What’s around the corner?

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So-o-o you’re wondering what to do with all this moisture. Well, actually, there isn’t a whole lot you can do about it. But in my case, I’m going to enjoy it to the max. For instance, I now have time to catch up on my reading, visiting with friends and family, doing some painting, sorting drawers, updating my scrapbooks, and maybe even taking an afternoon nap.

Yes, like everyone else, we are behind with our planting, but to consider the alternative of no moisture is not a pleasant thought. Fortunately, things have changed in a hurry and the old adage of: “Ya just never know what’s around the corner” has certainly come true. And the story goes like this…

Lifting ones spirits

Never in a million years did I think it would happen; but it did. Thankfully with the rainy weather, the bedrooms and office received a fresh coat of paint with a new color. I had earlier started the painting project with grandiose ideas and had the job about half done. Then, planting season hit, my paintbrush was put aside, and my spirits sank. I figured that I wouldn’t get back to it until fall and then…

It rained! And then, I had another great idea. Due to my advanced age and the need to take better care of myself, I hired a young gal to do the actual painting. All I had to do was supervise. Well, that certainly did the trick for me.

The room was quickly painted and put back in order and voile-my spirits soared and my previously aching back gave a shout of joy! There’s nothing like a freshened room to lift one’s spirits and to have it all completed in just a few hours.

Naturally, painting any room in the house upsets a family’s schedule. And that’s a very good reason why I don’t paint very often. But this time was different and I am so-o-o

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thankful. Who would have thought that this great experience was just around the corner? Without the rain; it wouldn’t have happened. Thank you, Lord.

Sorting drawers

This rainy weather has accomplished another big task that I am ever so thankful for. It spurred me on to get some dresser drawers cleaned out and sorted through thoroughly.

You know how it is… in order to paint the walls, you need to move the heavy furniture. And in order to move the heavy furniture, you pull out the drawers to lighten the load and there’s all that stuff! Where did all this stuff come from and why did you save it? Hm?

You just wouldn’t believe what I found in my dresser drawers. Well, maybe you would, but why oh why did I save it in the first place? Anyway, the best part of this drawer cleanout was finding some old letters with phone numbers of relatives and friends who we had been wanting to contact.

Due to the wet weather, Jim and I phoned these relatives and friends and got caught up on the news. We also made plans for some summer visits with them, and as I stated before, if it hadn’t been for the rain, it wouldn’t have happened. Thank you, Lord.

What should I do?

As I write this article, it is still raining outside and all I can do is listen to the raindrops hitting our kitchen windows. Maybe I should work on the family photo albums this afternoon. Yes, I found all sorts of photos and other paraphilia after sorting through those blasted dresser drawers. And now with the rain, I even have the time to put these precious saved items into the scrapbooks and albums. But durn the luck… I don’t feel like gluing and labeling photos. I’m tired of all this house work. Now what should I do?

My garden seeds are still in their protective packages, my flower beds are still too wet to work in, the lawn is still too wet to mow, and the garden spot is still under water. Can’t do anything with these things, so hm?

I think maybe, I’ll just go read a good book, take a short nap, and hum the tune, “Listen to the Rhythm of the Falling Rain.”

Of course, there’s always the possibility that the sun will come out later today and the wind will start blowing and I’ll get to go work outside. In this neck of the woods, “You just never know what’s around the corner.”

Jane Green and her husband, Jim, live near Clark. Contact Jane for some public speaking, to order one of her books, or to register your comments. E-mail her at: