On Wednesday we had a wild rain, much-needed in our drought- stricken state. With the rain came a wild wind that knocked power out to 114,000 homes in Maine, including our home.
But glory be, our power was only out for a few hours. Clif and I practically had to pinch ourselves to be sure we weren’t dreaming. When our power gets knocked out, it can be out for days and days. Sometimes even a week.
The wind blew leaves and pine needles everywhere.
On our front steps,
In the backyard,
in the birdbath,
on top of the glass table,
on the bulkhead door to our cellar,
and, on the ground where the sun could shine through the leaf.
Now, you might be wondering exactly why this post qualifies as a Friday Favorites.
Maybe it’s because the sun came out and the yard was aglow and everywhere was the nutty smell of autumn. The leaves seemed like frisky sprites that had come for a visit.
Yes, the leaves will need to be cleaned from the yard, but for now I am just going to revel in a Maine autumn day, after the storm, when the rain came and went and the air cleared and everything seems as fresh as clean laundry hung on the line.
Despite all that’s going on in this country, it felt like a day to rejoice.
Let’s hear it for small pleasures!
Addendum: What. A. Week. Just learned that the president and the first lady have tested positive for Covid-19. Hardly a surprise as they, along with their team, have been so irresponsible about mask wearing and social distancing. However, over the years, I have worked hard to cultivate the Buddhist notion of compassion toward all, even to those who don’t seem to deserve it. Perhaps they need it most of all. I wish the president and his wife a speedy recovery. I also hope that from now on his supporters will realize what a serious disease this is and for God’s sake start taking Covid-19 seriously by wearing masks, social distancing, and doing what they can to stop its spread.