It Says No Rain

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. If it’s true that no one can predict the weather, and I predict the authenticity of this true statement, then why do we try?

Why are there people who look at maps and tell us the forecast? Why are there maps on people’s phones that show them where rain is or is not? Who colors these things? Do they sit around and color in the lines or outside of the lines? Why do we believe this?

In this Florida place, the sun can be shining and the birds can be singing. Then all of a sudden, rain can pour down like Digby’s drool caught in a breeze. No warning. No alert on phones. No weather person telling us.

Then sometimes, persons hear thunder. They see dark clouds. But if you’re like Girl Person, you look at all five apps on your phone, and you pick the one that says it isn’t going to rain. Because you don’t want to take down the bird feeder or put in the slide outs. And you sit back down, and you continue to ignore the thunder. Because you think positive. And you’re positively wrong.

Persons have a rough time thinking for themselves. They wait for others to tell them facts and figures and weather reports. Because they don’t want to take responsibility and think for themselves. It’s easier to just do what we are told, isn’t it? It’s more difficult to go our own way.

If someone says there is zero percent chance of rain, yet it’s raining, is it raining? Obviously. Don’t ignore the obvious things in life. Seeing what we want to may be easier in that moment. But it won’t be if you don’t have an umbrella and get all wet. You’ll still be all wet and have a mess. It’s easier in the long run to recognize the rain do what you have to do. Because no storm lasts forever.

As Girl Person and Boy Person prepared to take a walk the other day, they started walking because that is what you do on a walk.  The sun was shining.  Then, all of a sudden, the thunder started.  The clouds grew darker.  And they were sitting right on top of the Big Blue Treat Wagon RV.  They looked at the weather report. All four of them.  All of the reports said zero percent chance of rain.  But they knew better.  They got under the awning just in time as a storm came pouring down for over an hour.  They had to wait for the storm.

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But after, they could see clearly. They could see the sun.  It was scary waiting thru the thunder and lightning.  But it didn’t last forever.

So if you are going thru something right now, as Granny Person used to say, “this too will pass.”  You can do it.  But don’t rely on others to tell you what to do.  Follow your heart.

Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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Baked Potato Or Dog?

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  It has been said that there is no smell like a wet dog.  Well, la de dah.  Laaadeeedahhh.

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If you had been caught in a storm like we had yesterday in this Florida place, you would know that there was no choice other than to smell like a wet dog.  Unless you smelled like a baked potato.

Every day has its struggles. Every day has its challenges.  Sometimes, you can meet those challenges. Sometimes you totally rise to the occasion and end up the better for it.

But some days?  You at first try to meet the challenges.  You say that you don’t care about walking in the rain or in the wind.  And you figure that it can’t last too long.  But as the day goes on, whatever challenge it was that you thought you could face?  You get dern tired of trying.  You get dern tired of the rain.  And you end up getting all wet. And you get mad at the rain.

Yes. I am just going to say it. Sometimes, we can’t meet every day with a smile like Digby’s and beat the stuff that gets us down.  And we may choose to be positive and walk in the rain. But some days, it can be too much.  And that is when you come inside and you make a baked potato.  You bake that potato right up. So instead of being better, you get out the butter.

So that is what Girl Person decided to do. She said that as long as we were trapped like sardines in the Big Blue Treat Wagon RV and we were cold and wet, we would at least eat good.  And so she put some potatoes in our easy bake oven up in here. And in an hour, they were ready. But then, she forgot that she baked them, she kept trying to meet more challenges in the day, and we went for another walk.  In the rain.  Again. And I was quite irritated about it.  Again. But not as irritated as I was about to be.

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You see, as we came back inside after Girl Person tried to clean us up for the millionth time, she smelled it.  Those forgotten baked potatoes.  And she thought we smelled like baked potatoes. And she said to us that we sure smelled bad when it rained.  She said we smelled so bad we almost smelled like an old baked potato. And then, she remembered her old baked potatoes in that easy bake oven that makes everything taste bad anyway.

She told us she was sorry, but that she supposed there were worse things to smell like.  And I agreed.  Like a wet person with mud and dog hair all over them.

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And as we settled in, and listened to more rain falling, Girl Person cleaned herself up, put her attitude in check, and ate her potato.  She shared some with us, we all took a few minutes to appreciate that the earth was doing its thing, and we knew that the only challenge we had met that day was keeping our sanity and smelling bad.  Because if there was ever a contest about that, we would have won.  And I suppose that you have to appreciate that.

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Some days, you just want to start over. And the good thing is, if we are able to, isn’t that a gift? If we were perfect every day, the perfect days wouldn’t be so special.  If there was only sunshiney, would we recognize how good it felt?

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If there were only good times, the good times wouldn’t seem so special.  It’s about give and take, baked potatoes and dogs and rain.  What more do you need?

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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