Goodness, what a summer so far! Near-drought conditions, extreme heat, and then 2 wild inland hurricanes with golf ball sized hail and 80+ mph winds in 3 days! Got power back yesterday night after being without for 4 days because of the storms. It was 91 degrees inside our house when the power kicked back on again. Luckily, a kind friend with power let my husband and myself plus our 5 dogs camp out at her home while we were without.
Last night, a little bit after the fireworks for the 4th of July celebrations in my town, it rained. And not a crazed, tree-uprooting, street-light-knocking-over kind of rain. Just a fairly normal rain. Which was wonderful. This morning I saw this butterfly sitting on one of our rose bushes, drying its wings. Tenacious and optimistic for all of its fragility, I suspect I could learn something from this butterfly.