Rain, a good soaker, moved across the mountain yesterday. With a nearly 6 in. precipitation deficit, the rain is welcome. Although I like sunshine as much as the next person, a rainy cycle with a day or so of sun in between the next rain is what this area needs for a few weeks.
The problem with rain is that it’s rare to get the kind of rain you really need. You might get too much or too little. It might fall in a torrent and all run off. Too much or too little and the crops are ruined, the berries burst or shrivel. It’s amazing anything ever turns out right, though somehow it usually does.
This rain so far is doing okay. I say so far because it’s still raining and the result could still go the other way. But for now it’s a decent rain, a tad on the heavy side but it could be worse. The rain is bringing out the silliness in the local birds. A flower pot base left outside becomes an impromptu bird bath that tempts titmice and cardinals alike. They flap and roll and splash and seem to be having a wonderful time. I know from long experience that if I go out and buy an actual birdbath, the birds will ignore it all summer.