We've been having a lot of weird weather lately. Specifically, lots of rain, in a place that typically has 330+ days of sunshine a year. With the rain come thunderstorms, which are always pretty cool to watch and listen to. We learned our dog, Gator, a massively large Golden Retriever, is afraid of thunder, and each boom sends him trying to hide in a ridiculously small space, usually under my feet.

Two of my three daughters are out of town for a bit and it feels so weird to just have one here. And the one here is 16 so we don't see a whole lot of her right now either. It's been a little taste of what it will be like when they've all flown the nest. Lots of time to do what I want, but at what cost? I will have a bad case of "empty nest syndrome" for sure...In the words of Scarlett O'Hara, "Oh I can't think about this now! I'll go crazy if I do! I'll think about it tomorrow."

Here are a few shots of the one at home in the last rain, with another to follow on Wednesday's Before and After.