Miss me? We spent the past week in Kansas with family and while I didn't intend to abandon the blog, that's basically how things turned out. Not enough hours for everything and the blog ended up with the short end of the stick. But there were hours for catching up with family and friends...
...and watching it rain. That's right; we brought the rain. And in this case, that made us heroes.
Kansas, like most of the central part of the U.S., suffered through a terrible drought last summer. My brother said the cracks in his yard looked like they could be sinkholes. So rain...any rain...is a good thing. This wasn't just any rain though; they got better than an inch of welcome moisture. Well, in El Dorado anyway. Some areas got waaaay more, as much as 4.50 inches. They even closed parts of the Kansas Turnpike due to the heavy rains. I'm not sure how my brother-in-law and his family managed to get home in it other than very carefully.
While we'll take credit for the rain, I don't think we can claim the cool temperatures. It was 62 degrees when we arrived in El Dorado. Sixties and late July are an unheard of combination in Kansas. I was glad I'd thrown a sweatshirt in the car!
After leaving Kansas, we spent the night with our friends Tom and Durlene in Springfield, Missouri. You couldn't ask for better weather the day we arrived but the seven-day forecast from that point forward was rain, rain and more rain. It seems to be following us.
And I had to chuckle as we made the turn off the highway headed home. The streets were wet and there were puddles here and there. It wasn't raining when we pulled into the neighborhood but it hadn't been gone long. The rain chance tomorrow is 50% climbing to 60% the following two days. It didn't all follow us home; rain is still falling in Kansas and Missouri.
Our ability to attract rain is so good that we don't even have to be physically present to make the sky open up. I talked to my Dad by phone right before we left town and in the few days that followed, three-quarters of an inch of rain fell in El Paso. That's a sizable amount for his desert climate. Just think what I might have accomplished had I been there in person.
So if you're in need of rain, keep all this in mind. The way things have been going, "Have Rain, Will Travel" may be our new slogan.