We call it fairy dust. And we have a lot of it. You might even say we have a surplus. The fairy dust decorates the window panes, the window sills and the sliding door tracks. That’s because the rain has been falling steadily in Carpenter Country these past few weeks, which is not unusual.
Summertime in Florida generally follows a pattern of clear, hot mornings and afternoon thunderstorms. Huge, dark clouds sail in on the whipping wind like pirate ships, the birds and squirrels take cover, and the temperature drops even as the barometer rises.
Afterward, the plumbago and lantana lift battered blossoms from the muddy earth and welcome the return of the butterflies.
Mosquitoes, flies and gnats show up after the rain, too. They like damp weather, and they multiply quickly. Fortunately, a surplus of insects means a surplus of lizards and frogs dining on the insects.
And, in the natural order of things, leaving piles of fairy dust. Everywhere.