1. Last weekend we had rain. This rain was a slow, steady, soft rain which nourished our parched hillsides but didn't cause any more mudslides. We are at our 'normal' rain fall averages this season after three years of drought, and we desperately need rain. Gentle rain in its season is a wondrous thing.
2. The weather has warmed up considerably. Thursday's temperature was 76F. That means we could get outside and mess around in the new shed to put away the tools and camping equipment that has been sitting outside in the rain and dust. Evening walks have been more pleasant. And I puttered around in the garden in the sun.
3. We replanted the native California rye plants and buckwheat in the front garden. They had been languishing in pots for the past three months waiting to be transplanted after their home was destroyed and rebuilt. Every time I turn into the driveway and see them there, I smile.
4. I finally pulled my camera out and shot some close up photos of this:
Rosemary twigs cut from my garden.
I think the flowers resemble tiny orchids.
5. I'm a definite proponent of simplicity and I loved this post by Joshua Becker about "Jumpstarting your Decluttering".
Bonus: Reading these words from Mother Teresa. I know I have posted this before, but every time I read them, I am deeply moved. Both comforting and challenging.