Saturday, May 29, 2010

Shelter From The Storm

I don't care much for Dylan's music but his songs do have good titles usually. I awoke early this morning to a steady, hard rain. You know the kind that falls relentlessly straight down. No wind, just a very occasional distance flash of lightning and even that so far off that the rumbling is very faint. Usually overcome by the strumming of the drops on the metal roof anyway. The sound is somewhat muffled in the bedroom, as I have an attic over that area of the house, but it's still a soft roar. It's been cool enough this spring to keep the windows open at night and I could feel the slight chill coming off the rain. That's what I love so much about this house. It's openness let's you feel so close to nature, yet keeps you sheltered and snug at the same time. I don't see how people can stand to live sequestered in the caves many of them have built. So cluttered and full that you can barely get to the windows even. Much less open them. Seems the older I get the more physical and mental freedom I yearn for.

So, I've been working on the clerestory area after work some. We've had little afternoon thunderstorms pop up several days this week so I have worked on some other stuff too, where I was sheltered from the rain. I'm not sure you can even tell what this photo is but it's the new soffit material I finally put up on the side clerestory eaves. Looks much better now. Still got to order a little more trim. I just get so much on my mind during the week I forget.
Seems it will be raining much of this weekend so i don't know how much I'll get to do on the house. Well, I have several very overdue inside projects I need to complete so maybe it's a good thing.

The native hydrangeas are blooming here. I am abundantly blessed with these things around the house but I love them and am grateful for their beauty. I am trying to transplant enough that my drive is somewhat lined with them. And the deer don't like them! These can get quite large; some of them 7 feet tall or more.

Well, that's about the extent of my news for today. I might have a date tonight but I'm having trouble being extremely hopeful about this one. Oh, I'll enjoy it but just not sure how good of a match this one is. It will be nice to get out and do something at any rate.


*Bob Dylan

2 comments:

Beau said...

Awesome. Nothing like rain, and being snug inside. I like how you extend the structural/environmental theme to that of physical/mental freedom. Seems natural... Would love some hydrangeas like that, not native up here though.

edifice rex said...

Hey Beau! thanks! well, I think that our environmental surroundings do have a lot to do with our mental state.
I'm surprised that those hydrangeas don't grow there. Seems kinda odd; I mean, the zones are not THAT much different. Ya'll just get a little bit more cold weather.