I’m singing in the rain
Just singing in the rain
What a glorious feelin’
I’m happy again
I’m laughing at clouds
So dark up above
The sun’s in my heart
And I’m ready for love
Let the stormy clouds chase
Everyone from the place
Come on with the rain
I’ve a smile on my face
I walk down the lane
With a happy refrain
Singin’ in the rain
~Jamie Cullum, as sung by Gene Kelly
One year ago, Houston was in the grips of a drought that threatened to continue into this year. We were desperate for rain, and worried about a long term situation, like the one in the 1950’s that created the “dust bowl”.
Weather forecasters love drama like this, but as it turned out, their dire predictions of a lingering drought were baseless. Houston has had an abundance of rain this year, with much of it falling earlier this month. As of mid July, we have had much more rain than an average year in Houston, but compared to last year, our totals are WAY over the amount measured at this same date.
Inches and inches of rain have been measured all over town, with some areas flooding due to overflowing bayous. Accompanying the rain has been violent thunder and lightning, with one strike that killed two young men taking shelter under a tree (note to self: don’t do that when lightning is nearby).
In our garden, the overabundance of rain was causing so much standing water that we ultimately opted to install a sump pump to drain it out. It was either that or lose the new landscaping…which was not an option! That pump is awesome; it really works well.
back yard before sump pump
Our old dogs, Shadow and Bailey used to tremble, pace, whimper and NOT want to go outside to do their business when it was raining. It started with Shadow, and since Bailey totally patterned on Shadow, he learned that storms were scary, too.
Happily, Mr. Tucker is not perturbed about rain, thunder or lightning (unless it strikes so close by that the house shakes and all the electronics beep). He’ll go outside with me under a large golf umbrella and “do his business”, and sleep through most all but the loudest thunder. It sure makes things a lot easier around here!
It’s funny, under normal weather conditions, people would be complaining about all the rain, but not this year. Well, maybe just a little. As compared to last year, when Facebook friends would excitedly post “RAIN!!”, this year, they are posting updates like, “Rain… AGAIN”. You can just hear them sighing those words.
But because last year’s situation caused so much of Houston’s verdant pine canopy to die out, most people are extra grateful for the abundant gift of rain that this year has brought. Everything is now lush and green in all directions.
However, now come the mosquitoes, which is the downside of a heavy rain. I promise not to complain… Instead, I’ll just haul out the bug spray and hope that the brown bats we see swooping every evening will enjoy a feast!
Speaking of insects, along with the mosquitoes have come a colony of bees up on our veranda. Could their hive have been washed out, or destroyed when a tree fell? I didn’t connect the dots until just now.
Whatever the case may be, I am a little anxious about their taking up residence up there. I know bees are beneficial to gardens, but when stirred up, they can get very angry. Ouch! So it’s Budget Bee to the rescue!
As I write this, once again it is raining… but I don’t care. It just makes me feel like singin’!
(Pewperson will return August 10)