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Friday, July 19, 2013

A Hard Rain

Tuesday, I got home from work around 3:30.  I put on some shorts and a tee shirt, put on my Ipod and went out to work in the back yard.  It was hot and mostly sunny as I cut up some falling limbs.  As I worked, I could see a couple male deer across the creek, may be 25 yards from where I was working.  It is always special watching the deer in our yard.  One of the two deer had a large rack of antlers and the other was smaller with a smaller rack.  I finished the job after some 90 minutes and went back in the house to shower and clean up for the evening. 

The Lovely Sharon made dinner.  We were both tired and we ate in relative silence.  By 6:30, the clouds had come in in such intensity that it was almost dark.  The clouds looked ominous and it looked like we were in for heavy weather.

After dinner, I headed down to the Bud Cave to relax while the Lovely Sharon crashed upstairs on the family room sofa.  At 7:00 o’clock it started to rain, a hard rain.  I decided to watch the rain outside sitting on a chair on our lower covered patio.   As I sat there and watched the rain, the thunder started and the lightening followed. Our house was right in the middle of what became a huge rain storm.  There were numerous crashes of thunder followed almost immediately by lightning and it rained as hard as I can remember for a Utah rain.  I was happy to be nestled against the house, feeling protected from the elements as the rain came harder and faster.

As I looked down into the back yard, I spotted two deer in the trees down by the creek.  I assumed it was the same two deer I saw earlier when I was working in the yard.  They looked nervous in the thunder and lightning and moved quickly from tree to bush and bush to tree.  After a few minutes I could no longer see them through the brush and the rain.

Around 7:30 the rain slowed down and the sky lightened.  What a wonderful summer thunderstorm, that reminded me of some of the thunderstorms I saw as a boy.

As the rain finally stopped, I ventured back into the Bud Cave.  I was glad I watched the storm from the patio.


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