We've had a short respite from the rain, but we are expecting heavy downpours and thunderstorms over the weekend. We will have some flooded roads and a lot of flooded low-lying fields, but not as much flooding as some areas of our country are experiencing.
Lucy always has the right idea. Just take it easy and relax. Her preference is to have a soft pillow. In the absence of a pillow, she will use a pair of shoes for her head. And when we have dinner, she rests her head on a chair rung. In fact, she doesn't like it when we have company and all the chairs are full.
It looks quite uncomfortable to me but she seems to like it.
We are seeing a second brood of some of our larger birds. (Many of the smaller ones have already produced three broods.) Mrs. b commented that she enjoys the photographs of birds near our house. So, mrs. b, this juvenile Pileated Woodpecker is for you. (And the other readers)
Another beautiful girl to grace the trees
After holding out for such a long time, I finally joined Facebook. To my great surprise I quickly received "friend" requests from several of my high school classmates. (Yes, high school.) I am daily surprised at the vitriol they post. Not all of them, but far too many of them seem so terribly angry at Hillary Clinton and President Obama. They praise the actions of Trump and somehow always blame Clinton and Obama for anything negative he might have done, (The rest is pardoned by "Trump is just being Trump.")
I become almost despondent thinking of their defense of this indefensible President. They are not stereotypical rednecks or the people we tend to think of as Trump's base. They are college educated and otherwise reasonable people. They honestly believe the lies they hear. And they share posts that have been proven false time and again. And mixed in with their political posts are VERY religious ones. Almost every one of these Trump supporters boasts about having intense patriotism and deep Christianity. They see no irony or conflict between their beliefs and Trump's actions.
In spite of getting a bit despondent when I read those posts, I still remain optimistic. Why? For the same reason I remain optimistic about having cancer...whether it ends badly, or whether it ends well, I have lost nothing and gained much by being optimistic, I think Albert Schweitzer explained it well in today's quote:
“To the question whether I am a pessimist or an optimist, I answer that my knowledge is pessimistic, but my willing and hoping are optimistic.”
HOPE FOR THE BEST