Like our host here, I too have spent much of the day in a rather disagreeable mood. However, I was able to at least have some small measure of enjoyment. We had rain today, after weeks of rather warm weather. And the smell of the rain on the soil is something that I’ve always enjoyed throughout my life. This area has a unique smell to it that I haven’t been able to find anywhere else, and every time I came home on leave the smell would put a sense of belonging in my heart.

The fact that we have two fires close to home, and any moisture in the ground is a good thing, is also quite heavy on my mind.

As for the news, well…. I don’t need to get unpleasant while I still have the smell of the rain.