The Phactor has never been more pleased to have his BBQ dinner delayed (Thai marinaded chicken). After 3 weeks of no rain (1/10th of an inch doesn't really count), some very mannerly thunderstorm activity dropped a bit over 1.5" of rain on our parched gardens. It was amazing to see how quickly some plants recovered particularly the bamboos and ornamental grasses. Unfortunately while a reprieve, one good rain is not a solution. This will take many regular rains. If it doesn't rain again, in a week some plants will need watering again, but no complaints here; this rain was a welcome relief. The lily pond is topped up too. Unfortunately now the hot weather will seem a bit worse feeling by adding a nice high humidity component. So perhaps a bit of gardening will get done today. Yesterday also resulted in a new animal record for our estate, in fact a new record for us in this neighborhood where we have resided for 34 years: a chipmunk. Sigh. Well, why not have one more cute, garden destroying rodent around? This will excite the kitty girls should they make this discovery too.