there are puddles everywhere. as I got ready for the day thismorning, thunder was thunking and crashing around above everything, like boxes falling over in some celestial attic. it is the first real sky-rending lightning-and-thunder storm we've had this season, I think. before now it's only been drizzly and gentle. but today is thoroughly wet. only a little pale light from a gap along the western sky made it through the downpour.