The first: last night we attended a scholarship awards ceremony. The way they do things here is that the students and parents are invited to the ceremony knowing only that the student has been awarded a scholarship, but not knowing from which organization or for how much. We were thrilled that our Labrador Retriever-equivalent son (intelligent, enthusiastic, but entirely lacking in common sense) was among those receiving a scholarship. It wasn't big bucks -- enough to cover a fair chunk of one semester's expenses -- but it was totally unexpected. We were equal parts pleased and surprised. Maybe some of what we've been hammering into him has taken root after all.
The second pleasant surprise was that we got some unexpected rain. This part of the state has been suffering from an extended drought. Rivers and streams are drying up and lake levels are dropping (a local lake is now less than 7% full - that's not a typo; seven per cent is correct). So today's rain was more than welcome.
|Karen Ripley, a resident of the Medina Lake area, investigates a boat left on the bottom by the receding waters of Elm Cove, a portion of Medina Lake, on Wednesday, April 3, 2013|
All you folks who are getting too much rain - please send some of it our way. We'd sure appreciate it.