It's still raining. To some extent this has been a good thing. We've roasted chickens, savored good cheese with crusty bread and wine, and even made some old fashioned "gravy" slow cooked with country style pork ribs and poured over rigatoni. There has been fabulous chewy, butter drenched slices of toast and little chocolates from Jacques Torres (the milk chocolate dipped pretzels are so decadent and buttery), many cups of tea and a roaring fire in the fire place. We've caught up on our reading and cleaned the house from top to bottom. Patty has splashed through puddles and the cats curl up happily, purring in time to the drumbeat of the water hitting the roof. It's been a rather enjoyable couple of days. And now, now I'm ready for a little sunshine. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for tomorrow.