Monday, June 22, 2009

Listen to the Rhythm of the (Soft) Falling Rain

Today's Wonder of the World is...a Summer Rain!

Summer Rain Shower, how I love thee.
Before I count the ways, folks, let me be clear. I'm talking about the soft pitter- patter of raindrops on roses and on tomato plants and on muscadines.
Not the sort of shower that turns insane and tears up the huge Bradford Pears at the entrance to my neighborhood.

No. Not that kind.
I mean the kind that sounds like the rainstorm that this choir from Slovenia creates with just their hands, COMPLETELY BLOWING MY MIND!
Turn the sound up and give a listen. It will amaze you too. Guaranteed!

Aren't they incredible? They're called Perpetuum Jazzile and you can learn more about them here.

It's been raining cats and slobber dogs in these parts every day around 5pm. At least it's keeping the grass green and the tomatoes growing!

My only complaint has to do with the timing of a certain project in my backyard. One I like to call The Pit of Mud and Anguish and Pain.
See it?

Yes, about 24 hours before the daily rainstorms started coming, my sweet hubby decided we needed a few blueberry bushes and a couple more fig trees and hired my son to dig up a little patch near the fence.
If you know my husband or any of his relatives then you realize that a little patch doesn't mean a little patch. It means enough earth to grow a miniature blueberry farm. Enough berries to feed Sal, her extended family, her bear friends and all their relatives too.

The problem, of course is these.

Those are some big paws. And that is some clumpy wet South Carolina red clay.
Red clay that Tanner likes to prance in.
Red clay that Tanner tracks in all over my carpet.

No, I will not panic. I will walk around outside, turning my face to the fine mist falling from the heavens. I will enjoy the green of the grass, thankful that it hasn't dried up yet. I will breathe in the peace and tranquility.
Isn't it pretty?

Wait, what's that?

The missing hummus! The hummus that cost $3.79, the hummus that I ranted about to my bottomless pit of a son! (As in Just because you ran 8 miles and dug up the back yard doesn't mean you can eat up all my hummus and then destroy the evidence!) Oops. Bad mommy.
That slobber dog dragged it into the backyard and licked it clean. And then tracked red clay all over my house.
Woe is me.

Sweet Dan Fogelberg, up in the heavens and over at youtube, please soothe me with the Rhythm of the Falling Rain!
A little chocolate might help too.

Have a wonder-full Monday, y'all! I wish you only soft rain and no red clay.
Love, Becky


EllenP said...

What an awesome musical group - that was fantastic! It's been raining here in Connecticut every day for about 6 weeks now. I like rain, and everything sure is green, but I have to admit that I am sick of it. Where is the sunshine?!

Marie Antionette said...

Very talented.I so love music as everyone knows.To much rain is a bad thing,but we haven't had any down here so I could use some of your runoff...LOL.It got so hot here ,you could not even breathe.If it rain here you would see steam coming up from the ground.Hugs Marie Antionette

LW said...

Guess what it is raining here now.
We have had so much rain lately.
Grass is green and growing and dear hubby is having a hard time
finding a spot of dry weather to mow it…

Wow, I really enjoyed the video.


a Tonggu Momma said...

Heh. Considering how it has rained here about 18 of the last 21 days. Heh. Loved the video though.

Kim said...

Daisy the Micro Mutt thanks Tanner The Slobber Dog for the idea of prancing through the mud and tracking it onto mom's floor.
GREAT post.
Have a wonderful Monday!

Barb said...

Hi Becky,

What a fantastic group. I experienced some of that rain, wind, lightening. Very lush, very beautiful but I think I have turned into a desert rat!


adrienne said...

Oh, Tanner. Thanks for reminding me why we got rid of the carpet. My dog ate one of my shoes last night. I need more than chocolate...

Loved the video!

TattingChic said...

Maybe you can get some new carpet out of the deal??? Ha ha, just kidding, then Tanner would be tracking red clay all over NEW carpet. Well, I hope you get your miniature blueberry farm soon! How nice it will be to be able to go into the backyard and collect lovely blueberries! How fabulous! :)

lotusgirl said...

Yes, we have the same clay here in our yard. My lovely little white dog loves to roll in it. One of my son's friends likes to call him Rusty. Guess why!

Good luck getting your blueberry patch tamed.

I do love the sound of the rain. I love to read to it.

Felicity said...

I like to create a rainstorm like that with my chapel kiddos. They love it!

Rebecca Ramsey said...

What a great idea for centering kids on God--recreating a summer shower! I love that idea, Felicity!

So it sounds like I'm not the only one getting lots of rain...and dealing with muddy dogs!

writerjenn said...

You might as well make rain a Wonder--it certainly has been present! Occasionally we get glimpses of a strange yellow object in the sky. We hear it's called "the sun," but we think that may just be mythical.

May Vanderbilt said...

I miss the summer rain so much! In San Francisco, we're in our dry season and we probably won't see rain again until October.


Until then, I guess I'll just listen to these wacky Slovenians...

R and L said...

I still think that's wonderful that you're able to plant several types of blueberries as a test for the nearest Ag/Eng university. Maybe a "soft-rain dance" is in order. Can't think of anytime a hard rain is good, except to fill up the lakes to help cover up the red clay banks.
Love the photo of tanner - its a prize winner!

Rosemary said...

You need to send some of that rain out to California.
Have a great week!

Kelly H-Y said...

Oh my goodness ... the hummus, dog, red clay, carpet ... you made me laugh! Your tomatoes look fabulous!!!

Ronnie said...

You remind me of Erma Bombeck, God rest her soul.