From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

A Rainy Day in Western Kentucky

Drops of water are falling from the sky.



We've had a couple of rainy days, and we're supposed to have a good chance of rain again on Wednesday night and Thursday. Over the last 48 hours or so, we've had over 4 inches.

The cats have not been nearly as enthusiastic as usual about going outside to play. Skittles slept all day on a window sill, contented enough, but Casper couldn't settle anywhere. Every time he went out to test the weather, he was standing at the storm door a few minutes later, wanting to come inside again.

Dennis spent his rainy day driving around with a young Mennonite couple who are visiting from Pennsylvania. While he was gone, I took all the books out of the biggest bookcase in the house and moved it. I've been wanting to get that done for quite a while.

It was a bit surreal to hear the rain falling outside while listening to the reports of the terrible California fires. As dry as we have been, I would send this rain to Southern California in a heartbeat, if only I could.

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CONTENTMENT: Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry, live simply, expect little, give much, sing often, pray always, forget self, think of others and their feelings, fill your heart with love, scatter sunshine. These are the tried links in the golden chain of contentment.
(Author unknown)

IT IS STILL BEST to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasure; and to be cheerful and have courage when things go wrong.
(Laura Ingalls Wilder, 1867-1957)

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