Apparently, there is quite a bit of snow on the mountains (Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa), but I can't see it because it is pouring rain - the clouds obscure the view. Too bad. It's so pretty when there is a lot of snow.
There was a terrific thunderstorm on Saturday night. It was so loud and so close, it was quite hard to sleep. Apparently, it also caused issues with our internet provider, because we were without the internet for most of Sunday and Monday. (So Mom and older daughter, I am not quite done with the FAFSA, but I will be able to finish tonight, assuming the internet is still functional).
Because of the rain and because I really needed to catch up on rest - I didn't do much this weekend. I was blessed to see two good friends: on Sunday, one of my best friends from high school was in town for a baby luau so I was able to see her for an hour or two, and on Monday, my dear friend from my old job took me to lunch. I honestly needed that, even though the tomato seedlings didn't get transplanted...and the animal stalls only got a cursory doing. (I did do the baking, but not the laundry).
It's an odd thing to take time off. I was inclined to feel a bit guilty about what was not getting done, but I consciously decided to discount that tendency and just enjoy that I got to see my friends. I so rarely do anything but work, home chores, and church. It was interesting to walk around in Hilo and see all those people shopping and just buying food for fun. If I could avoid shopping of any kind for the rest of my life, I really wouldn't mind. I have always sort of hated clothes shopping - I like new clothes, but hate shopping - and when I think back over the last 15 years or so, what I remember most is shopping, mostly for groceries - not so long ago, dragging for little ones with me. I know a lot of other things happened during those years, especially since living 20 miles away from the store meant I would go about once a week, but, right now, in my recollection, I am walking around the grocery store or standing in line at the feed store (actually, the feed store is the highlight of my social life these days). It's a rather sad realization.