Do You Ever Stop To Watch The Rain?

Do You Ever Stop To Watch The Rain?

When was the last time you wondered at how the rain falls, or felt it patter on your skin?

Do you ever stop to look at the rain, to watch and wonder at the way it falls? It is easy to get used to rain and forget to notice or enjoy it. When it starts to rain, we often run inside as quickly as possible, shut the door, and wait until it’s over.

A few days ago, as we parked our car, it started to rain hard. Instinctually I ran inside with everyone else, but then I thought: when was the last time I watched the rain? I walked over to the window. Everyone else was busy making dinner.

I looked up and watched how the rain fell from the clouds. It was as if there was a hole in the sky, a leak, letting all these little droplets through. The wind blew the clouds, low lying, and fluffy grey; they hurried past. Occasionally a gust of wind pushed the rain making it fall at an angle.

It was amazing all that was happening. The rain came in waves, heavier or lighter at times, pushed back and forth by the wind. Drops hit the new green leaves of the little maple tree out front. Every drop would make the leaf bounce when it landed. The rain was dancing with the tree.

No two rainstorms are the same; they last for different amounts of time, some are gentle trickles, others are downpours. Each storm is a unique performance put on by the sky. There is singing, dancing, colors and sounds, all arranged in an orderly fashion.

Have you ever been on a lake when it rains? It’s funny because when each drop hits the lake, it makes a splash. Water from the lake bounces to meet the other falling drops, and soon you can’t tell which water is which, it is all blended in a thunderous roar of water.

These performances are far from two dimensional. There are more than just sights and sounds to enjoy. Have you ever smelled the air when it rains? Some people love the earthy smell it makes. The rain falls on the ground releasing an earthy aroma, and the air often gets cooler too making it feel refreshing.

Often, we try to avoid rain, so we don’t get wet, but every once in a while, it’s good to let it fall on your skin, to feel the rain’s soft patter, or even get soaked.

When was the last time you enjoyed the rain? If you haven’t lately, then stop and enjoy it.

Watch how it falls, feel it, smell it, taste it, dance in it, wonder at it like you did when you were a child.

Watch how the trees and streams dance in the rain, how the clouds fly by.

Listen to the rain’s song, its gentle gurgles, and its loud roar.

Listen how the thunder sings along, with its long rolling bass notes.

Every once in a while, we need to enjoy nature’s symphony, her magnificent performance put on just for us.

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30 Bee Puns To Get You Through The Day

These puns are as sweet as honey.

There are few things in life that make me happier (and/or make me want to bury my face in my hands and groan loudly) than a well timed pun. This goes double if the pun involves some my favorite insects — bees. There's nothing quite as satisfying as uttering a bee pun when no one expects it, so here is a list of the top 30 bee puns around!

Use these puns to make your grandparents laugh, impress your date, spice up your Tinder profile, make friends with a beekeeper, break the ice at your new job or make everyone in the general vicinity wish they hadn't invited you to come hang out with them. You won't bee-lieve how many of these puns you'll be pollen for! You'll bee-come an instant hit at parties! You'll bee sure to thank me later.

1. "When a bee is in your hand, what's in your eye? Beauty. Because beauty is in the eye of the bee-holder."

2. "Bee puns really sting.

3. "Who's a bee's favorite singer? Bee-yoncé."

4. "What's a happy bumblebee's blood type? Bee positive!"

5. "Bee puns aren't that great. I don't get what all the buzz is about."

6. "Wasp are you talking about?"

7. "Naughty bee children really need to beehive."

8. "What kind of bees drop things? Fumble bees!"

9. "A bee's favorite haircut is a buzz cut!"

10. "What do you call a bee that's a sore loser? A cry bay-bee!"

11. "What's a bee's favorite flower? Bee-gonias!"

12. "Why do bees get married? Because they found their honey!"

13. "That bee is talking too quietly, it must be a mumble-bee!"

14. "Bee children take the school buzz to get to school."

15. "A bee's favorite sport is rug-bee."

16. "The bees went on strike because they wanted more honey and less working flowers."

17. "On the first day of class, bee students are given a sylla-buzz."

18. "What did one bee say to the other when they landed on the same flower? Buzz off."

19. "Who's a bee's favorite painter? Pablo Bee-casso!"

20. "A bee styles their hair with a honeycomb."

21. "When a bee writes a sonnet, they're waxing poetic."

22. "The worker bee decided to take a vacation to Stingapore last year."

23. "A bee that's been put under a spell has been bee-witched!"

24. "Say, these bee puns aren't too shab-bee."

25. "That pretentious wasp is just plain snob-bee!"

26. "Why did the bee want to use the phone? To say hi to their honey."

27. "A bee's favorite novel is the Great Gats-bee."

28. "What's a bee's favorite Spice Girls song? Wanna-bee!"

29. "What do bees like with their sushi? Wasa-bee!"

30. "Remember, bee puns are good for your health, they give you a dose of Vitamin Bee!"

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Prayers For All Of Hawaii & Those In Path Of Alberto

Kilauea Volcanic Eruption/ Alberto Tropical Storm

On May 3rd of 2018, the Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii erupted. Since May 3rd of 2018, there have been more than 600 hundred earthquakes from the volcanic eruption. Lava from the volcano has been shooting up more than 200 ft almost every day and there are no signs of letting up. The Kilauea volcano has been on a rampage for over two weeks now causing many evacuations and caution to this serious volcano.

rd of 1983. All the islands of Hawaii were formed from volcanic activity. As of today, Kilauea has been showing its stuff and pounding down on Hawaii with ash clouds and rocks that linger over the island.

The eruption was said to be from a series of constant earthquakes and since the volcano has had no signs of slowing down or letting up. Many homes have been destroyed as the continuous flow of lava invades communities which has not only caused damage but forced many to fully evacuate their homes.

I will say that this must be the most heartbreaking of them all because of the many lives that have to restarted and memories that will forever just be until Kilauea has fully gone back to sleep. But this does not stop here, the big huge issue is that the lava and gases are edging closer and closer to Hawaii’s Geothermal Plant, which is Hawaii’s source of energy through wind, ocean, and electricity.

As of May 29, 2018, the volcano continues to erupt with lava resulting in immediate evacuations for the safety of the public currently. Road are becoming opened by jagged fissures due to the activity of the volcano. Ash clouds have continued to hover over the Big Island of Hawaii.

In conclusion, though tropical storm Alberto has weakened to a subtropical storm, it still did not waste time wreaking havoc in the south. This storm has been brewing over the last past week now. Many in Alabama have been left without any power as the storm has Subtropical Storm Alberto made its way to landfall Monday afternoon in the Florida Panhandle. The storm has reached Alabama and large areas of Georgia — and eventually into Tennessee and the Carolinas.

It has not been confirmed if the storm has caused any major deaths or injuries, however, it has been said that in North Carolina, a crew of a television news anchor and a photojournalist were killed Monday when a rain uprooted toppling on their SUV as they were covering the storm system.

Two very uncontrollable forces of nature as with tropical storms and hurricanes you will have to ride the storm out until Mother nature has run her course just as with Kilauea’s volcanic activity. All in all, I would just ask as with this being a pure force of nature to pray for those in the pathway of these two natural phenomena that are occurring at this time.

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