Hello everyone on this rainy afternoon here at Steve’s Country. There are a lot of people who don’t like rainy days. Rainy days can get people feeling moody, discouraged and even depressed. Those dull looking clouds kind of bring with them a heavy weight sometimes making us feel terrible and grumpy. But why? Because we look at things wrong.
In the natural world we have nice sunny days and days with rain and storms. Both are very necessary for plants to grow and thrive. If every day was sunshine, then all the plant life would dry out, wither and never be able to live they way they should. Same with animals. All animals depend on plants, but they also need water. So rain is once again necessary for their well being and growth. With only sun, everything would be weak and might survive, but never be able to thrive.
It’s the same in a different way. In our lives comes days of sunshine when things are going well, we have lots of energy and can really get things done. But, there are also those rainy days. That’s the ones when problems and difficulties come our way. But like the natural rain, we need these rainy days in our lives too. Those times of problems help us to grow strong in our lives. They help give us what we need so that when the sunny days return, we can then grow, thrive and have that energy needed to move ahead in our lives. Don’t look at rainy days as something terrible. Look at them as a chance to grow, to get stronger, to learn, so that we can thrive in our lives.
The poor birds sometimes look quite wet as they sit outside looking for seeds. They are quite dry however, well protected under that layer of water proof feathers. Not many birds around here right now. There is a lot of warblers coming back now however. And they are some of the most colorful of our summer birds. But, they are small and mostly stay high in the trees. Or they stay hidden in the thick bushes. Plus they are very energetic birds making it very hard to get pictures of them. I think I would need a good telephoto lens to capture those little beauties.
I went outside to feed Sir George and afterwards I turned to come back in and I felt something. I looked down to see Sylvester sitting on my foot, looking up at me. He looked so cute sitting there. Of course my camera was inside. There wasn’t enough light to get a good picture anyway. Perhaps another day. I’m glad two of my chipmunks came back, they are really a joy to have around. Even if some people think they are dangerous animals. One female squirrel is quite friendly now, the others don’t come around too much, so it’s a little harder to make friends with them. But I will keep trying.
Flowers are starting to bloom now around my landlord’s yard, and it will just keep getting better. I want to try and get pictures of more wildflowers this summer too and I will likely be sharing a lot of them for you to see and enjoy.
Rainy days are good for getting things done inside. Like cleaning. Dusting, this one takes a while. I think I have too much stuff. Okay, I know I have too much stuff. So it takes a fairly long time to get it done. I admit, not one of my most favorite things to do. Well, think I will leave it there for today, thank you all for joining me once again. Muffin has stayed sleeping for most of the day so far. Enjoy the remainder of your day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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