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Monday, May 23, 2011


Under the protection of our big May Day tree in the back yard, I gleefully took this shot this morning. Yes it's dark and gloomy looking. Yes the sun is hidden somewhere behind all of those rain clouds. So many people here would disagree with me on this, especially being the last day of a long weekend here in Canada, but I am LOVING the fact that we are finally getting an entire rainy day. We really need this.

Our rain barrels which hubby got set up a few weeks ago are finally getting some water in them today. This saves us beacoup bucks come lawn and flower watering time in the heat of the summer, not to mention our province is so dry right now and wildfires have been running amok. Dangerously so, if you've followed at all the loss of almost an entire town north of us, Slave Lake, due to wildfires.

Seeing the rain hitting my "just blooming" lilacs made me smile, literally. I love these flowers and without some sunshine AND rainfall our plants won't do well. And with the price of utilities (like water) these days, all the sun and rain Heaven can give us is a blessing.

Our weather this long weekend has actually been very nice. Too damn hot in the house, but not sweltering like it can get in summer. Still, it was nice outdoors (for those who weren't too sick to go anywhere, like moi) and I'm sure everyone got their share of fresh air activities over Saturday and Sunday, even if only around a barbeque or a fire pit.

I haven't been out of the house since last Wednesday after work, when I started getting sick with a very bad head cold. So getting out today even if it was just to go grocery shopping, was nice and refreshing with some rain falling. :-)

And seeing as I was too sick to go anywhere over the weekend (hubby was going to take me out somewhere nice for an Anniversary dinner), he also took me for lunch today.

Today is a great day to get out and give the lawns some fertilizer and let the rain soak it in, which is exactly what hubby did this morning. Even after all of that snow we had melting everywhere in Apirl, by now it's apparent how dry things became after some horrendously windy days. There are yellow patches everywhere, so this soaking is a good thing.

I just hope that this rain is also falling north of us where it's really needed too. Between Slave Lake Fire and Joplin, Missouri Tornado, I'm feeling very blessed to have what we do.

So say what you will, we here in Edmonton don't have it so bad, we're very lucky, rainy long weekend Monday holiday and all!

I hope all is well with you, wherever you are. Take good care of each other!

Love Jude


Blogger Jeremy Ryan said...

Nice photos. Hope your feeling better!

7:15 PM, May 23, 2011  
Blogger Jude said...

Thanks Jer! I'd be feeling even better if this damn cough would go away. I'm working on it!

7:24 PM, May 23, 2011  
Blogger Bobbie said...

Glad you're getting some much needed rain. I just hope you don't get TOO much!

Take care and have a great week!

1:55 PM, May 24, 2011  
Blogger Jude said...

I hope so too Bobbie, it's nice for now though. Have a good one!

2:23 PM, May 24, 2011  
Blogger sydwynd said...

We just finished our annual Lilac Festival here in Rochester on Sunday! Lilacs are very big in this city. Unfortunately, all that rain you DIDN'T get there fell here. They closed the festival 3 days in a row last week due to the rain. So while you're enjoying rain, we're FINALLY enjoying a little sun here.

7:08 AM, May 25, 2011  
Blogger Jude said...

Yes I always know what your weather is just from following one of my friends who lives in Ottawa, and she's been complaining of rain now for awhile. I hope the sunshine stays with you now for awhile Vince, it's especially nice for biking! :-)

8:03 AM, May 25, 2011  

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