You know the old adage, “Be careful what you wish for”? Take heed.
Sitting at the kitchen bar night before last, we were finishing up supper and gazing out over our pastures which are now cooked. After 2 months of drought and recent triple digit temperatures, everything is gasping for breath and grasping for life. Even Mother Nature’s woodland creatures are suffering in the heat.
As the sun started to disappear behind the mountains, and twilight settled in, we saw flashes of lightning over the hills. It was the most amazing natural light display we have ever seen. DH commented that it looked like a scene from “War of the Worlds”, and it did. It was a constant flickering of light that illuminated the sky and cast the hills and trees in silhouette.
The storm was still a great distance away, as we couldn’t hear any thunder. But it was the closest thing to a chance of rain that we had seen in weeks. I casually commented that I would sacrifice an “hour of power” for an inch of rain. Within five minutes the house was in total darkness.
For almost an hour, we stood in the doorway and marveled at the majestic light show. We live in a valley, circled on all sides by mountain ridges. We were surrounded by the storm and had a 360 degree view of the display. The lightning flashes were so bright that at times the meadow was lit like daylight.
In the course of the next hour, we received ¼ inch of rain. In exchange, we were without power for 24 hours, woke up to fallen limbs littering the whole property, temps over 100 degrees, and no air conditioning. Not a fair trade Mother Nature. Shame on you.