, or if Mother Nature is telling us something. Since we’ve still got the rest of January and all of February, and even parts of March and April to go before we can think about being out of the coldest temperatures, I’m going to keep my fingers crossed. We are supposed to get more rain today, possibly up to another inch, then the weatherman says we’ll have a break for a few days.
Just as I did on Thursday, I spent most of yesterday writing, and got another 3,200 words done in Big Lake Accident. By the end of the day today I should have some more chapters to print out for Terry to start editing and proofreading.
Speaking of my beautiful and talented bride, readers always tell me they like seeing some of the delicious meals she cooks. Yesterday’s dinner was basil broiled salmon with roasted smashed red potatoes. The basil was harvested and dried a while back from one of her raised planter beds. I don’t have to tell you how good it was.
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And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.
Thought For The Day – It’s ironic that when you visit the Atkins Diet website it asks you to accept cookies.