It certainly is the season, summer season, hot and muggy with a side of rain, maybe.
Yesterday started out clear and lovely, at least from indoors in the A/C.
Clouds rolled in, as they often do, some puffy and shiny and beautiful, some very dark gray and menacing, but there were still areas with no clouds, bright and sunny and pretty.
The drops began to pelt my car as i drove home between jobs to pick something up, becoming huge and thick and almost obscuring vision even with the wipers on, although i could see blue skies almost right above me.
As i entered my neighborhood, rain was still falling thick and fast; by the time i got three blocks over to my house, not a drop was falling, the ground was dry as a bone, as the house was under one of those areas of clear blue.
When i tell people i have seen rain in my back yard (especially if i am trying to dry clothes on the fence) while there is none in the front yard, it really does happen that way here sometimes.
Gosia at Looking for Identity has taken over Good Fences, and it's now Good Fences Around The World. Post a picture of a fence or gate, link back to her blog, and go visit other blogs to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.
At the "mature living" apartment complex where Ms. S lives, new residents can do some modifications to their units, and some put up fences so they can have gardens. This fence went up while i was out of town.
It's Angel Sammy's Poetry Day! This week's image and my poem:
Are you asking me to eat this?
Is this some kind of joke?
If i tried to take a bite of that,
My jaw would end up broke!
Brian of Brian's Home hosts the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop. It's time to share something for which i am thankful.
Today i am thankful we have Coda here with us again for a few days.
Araw ng Maynila -- Philippines (Manila Day)
Bannockburn Day -- Scotland (decisive battle of the first Scottish War of Independence, led by Robert Bruce)
Burning of the Lamps in Egypt at Sais -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar, a celebration of Isis and Neith (date approximate)
Calcio Fiorentino -- Florence, Italy (reviving 16th century style football in period costumes, through the 28th)
Carabobo Day -- Venezuela (battle commemoration)
Celebration of the Senses -- Wellcat Holidays urges you to enjoy all five (six?) of your senses today
Countryman's Day -- Peru (one of Peru's three Fiestas Patrias Peruanas)
Day of the Caboclo -- Amazonas State, Brazil
Feast of Rahmat (Mercy) -- Baha'i
Flying Saucer Day -- anniversary of Kenneth Arnold's 1947 sighting, while flying near Mt. Rainier, of 9 metallic, circular objects he could not identify
Fors Fortuna -- Ancient Roman Calendar (rites and festival for the goddess of good luck and fortune)
Full Strawberry Moon / Rose Moon; related observances
Ancient Celtic month Equos (horse-time) begins
Nayon Full Moon -- Mayanmar
Poson Full Moon Poya Day -- Sri Lanka
International Fairy Day/Faerie Day -- day for collectors, believers, and artists to share their love for the little folk
Lost Handkerchief Day -- Fairy Calendar
Museum Comes to Life Day -- another fun and funny day someone came up with
National Bomb Pop Day -- on the Thursday in June right before US Independence Day, to kick off the celebration with the original red, white, and blue bomb pops
National Creamy Pralines Day
St. John the Baptist's Nativity Day and related Midsummer celebrations (Patron of baptism, bird dealers, converts, children with convulsions, epileptics, farriers, French Canadians, lambs, monastic life, motorways, printers, tailors; against convulsions, epilepsy, hail and hailstorms, and spasms; Patron of over 60 cities and countries around the globe)
Inti Raymi -- Peru (Incan Sun Festival)
Jaanipaev -- Estonia
Jani -- Latvia
Jónsmessa -- Iceland (feast of St. John the Baptist, considered a magical night when cows can speak, seals take on human form, finding magical stones and herbs is propitious, and rolling naked in the dew is healing.)
Macau Day -- China (celebrating the defeat of Dutch invasion forces in 1622 and paying homage to St. John as the port's Patron Saint)
Midsummer Day -- England
National Holiday -- Quebec, Canada (Sant Jean-Baptiste)
Saint John the Baptist Day -- Andorra
Saint Jonas Festival or Jonines -- Lithuania
San Juan -- CT and GA, Spain
Surinal -- North Korea
Zuni Buffalo, Corn, and Comanche Dances -- Zuni Native Americans (for fertility of land and people; Vespers is also observed, as San Juan is their Patron Saint)
Swim a Lap Day -- just for fun!
Swing a Kid Day -- if swimming isn't right for you
Thangka Unveiling at Tashihungpo -- Tibet (Buddha Exhibition Festival, in which the large Thangka with the image of Buddha on it is unfolded in public; also celebrated as Amitabha Buddha Day, or the birth anniversary of the Buddha) related observance
Zamling Chisang -- Universal Prayer Day (to the Tibetan Deities, especially Samye Dolde)
Eton College is founded by Henry VI, 1441
Sherry Stringfield, 1967
Joe Penny, 1956
Nancy Allen, 1950
Phyllis George, , 1949
Peter Weller, 1947
Mick Fleetwood, 1947
Ellison Shoji Onizuka, 1946
Jeff Beck, 1944
Michele Lee, 1942
Claude Chabrol, 1930
John Anthony Ciardi. 1916
Phil Harris, 1904
Jack Dempsey, 1895
Roy O. Disney, 1893
Ambrose Bierce, 1842
Henry Ward Beecher, 1813
"Hopalong Cassidy"(TV), 1949
"American Mercury Presents: Meet the Press"(Radio), 1945
Today in History:
Battle of Cedynia, the first documented victory of Polish forces, takes place, 972
A sudden outbreak of St. John's Dance causes people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapse from exhaustion, 1374
John Cabot lands in North America at Newfoundland; the first European
exploration of the region since the Vikings, 1497
Miguel Lopez de Legazpi founds Manila, the capital of the Republic of the Philippines, 1571
Samuel de Champlain discovers the mouth of the Saint John River, site of Reversing Falls and the present day city of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, 1604
The colony of New Jersey is founded, 1664
Kingston, Jamaica is founded, 1692
The Premier Grand Lodge of England, the first Masonic Grand Lodge in the world (now the United Grand Lodge of England), is founded in London, England, 1717
The first republican constitution in France is adopted, 1793
The decisive battle in the war of independence of Venezuela from Spain, the Battle of Carabobo takes place, 1821
First performance of O Canada, the song that would become the national anthem of Canada, at the Congrès national des Canadiens-Français, 1880
The first exhibition of Pablo Picasso's work opens, 1901
Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to get a million dollar contract, 1916
The first airmail service in Canada from Montreal to Toronto begins, 1918
Siam is renamed Thailand by Plaek Pibulsonggram, the third prime minister, 1939
The Soviet Union makes overland travel between the West with West Berlin impossible, 1948
The United Kingdom grants Zanzibar internal self-government, 1963
Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud completes his first mission, becoming the first Arab and first Muslim in space, as a Payload Specialist, 1985
John Isner of the United States defeats Nicolas Mahut of France at Wimbledon, in the longest match in professional tennis history, 2010
The last known Pinta Island Tortoise, Lonesome George, is found dead in the Galapagos Islands, 2012
British Prime Minister David Cameron resigns after the UK votes to leave the EU, 2016
Saudi Arabia lifts its ban on women driving, 2018