Finally some rain!
It is amazing how welcoming a bit of rain can be when you haven't seen it in months. We Californians are often accused of being sun worshippers, but I live for these rainy days. Not only does it cut down on my regular watering bill, it also gives a much welcome change in the weather. 100 days of sunshine wear on me as much as 100 days of snow did when I lived in Ohio. I like some variability to my weather.
I am hoping that today's rain gives a boost to some of my plants. They have been putting out new buds and growth for most of the month, even without the usual rainfall. In past years, this early growth without a steady supply of rain has left them tired and gangly by the middle of the summer.